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Northampton Saints 41-15 Glasgow Warriors: Saints score seven to end preseason on a high

Northampton Saints wrapped up their final pre-season game with an impressive 41-15 win over Glasgow Warriors.

Following on from a successful week in Wales, Saints looked to make it three from three against their Scottish opposition, with the likes of Dan Biggar, James Haskell and Ben Franks making their home debuts. 

The high-scoring encounter saw Saints dominate the game for large periods of play with seven home tries being scored in a physical encounter which left Biggar being substituted in the early moments. 

Haskell started his first match at the Gardens with an early try after just four minutes; the hard hitting Saints attack allowed him to run free on the wing for his first try in Saints colours. 

Saints were rewarded with a second try soon after, as a knock-on by Ruaridh Jackson gifted Saints a penalty try and left him in the sin bin. The away side responded instantly though through Tommy Seymour before the home side sent a driving maul over the whitewash with Jame Fish at the base to score his sixth try in three matches.

Niko Matawalu added another for Glasgow through a strong solo effort. But it was Saints who had the final say on the first half with Reinach stretching for the line.

Three minutes into the second 40 and Saints were over again; this time Ahsee Tuala and Ken Pisi linking on the wing, before Reinach crossed for a second time after collecting Glasgow's overthrown lineout.

Glasgow would get a third through DTH van der Merwe late on, but it was Northampton who put the game to bed when Grayson slid through the attack and behind the posts off a powerful maul. 

"I'm really happy with preseason," said Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd. 

"We've got zero league points out of those game, but we've got some good confidence.

"The most pleasing thing was that the stuff we identified we needed to improve, we worked on and did improve.

"Each game has had areas we wanted to get better at and it's testament to the guys that they've be keen to learn, engage and get better." 

The win meant Saints remained unbeaten in preseason as they kick off their Gallagher Premiership campaign next Saturday at Kingsholm.

For the full line-ups and minute-by-minute commentary from the game at the Gardens, just scroll down to see our new-look matchday live!

Match

Northampton Saints vs Glasgow Warriors

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 22-10 Glasgow

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 41-15 Glasgow

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Not available

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
41

Summary

Full Time

Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors
15
Northampton Saints
T
T
T
T
T
T
C
T
C
KOHTFT
Glasgow Warriors
T
T
T

Saints earn a penalty with the clock run dead and they go quickly, Mallinder is nearly through but knocks on and that's the end of the match. 

79

Free kick Glasgow at the lineout and they take it quickly. They push forwards before chipping through but Sleightholme is there and he clears. We come back for a knock on though and Glasgow have the scrum. 

78

Scrappy from Glasgow as they try to press but Saints get over the ball and earn the penalty. The home side try to go quickly but the referee calls them back. Grayson sends to touch. 

77

Saints clear the restart well but are deemed to have taken the ball back inside and we come back for a Glasgow lineout on Saints' 22. 

Grayson...

... converts his own score too!

TRYYYY GRAYSON!!

Saints push hard off the lineout and Hartley gets close at the base of the maul before Mitchell puts the fly-half in space!

75

Penalty Saints at the scrum and they earn 10 yards from the referee to boot. Grayson sends to the corner. 

Collins returns to the field as Pisi makes way on the wing.

74

Saints push forwards off the lineout and earn a scrum just after. 

73

A bit of aerial tennis after the lineout but Saints end up with the ball and Mitchell breaks and Pisi is there. The wing offloads to Moon who drives forwards but his offload finds Glasgow hands. The away side clear. 

73

Saints push Glasgow well and force the clear. Lineout Saints in their own half. 

69

Glasgow chip over the top but Tuiatvake is there and he marks it. Mitchell takes it quickly and chips to touch. But Glasgow act quickly too and take the lineout sharpish. They push forwards over halfway again. 

68

Another solid scrum and Glasgow are forced to play. They do so quickly though and make their way back over halfway with a series of drives. 

67

A good period of play from Saints but Glasgow's defence is strong and earn a scrum. 

65

Saints do well at the breakdown and earn the turnover. Sleightholme is nearly through but Saints hold onto possession. Mitchell tries to break through but Glasgow hold for now. 

Try Glasgow

And the Glasgowman does well to stay strong and get over the line. 

64

A solid scrum from both side and Glasgow are off. Van der Merwe is close...

63

We get back underway with the lineout to Glasgow and it's overthrown but this one goes to plan for the away side. They clear and Mallinder is there. He sets Sleightholme off the Glasgow find the ball just after and chip through. They earn a scrum too after their chip through is knocked on.

63

A brilliant ovation for Sam Johnson as he's stretchered from the field. 

63

And we take a pause in play while a Glasgow player is seen to.

62

Saint up for the lineout again and are quickly pressing around Glasgow's 22. The ball comes wide to Sleightholme who has Gibson outside him. His offload finds touch though and Glasgow will have the lineout. 

62

The penalty goes Glasgow's way this time and they clear to touch for a lineout just outside their own 22. 

Davis, Haywood, Ford-Robinson and Lawes make way with van Wyk, Hartley and Painter entering the front row, with Moon into the second row. 

59

Penalty Saints at the lineout and Grayson sends to touch again. 

58

Penalty Saints at the scrum after the pack get a good shove on and Saints send it to touch. 

57

Brilliant hands from Saints as they bring the ball into the midfield off the back of the scrum and Pisi looks to break. He's taken down and Mitchell knocks on in contact. Scrum Glasgow on the halfway line.

56

Mallinder clears well from the restart and Glasgow take their lineout. But as they come wide, they knock on and Saints will have the scrum.

Mitchell, Burrell and Mallinder come on for Reinach, Francis and Tuala as we restart. 

Grayson...

... sends this one over for the first conversion of the night!

TRYYYY COBUS!!

It's number two of the night for Reinach as he collects the overthrown lineout and dots down over the line!

52

Another free kick for Saint at the scrum and the ball comes wide to Sleightholme. He does well to stay on his feet and the offload comes to Davis on the wing. He's just not quite got enough space and is pushed into touch. Lineout Glasgow deep in their own 22. 

50

Free kick Saints at the scrum and they take it quickly. Saints press back into the 22 and earn another scrum as Glasgow are deemed to have knocked on. 

49

Saints get up for the lineout too and press fowards. They clear deep but van der Merwe struggles under the high ball and Saints have the scrum on Glasgow's 22. 

48

Turnover from Saints at the lineout as Gibson gets onto the ball in the maul. And the home side clear from the breakdown. 

47

Saints come forwards but are penalised for crossing and Glasgow clear for a lineout on Saints' 22. 

46

Saints pushing from the lineout with an advantage coming. Eventually we come back for it and Grayson sends it downfield again. Lineout Saints.

45

Glasgow come off the lineout strongly but Saints get over the ball and earn the penalty. Grayson sends it to touch for a lineout near halfway. 

TRYYYY PISI!!

Tuala sets up the score with a sweet offload to the wing who needs no asking from that distance!

42

Penalty Saints at the scrum and Grayson clears to touch. Saints come strongly off the lineout and the ball comes wide into space.

AND WE'RE BACK UNDERWAY!

Grayson gets us restarted here at FG.

Saints collect the ball and send it into the new Carlsberg stand to end the half. 

39

No conversion from Grayson this time either and we've just enough time for the restart. 

TRYYYYY COBUS!!

The scrum-half collects the ball well and stretches for the line for Saints' third!

38

A brilliant period of play from Saints as they come forwards as Glasgow clear from the lineout. Burrell and Collins combine down the wing and Reinach is there...

35

Not straight from Glasgow at the lineout and Saints will have the scrum. 

34

No conversion from the touchline for Grayson and Glasgow have the lineout. 

33

Saints still pressing hard and Waller makes a strong charge forwards. Francis looks in but the ball comes wide to Brüssow. Saints keep pressing but lose possession and Glasgow come forwards. Saints do well to bring them down and turn over but their clear goes straight out. Lineout Glasgow inside Saints' half. 

32

No conversion from Hastings and we restart with good pressure from Saints. They turnover inside Glasgow's 22 and are pressing well again. 

Try Glasgow.

This time it's Matawalu over for the away side as they press Saints well. The crowd at the Gardens disagree as Reinach seems to be under the ball but the try is awarded.

29

Saints clear the restart and Glasgow earn a penalty just after. They send to the corner and maul forwards form the lineout with an advantage coming. They come out to the midfield...

29

No conversion from Grayson this time either and we continue play with both teams back up to full strength. 

TRYYYY FISH!

And it's a sixth try of preseason for the hooker as the maul makes it over the line. 

26

Saints hold well at the scrum and the ball comes wide quickly. Tuala is there and Grayson spots some space in behind. He clears and finds touch well. Lineout Glasgow but back in their own 22. 

26

Haskell is up for the lineout this time and Saints maul forwards. They get close but as the maul comes down near the line, Saints have the penalty. The corner again then. 

25

Penalty Saints at the scrum and Grayson sends it to touch. Saints take the lineout well and earn a penalty there too. Grayson sends it to touch again. 

25

Lawes just gets a hand to the ball in the air but can't control it. Glasgow collect and as Saints look to get the ball back they knock on. Scrum Glasgow. 

22

A little scrappy at the lineout but Saints keep the ball. And they press up but Glasgow defend well. They turn over and break through but are pushed into touch. A few handbags ensue but we'll take the lineout anyway. 

21

Another pause in play while Reinach is seen to after taking a large hit in the build up to the penalty. The scrum-half gets back to his feet and we continue. Grayson sends the penalty into the corner for a lineout.

21

Saints get over the ball from the restart and turnover. The ball comes wide to Tuitavake who gets into the 22. There's an advantage coming though and we eventually come back for it. 

20

No conversion for Glasgow though and Grayson restarts.

Try Glasgow.

Matawalu gets loose and breaks through, Seymour is there in support and he's over the line.

18

Saints look to push again from the restart as Collins gets up under the high ball but is deemed to have knocked on. Scrum Glasgow.

PENALTY TRY SAINTS

And the referee gets under the posts to award the penalty try!

Yellow card for Jackson as its his hand that stopped the final pass.

16

Overthrow from Glasgow at the lineout and Reinach is there. The ball comes wide quickly and Pisi gets close. The ball comes the other way and Fish looks to be in but Glasgow get a hand to the ball. 

14

Glasgow look to maul again but get nowhere and come wide again. This time Saints get the turn over and Reinach clears. Collins is after it but is penalised for playing the man on the floor. Glasgow send to touch for a lineout on halfway. 

13

Glasgow look to maul from the lineout but are forced to come wide. Saints press but concede a penalty and Glasgow go to the corner.

13

Saints take the lineout well but find themselves isolated in the midfield and Glasgow earn the penalty. Hastings clears to touch for a lineout in Saints' 22. 

And it's a yellow card for Glasgow's Horne too.

11

Glasgow get forwards off the scrum once more. But Saints work hard and get the turn over and the penalty. Grayson clears to touch for a lineout on halfway. 

10

This time Glasgow collect the ball well. They come forwards quickly and find themselves inside Saints' 22 again. Collins gets a hand to a pass but knocks the ball on. Scrum Glasgow in Saints' 22. 

9

Ribbans gets up to turn the lineout but the ball falls into touch. Lineout Glasgow again but this one near halfway. 

7

Harrison picks up off the back of the scrum and offloads to Burrell - who came on for Hutchinson at the last stoppage. The centre breaks and races forwards. Saints work to get with him before earning a penalty. They take it quickly, getting into the 22 but concede a penalty of their own. Glasgow clear to touch.

5

Saints look good from the restart and Collins chips through. The wing and Tuala are after it and pressure well on the tryline. Glasgow retain possession though and race their way clear. Horne is nearly through but he's taken down by Reinach. Glasgow are pressing around Saints' 22 but knock on at the ruck. Scrum Saints. 

4

Grayson...

... sends the conversion just wide from the touchline. 

TRYYYYY HASK!!!

A brilliant move from Saints as Grayson and Collins link up in the midfield to put Haskell clear in the corner for his first crossing in BG&G!

3

We're back underway and Saints are still pressing hard. Tuitavake gets close on the right wing but the ball comes back the other way. There's an overlap if Saints can exploit it...

Good to see Biggar back to his feet but he leaves the field and Grayson takes his place.

1

A good start from Saints as they pressure Glasgow into clearing. Pisi is there and it comes into the midfield for Lawes. He breaks and gets Saints into the 22 before we pause the game as Biggar is down. 

AND WE'RE OFF!

Glasgow get us underway at the Gardens for the first time this season!

Opposition LineupGlasgow Warriors

15
Ruaridh Jackson
14
Tommy Seymour
13
Alex Dunbar
12
Sam Johnson
11
Niko Matawalu
10
Adam Hastings
9
George Horne
1
Jamie Bhatti
2
George Turner
3
D'Arcy Rae
4
Scott Cummings
5
Greg Peterson
6
Rob Harley
7
Callum Gibbins
8
Ryan Wilson

SubsGlasgow Warriors

16
Kevin Bryce
17
Grant Stewart
18
Alex Allan
19
Oliver Kebble
20
Adam Nicol
21
Andrew Davidson
22
Matt Smith
23
Adam Ashe
24
Nick Frisby
25
Brandon Thomson
26
Patrick Kelly
27
Nick Grigg
28
Robbie Nairn
29
DTH Van Der Merwe
30
Rory Hughes
Form Guide

Form

WLWLL

Last match

Lost to Bath 15-17

Past meeting

Won 41-15
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Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
41
Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors
15