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Northampton Saints vs London Irish

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 25-14 London Irish

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 44-26 London Irish

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Wayne Barnes

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
44

Summary

Full Time

London Irish
London Irish
26
Northampton Saints
T
C
P
T
C
T
P
T
T
T
C
T
C
KOHTFT
London Irish
T
C
T
C
C

Irish maul forwards again and though Elrington is over the whitewash, he knocks the ball on there and that's the match. It's a bonus point win for Saints!!

80

Irish try to maul but it's brought down and Irish get another penalty there. Jacksons ends it into the corner again. 

80

Time's up as Jackson sends to ball into the corner. 

Yellow card for Biggar as he deliberately knocks on when the ball comes back inside. 

79

Irish push forwards and Loader works up to Saints' 22.

Isiekwe goes off injured but with no substitutes left, Saints will play on with 14. 

78

Ludlam is up for the lineout and Saints come forwards hard off the back of it. The ball comes wide to Collins who gets play up to the 22 but as it comes back inside it finds Irish hands. The ball comes wide right and though Isiekwe intercepts, we come back for a scrum advantage to Irish in the build up. 

77

Penalty Saints at the scrum and Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout back in Irish's half. 

76

Tuisue looks to barge through Saints' midfield as Irish come forwards off the lineout but Biggar takes him down there. Irish push on but another huge hit from Biggar forces the knock on and Saints will have the scrum. 

75

Advantage coming to Irish as Saints are found offside and eventually we come back for it. Jackson sends the ball to touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

74

The advantage from the knock on is over as Irish push out of their own 22. Saints defend hard and hold Irish back in their own half. 

73

Tuala competes for the restart but he knocks the high ball on and Irish play on. 

Jackson...

... sends the conversion through too. 

72

Saints return the restart Irish's way and Loader races through Saints' line before dashing in the final yards to score. 

Sleightholme is replaced by Tuala as we restart. 

Biggar...

... sends the conversion over too!

TRYYYYYYY SLEIGHTHOLME!!

Biggar hacks through for Sleightholme to chase and he races forwards, controlling the ball with his feet before dotting down!

69

Isiekwe is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards before James peels off. The backs take over and Saints are up to the 22 now and pushing. 

68

Overthrow from Irish and Matavesi is on it. Saints push forwards out of their own 22 and earn a penalty at the breakdown just after. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout inside Irish's half. 

67

Coles disrupts the lineout but it comes back on the Irish side. And they earn a penalty at the breakdown as Saints are found on the wrong side. Jackson sends it into the corner. 

67

Somehow Saints turn the ball over and James clears long. Loader is back there and he comes forwards. But Saints get over the ball and it heads into touch, it's deemed to have come off Saints hands last though and Irish will have the lineout just inside Saints' half. 

66

Hassell-Collins breaks through and makes it up for Saints' 22 before he's taken. Saints defend hard but Irish push on. 

65

Solid at the lineout from Saints and they push forwards again. But Saints knock the ball on as it comes loose out wide and Irish play on.

James and Hutchinson enter the field as we set the lineout with Mitchell and Francis making way. 

63

Biggar sends a high ball up and Francis gets under it again. Saints play on again before earning a penalty at the breakdown. Biggar sends it into the corner for a lineout there. 

62

Ludlam is up for the lineout and Saints push on on the halfway line. 

Coles replaces Ribbans as we set the lineout. 

60

Saints return the 22 drop to Irish and the away side push up. They work up to Saints' 22 but Francis gets over the ball again and earns Saints the penalty. Biggar sends the ball into touch for a lineout on halfway. 

Wood replaces Harrison as we restart. 

59

Irish push forwards into Saints' half after Saints return the restart. But Saint counter-ruck hard and turn the ball over. Mitchell chips over the top but the ball goes dead and Hassell-Collins dots the ball down. 22 drop Irish. 

Biggar...

... sends the conversion through from the left touchline too!

TRYYYYYY FRANCIS!!!

Saints' forwards push close before the ball comes wide to Francis and he darts round the last man to score!

56

Isiekwe is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards with an advantage coming. The home side keeps coming.

55

Another penalty to Saints off the back of the lineout and Biggar sends this one into the corner. 

54

Free kick Irish at the scrum and they make it quickly. Francis puts in a huge hit and Ludlam gets over the ball to earn Saints a penalty there. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout in Irish's half. 

53

Wide from Biggar on the conversion from the right touchline and Sleightholme knocks the ball on on the restart. Scrum Irish just inside Saints' half. 

TRYYYYYYY SLEIGHTHOLME!!

It's the prolific winger who's over after Saints' forwards truck it close and that's the bonus point score for Saints! 

51

Penalty coming for Saints from the scrum and they play on for a time on the five metre line. 

50

Isiekwe is up for the lineout and he finds Ribbans off the top. The lock charges forwards and is over the whitewash but he's held up. Scrum Saints.

49

Irish look to push forwards off the lineout but the ball is stripped by Saints and they come forwards themselves. They have a penalty advantage coming for the home side and we come back for it. Biggar sends it into the corner. 

48

Solid shove from Saint and Mitchell whips it out wide. The ball heads into touch on the last pass though and Irish will have the lineout just inside their own 22. 

Waller and Painter enter the game as we set the scrum, with Auterac and Hill making way. 

Haywood, who took a knock in the build up to Irish's try, is replaced by Matavesi as we restart.

47

No conversion from Jackson and Biggar restarts. Francis gets under the ball at the restart and earns Saints the scrum there too. 

Try Irish.

The away side push close and it's Tuisue who's over with the ball. 

45

Irish push forwards off the lineout and Stokes comes forwards again. He's taken down short by Ribbans but Irish push on still. 

44

Irish use the ball quickly from the lineout and earn a penalty at the breakdown as Saints are penalised for not releasing. Jackson sends it to touch again for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

44

Isiekwe is up for the lineout and Saints push on again but Irish get over the ball in the next phase and earn the penalty there. Jackson side it to touch for a lineout on halfway. 

43

Phipps boxes clear off the back of the lineout and Saints will have the lineout just outside the Irish 22 now. 

42

Saints steal the lineout and push forwards quickly. Furbank chips through for Sleightholme to chase but the ball bobbles into touch and Irish will have the lineout inside their own 22. 

42

Saints look to come forwards down the left but are pushes into touch there. Lineout Irish. 

41

Phipps boxes the ball high on the restart and Furbank is there. Saints push on just outside the Irish 22. 

40

WE'RE BACK ON!

Biggar gets us back underway for the second half here at the Gardens!

And that kick sends us into half-time here at the Gardens.

Biggar...

... sends the kick through from in front of the posts to extend Saints' lead.

39

Saints try to push forwards but the TMO intervenes with a penalty for Saints at the lineout. Biggar points to the posts with the last play of the half. 

38

Saints strip the ball though and Sleightholme is racing after his own chip again. Phipps sends the ball to touch for a lineout inside Irish's half. 

37

Biggar takes the high ball as Irish return the restart. Mitchell boxes high off the back of the ruck and Jackson claims it. He's taken by Ribbans quickly though and Irish attempt to push forwards. 

36

Jackson sends the kick wide and Saints will have the 22 drop out as Loader returns from the sin bin. 

35

Advantage coming to Irish off the scrum and we come back to it. Jackson points to the posts. 

34

Saints come wide left as they take the high ball but a pass goes forwards there and Irish have the scrum. 

33

Overthrow from Irish at the lineout and Auterac is on the loose ball. Saints push on again. The ball comes wide to Sleightholme and he hacks through and chases. But he's beaten to the ball just and Phipps sends a box kick high. 

32

They play on with a penalty advantage as Saints are penalised for a high tackle and eventually we come back for it. Jackson sends the penalty to touch for a lineout inside Saints' half. 

31

Saints push forwards off the lineout once again and are quickly inside Irish's half. But Francis' charge leaves him isolated and Irish turn the ball over. They play on.

30

Saints maul forwards from the restart and have a penalty coming as Mitchell pulls the ball out. Biggar attempts a cross field kick to Collins but it finds Jacksons' hands instead and we come back for the penalty. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout on halfway. 

29

Biggar's conversion comes off the post but Ribbans rises to claim the restart and Saints push on again.

TRYYYYYY MITCHELL!!!

Wowza! It's another insane solo effort from the scrum-half off the back of the scrum as he races in untouched from outside the 22 to score in the corner! 

27

Saints restart with a lineout and come forwards quickly but referee Wayne Barnes disrupts play as they come back inside and we restart the game with a Saints scrum. 

It's a yellow card for Loader on the restart as he deliberately plays Isiekwe in the air as he jumps for the ball. 

Biggar...

... sends the conversion through too!

TRYYYYY MITCHELL!!!

It's a brilliant solo effort from the scrum-half as he slips through and reaches out to score! Try says the TMO and Saints are ahead again. 

26

We're with the TMO to see if Mitchell has scored. 

25

Saints choose the scrum option and after a huge shove, Mitchell comes forwards again. 

24

Biggar gets Saints up into the 22 as Mitchell darts off the back of the scrum again. Saints push forwards again before the penalty comes their way as Irish are found offside. 

23

Saints charge up on the restart and Francis gets over the ball hard. Irish knock on there and Saints will have the scrum. 

Jackson...

... sends the conversion over too. 

Try Irish.

It's Hassell-Collins who's over the line as Irish push up off the back of the lineout, with the winger slipping through a tiny gap in Saints' line.

19

Saints sends the ball high off the restart again and Irish push forwards before Phipps boxes it high. Saints take Irish in the air as the ball comes back down though and Jackson sends the penalty to the corner. 

Biggar...

... sends the kick through to put Saints ahead. 

17

Irish return the ball Saints' way off the scrum and Saints earn the penalty as they push forwards. Biggar points for the posts. 

16

Isiekwe is up for the lineout but as the ball comes wide it's knocked on. Scrum Irish. 

14

Phipps boxes the restart high and Saints come back at Irish before returning it their way. Irish clear to touch and Saints have the lineout on halfway. 

Biggar...

... sends the conversion through too!

TRYYYYYYY DINGWALL!!!

Mitchell puts Biggar in space and he has Dingwall on his shoulder to round the last man and score!!

12

Saints whip it left to right, looking for a space in Irish's line as they push towards the 22 now. 

11

Huge hit from Francis on Parton on the restart and Jackson is forced to clear. Lineout Saints inside Irish's half. 

Jackson...

... sends the conversion through too.

Try Irish.

Phipps spots a space in Saints' line and he races forwards to the line to start the scoring. 

8

Irish keep coming forwards with an advantage coming if they need it too. 

7

Irish inch forwards off the back of the scrum, working their way into Saints' 22 now. 

5

Solid scrum and Mitchell darts off the back of it. Saints push forwards before a bit of aerial tennis ensues. Furbank is the man who runs it into contact eventually and Saints push back towards halfway but knock on there. Scrum Irish. 

4

Irish return Biggar's high ball and Harrison charges forwards before Biggar sends it skyward again. Saints push up in defence and a huge hit from Haywood is what eventually earns Saints the scrum as Irish knock on on the halfway line.

3

Saints' defence holds firm there though and pushes Irish back towards the halfway line. Phipps hacks through but his kick heads into the dead ball area and Furbank dots it down. 22 drop out Saints. 

2

Collins gets things over almost up to the five metre line but Tuisue scoops the ball out of the ruck and charges forwards. He's back in Saints' half before he's taken down and Irish push wide left now. 

1

Biggar returns Jackson's restart but Isiekwe is quickly over the ball at the next breakdown and Saints have the penalty. Biggar sends it into touch for a lineout just outside Irish's 22. 

0

HERE WE GO!

Jackson gets us underway here at Franklin's Gardens!

Opposition LineupLondon Irish

15
Tom Parton
14
Ben Loader
13
James Stokes
12
Terrence Hepetema
11
Ollie Hassell-Collins
10
Paddy Jackson
9
Nick Phipps
1
Allan Dell
2
Motu Matu'u
3
Lovejoy Chawatama
4
Chunya Munga
5
Rob Simmons
6
Ben Donnell
7
Blair Cowan
8
Albert Tuisue

SubsLondon Irish

16
Matt Cornish
17
Harry Elrington
18
Ollie Hoskins
19
George Nott
20
Matt Rogerson
21
Ben Meehan
22
Phil Cokanasiga
23
Tom Homer
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5
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR1710073723244847395450
6
London Irish
London IrishLIR17629336379-4339467542
Form Guide

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