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Gibson: If we can keep the Gardens rocking we'll be a tough side to play

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Collecting their first win over Leicester Tigers since 2014 yesterday as they racked up a 24-11 victory over the closest Aviva Premiership neighbours, Saints’ attentions are quickly turning to the task in hand as they prepare to face Bath on Friday night.

Jamie Gibson said that to beat Tigers was huge for the squad though and that they were happy to have righted the wrongs of the previous week’s defeat to Saracens at Twickenham.

“I’m really proud of the squad,” Gibson commented after the final whistle at Franklin’s Gardens yesterday.

“We were quite down after last week, we went out and didn’t show ourselves in the right place. To be honest we were a bit embarrassed after that Saracens game and we knew that being at home for an East Midlands derby against a side like Leicester was our chance to put things right.

“We came out from minute one, we set the tone and we had them for 80 minutes so I’m immensely proud of the squad for that.”

With Tigers only crossing the whitewash in the game’s dying minutes with a fluke chase from Jonny May, Gibson said that the pressure Saints applied to their guests was something they had worked hard to achieve in training.

“We worked hard, really highlighted where we went wrong last week and we put that right this week.

“In that first 50 or 60 minutes we put the pressure on them and kept that pressure on them. There wasn’t a minute of that game where we switched off, there wasn’t a single moment of that game where we took the pressure off and it showed in the last ten minutes.

“They were starting to run into walls, they didn’t get a look in because we never gave them the chance. So like I said, I’m immensely proud of the squad, we fronted up today and showed where we should be.”

Having played on both sides of the East Midlands derby, Gibson’s first win over Leicester was something he said meant a lot.

“That’s actually the first time I’ve beaten Leicester in any game before.

“We highlighted this week that for the last 10/12 years Leicester have won the majority of the East Midlands derby games and those are the games that always matter.

“You see it in the fans, you see it during the week, people talking about it a little bit more, people really focus on it.”

With the Franklin’s Faithful really turning on the noise at the Gardens yesterday, Gibson said that that support is what really drives the team forwards as they take to the Northampton turf.

“When you go out and you’ve got the crowd behind you, that noise from them was brilliant today. This club has been one of the bigger clubs in the country for years and we let them down massively last week but we showed today that we can play, showed them what we can do.

“We need to show them that we can maintain it now but if we can do that and keep this place rocking like it was today then we’ll be a very tough side to play against.”

Gibson said that the support is something they team will need once again as they start their short turnaround to Friday night where they face the as yet unbeaten Bath.

“It’s not a very big turnaround and obviously Bath have had two good results so far this season so they’ll be flying. But we’re at home, in the Franklin’s fortress and we’ll just front up again on Friday night and see what happens there.”


Make your voice count this Friday as Saints host Bath for round three of the Aviva Premiership campaign. Tickets for the game are available by CLICKING HERE.

Rugby

Mallinder: That's the standard we need to set for the rest of the season

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Bouncing back from their disappointing season opener to defeat Leicester Tigers for the first time since 2014 on Saturday with an impressive 24-11 win, Saints' attentions are now turned to this Friday's task of the as yet unbeaten Bath.

Jim Mallinder is keen to keep the round one defeat to Saracens in the team's mind, despite the historic win this weekend, though as the side look ahead to this Friday night's game.

"We've shown what we can do," Mallinder commented after the win over Tigers.

"We've got Bath coming now on Friday so we need to make sure that we have that same intensity in the week.

"We need to keep learning from those lessons of the first week, that's still going to be a real drive for us for the rest of the season.

"I think the lads knew they played badly against Saracens and it was their response. You've got to win the collisions, particularly against the big sides. At Twickenham, we weren't.

"This week though, we were putting them under pressure and Tigers' England half-backs (Ben Youngs and George Ford) couldn't control the game.

"We had to respond like that - there was no other way.

"We spoke about it during the week and it (the defeat to Saracens) has got to be a good reminder for us for the rest of the season.

"In this game, you've got to be physical, you've got to get that intensity - and we didn't do that at Twickenham.

"This week, we stepped up and you could tell from the first minute we were up for it.

"That's the standard we need to set for the rest of the season."

Mallinder was also full of praise for the team's senior players stepping up when they were needed.

"I said we'd had a good pre-season and though some people might have doubted that last week, I know we've got some good players," Mallinder said.

"Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes really led from the front and showed what they were about.

"The two second rows (Michael Paterson and Christian Day) worked really hard.

"It was a team effort."


Make your voice count this Friday as Saints host Bath for round three of the Aviva Premiership campaign. Tickets for the game are available by CLICKING HERE.

Match

Northampton Saints vs Leicester Tigers

Player Stats

Northampton Saints
Leicester Tigers
Northampton Saints
TCDP
1Alex Waller
2Dylan Hartley1T
3Kieran Brookes
4Michael Paterson
5Christian Day
6Courtney Lawes
7Jamie Gibson
8Teimana Harrison
9Nic Groom
10Harry Mallinder3C1P
11Tom Collins1T
12Luther Burrell1T
13Rob Horne
14George North
15Ahsee Tuala
16Mike Haywood
17Campese Ma'afu
18Paul Hill
19Api Ratuniyarawa
20Lewis Ludlam
21Cobus Reinach
22James Grayson
23Ben Foden

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 24-11 Leicester

Attendance

15,203

Referee

JP Doyle

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
24

Summary

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
11

Opposition LineupLeicester Tigers

15
Telusa Veainu
14
Nick Malouf
13
Matt Smith
12
Matt Toomua
11
Jonny May
10
George Ford
9
Ben Youngs
1
Ellis Genge
2
Tom Youngs
3
Dan Cole
4
Dominic Barrow
5
Graham Kitchener
6
Luke Hamilton
7
Brendon O'Connor
8
Sione Kalamafoni

SubsLeicester Tigers

16
Harry Thacker
17
Greg Bateman
18
Logovi'i Mulipola
19
Mike Williams
20
Dominic Ryan
21
Sam Harrison
22
Joe Ford
23
Mathew Tait
Rugby

Northampton Saints team for derby day

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The Northampton Saints team has been named for tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership derby against Leicester.

Australia international centre Rob Horne makes his first team debut in the game – which kicks off at 4:30pm – hot on the heels of a try-scoring outing in the Premiership Rugby ‘A’ League on Monday night.

There is another potential debutant on the bench in the form of South Africa international scrum-half Cobus Reinach, while George North and Teimana Harrison come into the team for their first Aviva Premiership action of the season.

Tom Wood misses the game with a bang to the shoulder.

A limited number of tickets remain available for the match; book at www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/buytickets and use Print@Home to beat the match day queues.

The Match Day Village opens at 1:30pm, with the day’s early game between Bath and Saracens being shown on the big screen from 2:00pm. All of the match day timings can be seen at www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/matchday

Tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership game will be followed the the Premiership Rugby ‘A’ League derby between the Wanderers and Leicester, which kicks off at 7:00pm. This is included in the match ticket.

Saints Season Ticket Holders can let the train take the strain from their travel to Franklin’s Gardens with the continuation of the 2-4-1 match day offer from London Midland. Simply show your Season Card at any manned ticket office between Rugby and Leighton Buzzard to claim your 50 percent discounted travel!

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LEICESTER
Aviva Premiership Round 2
Franklin’s Gardens
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Kick off 4:30pm
15 Ahsee Tuala
14 George North
13 Rob Horne
12 Luther Burrell
11 Tom Collins
10 Harry Mallinder
9 Nic Groom
1 Alex Waller
2 Dylan Hartley (capt)
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Michael Paterson
5 Christian Day
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison

16 Mikey Haywood
17 Campese Ma’afu
18 Paul Hill
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Lewis Ludlam
21 Cobus Reinach
22 James Grayson
23 Ben Foden

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5
Leicester Tigers
Leicester TigersLEI2213095374726561555663
9
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR228014509645-13664805643
Form Guide

Form

LWWLW

Last match

Beat Worcester 32-24

Past meeting

Won 27-21
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
24
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
11