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SARACENS 17 SAINTS 36 King acclaims team try finisher

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After scoring four tries in the first half, Saints conceded a score to Saracens soon after the break, a try that brought the hosts to within touching distance on the scoreboard. But this prompted Saints to put together a superb spell of possession that was rewarded when Jamie Gibson crashed over from close range to take his side out of reach for the rest of the game.

“It was a great team try,” King said. “It started with Howard Packman’s counter-attack up the middle, and after that was controlled by the half-backs. We went through 10-12 phases and I thought we took it well.”

It may have only been a pre-season friendly, but after an extended off-season brought about by Rugby World Cup 2015 King said that it was good to have the players lace up their boots and get into action on the field.

“It’s great to get a game,” he added. “The boys have worked really hard for 12, 13 weeks now and the way we were training it was important we got a run-out.

“I thought it was all pretty good, the way it went. We had 31 guys involved, loads of tries, loads to work on as well, but it was a really positive statement from everyone involved.”

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Match

Saracens vs Northampton Saints

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saracens 17-36 Saints

Attendance

3,500

Referee

Greg Garner

Saracens
Saracens
17

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
36

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

15

Ben Foden

14

Howard Packman

13

Tom Stephenson

12

Luther Burrell

10

Stephen Myler

9

Lee Dickson

2

Dylan Hartley

3

Gareth Denman

4

Sam Dickinson

5

Christian Day

6

Jamie Gibson

7

Calum Clark

8

Jon Fisher

SubsNorthampton Saints

16

Ethan Waller

19

Alex Woolford

20

Adam Parkins

21

Ben Nutley

24

Tom Kessell

25

JJ Hanrahan

27

Luke Eves

28

Pat Howard

30

Matt Williams

Opposition LineupSaracens

15
Aaron Morris
14
Chris Ashton
13
Tim Streather
12
Nick Tompkins
11
Michael Ellery
10
Baden Kerr
9
Ben Spencer
1
Rhys Gill
2
Jared Saunders
3
Petrus Du Plessis
4
Jim Hamilton
5
Maro Itoje
6
Michael Rhodes
7
Will Fraser
8
Ernst Joubert

SubsSaracens

16
Tyrone Moran
17
Richard Barrington
18
Biyi Alo
19
Edward Gower
20
Kelly Brown
21
Jackson Wray
22
Neil De Kock
23
Nils Mordt
24
Tom Griffiths
25
Nathan Earle
26
Matthew Gallagher
27
Dominic Morris
Form Guide

Form

LLLLL

Last match

Lost to Harlequins 29-49

Past meeting

Lost 21-27
Full Time
Saracens
Saracens
17
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
36