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SAINTS 13 SARACENS 57 Sobering start to European Champions Cup

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

An eight-try display from the double title holders Saracens proved too much for Saints, as the European Champions Cup got underway.

The north-London side started the half well, keeping Saints pressed into their own half, and after a Stephen Myler penalty got Saints off the mark, Liam Williams tip-toed his way through Saints’ defence to get over for the first try of the evening. 

Sarries kept the pressure on and scored their second when Brad Barritt crossed the line following a good maul but Saracens. 

Williams added a third for Saracens shortly after as he stretched for the line from a tackle and though Farrell missed the conversion Saints were already 19 points behind.

Myler sent a penalty through the sticks after a tussle between Teimana Harrison and Farrell saw the side offered the chance, but then David Ribbans was making his way to the sin bin for bringing down the maul close to the line at the close of the half. 

Saracens closed the half with their bonus-point try through former Saints Calum Clark, and instantly added to their score in the second 40, with a Farrell run tearing through Saints’ defence to give Vincent Koch the score. 

Saints, much improved in the second half, were disallowed what could have been the try of the game as Tom Collins chipped through for Luther Burrell to chase, the centre knocked on over the line though and Saracens were soon back on the attack.

Wearing Saints down through numerous phases, Saracens eventually sent Mako Vunipola over the line for their sixth try, before adding a seventh moments later through Alex Lozowski.

Saints finally got over the whitewash after 76 minutes of trying, with Francois van Wyk crossing for his first try in a Saints shirt.

The final try of the game came from Saracens, though. The ball rolled out of the Saints ruck over the Saints’ tryline and Ben Spencer dived through to ground the ball and end the game.

TEAMS
SAINTS Tuala; North, Burrell, Francis, Foden; Myler, Reinach; Waller, Hartley (capt), Brookes, Paterson, Ribbans, Lawes, Gibson, Harrison

Subs - Haywood, Van Wyk, Ford-Robinson, Ratuniyarawa, Wood, Groom, Mallinder, Collins

SARACENS Goode; Williams, Bosch, Barritt (capt), Wyles; Farrell, Wrigglesworth; Vunipola, George, Koch, Isiekwe, Kruis, Itoje, Clark, Wray

Subs - Britts, Barrington, Figallo, Day, Burger, Spencer, Lozowski, Taylor

TIMELINE
9 mins SAINTS Penalty Myler 3-0
11 mins SARACENS Try Williams Conversion Farrell 3-7
16 mins SARACENS Penalty Farrell 3-10
20 mins SARACENS Try Barritt Conversion Farrell 3-17
29 mins SARACENS Try Williams 3-22
34 mins SAINTS Penalty Myler 6-22
40 mins SAINTS Yellow Card Ribbans 
40 mins SARACENS Try Clark Conversion Farrell 6-29
HALF TIME Northampton Saints 6-29 Saracens
43 mins SARACENS Try Koch Conversion Farrell 6-36
65 mins SARACENS Try Vunipola Conversion Farrell 6-43
68 mins SARACENS Try Lozowski Conversion Farrell 6-50
76 mins SAINTS Try van Wyk Conversion Mallinder 13-50
79 mins SARACENS Try Spencer Conversion Farrell 13-57
FULL TIME Northampton Saints 13-57 Saracens

Match

Northampton Saints vs Saracens

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 13-57 Saracens

Attendance

13,320

Referee

Not available

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
13

Summary

Full Time

Saracens
Saracens
57

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

14

George North

13

Luther Burrell

11

Ben Foden

10

Stephen Myler

9

Cobus Reinach

2

Dylan Hartley

3

Kieran Brookes

4

Michael Paterson

7

Jamie Gibson

SubsNorthampton Saints

Opposition LineupSaracens

15
Alex Goode
14
Liam Williams
13
Marcelo Bosch
12
Bradley Barritt
11
Chris Wyles
10
Owen Farrell
9
Richard Wigglesworth
1
Mako Vunipola
2
Jamie George
3
Vincent Koch
4
Nick Isiekwe
5
George Kruis
6
Maro Itoje
7
Calum Clark
8
Jackson Wray

SubsSaracens

16
Schalk Brits
17
Richard Barrington
18
Juan Figallo
19
Dom Day
20
Schalk Burger
21
Ben Spencer
22
Alex Lozowski
23
Duncan Taylor
Rugby

Saints team for Saracens Champions Cup opener

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Northampton Saints team has been named for the opening European Champions Cup clash with reigning champions Saracens.

There are just three changes to the starting line-up from last weekend's Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester, with Stephen Myler and Ben Foden beginning the game at fly-half and on the wing respectively with Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for September, Courtney Lawes, coming into the starting 15 also.

Nic Groom also returns to the match day 23, starting the game on the bench, alongside Tom Wood, who is set to make his 150th appearance in a Saints shirt from amongst the replacements.

Not available for selection: Mitch Eadie (ankle), Rob Horne (calf), Lewis Ludlam (illness)

Sunday's game is being shown on BT Sport 1 but tickets are still available to purchase HERE. Supporters who cannot make the game can also follow the action with the minute-by-minute text commentary at www.saintslive.co.uk

SAINTS TEAM TO FACE SARACENS
15 Ahsee Tuala
14 George North
13 Luther Burrell
12 Piers Francis
11 Ben Foden
10 Stephen Myler
9 Cobus Reinach
1 Alex Waller
2 Dylan Hartley (capt)
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Michael Paterson
5 David Ribbans
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison

16 Mikey Haywood
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Jamal Ford-Robinson
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Tom Wood
21 Nic Groom
22 Harry Mallinder
23 Tom Collins


Make sure you're a part of what's shaping up to be the biggest rematch of the season as Saints host Saracens for the European Champions Cup opener on October 15th!

Secure your spot now at bit.ly/SAI-SAR-EPCR

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2
Saracens
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4
Northampton Saints
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Form Guide

Form

LLLLL

Last match

Lost to Sale 23-32

Past meeting

Lost 21-27
Full Time
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
13
Saracens
Saracens
57