Five try Northampton Saints hammer Exeter Chiefs

Northampton Saints scored five tries on their way to a comprehensive 38-11 Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens.

Last season’s Premiership finalists Northampton Saints secured the four try bonus point in the first half of the contest after tries from Dylan Hartley, Ken Pisi, Tom Wood and George Pisi.

Fly-half Stephen Myler converted all four tries and also added a penalty as
they racked up a 31-6 lead at the break.

All the Chiefs could muster in the first half was two Gareth Steenson three-pointers
before Dean Mumm went over for a consolation effort after the interval. But
the hosts added gloss to the scoreline when Samu Manoa powered across the whitewash.

Although Northampton’s two star signings, George North and Alex Corbisiero,
started, it was the returning Hartley that made the headlines early on.

After coming back from an 11-week ban for abusing referee Wayne Barnes in last
season’s Premiership final, the England hooker went over after two minutes.

Steenson immediately responded for the visitors but Northampton were in inspirational
form as a Myler three-pointer and then Ken Pisi increased their lead, despite
being down to 14 men after Phil Dowson’s sin-binning.

Wood was next to go over before Exeter’s stand-off gave them a brief respite
with a second kick from the tee.

However, the onslaught continued when Ken’s brother, George, crossed the whitewash
to give the Saints a comfortable half-time advantage. But they failed to build
on that after the break as Exeter battled back.

Courtney Lawes became the second player to be yellow carded and Mumm powered
over.

Northampton did have the final word, though, when Manoa touched down with seven
minutes remaining.

Final Score Northampton Saints 38 (31) Exeter Chiefs 11 (6)

Scorers

Northampton Saints
Tries – Hartley, G.Pisi, K.Pisi , Wood, Manoa
Pen – Myler
Con – Myler (5)
Drop –

Exeter Chiefs
Tries – Mumm
Pen – Steenson (2)
Con –
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee
: JP Doyle (63rd Premiership game)
Assistants : Roger Baileff and Peter Huckle
TMO: Rowan Kit

Teams

Northampton Saints 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Tom Mercey, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Alex Corbisiero.

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Samu Manoa, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 James Wilson, 23 Jamie Elliott.

Exeter Chiefs

15 Phil Dollman,14 Matt Jess,13 Ian Whitten,12 Jason Shoemark,11 Tom James,10 Gareth Steenson,9 Haydn Thomas,8 Dave Ewers,7 James Scaysbrook,6 Tom Johnson,5 Damian Welch,4 Dean Mumm (capt),3 Hoani Tui,2 Jack Yeandle, 1 Brett Sturgess

Replacements : 16 Chris Whitehead,17 Ben Moon,18 Carl Rimmer,19 Tom Hayes,20 Ben White,21 Dave Lewis,22 Henry Slade,23 Sam Hill

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