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They’ve only gone and done it!

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Northampton Saints 23 Saracens 9

SILVERWARE
(courtesy Stephen Jones)

On a day when the weather swung between hail, high winds and bright sunshine, Saints overcame their losing streak against Saracens. (Of course, it is an undisputed fact that we have never lost a final against Saracens!).

A young team, this Saints side made of Jim and Dusty’s picks – coached by Hoppers and now Chris Boyd’s coaches, has been setting the Premiership alight with their brand of confidence, running rugby and ability to go from Plan A through to Plan Z without pause. (It used to be called playing what’s in front of you!.)

Saracens fielded a very young side and their capability will give the North London club confidence that their supply line of good young EQP’s will continue undiminished.

The propensity for giving away penalties continues apace, and this side will need to address this issue as a matter of urgency. It is no good running and outscoring the opposition if they can stay in touch via a high penalty count. That nearly cost Saints dearly yesterday, but at last, they did not supplement this ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by taking heir foot of the opposition’s throats when in front.

And the 16th player – was superb. Properly designed flags (thanks Saints!) made the South Stand look like the South of France! And we outsung, outshouted the visiting supporters, the banter being good, friendly and of a high standard from both sets of supporters. Well done all.

Keep it up lads – the big one is Friday night at the roundabout!

Did you know?

This is the youngest squad to win this cup?

Team’s Up

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Teimana Returns

15 George Furbank
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Luther Burrell
12 Piers Francis
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 James Grayson
9 Alex Mitchell

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs SARACENS
Premiership Rugby Cup, Final
Sunday 17 March 2019
Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 3pm

1 Alex Waller (c)
2 Reece Marshall
3 Paul Hill
4 Alex Moon
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Tom Wood
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16 James Fish
17 Francois Van Wyk
18 Ben Franks
19 James Craig
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Cobus Reinach
22 Rory Hutchinson
23 Tom Collins

Looking for somewhere to stay in Clermont?

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We received the following message on the website – may be of interest to anyone travelling to Clermont

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SSC Player of the Season 2018-9

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SSC Dinner – Tickets now on sale

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Tickets are now available for our Supporters’ Club Dinner on 2nd May. The evening promises to be the best yet with surprise guests and a new award. We will, of course, be presenting our SSC Player of the year competition, and tickets are priced from £54.00, with vegetarian options available when booking.

Additionally, you can pay for your tickets in 3 monthly instalments

Click Here to book your tickets

A Home Semi-Final at High Noon

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Newcastle will visit the Gardens

In the Home Semi-Final on Saturday 9th February at 12:15 Newcastle Falcons will be the visitors in the Premiership Cup, Worcester will host Saracens in the 2nd Semi-Final

Coach Booking ​via Facebook

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SSC Coach Tickets now available via Facebook

Travellers can now book their away coach travel via facebook. Tickets are available at our shop

Coaches for away matches – new availability

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Booking is now open for our trips to Saracens, Leicester and Harlequins. Book early to avoid disappointment.  

https://saintssupportersclub.co.uk/coaches-for-away-matches/

Saints Team for the Derby

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Northampton Saints’ director of rugby Chris Boyd has made ten changes to his starting XV to face Leicester Tigers this weekend in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

A place in the semi-finals is on the line for the men in Black, Green and Gold – with Northampton’s fate in their own hands and a bonus-point victory enough to guarantee a place in the last four of the competition.

After scoring 17 tries last time out against Timisoara Saracens, Boyd will hope the momentum stays with his side as they host their East Midlands rivals at Franklin’s Gardens for the second derby of the season.

Ken Pisi returns on the wing to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from injury, with Tom Collins also coming back into the line-up and fullback George Furbank completing the back three.

Last week’s man-of-the-match Rory Hutchinson is switched to inside centre to make room for Nafi Tuitavake in the midfield; the Tonga international selected for his first Northampton start since the opening match of the Gallagher Premiership campaign.

James Grayson continues in the No.10 shirt after kicking 22 points against Timisoara, but Cobus Reinach comes back into the team to partner him at scrum-half.

Northampton’s pack contains six changes, with only Dom Barrow – who faces his former side for the first time as a Saint – and Jamie Gibson retained from last week’s win.

Francois van Wyk, James Fish and Ben Franks come in to make up a new-look front row, while lock Api Ratuniyarawa joins Barrow in the engine room, and Heinrich Brüssow and skipper Teimana Harrison round off the XV.

Meanwhile amongst the replacements, England international James Haskell is in line to make his return to action for the first time since October should he be introduced off the bench.

Tickets are still available for Northampton Saints’ Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Leicester Tigers on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Prices start from £32 adults and £14 juniors; book your place now by CLICKING HERE.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS v LEICESTER TIGERS
Premiership Rugby Cup Pool 3, Round 4
Saturday 26 January, 2019
Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank
14 Ken Pisi
13 Nafi Tuitavake
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Tom Collins
10 James Grayson
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Francois van Wyk
2 James Fish
3 Ben Franks
4 Api Ratuniyarawa
5 Dom Barrow
6 Jamie Gibson
7 Heinrich Brüssow
8 Teimana Harrison (c)

Replacements:
16 Reece Marshall
17 Will Davis
18 Ehren Painter
19 Alex Moon
20 James Haskell
21 Charlie Davies
22 Ahsee Tuala
23 Andrew Kellaway

Not available for selection:
Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee), and Piers Francis (shoulder).

Tygers Preview

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Ian’s preview of this weekend’s match

Round 4 of the Gallagher Premiership Cup beckons and, having played all the other teams in their own pool, each team has a local derby against a team from another pool. For Saints that means a visit to Franklin’s Gardens by the Tigers on Saturday with a 3 pm kickoff. No TV coverage but tickets are still available.

In Pool 3 Saints, Gloucester and Bristol all have 2 wins out of 3; with the Saints just ahead by dint of a losing bonus point. Bristol are at home to Exeter. The Chiefs top their pool and will want to win so a tough game for the Bears. Gloucester are away to Bath but the home side can’t qualify. Will Bath rest a lot of their players and leave Gloucester with a fairly easy task, or will the desire to beat their neighbours with a strong team in front of the Rec faithful take precedence?

Without relying on the results of the two West Country games the Saints do then need to win on Saturday. Leicester have lost 3 out of 3 in Pool 2 and cannot get into the knockout stages. With nothing to play for other than saving face, the Tigers may be tempted to rest a lot of their squad and put out a team made up of A-League and Academy players. Let’s hope that that is their way of thinking, making it easier for us, East Midlands rivalry or not.

The semi-finals will be played over 8th-9th February.

No photo this week, I’ll just leave you with the first two verses of a William Blake poem…