Saracens 15-20 Northampton: Courtney Lawes limps off as Saints edge to impressive away win against the league-leaders - Ruck

Saracens 15-20 Northampton: Courtney Lawes limps off as Saints edge to impressive away win against the league-leaders

  • Northampton Saints made it four wins from their last five Premiership games as they beat league leaders Saracens
  • Myler’s try and 10 points with the boot, added to a score from Lee Dickson, ensured Jim Mallinder’s side triumphed
  • The hosts were unable to get over the line, with Ben Spencer and Alex Goode landing their five penalties
  • England lock Courtney Lawes was forced off through injury
Northampton Saints produced a fine display as they saw off Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens at Allianz Park to move back into the top four.

The loss for Saracens was only their sixth at home in three and a half years, and also gives Exeter Chief the chance to go top on Sunday.

Northampton’s tries from half-backs Stephen Myler and Lee Dixon were crucial, with Saracens only able to gain points from the tee through Ben Spencer and Alex Goode.

With England head coach Eddie Jones watching on, Courtney Lawes was forced off during the first half after sustaining an ankle injury under the tackle of Hayden Smith.

Saints scored the only try of the first half, with Myler the man to cross but two penalties from Spencer, and another from the impressive Goode gave Saracens a 9-7 half-time lead.

Scum-half Dickson then went over early in the second half for his fifth try in four games, to give Saints the lead once more, with the sides trading penalties thereafter as Sarries tried to come back.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Nils Mordt, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Michael Rhodes, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Jamie George, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Alistair Hargreaves, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 Nathan Earle

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson (c), 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Mikey Haywood, 1 Alex Waller
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 James Craig, 20 Sam Dickinson, 21 Tom Kessell, 22 JJ Harrahan, 23 Harry Mallinder

Date: Saturday, March 5
Venue: Allianz Park
Kick-off: 15:15 GMT
Referee: Thomas Foley
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank, Andy Watson
TMO: Rowan Kitt


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