Leeds Carnegie vs Northampton Saints preview

Neil Back has made three changes to his side for this Saturday’s massive Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Northampton Saints at Headingley Carnegie.

All the changes come in the pack with two of them enforced on the Carnegie Head Coach. Steve Thompson is away on international duty with England and so is replaced by youngster Scott Freer whilst skipper Marco Wentzel has been ruled out with a calf injury he aggravated in last week’s win over London Irish. Sean Hohneck will start in the second row alongside Daniel Browne.

Argentinean prop Juan Gomez will start at tight head instead of Phil Swainston who is amongst the replacements.

With Thompson away, Phil Nilsen returns on the bench whilst youngster James Craig completes the replacements with Hohneck in the starting line up this week.

Northampton Saints Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that the players have not got away from the basics in training this week.

The Saints have lost four successive games for the first time in Mallinder’s tenure in charge, which started in the summer of 2007.

But the Saints boss says that there has been no panic in trying to get back to the form that took the team into the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four in the first half of the season, just a lot of hard work from the players and coaches alike.

“We’ve swapped things around a bit this week, but not got away from the basics that have seen us win games in the last three-and-a-half years,” he said.

“We played some good rugby in patches in the first half last week. Even though we made some mistakes we battled our way to a 9-3 lead at half-time and were in a good position, although some unfortunate mistakes in the second half saw us concede points.

“You’ve got to look to do your best in every game. Leeds won last week and have some momentum. It’s a massive game for both clubs.”

Match : Leeds Carnegie vs Northampton Saints
Date : Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Venue : Headingley Carnegie
Kick Off : 3:00pm


Leeds Carnegie :15. Michael Stephenson , 14. Henry Fa’afili , 13. Luther Burrell , 12. Scott Barrow (c) , 11. Peter Wackett , 10. Adrian Jarvis , 9. Scott Mathie , 1. Gareth Hardy , 2. Scott Freer , 3. Juan Gomez , 4. Daniel Browne , 5. Sean Hohneck , 6. Kearnan Myall , 7. Hendre Fourie , 8. Alfie To’oala ,

Replacements :16. Phil Nilsen , 17. Mike MacDonald , 18. Phil Swainston , 19. Danny Paul , 20. James Craig , 21. Warren Fury , 22. Ceiron Thomas , 23. Semi Tadulala

Northampton Saints : 15 Shane Geraghty , 14 Bruce Reihana , 13 Jon Clarke , 12 James Downey , 11 Paul Diggin , 10 Stephen Myler , 9 Lee Dickson , 1 Soane Tonga”uiha , 2 Brett Sharman , 3 Brian Mujati , 4 Courtney Lawes , 5 Christian Day , 6 Calum Clark , 7 Phil Dowson (capt) , 8 Roger Wilson

Replacements , 16 Andy Long , 17 Alex Waller , 18 Tom Mercey , 19 Mark Sorenson , 20 Mark Easter , 21 Stuart Commins , 22 Matt Cornwell , 23 Greig Tonks

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