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Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 24 Leicester Tigers 11

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 24 Leicester Tigers 11

A dominant first half and grit in the second meant Northampton Saints earned a vital 24-11 victory over their local rivals Leicester Tigers.

The home side were well-beaten by European champions Saracens at Twickenham on opening day, but bounced back in emphatic style to get their Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign up and running in from of their home fans.

Man of the match – Courtney Lawes

Fresh from a debut Lions tour, Lawes was at his best against Tigers – with his strength on the break, quick hands and smart running leading to thoughts of a transition to the back row.

After playing his part in the crucial early first Saints try – following George North’s break down the left flank – Lawes maintained his level and was deservedly chosen as man of the match.

Try of the match

It may have been a consolation, but Jonny May lit up Franklin’s Gardens in the final minute with a blistering finish.

Receiving the ball on the left touchline, outside the Saints 22, May kicked past Ahsee Tuala before making up ten yards on the Northampton man and touching down with one hand.

Try of the match


It may have been a consolation, but Jonny May lit up Franklin’s Gardens in the final minute with a blistering finish.

Receiving the ball on the left touchline, outside the Saints 22, May kicked past Ahsee Tuala before making up ten yards on the Northampton man and touching down with one hand.

Moment of the match

Northampton Saints were already seven points to the good after Luther Burrell’s try, and the centre continued to make an impact on the game with a huge hit on Jonny May just minutes later.

As a statement of intent, Burrell left May in no doubt that Saints were up for the game and would be putting up more of a fight than the previous week against Saracens.

What they said

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder was pleased with his side’s response from last week’s 24-55 defeat to Saracens.

He said: “We had to respond like that, there was no other way. We talked about it during the week. The lads knew they played badly and this was their response.

“It’s been one of those weeks. You lose games and you don’t sleep. You win and life becomes a lot easier.”

While Leicester director of rugby Matt O’Connor was aware of his side’s failings.

“Two defeats leave us at the bottom of the ladder. We were second at stuff that we pride ourselves on,” he said.

“We lost lots of the big moments. We’re a disappointed group, but the beautiful thing is that there are 20 games to go.”

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