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Saints shock champions at Welford Road

30 Nov 2002
Saints shock champions at Welford Road

Not only was history against the Saints, but they were also forced to do without England's premier No.9 Matt Dawson, who was stretchered from the field with a knee injury.

Dawson's replacement, Ian Vass, scored a crucial second-half try after a slow start to the game, but a first-half try from Scottish flanker Budge Pountney gave the visitors a handy 13-6 half-time lead.

In the second stanza Northampton were forced to play with 14 men for 10 minutes, when lock Rob Hunter was sin-binned, but a try from centre Chris Hyndman – just over five minutes after Vass's score – gave them enough breathing space to secure a famous win.

Northampton's tenacious defence was the key to their triumph, which sees them leap-frog Leicester on the Zurich Premiership standings. The Tigers are now 13 points behind pace-setters, Gloucester, who have 44 championship points from their 12 matches thus far.

The scorers:

For Leicester:Pens: Stimpson 4

For Northampton:Tries: Pountney, Vass, HyndmanCons: Grayson 2Pens: Grayson 2

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