The hosts were first to impress, producing an excellent first half display in their 21-13 defeat of Ireland at Twickenham. Forwards Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood each played the full 80 minutes – the latter named man of the match for a typically gritty performance – while a third Saint, Kieran Brookes joined them from the bench in the second half.
And another trio from Franklin’s Gardens would follow suit by helping Samoa to a late 25-19 win over Wasps. George Pisi made his return to action at the Ricoh Arena, while Kahn Fotuali’i and Ken Pisi also started.
The final Saint in action on Saturday evening was George North, who marked his 51st cap with Wales’ only try in a tentative win against Italy. Despite the wing’s score, Warren Gatland’s side trailed 8-11 at half-time and required the boot of Leigh Halfpenny to eventually edge them home in Cardiff.
The next time any of the international septet see action will be at the Rugby World Cup, starting with Fiji v England on September 18th.