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Northampton Saints vs Worcester Warriors

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 17-7 Worcester

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 29-10 Worcester

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Christophe Ridley

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
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Summary

Full Time

Worcester Warriors
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No try says the TMO; that's the match and a bonus point win for Saints!

80

Worcester think they're over but we're with the TMO to see if it's held up.

80

Nanai breaks through off the back of the scrum and Worcester work up to the five metre line with the last play.

80

Hutchinson gets up for the restart but he can't keep a hand on it and Worcester will have the scrum as the clock runs out.

79

No conversion from Hutchinson out wide and Searle restarts with 30 seconds left to play here. 

TRYYYYYY HAYWOOD!!!

The maul gets close but Haywood splinters off and makes sure the ball gets over the whitewash for the bonus point score!

78

Lawes is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards. 

77

Advantage coming for Saints off the scrum and we come back for it after a couple of phases. Biggar sends it to the corner. 

76

Good pressure from Saints off the back of the scrum and Worcester knock the ball on. Scrum Saints.

75

Scrappy at the lineout from Worcester and Saints pressure hard but the scrum will go Worcester's way as the ball comes to ground. 

73

Naiyaravoro and Adendorff push off the scrum but Worcester get over the ball and Searle sends the resulting penalty to touch for a lineout just outside their own 22.

James replaces Mitchell as we set the scrum. 

72

Saints push close but the ball comes loose and Worcester gather but as the ball comes wide, it's a Worcester hadn't that pushes it into touch. There was a knock on in the build up though and we come back for it. Scrum Saints. 

71

Mitchell and Collins team up off the back of the scrum and the fast-footed pair get things up to the Worcester 22 at break neck pace. Saints push again. 

70

Ludlam strips the ball in the tackle though and the ball comes wide to Collins quickly. He pushes forwards and Worcester knock on the ball there too. Scrum Saints just inside their own half. 

69

Worcester whip the ball wide and push into Saints' 22 quickly. Saints defend hard but Worcester still push.

68

Mitchell clears hard from the lineout and though Humphreys collects is, Saints defence is there. A penalty goes Worcester's way this time though, as Saints are pinged for not rolling. Searle sends it to touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22.

67

Mitchell clears the restart and Worcester push on halfway. Humphreys spots space in behind and hacks the ball through to touch. Lineout Saints there.

Isiekwe and Tuala make way as we restart, with Moon and Collins entering the game. 

Biggar...

... converts his own score too!

TRYYYYY BIGGAR!!

A lovely passage of play from Saints and eventually a gap opens up for Biggar to slip through and score.

65

Isiekwe steals the lineout and Saints are pushing hard quickly. Naiyaravoro and Ribbans push close, they're up to the five metre line and still coming. 

63

Solid at the scrum from Saints and Hougaard clears. Naiyaravoro is there and Saintshave the penalty coming too. Hutchinson sends the cross field kick over and though Proctor can't get there, it bobbles into touch nicely for Saints. Lineout Worcester in their own 22. 

62

Isiekwe takes the lineout and Naiyaravoro pushes Saints closer but he can't keep his hands on the ball as he hits contact and Worcester will have the scrum. 

60

Solid scrum from Saints and Adendorff charges forwards off the back of it. the ball comes wide to Naiyaravoro and he boshes his way into Worcester's half. Saints push further, working up to the Worcester 22 but we eventually come back for an advantage in the build up. Biggar sends the penalty into the corner. 

59

Annett strips the ball in a tackle and the hooker races up to halfway. Worcester push on and make it up to Saints' 22 before knocking the ball on there. Scrum Saints then. 

58

Not straight from Worcester at the lineout and Saints will have the scrum. 

Van Wyk, Haywood, Franks and Adendorff enter play as we set the lineout, with Waller, Matavesi, Hill and Harrison making way.

56

Mitchell finds Hutchinson off the back of the scrum and Saints push again. Naiyaravoro charges up and Harrison does the same. But Ribbans is caught holding on and Worcester earn the penalty. Searle clears to touch.

55

Mitchell pushes forwards off the back of the scrum, Proctor makes more ground. Ribbans makes his way over the line but referee Ridley says it's held up. Scrum Saints then. 

54

Saints push hard but a Worcester knock on halts play. Scrum Saints on the five metre line. 

53

Ribbans is up for the lineout and Harrison charges close off the back of it. Saints push on the five metre line now.

52

Mitchell spots half a hole in Worcester's line and Furbank spots space in behind. Hutchinson chases and though Worcester win the foot race, Harrison is over it quickly and Saints have the penalty. Hutchinson sends it to the corner. 

52

Hougaard sends the ball high from the restart and Tuala is there. He feeds Harrison to take things back up to the halfway line and still Saints push.

Searle...

... sends the resulting penalty through the posts.

Biggar is shown a yellow card as he's found offside at the ruck.

49

Worcester gather and push forwards, working they way into Saints' 22.

47

Worcester push from the lineout but the ball comes loose and Mitchell dives on it. Saints push their way out of their own 22 before Mitchell sends it high. 

46

Penalty Worcester at the scrum this time. Searle send the ball into touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

45

Free kick Worcester as Saints push early. Scrum again to Worcester.

44

Not straight at the lineout from Saints though and Worcester will have the scrum. 

43

The ball pops out of the side of the scrum and Worcester dive on the loose ball. Worcester push but Matavesi gets over the ball  and earns Saints the penalty. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout inside Worcester's half. 

42

Mitchell boxes the ball high into the swirling wind and Worcester gather before sending it back Saints' way. The home side play on and a knock on Worcester give Saints the scrum. 

41

Saints return the restart and Worcester look to play but the home defences holds firm and Hougaard sends it high. Tuala is there and Saints play on.

40

WE'RE BACK UNDERWAY!

Searle gets things restarted here at Franklin's Gardens as the ran starts to come down.

But as the ball comes wide to Dingwall he just loses grasp on the ball and that's the half. 

40

The clock is in the red here at Franklin's Gardens as we get set for the lineout. The ball comes wide to Tuala quickly and comes back the other way after he works into Worcester's half.

39

Saints maul their way over the 22 line and earn penalty of their own there this time. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout on halfway. 

38

Nanai eventually finds a way through Saints' line and Worcester come forwards but Annett is pushed into touch by Saints' scramble defence. Lineout Saints on their own 22. 

38

Worcester go to the front with the lineout and work off it quickly. Saints defend well though and hold their guests around the halfway line.

37

Worcester look to maul again and earn a penalty there too. Searle sends it to touch for a lineout just inside Saints' half this time. 

36

Mitchell boxes clear this time and though Biggar is chasing, the ball comes loose. Worcester jump on the loose ball and hack through but Furbank is there to clear to touch well. Lineout Worcester within their own half. 

35

Worcester look to maul but Saints hold firm and Hougaard boxes off the base of it. Proctor does well to take the ball in the swirling wind and Saints push on again.

34

Penalty Worcester at the scrum an Searle sends it into touch for a lineout just outside the 22.

33

Waller thinks he's over and Biggar lines the conversion up but the TMO intervenes and calls an obstruction in the build up. Scrum Worcester on their own five metre line. 

33

Ribbans at the lineout again and Saints maul forwards.

32

Ribbans is up for the lineout and Saints charge forwards at the maul. They get close and though the ball is lost forwards, we come back for a penalty advantage at the lineout. Biggar sends it to the corner again.

31

Isiekwe claims the restart well and Saints push on once more. A lovely kick from Mitchell is returned to Saints hands and they work up into Worcester's half quickly. And Worcester are penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown, Biggar sends the ball into the corner for a lineout there.

Naiyaravoro replaces Dingwall as we get back underway. 

Biggar...

... sends the conversion through too.

TRYYYYY MITCHELL!!

Tuala pushes forwards out wide and Biggar is inside him to slip through Worcester's defence, Mitchell is on his shoulder and the scrum-half races in to score under the posts!

28

Hougaard boxes the ball high and Saints gather and push on.

Searle...

... converts his own score too.

Try Worcester.

Humphreys slinks down the left wing and gets Worcester on the front foot before the ball comes back the other way. David pushes up and Searle is on his shoulder to finish the score. 

25

Another solid scrum from both sides and Harrison scampers forwards off the base. Tuala gets things up to the halfway line and Biggar sends it high but the wind catches it once again and it finds Worcester hands.

23

Worcester look to maul again but Saints defend hard and earn the scrum for their efforts. 

23

Saints work up to the halfway line but Worcester earn a penalty at the breakdown there and Searle sends it to the corner. 

22

Solid scrum from Saints and Worcester are forced to use it. They work forwards but the ball is fumbled forwards and Saints scoop it up and play on.

21

Saints come forwards but a pass is deemed forwards near the halfway line and Worcester will have the scrum there.

20

Mitchell claims the high ball and he finds Harrison to charge forwards. Saints keep pushing and work up to halfway.

19

Just wide from Biggar with the kick and Worcester have the 22 drop out again. 

19

Penalty Saints at the breakdown and Biggar points to the posts with this one.

18

A bit of aerial tennis here but Hutchinson says enough of that and runs it forwards. He teams up with Tuala to get Saints within inches of Worcester's 22 and still the home side push. 

17

Solid scrum from Saints and Mitchell finds Biggar off the back of it. He finds Furbank and he sends it long into space in the backfield. Saints chase hard but Worcester manage to keep possession. 

16

Worcester look to maul from the lineout but Saints' defence holds firm and when Hougaard decides to run his pass goes forwards. Scrum Saints. 

15

Tuala claims the restart but Worcester work hard to push him into touch and they will have the lineout on Saints' 22. 

PENALTY TRY SAINTS!

After a quick trip to the TMO, Ridley decides that Saints would have scored if Nanai hadn't intervened and gets under the posts to award the penalty try. 

Saints look to maul but Worcester halt their progress for a time before Saints whip it wide. But a stray hand from Nanai sees a deliberate knock on from the Worcester fullback - he heads to the sin bin for ten minutes.

13

Penalty Saints at the breakdown too and Biggar sends it to the corner. 

12

Searle sends this one to Tuala and he finds Biggar. The Saints' fly-half sends it high and claims it himself. Saints are pushing again, this time on Worcester's 22.

11

They go quickly and push forwards before sending the ball high again. Proctor claims the high ball this time and Mitchell boxes clear but that one goes too long again and Worcester have the 22 drop out again.

9

Hutchinson and Nanai exchange kicks before Hougaard claims one and decides to run with it. Worcester push up to halfway before Hougaard sends it high again. Furbank is there and he sends it long but it's too long and Searle dots the ball down over Worcester's tryline. 22 drop Worcester.

8

A bone-crunching tackle from Lawes and good pressure from Saints forces Hougaard to send the ball high. Biggar claims it and Saints push on.

7

Lawes is up for the lineout and Saints push forwards off the back of it. They're up to halfway before Biggar sends it high but the ball holds in the air and Worcester come away with the ball. 

5

Penalty Saints at the scrum and Biggar clears to touch. Lineout Saints near halfway. 

4

Worcester use the ball quickly off the lineout and silky hands gets them over the line but referee Christophe Ridley calls things back for a knock on in the build up and Saints have the scrum on their own five metre line instead.

3

Isiekwe claims the restart and Mitchell boxes clear from the base of the ruck. Nanai is there to collect and though Saints get over the ball, the penalty goes Worcester's way this time. Searle sends it to touch.

Biggar...

... sends the ball through the posts to get the scoring started.

2

Penalty Saints at the breakdown and Biggar points to the posts.

1

Worcester collect the kick-off and clear but good pressure gets Saints the lineout just outside Worcester's 22.

HERE WE GO!

We're gutted not to have any supporters in the stadium with us this afternoon but Biggar gets our Boxing Day fixture underway here at Franklin's Gardens.

Opposition LineupWorcester Warriors

15
Melani Nanai
14
Perry Humphreys
13
Ollie Lawrence
12
Ashley Beck
11
Nick David
10
Billy Searle
9
Francois Hougaard
1
Ethan Waller
2
Niall Annett
3
Nick Schonert
4
Justin Clegg
5
Andrew Kitchener
6
Ted Hill
7
Marco Mama
8
Cornell Du Preez

SubsWorcester Warriors

16
Beck Cutting
17
Marc Thomas
18
Richard Palframan
19
Joe Batley
20
Sam Lewis
21
Gareth Simpson
22
Duncan Weir
23
Oli Morris
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Form Guide

Form

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Last match

Draw with Leinster 0-0

Past meeting

Won 29-10
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