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Northampton Saints vs London Irish

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 13-8 London Irish

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 16-20 London Irish

Attendance

13,793

Referee

Tom Foley

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
16

Summary

Full Time

London Irish
London Irish
20
Northampton Saints
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London Irish
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Myler sends the conversion wide but time's up and that's the game. 

Try Irish.

Taylor's clearing kick is charged down and Porecki collects it to score. 

78

Saints secure the ball at the scrum and push forwards.

77

Scrappy at the scrum from Irish and they knock on there. Scrum Saints. 

76

Irish turn the lineout and play on. Hassell-Collins hacks through and Taylor is there to dot it down over the line. But he's deemed to have carried the ball over the line and Irish will have the scrum. 

75

Irish collect the restart and clear. Lineout Saints just outside the Irish 22. 

Myler...

... sends the conversion through.

Try Irish.

The away side build the phases on Saints' line and eventually a gap opens for Van der Merwe to slip through.

72

Irish push forwards and make it up to Saints' 22. 

71

Taylor's box is charged down but the scrum-half re-collects. His second attempt is good though and Irish collect and play on.

69

Symons charges forwards off the scrum and Reinach boxes clear.  Hassell-Collins is there but his offload finds Harrison and Saints play on.

68

Irish think they're over but Reinach puts in a huge tackle and Hassell-Collins knocks the ball on over the line. Scrum Saints.

67

Saints collect the lineout but lose the ball forwards and Irish play on.

Naiyaravoro is replaced by Taylor as we get restarted. 

64

Penalty Saints as Naiyaravoro is hit with a high tackle. Grayson sends it to touch for a lineout just outside Irish's 22. 

64

Tuala collects the restart and Saints play on before Reinach boxes clear. Irish play on and earn a penalty at the breakdown. Myler's kick to touch doesn't make it though and Naiyaravoro is there. He comes forwards.

Grayson...

... sends the resulting penalty through to extend Saints' lead.

Saints have an advantage coming but as the ball comes wide Phipps deliberately knocks on the ball and is shown a yellow card. 

61

Wide from Grayson on the kick and Irish have the 22 drop. Collins is there and Saints play on.

60

Penalty advantage coming for Saints and we come back for it. Grayson points to the posts. 

59

Symons breaks off the back of the lineout and Saints are up to Irish's 22 now. They keep pushing.

58

Myler clears off the back of the scrum and Tuala is there. Irish knock on in a tackle though and Saints will have the scrum. 

Franks and Franks are replaced by Waller and Painter as we set the scrum. 

56

Saints battle hard but knock on in contact and Irish will have the scrum. 

55

Saints charge forwards as Meehan clears off the back of the lineout. They're back up to the Irish 22 and pushing. 

54

Reinach chips through off the back of the scrum for Collins to chase but again it finds touch. Lineout Irish on their own five metre line.

53

Free kick Saints at the scrum and Saints choose the scrum. 

53

Irish knock on in the lineout and Saints will have the scrum. 

53

Irish clear from the lineout and Saints will have the throw in this time.

Bean replaces Eadie as we set the lineout.

52

The ball comes wide and Hutchinson hacks through for Collins to collect. The ball finds touch though and Irish will have a lineout.

51

Reinach boxes clear and Grayson is there to collect. Saints play on again. 

50

Reinach keeps Myler's penalty kick to touch in and Saints play on.

The TMO intervenes as Ratuniyarawa is deemed to have made contact with Elrington's head and he's shown a red card. 

49

Coles takes the lineout and Saints start to push. 

48

Great defence from Saints off the lineout and Meehan's clearing box kick a short one. Lineout Saints inside Irish's 22. 

47

Hutchinson spots space in behind and chips through to it. The ball bobbles into touch and Irish have the lineout on their own five metre line. 

46

Reinach goes alone as Saints collect the restart and the home side push on once more.

45

Just wide of the kick from Grayson and Irish will have the 22 drop out.

44

Penalty advantage from the scrum coming as the ball come wide for Saints but we come back for it as the last pass it forwards. Grayson points to the posts. 

44

Not straight at the lineout from Irish and Saints choose the scrum option. 

43

Symons charges forwards and Coles does the same. The ball is wide to Collins again but as he offloads to Harrison the latter is pushed into touch. Lineout Irish.

42

Coles strips the ball in a tackle and it's quickly wide to Collins. Saints keep pushing.

41

Eadie takes the restart and Saints push forwards before Reinach sends it high. Irish collect and play on.

40

Not much in it as Myler gets us restarted at the Gardens.

Just enough time for the restart here and Saints run down the clock before Grayson sends it into the Carlsberg Stand to end the half. 

Grayson...

... sends the kick through to get Saints a score ahead. 

39

The TMO intervenes again with a tackle off the ball and awards Saints a penalty. Grayson points to the posts. 

HIA for Sleightholme and he's replaced by Collins. 

38

Saints barge their way forwards but knock on and Irish kick is clear. Lineout Saints on halfway. 

36

Solid scrum from Saints and they're away. Sleightholme gets things up to halfway and Symons gets things up to Irish's 22. 

35

Reinach boxes the restart and Irish collect. They come forwards but the pass to Cowan as he breaks through is forward and Saints have the scrum.

Grayson...

... sends the touchline conversion over too!

Saints maul from the lineout and when Reinach peels off the side there's no stopping him!

32

Naiyaravoro barges forwards off the back of the right and Saints have the advantage coming. Reinach feeds Harrison in the corner but the last pass is deemed forwards and we come back for the penalty. Grayson sends it to the corner. 

31

Coles is up for the lineout and Saints push forwards. Reinach spots space in behind and hacks through to Sleightholme to chase. Stokes knocks on as he tries to collect and Saints will have the scrum. 

30

Penalty Saints at the breakdown and Grayson sends it to touch. Lineout Saints inside Irish's half. 

29

Irish collect the restart and Myler sends it high. Naiyaravoro is there and Saints play on again.

Myler...

... sends this kick through.

28

The TMO intervenes and says the knock on from Saints was deliberate. Penalty Irish and Myler points to the posts. 

27

Saints are deemed to have knocked on in the tackle so scrum Irish. 

27

Irish steal the lineout and push back into Saints' 22. 

26

Grayson sends the resulting penalty to touch and Saints will have a lineout just outside their own 22. 

Irish had won a penalty at the scrum but Meehan is shown yellow for tip tackling Reinach off the ball as the penalty is awarded. Penalty Saints to restart.

26

No try says the TMO as Cowan loses the ball forwards before grounding it. Scrum Saints then.

26

No try says the TMO as Cowan loses the ball forwards before grounding it. Scrum Saints then.

26

Irish push close and think they've grounded the ball at the base of the posts. We're with the TMO to see if they've scored...

25

Short at the restart from Myler and Irish get to the ball first. They push forwards into Saints' 22 and keep coming.

Grayson...

... sends the kick over to get Saints' scoring started. 

23

Wood is up for the lineout and Naiyaravoro charges into Irish's 22 off the back of it. Saints push on and have an advantage coming too. Eventually we come back for it and Grayson points to the posts. 

22

Overthrow from Saints at the lineout and Irish play on. But as the ball comes wide they fumble it into touch and Saints will have another shot at the lineout.

20

Coles is up for the lineout and the ball comes wide quickly. Naiyaravoro's offload finds Hepetema's hands but he's pushed into touch quickly. Lineout Saints.

18

Conversion from Myler comes off the posts and we restart things here. Meehan boxes clear and Saints will have the lineout on halfway. 

Irish scramble close before the ball comes wide to Hassell-Collins in the corner for the score. 

15

Overthrow at the lineout from Saints and Irish collect. They work close through the forwards before Saints are pinged for being offside. Irish choose the scrum. 

14

Meehan boxes clear off the back of the lineout and Reinach sends it into space in behind. But Stokes works back and clears. Lineout Saints on their own 22. 

13

Irish spill the ball from the base of the scrum and Saints play on. The ball comes wide through Hutchinson, Grayson and Tuala before finding Symons. He makes it into Irish's half before he's pushed into touch. Lineout Irish. 

12

We get things restarted with an Irish scrum. 

It was a head knock for Francis and he's stretchered from the field, hopefully not as serious as it looks. Symons enters play here at the Gardens.

12

Irish come wide but we pause the game as Francis takes a knock in the build up. 

11

Penalty Irish as Saints are found offside off the back of the scrum and Myler sends it to touch. Lineout Irish.

10

Grayson sends a high ball up and Sleightholme chases but knocks on in the air. Scrum Irish. 

9

Reinach boxes high and Myler is there. Irish return with a box of their own. Tuala is there and Saints come forwards. 

7

Irish keep the ball for a time but knock on and Saints play on. Hutchinson sends it long and Irish return. Naiyaravoro is there and Saints play on once more.

6

Penalty Irish at the scrum and Myler sends it to touch. Lineout Irish.

5

Hutchinson sends the ball high and Myler knocks it on. Scrum Saints. 

4

Grayson sends the ball high before Irish return. Reinach is there are Saints play on.

3

Solid scrum but Irish manage to keep the ball. They begin to push forwards, making it up to halfway before Meehan clears. The ball heads over the try line and Sleightholme dots down for a Saints 22 drop. 

2

Free kick Irish as Saints are pinged for pre-engaging. Irish choose the scrum. 

1

Irish return the restart and Tuala is there. Saints earn a penalty at the breakdown but Grayson's kick to touch doesn't make it, rather going dead. Scrum Irish instead. 

HERE WE GO!!

Saints v London Irish is on! Grayson gets us started here at Franklin's Gardens...

Opposition LineupLondon Irish

15
James Stokes
14
Waisake Naholo
13
Curtis Rona
12
Terrence Hepetema
11
Ollie Hassell-Collins
10
Stephen Myler
9
Ben Meehan
1
Harry Elrington
2
Dave Porecki
3
Sekope Kepu
4
Franco Van Der Merwe
5
Adam Coleman
6
Matt Rogerson
7
Blair Cowan
8
Albert Tuisue

SubsLondon Irish

16
Ben Atkins
17
Allan Dell
18
Ollie Hoskins
19
Steve Mafi
20
Ben Donnell
21
Nick Phipps
22
Tom Stephenson
23
Matt Williams
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Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR13706303311-835384335
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London Irish
London IrishLIR13517255350-9533475128
Form Guide

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London Irish
London Irish
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