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Back-to-back Gardens challenges for Saints

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Saints will need all the noise from their supporters at two tough back-to-back home games on Saturday 24th and Friday, September 30th.

After their trip to Allianz Park this Saturday Saints return home to Franklin’s Gardens to take on Wasps and Exeter Chiefs on the next two rounds of action.

First up are local rivals Wasps, who have made a blistering start to their Aviva Premiership campaign, beating Exeter and Leicester Tigers in their opening two matches.

The Coventry-based side welcomed back home-grown Danny Cipriani and new boy Tommy Taylor over the summer and both made big impressions in their first game of the season at the Ricoh Arena, with ex-Sale Sharks hooker Taylor taking the man of the match award after crossing the line in the final minutes to secure his side the victory.

Then last weekend Wasps faced the other Midlands side, Leicester Tigers, showing their quality firstly by going up 27-8, then resisting a second half Tigers fightback and eventually heading home down the M69 with the full five points and their first win at Welford Road in several years.

Wasps come to the Gardens on Saturday, September 24th, and six days later the Saints will have another big match against one of the 2016 Aviva Premiership finalists.

Exeter Chiefs may have had something of a disappointing start to their campaign, losing late at Wasps and then being overpowered by Saracens at Sandy Park in Round 2.

But they have retained much of the squad that took the Aviva Premiership by storm last season, with the likes of England internationals Luke Cowan Dickie, Henry Slade and Geoff Parling playing alongside some of the league's most experienced and savvy operators, not least back row pair Thomas Waldrom and Julian Salvi.

Exeter have the ability and attitude to threaten from all parts of the field and regardless of their opening two results the Chiefs are a group that deserves plenty of respect.


Tickets for the Saints' home Aviva Premiership clashes with Wasps and Exeter are now on general sale to all supporters. Make sure your voice counts by booking your place at Franklin's Gardens! Head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/buytickets and use Prin[email protected] to beat the match day queues and save the admin fees.