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Match Report: Northampton Saints 24 Leicester Tigers 11

09 Sep 2017
Match Report: Northampton Saints 24 Leicester Tigers 11

East Midlands bragging rights belong to Northampton Saints for the time being after they dominated Leicester Tigers to record a confident home victory.

Saints put right the wrongs of their Aviva Premiership Rugby opening day performance against Saracens and outscored their rivals three tries to one at Franklin’s Gardens.

After dominating the opening ten minutes, Saints made their superiority show with a try from Luther Burrell, sparked by an initial drive from George North down the left flank – Harry Mallinder converting.

Tigers had the chance to reduce their deficit before the 25-minute mark, but George Ford could only push his penalty wide from 40m after Saints had been penalised at the scrum.

And the visitors were punished before the half hour mark as Dylan Hartley drove over from a ruck to score – with the help of the TMO – before Mallinder again converted.

With five minutes remaining of the first half Tigers did get on the board as Ford converted a penalty, but Saints continued to pour forwards and returned the favour six minutes into the red.

Leicester’s push for a comeback took a blow ten minutes after the restart as Mike Williams was sin-binned just seconds after coming onto the pitch.

Leicester did close the gap before the hour mark, Ford converting another penalty as Lawes was penalised for coming off his feet at a ruck.

But any hope was snuffed out in the 68th minute as Tom Collins crossed in the corner for Saints after a fine exchange with Nic Groom at the back of a scrum – Mallinder adding the extras.

Tigers fans did have something to cheer, though, with May latching onto his own kick through to touch down with one hand for a fine try in the 80th minute – but Ford missed the conversion to further illustrate their frustrating day.