Northampton team to play Leicester: Premiership semi-final - Ruck

Northampton team to play Leicester: Premiership semi-final

Chris Boyd has named his Northampton team to play Leicester Tigers in their Gallagher Premiership semi-final at Welford Road.

  • Referee: Matthew Carley (121st Premiership game, 5th semi-final).
  • Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys & Jack Makepeace. TMO: Stuart Terheege.
  • Citing Officer: Duncan Bell
  • Mattioli Woods Welford Road, 4.30pm – Live on BT Sport

OPTA FACTS

  • Leicester Tigers have won three of their last four Premiership matches against Northampton Saints (L1) after winning just one of the previous five (L4); however, three of their last four defeats against Northampton Saints have come at home. The Tigers won their only previous home tie against Saints in the semi-finals of the Premiership (11-3 in May 2011).
  • Leicester Tigers have lost their last four matches in the play-offs of the Premiership, however, each of those four losses came away from home; in fact, they have won all seven of their previous semi-final ties at home, without conceding over 16 points on any occasion.
  • Leicester Tigers have won five of their last six Premiership matches (L1), including their last three in a row; they have won all 12 of their matches at home in the league this term, with those wins coming by an average margin of 15 points.
  • Northampton Saints have lost their last two matches in the play-offs of the Premiership after winning three of their previous four (L1); they have won just one of their previous six semi-final ties away from home (v Saracens, 2012/13).
  • Northampton Saints have won six of their last seven Premiership matches (L1) after losing four in a row previously; however, their only defeat during that period came in their most recent away game (38-42 v Saracens in Round 25). Saints have scored 32+ points in each of their last six matches
  • Leicester Tigers have averaged 35 kicks from hand per game in this season’s Premiership, no other side has averaged 30+; consequently, they are the only side to average 1000+ kicking metres per game in the league this season (1091) – Northampton Saints rank third for kicking meters this term (835 per game).
  • Leicester Tigers have conceded just eight 22 entries per game in the Premiership this season, fewer than any other side, while they’re also the only team to conceded fewer than two points per 22 entry (1.92).
  • Northampton have recorded an average gain of 4.5 metres in the Premiership this season, no other side has averaged as many metres over the gainline per carry this campaign; Saints also rank 2nd for both line breaks (6.4) and offloads (8.3) per game.
  • No player has averaged more points per 80 minutes than Northampton’s Dan Biggar (12.3) or Leicester’s George Ford (12.0), of players to feature for at least 600 minutes in the Premiership this season.
  • Northampton Saints’ Alex Mitchell has been directly involved in 24 tries in the Premiership this season (11 tries, 13 assists), more than any other player, while he’s also been involved in the joint most line breaks (31, level with Tom de Glanville), making 17 himself and making 14 break assist passes.

Northampton team to play Leicester

15 Tommy Freeman
14 Matt Proctor
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Courtnall Skosan
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Emmanuel Iyogun
2 Sam Matavesi
3 Ehren Painter
4 Alex Coles
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam (c)
8 Juarno Augustus

Replacements:
16 Mike Haywood
17 Alex Waller
18 Oisín Heffernan
19 David Ribbans
20 Aaron Hinkley
21 Tom James
22 James Grayson
23 Piers Francis

Not considered for selection:
Matthew Arden, Conor Carey, George Furbank, Teimana Harrison, Paul Hill, Ollie Newman, and Tom Wood.

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