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Northampton Saints 13 – 63 Saracens: Match Report

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Northampton Saints did not capitalise on a strong first-half performance against Saracens as they were undone after the interval, ultimately going down 13-63 at Franklin’s Gardens.

Reece Marshall grabbed a try on his first Aviva Premiership start for the hosts, with Stephen Myler also adding two penalties from the tee, but despite having the better of the opening 40 minutes Northampton went into the break 15-13 down.

But Saints were punished for coughing up possession with regularity in the second half, as Saracens notched up 48 unanswered points with characteristic ruthlessness.

Saints were dominant in the opening stages, and after George North’s break they worked the ball right up to Sarries’ line, but an unfortunate knock-on from Teimana Harrison with the line at his mercy saw an early opportunity go begging.

The opening score then went to Saracens as Sean Maitland and Alex Lozowski exchanged passes to set up the latter, but poor discipline from the visitors allowed Myler to close the gap from the tee.

Northampton were pushed deep into their 22 instantly from the restart, and Owen Farrell replied with a penalty of his own minutes later, with the first quarter done and dusted.

But Marshall, making his first Premiership start, scored a superb try in the corner as he popped out the back of the ruck and beat two defenders to the line – and Myler’s conversion drew the sides level close to the half-hour mark.

And with the momentum on their side Saints took the lead on the approach to half-time as Myler slotted a penalty from right in front of the posts to make it 13-10, but just before the interval Schalk Brits was bundled over the line near the corner for Sarries’ second try.

Farrell missed the conversion, but from there it was one-way traffic for the visitors as they exploded out of the blocks in the second half.

First scrum-half Ben Spencer darted round the maul for the corner, and then the north Londoners secured a bonus point through Mako Vunipola as he was driven across the line to the left of the posts.

Liam Williams crossed next for Saracens, latching on to a clever kick from Farrell, before Lozowski and Chris Wyles hit top gear and made the length of the field for their sixth try.

Their other winger Sean Maitland scored one of his own in similar fashion, before Jackson Wray crossed the line minutes later with another bundled effort in the maul.

Replacement Nathan Earle had the final say of the game, as his late try finished off a difficult afternoon for Northampton, who remain tenth in the Aviva Premiership.

SAINTS: Tuala, Tuitavake, Horne, Francis, North, Myler, Reinach, Ma’afu, Marshall, Brookes, Ratuniyarawa, Day (capt), Ribbans, Gibson, Harrison
Replacements: Clare, van Wyk, Painter, Paterson, Nutley, Mitchell, Collins, Foden

SARACENS: Williams, Maitland, Lozowski, Barritt (capt), Wyles, Farrell, Spencer, Vunipola, Brits, Figallo, Itoje, Kruis, Isiekwe, Cowan, Wray
Replacements: George, Barrington, Longbottom, Day, Burger, Wigglesworth, Taylor, Earle

TIMELINE
10’ SARACENS Try Lozowski, Conversion Farrell 0-7
15’ SAINTS Penalty Myler 3-7
21’ SARACENS Penalty Farrell 3-10
27’ SAINTS Try Marshall, Conversion Myler 10-10
32’ SAINTS Penalty Myler 13-10
35’ SARACENS Try Brits 13-15
HALF-TIME: Saints 13 – 15 Saracens
43’ SARACENS Try Spencer 13-20
50’ SARACENS Try Vunipola, Conversion Farrell 13-27
56’ SARACENS Penalty Farrell 13-30
58’ SARACENS Try Williams, Conversion Farrell 13-37
61’ SARACENS Try Wyles, Conversion Farrell 13-44
64’ SARACENS Try Maitland, Conversion Farrell 13-51
69’ SARACENS Try Wray, Conversion Farrell 13-58
80’ SARACENS Try Earle 13-63
FULL-TIME: Saints 13 – 63 Saracens

Match

Northampton Saints vs Saracens

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 13-63 Saracens

Attendance

13,673

Referee

Craig Maxwell-Keys

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
13

Summary

Full Time

Saracens
Saracens
63

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

14

Nafi Tuitavake

13

Rob Horne

11

George North

10

Stephen Myler

9

Cobus Reinach

1

Campese Ma'afu

3

Kieran Brookes

5

Christian Day

7

Jamie Gibson

SubsNorthampton Saints

16

Charlie Clare

19

Michael Paterson

20

Ben Nutley

23

Ben Foden

Opposition LineupSaracens

15
Liam Williams
14
Sean Maitland
13
Alex Lozowski
12
Bradley Barritt
11
Chris Wyles
10
Owen Farrell
9
Ben Spencer
1
Mako Vunipola
2
Schalk Brits
3
Juan Figallo
4
Maro Itoje
5
George Kruis
6
Nick Isiekwe
7
Blair Cowan
8
Jackson Wray

SubsSaracens

16
Jamie George
17
Richard Barrington
18
Kieran Longbottom
19
Dom Day
20
Schalk Burger
21
Richard Wigglesworth
22
Duncan Taylor
23
Nathan Earle
Rugby

Kick-off brought forward for Saracens clash at the Gardens

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Premiership Rugby today confirmed that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby match between Northampton Saints and Saracens has been brought forward to 2pm.

Saracens’ trip to Northampton and Franklin’s Gardens in Round 19 of Aviva Premiership Rugby clash is scheduled for Saturday 7 April.

The game, the reverse fixture of the opening round of the campaign, had originally been scheduled for a 3pm kick-off.

ROUNDDATETEAMS  KICK-OFFTV
19Sat 7 April 2018Northampton SaintsvSaracens2pmN/A
20Sat 14 April 2018Leicester TigersvNorthampton Saints3pmBT Sport

Tickets are now available for Saints' Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Harlequins from the ticket office at Franklin’s Gardens, online by visiting  or by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01604 581000.

Rugby

Landmark for Marshall as Saints change three for Saracens clash

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Cobus Reinach, Reece Marshall and Teimana Harrison all return to the starting XV as Northampton Saints take on Saracens on Saturday.

The hosts – who have lost just one of their five home fixtures in all competitions in 2018 – make three changes to their line-up for the clash at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 2pm) as they take on the north London outfit for the fourth time this season.

Hooker Reece Marshall makes his first ever Aviva Premiership Rugby start, and will pack down alongside props Campese Ma’afu and Kieran Brookes in Saints’ front row.

Christian Day once again skippers the side in the absence of Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, joining Api Ratuniyarawa in the Northampton engine room.

Teimana Harrison comes back into the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban, and will once again pull on the No.8 jersey for Saints, with fellow back rowers David Ribbans and Jamie Gibson either side of him.

The back three remains unchanged, with Ahsee Tuala lining up at fullback behind Nafi Tuitavake and George North on the wings.

Piers Francis and Rob Horne – Saints top try-scorer in all competitions this season – continue their partnership in the centres, while Cobus Reinach comes into the No.9 jersey to link up with Northampton veteran Stephen Myler in the half-backs.

There is room for Ben Foden amongst the replacements, while scrum-half Alex Mitchell and wing Tom Collins are drafted into the 23 after impressing with five tries between them for the Wanderers in Monday’s A League clash.

“A common theme in all three of the games we’ve played against them so far this season is that we’ve been the makers of our own downfall,” said interim head coach Alan Dickens.

“We spilt the ball or turned it over, and they capitalised, so it’s something we’ve got to focus on – we need to look after the ball, we’ve got to exit on our terms and be more clinical than we have been in the last three games.

“We’ve come on a long way defensively in recent weeks and ultimately we’ve got to win that gainline. That’s the same every single week of the season and especially against Saracens as they are a very physical side.”

Tickets for Saints v Saracens are still available from the ticket office at Franklin’s Gardens, online by CLICKING HERE or by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01604 581000. Prices start at £32 for adults and £14 for juniors.

SAINTS V SARACENS
Aviva Premiership Rugby, Round 19
Franklin’s Gardens
Saturday 7th April, 2018
Kick-off: 2pm 

SAINTS SARACENS

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Nafi Tuitavake
13 Rob Horne
12 Piers Francis
11 George North
10 Stephen Myler
9 Cobus Reinach 

1 Campese Ma’afu
2 Reece Marshall
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Api Ratuniyarawa
5 Christian Day (capt)
6 David Ribbans
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison 

Replacements:
16 Charlie Clare
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Ehren Painter
19 Michael Paterson
20 Ben Nutley
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Tom Collins
23 Ben Foden

 

15 Liam Williams
14 Sean Maitland
13 Alex Lozowski
12 Brad Barritt
11 Chris Wyles
10 Owen Farrell
9 Ben Spencer

1 Mako Vunipola
2 Schalk Brits
3 Juan Figallo
4 Maro Itoje
5 George Kruis
6 Nick Isiekwe
7 Blair Cowan
8 Jackson Wray

Replacements:
16 Jamie George
17 Richard Barrington
18 Kieran Longbottom
19 Dominic Day
20 Schalk Burger
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Duncan Taylor
23 Nathan Earle

 

Injury list:
Tom Wood, Heinrich Brüssow, Mikey Haywood, Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartley, Paul Hill, Jamal Ford-Robinson and Harry Mallinder are all unavailable for selection.

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Saracens
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9
Northampton Saints
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Form Guide

Form

LLLLL

Last match

Lost to Harlequins 29-49

Past meeting

Lost 21-27
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
13
Saracens
Saracens
63