Northampton Saints upset Leicester Tigers

Title contenders Northampton Saints foiled Leicester Tigers’ plans of extending their lead at the top of the Guinness Premiership table, as the hosts claimed a 19-3 win in the top-of-the-table clash at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.


Opposing fly-halves Stephen Myler and Jeremy Staunton exchanged penalties early-on, but it was Northampton who opened up a gap before the break.

Myler kept the score-board ticking for the Saints with three more penalties in the first half, while Leicester were reduced to 14 men on the half-hour mark as Craig Newby was sin-binned until the interval.

Four minutes into the second period Northampton provided the opening try of the clash as skipper Phil Dowson put his name in lights before Myler added the extras to extend the lead to 16 points.

Despite the Tigers’ efforts the formidable Saints defence held firm and claimed the four points, moving them to within one point of table-toppers Leicester.

Final Score Northampton 19 Leicester 3


Northampton Saints
Tries – Dowson
Pen – Myler (4)
Con – Myler

Pen – Staunton


Northampton Saints : 15 Bruce Reihana, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joe Ansbro, 12 James Downey, 11 Paul Diggin, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Phil Dowson (c), 7 Neil Best, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Brett Sharman, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha.

Replacements: 16 Andy Long, 17 Regardt Dreyer, 18 Darren Morris, 19 James Cannon, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Alan Dickens, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Chris Mayor.

Leicester Tigers: 15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Alesana Tuilagi, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Jeremy Staunton, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Ben Woods, 6 Craig Newby (c), 5 Ben Kay, 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Julian White, 2 Mefin Davies, 1 Marcos Ayerza.

Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Robbie Harris, 19 Calum Green, 20 Brett Deacon, 21 James Grindal, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Johne Murphy.

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