Northampton Saints smash Saracens in LV= Cup

Northampton Saints kicked off their Anglo Welsh LV = Cup campaign with a convincing 36-6 victory over Saracens at Franklins Gardens on Saturday.


Russian winger Vasily Artemyev scored a hat-trick on his debut and Jamie Elliott bagged two tries as Saints cruised to victory.


Artemyev, who starred for Russia at the World Cup, score with his first touch of the ball in Saints colours to give the hosts a 7-0 lead.


The Russian fly scored his second try out on the wing soon after Saracens centre Kameli Ratuvou sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.


Northampton led 14-6 at the break after Ben Spencer landed two penalties for the visitors.


Ryan Lamb extended the lead with drop soon after the break before creating a third try for Artemyev with a smart grubber kick.


Elliott’s converted try a few moments later wrapped up a bonus point for Saints.


Returning England internationals Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tongan prop Soane Tonga’uiha came on as replacements, enhancing the hosts already dominant pack.


Elliott touched down for his second try with five minutes remaining


Northampton Saints 36 (14) Saracens 6 (6)


Scorers


Northampton Saints
Tries: Artemyev 3, Elliott 2
Drop-goals: Lamb
Conversions: Lamb 3, Myler


Saracens
Penalties: Spencer 2


Teams


Northampton Saints


15 Greig Tonks , 14 Jamie Elliot , 13 Scott Armstrong , 12 Tom May , 11 Vasily Artemyev , 10 Ryan Lamb , 9 Martin Roberts, 1 Alex Waller , 2 Mike Haywood , 3 Tom Mercey, 4 James Craig , 5 Mark Sorenson , 6 Tom Wood , 7 Ben Nutley , 8 Roger Wilson


Replacements , 16 Dylan Hartley , 17 Soane Tonga’uiha , 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Courtney Lawes , 20 Adam Eustace , 21 Lee Dickson , 22 Stephen Myler , 23 Cesar Sempere


Saracens


15 Ben Ransom , 14 Joe Maddock , 13 Kameli Ratuvou , 12 Adam Powell , 11 Duncan Taylor , 10 Nils Mordt , 9 Ben Spencer , 1 Deon Carstens , 2 Jamie George (c) , 3 Petrus du Plessis , 4 George Kruis , 5 Hugh Vyvyan , 6 Justin Melck , 7 Andy Saull , 8 Jackson Wray


Replacements : 16 Harry Allen , 17 Nick Auterac , 18 Mako Vunipola , 19 Hayden Smith , 20 Will Fraser , 21 Luke Baldwin , 22 Rodd Penney , 23 James Short

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