Saints subdue Harlequins in Premiership

The Northampton Saints cruised to a 26-17 victory over the Harlequins in their Guinness Premiership match-up at Franklin’s Gardens.


The Saints took an early lead as Bruce Reihana crossed the line just two minutes into the match. Jon Clarke chipped the ball ahead and the Quins looked on bemused as the winger dashed over the tryline.


Stephen Myler missed the conversion, to keep the Quins in the game.


Quins conceded a penalty in the 18th minute, and Myler did well to nail it in the swirling winds at Franklin’s Gardens to fire the hosts into an eight point lead.


Quins conceded another penalty in the 18th minute, and Myler did well to nail it in the swirling winds at Franklin’s Gardens to fire the hosts into an eight point lead.


Myler made an excellent pass to Chris Ashton who tore into the Quins 22, before the visitors responded to the pressure by conceding a penalty. Myler took the easy chance to give the Saints an eleven point lead.


Just two minutes later Neil Best made an illegal tackle on Chris Robshaw, who stayed down. Best was sin-binned for his effort, and Quins finally got on the scoreboard as Nick Evans nailed the resulting penalty.


Three minutes into the second half Myler took the lead to 14-3 when he popped his third penalty of the match over the crossbar. On the hour mark Juandre Kruger scored the Saints’ second try of the match, but a missed conversion from Myler, saw the hosts remain just 16 points in front of Harlequins.


Josh Drauniniu put five points on the board for Harlequins with his 69th minute try, and Nick Evans made no mistake as he slotted the conversion to take his side to nine points behind with ten minutes left to play.


With only two minutes left to play, Soane Tonga’uiha crossed the line for the Saints to squash any remaining Harlequins hopes. Myler was successful in his third attempt at a conversion.


But in the 18th minute Harlequins surprised the home side, when Drauniniu scored the second try of his brace and Mike Brown converted in the final kick of the match to take the score to a respectable 26-17 at full time.


The result sees Northampton up to third on the table, while Harlequins remain down in tenth.


Final Score Northampton 26 Harlequins 17

 

Scorers

Northampton
Tries: Bruce Reihana, Juandre Kruger, Soane Tonga’uiha
Pens: Stephen Myler (3)
Conv: Myler


Harlequins
Tries: Josh Drauniniu (2)
Conv: Nick Evans, Mike Brown
Pens: Nick Evans


Teams


Northampton: Foden, Ashton, Clarke, Downey, Reihana, Myler, Dickson, Wilson, Best, Dowson, Kruger, Day, Bonorino, Sharman, Tonga’uiha. Replacements: Gray, Dreyer, Murray, Lawes, Gray, Dickens, Everitt, Ansbro.


Harlequins: Brown, Strettle, Lowe, Mordt, Williams, Evans, Dickson, Guest, McMillan, Robshaw, Robson, Percival, Andress, Fuga, Jones. Replacements: Brooker, Croall, Lambert, Stevenson, York, So’oialo, Clegg, Drauniniu.

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