RECAP: Northampton Saints v Saracens
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Premiership Round 12 encounter between Northampton Saints and Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens.
Northampton Saints 7-57 reversal at Exeter on Sunday equalled their largest-ever margin of defeat in Premiership Rugby, set at home to Saracens in April 2018. The Saints have now slipped to three successive Premiership Rugby defeats but have not lost four in a row in the tournament since April 2018.
The Saints most recent success at Franklin’s Gardens in Premiership Rugby was against Gloucester on 28 December.
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Northampton Saints: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Teimana Harrison (captain), 7 JJ Tonks, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Lewis Bean, 4 Alex Coles, 3 Paul Hill, 2 James Fish, 1 Francois van Wyk
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Ben Glynn, 20 Mitch Eadie, 21 Henry Taylor, 22 Andrew Symons, 23 Matt Proctor
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Rotimi Segun, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 Manu Vunipola, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray (captain), 7 Ben Earl, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Callum Hunter-Hill, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Titi Lamositele, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Joel Kpoku, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Alex Day, 22 Dom Morris, 23 Matt Gallagher
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Jonathan Healy.
TMO: Sean Davey