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Match

Northampton Saints vs London Irish

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 17-7 Irish

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 23-21 Irish

Attendance

12,025

Referee

Tom Foley

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
23

Summary

Full Time

London Irish
London Irish
21
Northampton Saints
P
T
C
T
C
P
P
KOHTFT
London Irish
T
C
T
T
C

No foul play says the referee after seeing all the angles and that's full time here and another win for Saints!!

80

Time's up here as we set the lineout and it's scrappy but Irish manage to keep hold of it. Jackson goes for the drop goal and misses but the TMO calls us back for a potential no arms tackle. 

79

Thirty seconds left and Saints look to patiently play the phases but Irish get over the ball and earn themselves the penalty. Jackson sends the ball to touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

78

Lawes is up again and Saints maul forwards once more. And then Saints push forwards off the back of it.

77

Lawes is up for the lineotu and Saints maul forwards and have an advantage coming. Eventually we come back for it and Biggar sends the ball to touch again. Lineout Saints just inside Irish's half.  

76

Irish push forwards into Saints' 22 but the home side get over the ball there and earn the penalty. Biggar sends the penalty to touch for a lineout back near halfway. 

76

Mitchell clears the restart and Irish gather but Saints defend hard on halfway.

Biggar...

... sends the penalty through to put Saints back ahead!

74

There's some handbags as the scrum comes down and Irish's No. 8 is penalised. Biggar points to the posts.

73

Coles is up for the lineout and Saints come forwards. But Mitchell loses the ball in contact and Irish will have the scrum. 

73

Lawes gets over the ball after Irish steal the lineout. Biggar sends the resulting penalty to touch for a lineout in Irish's 22.

72

Furbank takes over kicking duties as Biggar's seen to to send the penalty into touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

71

Sleightholme gets over the ball as Irish push forwards but Biggar's hit hard just before and we pause the game while he's seen to.

70

White sends the ball high off the lineout and the away side manage to get under it. They push into Saints' 22 now.

69

Saints push forwards but Irish are awarded a penalty at the breakdown. Jackson sends it to touch for a lineout back near halfway. 

68

Overthrow at the lineout from Saints and Irish push back over halfway but are penalised for double movement on the floor. Biggar sends the ball into touch for another lineout in Irish's 22. 

67

Saints push forwards over the haflway line and earn a penalty at the breakdown there. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout in Irish's 22. 

67

Irish clear the restart and Saints will have the lineout on halfway.

Ratuniyarawa is replaced by Moon as we restart.

Jackson...

... sends the conversion through too.

Try Irish.

Irish maul forwards before bringing the ball out to a waiting Parton for the score. 

64

Harrison charges forwards off the lineout but Irish intercept just after and hack the ball downfield. Sleightholme is there but he's pushed into touch. Lineout Irish in Saints' 22. 

63

White clears off the back of the maul as Saints hold firm. Lineout Saints back near halfway. 

Fish replaces Matavesi as we set the scrum. 

62

A solid scrum from Saints but Irish manage to keep the ball and White clears. Furbank gathers and Mitchell sends the ball over the top and into touch. Lineout Irish on their own five metre line. 

61

Coles is up for the lineout and Saints push forwards. Biggar finds Proctor on his inside shoulder and the centre sprints through the middle. But he knocks on in contact as he enters the 22 and Irish will have the scrum. 

60

Irish knock on as they chase the restart and after Mitchell sends it skywards, Jackson's clearing kick heads straight out. Lineout Saints in Irish's half. 

Biggar...

... sends the kick through!

58

Penalty Saints as Irish put in a high hit. Biggar points to the posts.

Augustus' sin bin is up and Harrison comes on in his place. 

57

Ratuniyarawa is up for the lineout and Saints earn a penalty there. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout in Irish's half this time.

56

Irish push forwards but Biggar gets over the ball to earn Saints the penalty. The fly half sends the ball to touch for a lineout back near halfway.

Ratunayrawa return from the sin bin and he's joined by Lawes who replaces the skipper Ludlam as we set the lineout.

54

Irish earn a penalty just off the lineout and Jackson puts it into the corner.

52

Mitchell sends the ball high off the scrum and Saints chase hard, pushing Irish into touch. But the away side have the put in at the lineout just near halfway.

51

Not straight at the lineout from Irish and Saints have the scrum.

50

Irish push into Saints' half and have an advantage coming, we eventually come back for. Jackson sends it to the corner.

Waller replaces Auterac as we set the scrum. 

49

Scrappy at the lineout and Irish manage to gather. But Coles strips the ball in a tackle and offloads to Mitchell for the clearing kick. The ball goes past the dead ball zone though and Irish will have the scrum back where he kicked it.

48

Phipps clears from the back of the lineout and Saints will have the lineout this time.

48

Mitchell dinks the ball through off the back of the scrum and though Collins is in chase, it heads into touch before he can get there. Lineout Irish in their own 22. 

Painter enters play so we can set the scrum and Augustus makes way.

47

Irish knock the restart on and Saints will have the scrum. 

Penalty Try Irish.

And referee Tom Foley gets under the posts to award Irish a penalty try too.

It's a yellow card for Hill as he changes his bind in the maul in the build up to the ball heading over the try line.

45

Irish think they've scored and we're with the TMO to check...

44

Saints' defend hard as Irish push again but we come back for an advantage in the build up as Saints force the knock on. Jackson puts it in the corner once more.

Ratuniyarawa looks to have got over the ball as Irish's maul breaks up but the referee deems his movements to be cynical and sends him to the sin bin for ten minutes.

42

Irish look to maul again but Saints hold firm this time. But Irish are awarded another penalty and Jackson puts the ball into the corner again.

41

Irish maul forwards and Saints are penalised there. Jackson sends the resulting penalty into the corner.

41

Saints collect the restart but are just pushed into touch. Lineout Irish on Saints' 22. 

40

WE'RE BACK UNDERWAY!

Jackson gets us restarted here at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens!

Irish maul forwards off the lineout before Phipps sends the ball into the stands to end the half. 

40

Wood taps the ball down off the top of the lineout and Mitchell darts through the middle. The ball comes wide to Proctor who has Collins on his shoulder but the centre's pass finds touch instead of the winger's hands. Lineout Irish as the clock enters the red.

39

Irish clear the restart and Saints will have the lineout back near halfway.

Jackson...

... sends the conversion through too.

Try Irish.

The away side slowly creep forwards towards the try line and eventually Creevy gets over the whitewash. 

36

Irish's maul is halted by Saints' defence but the away side keep the ball and push now on the five metre line.

35

Irish push forwards off the lineout but Saints are penalised at the breakdown again and Jackson puts it back in the corner. 

34

Augustus breaks through but Saints are penalised for obstruction and Jackson sends it into the corner. 

32

Mitchell sends the ball high off the back of the scrum and though Irish gather, Hassell-Collins knocks the ball on as Saints' rush defence reaches him. Scrum Saints.

31

Wood gets up to disrupt the lineout and forces a knock on from London Irish. Scrum Saints.

30

Irish try to maul but Saints hold firm and the away side are forced to bring the ball up the midfield. And though Saints defend well, they're found offside and Irish have the penalty. Jackson puts it in the corner again.

29

Penalty Irish at the scrum this time and Jackson sends it to the corner.

28

Free kick Irish at the scrum though and they choose the scrum option. 

27

Solid at the scrum but Irish knock on in the tackle off the back of it. Scrum Saints again.

27

Solid defence from Saints and eventually they get the reward as Irish knock on in contact. Scrum Saints.

26

Scrappy at the lineout but Irish keep it and start pushing inside Saints' 22.

24

Irish maul forwards and though Saints break it up, they're penalised and Jackson sends the ball to the corner. 

22

Mitchell sends the ball high off the lineout and Irish play on on the halfway line before sending it skyward themselves. Biggar is there to mark it and he sends it to touch for a Irish lint on halfway.

21

Penalty Saints at the scrum and Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout back near halfway. 

20

Irish look to maul but Saints hold it up and earn the put in at the scrum.

19

Impressive defence from Saints but Irish eventually earn a penalty at the breakdown. Jackson puts the ball into the corner. 

18

Aerial tennis on the restart and eventually Sleightholme marks the ball. He taps it and finds Biggar for the clearing kick to touch. Lineout Irish near halfway. 

Biggar...

... adds the conversion too!

TRYYYYYY PROCTOR!!

Furbanks puts the ball on his boot as it comes wide and Proctor rounds the Irish defence to scoop it up and dive over the line!

15

Ratuniyarawa is up for the lineout and the ball is quickly out to Augustus. He trucks it up the middle and Saints keep pushing in the Irish 22. 

13

Irish manage to scoop up the loose ball at the lineout and Phipps sends it high and Saints play on on the halfway line. They had an advantage coming though and eventually we come back for it, Biggar sends the ball to touch for a lineout just outside the Irish 22. 

12

Augustus is over the ball off the back of the lineout and Biggar sends the ball to touch but the swirling wind keeps the ball in play and Jackson returns it. Lineout Saints on halfway. 

11

Irish earn a penalty at the resulting maul and Jackson sends it to touch for a lineout just inside Saints' half. 

10

Dingwall is up for the restart again and Biggar clears to space in behind the Irish line, the ball bobbles into touch and it's an Irish lineout just outside their own 22. 

Biggar...

... adds the touchline conversion too!

TRYYYYYYY COLLINS!!

Patient play from Saints before the gap opens up out wide and there's no stopping the winger from close range!

7

Irish clear off the back of the scrum and Saints have the lineout back near halfway. And Saints earn the penalty off the back of it too as Irish fail to roll away. Biggar puts it in the corner and it's lineout Saints in the Irish 22.

5

Coles is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards before it comes out to the midfield. But the ball goes forwards off Saints hands there in the wet. Scrum Irish.

4

Phipps sends it high and Mitchell is there. Saints push up before the scrum-half sends it high. Irish get there first but Sleightholme gets over the ball and earns Saints the penalty. Biggar puts it in the corner. 

3

Dingwall gets under the restart and Saints push forwards before Mitchell sends the ball high. Parton is under it and Irish play on on the halfway line.

Biggar...

... sends the kick through to score his first points of the season.

2

Wood is up to steal the lineout and Saints push back into Irish's 22 quickly before earning a penalty in the midfield. Biggar points to the posts. 

1

Dingwall races up the midfield to tap the kick-off back Saints' way and the home side attack from the off before Biggar spots space in behind and chips through to touch. Lineout Irish in their own 22. 

HERE WE GO!

Saints v London Irish is underway here at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens as Biggar gets us underway!

Opposition LineupLondon Irish

15
Tom Parton
14
Ben Loader
13
Curtis Rona
12
Benhard Janse van Rensburg
11
Ollie Hassell-Collins
10
Paddy Jackson
9
Nick Phipps
1
Will Goodrick-Clarke
2
Agustin Creevy
3
Ollie Hoskins
4
Rob Simmons
5
Adam Coleman
6
Matt Rogerson
7
Ben Donnell
8
Albert Tuisue

SubsLondon Irish

16
Matt Cornish
17
Allan Dell
18
Marcel Van Der Merwe
19
George Nott
20
Steve Mafi
21
Sean O'Brien
22
Ben White
23
Matt Williams
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Northampton Saints
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9
London Irish
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Form Guide

Form

WWWLW

Last match

Beat Worcester 66-10

Past meeting

Won 23-21
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