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Saints suffered their fourth league defeat on a damp, cold day at Sixways Stadium as they went down 30-15 to bottom side Worcester Warriors.
After eight rounds of the Aviva Premiership Saints sit eighth in the table with seven days until the club's next game against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium next Saturday.
Saints, captained for the third week running by Sam Dickinson, dominated the early exchanges and took an early lead through a Stephen Myler penalty, however, the rest of the half belonged to the home side. A Jono Lance penalty evened things up before Bryce Heem scored the first of two first-half tries when a well worked Warriors move punched a hole in Saints defence after 25 minutes.
Not long after Saints lost Rob Horne when the centre was adjudged to have tackled high and was yellowed carded. Warriors capitalised on the extra man when just before the break Heem again crashed over to send the home side into the break 15-3 ahead.
A Lance penalty early in the second half increased the home side's lead before the Warriors again took advantage of Saints' errors to score their third try of the game and extend the their lead.
Saints struck back when Ben Foden – who had only been on the field two minutes having replaced starting wing Ken Pisi – scored his first points of the season to get Saints back into contention when he finished off an expansive move in the corner.
The fightback gained further momentum when Saints flanker Jamie Gibson touched down after a sustained period of pressure to put the visitors within eight points with five minutes left. Saints though had left themselves too much to do though and Warriors struck back to secure their bonus point score with a Heem hat-trick and a 30-15 victory, their first of the 2017/18 season.
5mins SAINTS Pen Myler 0-3
20mins WARRIORS Pen Lance 3-3
25mins WARRIORS Try Heem 8-3
30mins SAINTS Yellow Card Horne 8-3
35mins WARRIORS Try Heem Con Lance 15-3
HALF-TIME Warriors 15 Saints 3
45mins WARRIORS Pen Lance 18-3
50mins WARRIORS Try Adams 23-3
52mins SAINTS Try Foden 23-8
77mins SAINTS Try Gibson Con Myler 23-15
80mins SAINTS Red Card Horne 23-15
80mins WARRIORS Try Heem Con Pennell
FULL TIME Warriors 30 Saints 15
After suffering a difficult defeat at Worcester Warriors yesterday, Saints sit eighth in the Aviva Premiership table as they look ahead to the challenge of Sale Sharks away next week.
Ben Foden spoke to Saints TV after the game yesterday and was quick to point out where the game fell away from Saints.
"Discipline in the first half. Giving them easy field position. People ask questions about our defence and we have worked hard on it this week but if you give away penalties and give them the field position then they don't have to miss any tackles, they can just get close to the line and drive over from a maul or with pick and goes. That let us down today.
"Horne going off for ten minutes doesn't help, losing Luther early on too; those two guys are probably our main defence leaders so losing those guys and going down to 14 puts extra pressure on ourselves.
"It's an easy fix but discipline has been a area that's let us down, especially over the last three or four weeks."
The winger, who scored one of Saints' two tries at Sixways, said the result was nothing short of a disappointment for the team.
"It's disappointing. Where do we want to be at the end of the season? These are the kind of games you've got to target.
"We did target it, we thought we could turn our season around by getting a good win here but it wasn't to be. We'll look for a reaction from the lads for next week."
Watch the rest of Foden's interview here...
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Worcester 30-15 Saints
Gerrit-Jan Van Velze
Northampton Saints have named their team as Aviva Premiership action returns with a trip to Worcester this Saturday afternoon.
The backline shows three changes; a renewed centre partnership between Rob Horne and Luther Burrell, and Tom Collins’ inclusion on the wing.
A familiar looking front row of Alex Waller, Mikey Haywood and Kieran Brookes starts, while in the back row Jamie Gibson and Teimana Harrison also come in.
SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY WORCSTER
Aviva Premiership Round 8
Saturday 18 November 2017
Kick off 1:00pm
15 Harry Mallinder
14 Ken Pisi
13 Rob Horne
12 Luther Burrell
11 Tom Collins
10 Stephen Myler
9 Cobus Reinach
1 Alex Waller
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Michael Paterson
5 Sam Dickinson (capt)
6 Tom Wood
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison
16 Reece Marshall
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Jamal Ford-Robinson
19 Alex Moon
20 Mitch Eadie
21 Nic Groom
22 Piers Francis
23 Ben Foden
Charlie Clare (knee), James Craig (concussion), Christian Day (leg), Jamie Elliott (hamstring), George Furbank (knee), Lewis Ludlam (illness), George North (knee) and David Ribbans (ankle) are unavailable for selection due to injury.
Beat Worcester 32-24