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Saracens vs Northampton Saints

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saracens 16-21 Saints

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saracens 25-27 Saints

Attendance

6,707

Referee

Ian Tempest

Saracens
Saracens
25

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
27
Saracens
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T
C
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Northampton Saints
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C
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P

80

That's Saints' first win at Allianz Park since 2016!! What a season opener!

YESSSSSSS!!

79

Saints secure the restart...

79

30 seconds left here at Allianz Park...

Grayson...

... sends the kick through!!

78

Penalty Saints at the breakdown! Grayson points to the posts...

77

Furbank and Collins race forwards down the right before the ball comes back left quickly. Saints are up to the Saracens 22 now.

76

Skelton knocks on and Saints breathe a sigh of relief. Four minutes left and Saints need to find some match-winning points.

75

Saracens put the ball through the hands at speed after a scrum, but as Segun bears down on the try line he drops it forward and the chance is gone. Saints deep in their own territory however and Taylor clears to the 22. It's all hands to the pumps in defence for Saints.

71

Scrum penalty for Saints! Crucial moment for the visitors but Grayson misses touch and back come the hosts again.

70

Tompkins bustles his way through a tackle and Saracens have good field position, looking to turn up the heat, but they make a handling error and Saints have the scrum on their own 22. We stop for a quick breather after a frenetic ten minutes and Mitch Eadie comes on for Premiership debutant JJ Tonks.

67

Good kick chase from Segun and Earl gets back over the ball to win another penalty. Technically very strong from the flanker, who earns his side another shot at three points but Spencer finally misses and the hosts' advantage stays at just a point.

PENALTY SARACENS

Coles is penalised under a high ball despite Furbank's superb take – he obstructs the attacker and Saracens are back in front thanks to yet another Spencer penalty.

PENALTY GRAYSON

Symons and Sleightholme into the action and Saints win a penalty as Skelton plays the ball on the floor! Grayson shows his mettle again and makes it four from four today!

PENALTY SARACENS

Spencer from out wide is again on the money to send his side back in front with 19 minutes left. He doesn't look like missing today.

60

Furbank is driven into touch by Earl who has been relentless today. Sarries now with the lineout inside the 22 and try to get a shove on, but a penalty comes their way with Wood singled out by the referee.

PENALTY SARACENS

Turnover by Alex Coles! Terrific defence from Saints who work so hard over the ball. But after Northampton clear Hutchinson is penalised for not supporting his weight and the trusty boot of Spencer closes the gap to two points.

55

Momentum now back with the hosts as they build the phases with big carries. Sarries get some gainline and are deep into Saints' territory...

52

Chaos here at Allianz Park! Frantic stuff as both sides look to counter-attack after knock ons. Taylor's quick tap penalty started it all off but now Saracens get back some control and clear again. The game is opening up.

49

Good shove from Saracens and when the ball squirms loose they are able to clear. Let off for the hosts but they knock the ball forwards from the line-out and Saints get back possession.

48

TMO denies Saints

Naiyaravoro again causing carnage down the left wing and his offload inside finds Furbank who has a clear run in to score! But...we're brought back as that was forward and the try is chalked off. Referee Ian Tempest brings play back for a high tackle on Naiyaravoro and Grayson kicks to the corner. Saints smell blood...

47

Good scrum from Saints and Goode boots the ball into touch. Saints with the lineout about 30 metres out, and get quick ball again, looking to work Saracens from side to side.

45

Two phases off the lineout and Saints have Saracens at sixes and sevens in defence! A chip over the top just doesn't sit up for Furbank and he can't quite gather with the try line at his mercy. Saints looking the business at the moment, but Saracens have the ball back.

43

Big hit from JJ Tonks! The Academy flanker makes his presence felt before an uncharacteristic loose pass from Saracens sees the ball go into touch.

42

Great start to the second half for Saints as Furbank breaks through and then finds Taylor who again carries well! Fish spills it however and Saracens get the scrum inside their own half.

We're back underway!

Goode gets the second half started for Saracens.

40

Match Action: Ribbans burrows over for Saints' first try

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40

Saints go in ahead at the break

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HALF-TIME

Saints win back the restart and Grayson doesn't hang around to put the ball into touch to send the sides into the sheds. A remarkable five minutes from Northampton sees them in ahead after a half where they withstood some real pressure from the hosts and coughed up some chances of their own. All to play for in the second half at Allianz Park...

CONVERSION GRAYSON

Grayson adds the extras.

TRY TAYLOR!!

But it's a length of the field score from Saints!!! Saracens cough up the ball and Grayson hacks clear, Collins collects in the midfield and cannot burn the last man, but finds Taylor who scores against his former side. Saints back in front and it's stunning stuff!

37

Segun grabs hold of the restart and Saracens now have a great opportunity. Some heavy runners coming at Saints now inside the 22...

CONVERSION GRAYSON

Another excellent kick from No.10 Grayson to reduce the deficit even further.

TRY HUTCHINSON!!

Naiyaravoro can't quite latch onto Furbank's grubber but that was nice from Saints. Northampton turnover the ball though through Coles, and somehow Rory Hutchinson dances his way through traffic to score!! Magic from the centre!

32

Saracens brought back for a forward pass as they break away following a Grayson cross-field kick. Saints with a scrum just inside their own half, looking for some points before the interval.

Conversion Saracens

Spencer's conversion is good to take the scoreline to 16-7

Try Saracens

Saints win back the restart but the ball is dislodged from Naiyaravoro's grasp. Saracens with the ball in hand, Earl steps inside and finds Gallagher who has a free run in to the tryline. A try out of nothing for the hosts.

Penalty Saracens

...Spencer's left boot is again on the money and Saracens retake the lead almost immediately after relinquishing it.

28

Penalty is awarded to Saracens as Hill is trapped in a ruck...

CONVERSION GRAYSON!

Great strike from Grayson and Saints take the lead!

TRY FOR RIBBANS!!

The ball is spun wide to Coles who is stopped just short, but a couple of phases later in steams David Ribbans to score on his 50th appearance for Saints!!

23

Another excellent scrum effort from Saints' pack puts Saracens under some pressure, but they secure possession and clear as far as Naiyaravoro. Northampton now in possession and Furbank breaks through! 

21

Saints get through the phases and are up to five metres out, but the Saracens defence holds firm! Loads of pressure and patience coming from the visitors but Fish cannot gather a Hutchinson pass and possession goes back to the hosts again.

19

...but Saracens get a good shove on and Tonks is penalised. Coles gets up superbly in the lineout to win back the ball and Saints play out from the back superbly through Naiyaravoro and are up past halfway!

16

Spencer's clearance swirls around in the wind and under pressure Furbank cannot gather the ball cleanly and Saracens get the put in at the scrum. Northampton pack hold really firm and Earl knocks on to give Saints back possession, just inside the Londoners' half.

Penalty Saracens

Saints slow up the ball but referee Ian Tempest calls them back for not rolling away. Spencer makes no mistake again from the tee and the hosts double their advantage.

13

Skelton throws an excellent offload before Tompkins threads a grubber-kick through and Taylor is forced into touch. Sarries now with good field position and working through the phases.

10

Dingwall and Wood truck it up before Grayson's cross-field kick finds Hutchinson, but Saints are penalised for holding on and the hosts win back the ball.

9

Saracens get some territory and this time it's Taylor's turn to clear – it's a good kick and the hosts knock on in the midfield for a Saints scrum. Northampton looking for a little more consistency with the ball in hand here.

7

Wood knocks on in the face of strong Sarries defence and we come back for a scrum. The hosts clear their lines.

6

Earl is pinged at the at the breakdown and Grayson sends the resulting penalty towards the corner. Tonks wins the lineout and Saints are on the front foot!

5

Saints secure the ball at the scrum and Saracens knock on at the ruck just after. Scrum Saints again.

Ben Spencer knocks through a routine penalty for the first points of the afternoon for the hosts.

3

Furbank knocks on and Saracens have a scrum just inside their own half. Lewington darts through but Collins hauls him down! Naiyaravoro pulls off an interception but back we come for a penalty as Saints are caught offside.

KICK-OFF!

And we're underway as James Grayson sends the ball high into the air!

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-2

Here come the teams!

Alex Waller leads the boys out this afternoon, with Saints wearing their grey and green away strip here at Allianz Park.

-15

T-minus 15 minutes to kick-off...

Here's how Saints line-up this afternoon:

15 Furbank, 14 Collins, 13 Dingwall, 12 Hutchinson, 11 Naiyaravoro, 10 Grayson, 9 Taylor; 1 Waller, 2 Fish, 3 Hill, 4 Ribbans, 5 Moon, 6 Coles, 7 Tonks, 8 Wood

Replacements: 16 van Vuuren, 17 van Wyk, 18 Painter, 19 Bean, 20 Eadie, 21 Tupai, 22 Symons, 23 Sleightholme

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WELCOME TO ALLIANZ PARK

Good afternoon and welcome to Allianz Park for Saracens vs Northampton Saints – the first clash of the new Gallagher Premiership season for the men in Black, Green and Gold. Can Chris Boyd's side open up with a win against the defending champions?

Opposition LineupSaracens

15
Matthew Gallagher
14
Rotimi Segun
13
Alex Lozowski
12
Nick Tompkins
11
Alex Lewington
10
Alex Goode
9
Ben Spencer
1
Ralph Adams-Hale
2
Kapeli Pifeleti
3
Titi Lamositele
4
Will Skelton
5
Nick Isiekwe
6
Calum Clark
7
Ben Earl
8
Jackson Wray

SubsSaracens

16
Joe Gray
17
Richard Barrington
18
Sam Wainwright
19
Joel Kpoku
20
Callum Hunter-Hill
21
Tom Whiteley
22
Manu Vunipola
23
Elliott Obatoyinbo
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Saracens
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Form Guide

Form

WWWLW

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