Northampton Saints down Glasgow for second European win

George North celebrates a try for Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints made it two from two matches by beating Glasgow Warriors 15-26 in their European Rugby Champions Cup at Scotstoun Stadium .

Northampton Saints have had a poor start in the Aviva Premiership but in Europe they are now unbeaten and lead Pool 3.

The Saints outscored Glasgow by three tries to two with Ah See Tuala scoring a brace for the English club.

George Pisi crossed to kick-off a first-half blitz, before Ah See Tuala’s brace of tries put Jim Mallinder’s side in command of pool three.

Peter Horne and Josh Strauss gave the hosts hope, but the damage had been done by Northampton’s ruthless forward performance.

The Saints won the ball back after Finn Russell had kicked Glasgow into the lead and Steven Myler sent the ball high into the Glasgow night-sky. The hosts failed to deal with the hanging kick and Pisi pounced to touchdown, with Myler adding the conversion for a 7-3 lead.

It got worse for the Warriors when their scrum was decimated to allow Myler another three-points, before the patience of referee Pascal Gauzere ran-out. Ryan Grant was caught collapsing another set-piece and was shown yellow, with the Saints fly-half once again on-target to stretch their advantage to 10 points.

The dream start continued moments later after Luther Burrell went on the crash-ball, it was recycled and shipped out to Tuala on the right wing, and the Samoan stepper danced past Stuart Hogg to score.

But a stroke of good fortune gave the Warriors a lifeline, Russell smacked the post with a penalty and Northampton fumbled the ball behind the dead-ball line. And Horne crashed through from the resulting scrum for to rein in the Saints first-half advantage to 18-10.

Myler landed a penalty to complete the first-half blitz, and it was to get even better after the break.

Ben Foden broke clear from full-back to setup another attack, before he kicked through for Tuala to score his second try and Northampton’s third. Strauss crossed late-on after Burrell saw yellow, but it was too little, too late.

Final Score Glasgow Warriors 15 (10) Northampton Saints 26 (21)

Scorers

Glasgow Warriors
Tries – Horne, Strauss
Pen – Russell
Con – Russell
Drop –

Northampton Saints
Tries – Pisi, Tuala 2
Pen – Myler 3
Con – Myler
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France),
Assistant ref: Maxime Chalon (France),
Assistant ref: Jean-Luc Rebollal (France),
TMO: Gilles Cogne (France),
Citing Commissioner: John Cole (Ireland)

Teams

Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Peter Horne, Sean Lamont; Finn Russell, Mike Blair; Ryan Grant, Pat MacArthur, Sila Puafisi, Leone Nakarawa, Jonny Gray (c), Robert Harley, Simone Favaro, Josh Strauss
Replacements: Shalva Mamukashvili, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Ryan Wilson, Grayson Hart, Richie Vernon, Taqele Naiyaravoro

Northampton Saints: Ben Foden; Ah See Tuala, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North; Steve Myler, Lee Dickson (c); Alex Waller, Mikey Haywood, Kieran Brookes, Michael Paterson, Christian Day, Jamie Gibson, Tom Wood, Sam Dickinson

Replacements: Matti Williams, Ethan Waller, Paul Hill, Jonathan Fisher, Teimana Harrison, Kahn Fotuali’i, JJ Hanrahan, Jamie Elliott.

With thanks to EPCRugby

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