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Round 22 Preview: Northampton Saints v Harlequins Round 22 Preview: Northampton Saints v Harlequins

Round 22 Preview: Northampton Saints v Harlequins

Northampton Saints v Harlequins

This match is the battle for the final automatic European Champions Cup spot for next season. If Northampton are to overtake Harlequins they will need to obtain four more league point than their rivals in this match.

Northampton Saints have lost their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches but have not lost five in a row in the tournament since season 2010/11. The Saints have lost four of their nine Premiership encounters at Franklin’s Gardens this season.

Harlequins beat Wasps at Twickenham Stoop in round 21 and have won three of their last five Aviva Premiership Rugby matches. The Londoners have won twice on the road in the competition this season, at Bristol in round 14 and at Gloucester in round 17.

Harlequins won 20-9 at Twickenham Stoop in round 6 to end a seven game losing run to the Saints in all tournaments. They have not achieved a season’s double over the East Midlanders since 2012/13.

Franklin’s Garden, 4pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: JP Doyle (131st Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Peter Allan.

TMO: Rowan Kitt

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