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Mobbs Memorial Match: Northampton Saints 54 British Army 21

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Northampton Saints emerged from a thrilling Mobbs Memorial Match with victory, as they scored eight tries to the British Army's three to win 54-21 at Franklin's Gardens.

Over 2,000 people in attendance were treated to a keenly contested battle, with 75 points combined after both sides paid their respects to Saints' fallen servicemen before a ball was kicked.

And on a night celebrating the Club's proud military history, it was Northampton's next generation that came to the fore with 20 of the 24 players involved progressing through the Saints Academy.

Saints piled on the pressure at the beginning of the match, looking to break the deadlock in the early stages with the side coming just metres short of the tryline, however the Army defended exceptionally to work their way back up the field. 

But with 15 minutes gone on the clock, it was Jamie Elliott who got on the scoreboard first for the home side, dotting down by the corner flag from a well-worked attack - James Grayson added the extras. 

The hunt was on for try number two, as Tom Stephenson danced through the defenders to work towards the posts, but Grayson’s punt forwards was collected well by the Army back row and cleared out of their 22 by Corporal Evans.

Lewis Ludlam then trucked the ball into Army territory and beat the defenders for the successful pass to Will Allman, who did the honours and scored the second for Saints, giving the home side a 14-point lead on the half-hour mark.

Tom Kessell was next to cross the whitewash; when the ball popped out of the maul just metres from the line, the scrum-half capitalised with the Army caught off guard, giving Northampton their second score in just five minutes. 

And Grayson closed a fine half for the hosts by running a fantastic line to cut through the Army backs and notch up five more points for Saints, taking his tally on the night to 11.

Will Allman scored his second try in what was the perfect restart for Saints, scoring less than 45 seconds into the second period with superb ball-carrying and a good shove on two Army defenders; Joe Wallace then soon replaced him to make his debut in Black, Green and Gold. 

The British Army scored their first try of the match when Gunner Nayolo crossed under the sticks after an aggressive maul beat the Saints defence, but the home side retaliated instantly, with Tom Emery stepping on the gas and dashing for the line.

The Army doubled their points tally with another score in similar fashion, with Bombardier Austin being bundled over at the other end to close Saints' lead down with the final quarter fast approaching.

Kessell came close to a second try, with a superb run side-stepping several Army players, but was just tackled into touch in the corner in a fine defensive effort by the away team, but the Northampton attack was ruthless as they hunted for a seventh. 

That came from another debutant in Ollie Sleightholme with the try of the night; Grayson’s crossfield kick was read superbly and caught by No.8 Lewis Ludlam, who managed to leap for the ball on the touchline and slam it down to Sleightholme for the try in a stellar effort by Saints. 

Nafi Tuitavake made a phenomenal run down the left flank, as his 60-metre dash for the line earned Saints an eighth score of the night, with Grayson’s extras taking the score to 54-14. 

The Army had the final say of the night though, with Bombardier Austin scoring his second try of the night to a rapturous cheer from the fans, as the big shove in the corner did the trick against the Saints, bringing the game to a close.

Tickets for Saints' final clash of the season against Worcester Warriors are still available from the ticket office at Franklin’s Gardens, online by CLICKING HERE or by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01604 581000. Prices start at £36 for adults and £16 for juniors.

SAINTS: Emery; Elliott, Dingwall, Stephenson (capt), Tuitavake; Grayson, Kessell; Van Wyk, Fish, Painter, Moon, Onojaife, Allman, Ryan, Ludlam
Replacements: Ma’asi, Beesley, Collins, Trinder, Wallace, Tupai, Estelles, Strachan, Sleightholme

BRITISH ARMY: Bulumakau; Davetanivalu, Leathem, Simpson, O’Reilly; Dixon (capt), Evans; Titchard-Jones, Dwyer, Smith, Smith, Parkins, Veikune, Dawson, Nayalo
Replacements: Austin, Gill, Dowding, Cross, Taura, Vunivesilevu, Davies, Wilson, Miller, Wheeldon

TIMELINE
15’ SAINTS Try Elliott, Conversion Grayson 7-0
29’ SAINTS Try Allman, Conversion Grayson 14-0
34’ SAINTS Try Kessell, Conversion Grayson 21-0
40’ SAINTS Try Grayson 26-0
HALF-TIME Saints 26-0 Army
41’ SAINTS Try Allman, Conversion Grayson 33-0
47’ ARMY Try Nayalo, Conversion Dixon 33-7
49’ SAINTS Try Emery, Conversion Grayson 40-7
58’ ARMY Try Austin, Conversion Dixon 40-14
66’ SAINTS Try Sleightholme, Conversion Grayson 47-14
78’ SAINTS Try Tuitavake, Conversion Grayson 52-14
80’ ARMY Try Austin, Conversion Dixon 52-21
FULL-TIME Saints 54-21 Army

Match

Northampton Saints vs British Army

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 54-21 British Army

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Karl Dickson

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
54

Summary

Full Time

British Army
British Army
21
Rugby

Saints name youthful squad for Mobbs Memorial Match

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Northampton Saints will showcase the vast array of young talent at the Club’s disposal after picking an exciting home-grown side for the Mobbs Memorial Match.

The hosts welcome the British Army to Franklin’s Gardens this evening, kick-off 7.45pm, for the biennial fixture between the two sides.

The match aims to remember Edgar Mobbs and all the former Saints who were killed serving their country, as well as to raise funds for the Mobbs Memorial Trust that supports the development of rugby in the East Midlands.

Of the 24-strong matchday squad, 20 players have come through the Saints Academy system and will have benefited from the contributions that Mobbs’ charity has made locally.

Tom Stephenson will captain a squad that has impressed across the first team, the Wanderers and the Academy sides so far this season, and is joined in the centres by England Under-20 international Fraser Dingwall.

Dingwall is not the only international U20s starlet among Saints’ ranks, with James Grayson lining up at fly-half, Ehren Painter at prop, and Scotland’s Devante Onojaife in the second row – plus Toby Trinder and Fraser Strachan are among the replacements for the men in Black, Green and Gold.

There is also room on the bench for Samson Ma’asi, Joe Wallace, Connor Tupai, and Ollie Sleightholme, all of whom signed on with the Senior Academy at Franklin’s Gardens for next season last month.

Tickets are still available for the Mobbs Memorial Match and are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for juniors, concessions and Armed Forces personnel and veterans – with all proceeds going to support the charitable aims of the Mobbs Memorial Trust.

Purchase from the ticket office at Franklin’s Gardens, CLICK HERE to book online, or call the Saints Ticket Office on 01604 581000.

SAINTS v BRITISH ARMY
Mobbs Memorial Match
Franklin’s Gardens
Wednesday 18 April, 2018
Kick-off: 7.45pm 

15 Tom Emery
14 Jamie Elliott
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Tom Stephenson (capt)
11 Nafi Tuitavake
10 James Grayson
9 Tom Kessell

1 Francois van Vyk
2 James Fish
3 Ehren Painter
4 Alex Moon
5 Devante Onojaife
6 Will Allman
7 Paddy Ryan
8 Lewis Ludlam 

Replacements:
16 Samson Ma’asi
17 Matt Beesley
18 Matt Collins
19 Toby Trinder
20 Joe Wallace
21 Connor Tupai
22 JP Estelles
23 Fraser Strachan
24 Ollie Sleightholme

Rugby

Mobbs Memorial Match: All you need to know

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

History returns to Franklin’s Gardens tonight as Saints take on the British Army in the 2018 Mobbs Memorial Match. Here’s everything you need to know about the evening…

MATCH TICKETS

Proceeds from the Mobbs Memorial Match support the charitable aims of the Mobbs Memorial Trust, which makes much-needed donations to junior clubs in the East Midlands. As such entry into the game is NOT included in the 2017/18 Season Ticket package.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £5 for juniors, concessions and Armed Forces personnel and veterans.

They can be booked in advance at bit.ly/Mobbs-2018 but tickets will also be available on the gate. The Saints Ticket Office is open now.

TWO GAMES, ONE TICKET

The Mobbs Memorial Match will be preceded by a game between Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College and Bedford Modern School, which will kick off on Pitch 1 at 5pm.

The stadium open at 6pm. Seating is unreserved, with supporters able to watch from either the Tetley’s Stand.

Car parking is in Car Parks A, B & C, which open at 4pm.

PRE-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT AND WREATH LAYING

There will be a performance on the main pitch from The Band and Bugles of the Rifles, who will also play during the half-time interval.

As is customary, wreaths will be laid on the Franklin’s Gardens war memorial and the National Anthem will be played by The Band and Bugles of the Rifles immediately before kick off, so supporters are asked to be in their seats or terrace spaces no later than 7:40pm. 

PAYING RESPECTS IN ABINGTON SQUARE

Edgar Mobbs is a figure who is remembered across Northampton, and at 4:30pm a wreath will be laid on the Mobbs statue on Abington Square in the heart of the town.

All intending to attend should be at this location some 10-to-15 minutes beforehand.

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Watch Saints v British Army LIVE!

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

For the first time ever, we'll be streaming the Mobbs Memorial Match LIVE this evening on Facebook!

The coverage will start at 7.40pm and you can watch along at the below link...

Tickets for this evening's game are still available at bit.ly/Mobbs-2018 and can be bought at the gate for £15 (adults) and £5 (juniors).

Form Guide

Form

LWLLW

Last match

Beat Dragons 35-21

Past meeting

Won 54-21
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
54
British Army
British Army
21