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Goode boots Saracens past Saints

28 Sep 2002
Goode boots Saracens past Saints

Sarries coach Wayne Shelford had not minced his words after his side conceded 50 points in defeat to Wasps last time out, but after a midweek earbashing, the Londoners found the necessary grit to stave off the challenge of a dangerous Northampton side.

Saracens opened the scoring inside two minutes with their only try of the day, when an up-and-under from young fullback Adryan Winnan – preferred to Thomas Castaignede – found its way to second-row Stuart Hooper.

As it transpired, that was to be the only try of the afternoon for the home side, with former Leicester fly-half Goode giving the Vocarage Road crowd a fine display of goal-kicking, including some booming penalties from distance.

In all, the England A player slotted six penalties, two drop-goals and a conversion, Sarries’ pack withstanding the sin-binnings of Craig Yandell and Johnny Marsters.

The bulk of Northampton’s points came courtesy of their former England fly-half Paul Grayson, with fullback Nick Beal registering their only try of the day in a game which did not even see them claim a bonus point on their travels.

SaracensTry: HooperCon: GoodePens: Goode 6DGs: Goode 2

Northampton SaintsTry: BealCon: GraysonPens: Grayson 3DGs: Grayson

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