Northampton get back on track against Worcester

Northampton Saints got back to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership when they beat Worcester Warriors 18-27 at the Sixways Stadium.


Worcester have not beaten Northampton since the Saints’ most recent visit to Sixways on 30 September 2011, whilst Northampton’s most recent victory at the stadium was when they beat Gloucester there, 30-24, in the final of the 2010 Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Northampton Saints were 12-9 down at half time but drew level at 15 all with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Neil Best was shown a yellow card which reduced the home side to 14 men and Northampton immediately capitalised by sending Samu Manoa over for a try.

Stephen Myler missed the conversion and Andy Goode closed the gap to two points at 18-20 to set up a tense finish.

However five minutes from full time Northampton’s rolling maul won them a penalty try and Myler added the conversion to finish the scoring.

Final Score Worcester Warriors (12) 18 Northampton Saints 27 (9)

Scorers

Worcester Warriors
Tries :
Con:
Pen : Goode 6


Northampton Saints
Tries : Manoa, Penalty try
Con: Myler
Pen : Myler 5


Match Officials
Referee: Greg Garner (44th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stuart, Paul Burton.


Teams


Worcester Warriors


15 Errie Claassens , 14 Josh Drauniniu , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Jon Clarke , 11 David Lemi , 10 Andy Goode , 9 Jonny Arr, 8 Matt Kvesic , 7 Sam Betty , 6 Neil Best , 5 Dean Schofield , 4 James Percival (c), 3 Euan Murray , 2 Aleki Lutui , 1 Matt Mullan


Replacements : 16 Ed Shervington , 17 Ceri Jones , 18 John Andress , 19 Craig Gillies , 20 Jake Abbott , 21 Paul Hodgson , 22 Danny Gray , 23 Josh Matavesi


Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 James Wilson, 13 George Pisi, 12 Tom May, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Samu Manoa, 5 Mark Sorenson, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Tom Mercey, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Soane Tonga’uiha


Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Rhys Oakley, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Dom Waldouck.

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