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Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 38-10 Worcester Warriors

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 38-10 Worcester Warriors
Northampton Saints booked a spot in Europe with a win over Worcester Warriors at Franklin’s Gardens.
 
The bonus-point victory secured them a top six finish and put them fourth in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table with Bath Rugby and Wasps left to play.
 
Luther Burrell opened the scoring early on, before a double from Taqele Naiyaravoro and one from Tom Wood sealed the bonus point in a 38-10 success.
 
Ben Te’o got one back for Worcester Warriors but Reece Marshall added a fifth for Saints after the break as they moved back into the last semi-final spot.
 
 
MAN OF THE MATCH
 
On his final appearance at Franklin’s Gardens, Burrell set Saints on the path to glory with an outstanding effort in the first five minutes.
 
He broke through in his typically powerful fashion, before a deft step to evade Chris Pennell and get to the line.
 
The centre also made 50-plus metres through nine carries and was immense in defence to keep Warriors quiet for the majority of the day. A memorable send-off for an honourable servant to Saints.
 
TRY OF THE MATCH
 
Taqele Naiyaravoro’s second was symbolic of Saints’ season so far.
 
Cobus Reinach was at his best once more and flicked the ball out from the back of a driving maul from a lineout to the big winger, who simply could not be stopped from muscling over.
 
Efficient, powerful, unexpected.
 
WHAT THEY SAID
 

Northampton Saints’ Taqele Naiyaravoro said: “We came out of the blocks really well in the first half and gave some guys a tremendous send-off in their last home game this season.

 
“We spoke about Worcester a lot this week how they could be dangerous with freedom to play, so we’d prepared to take that first 20 minutes away from them.
 

“We did and from there it was just a case of keeping our feet on their throats and thankfully that’s how it went.”

 

Worcester Warriors’ director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “Firstly you’ve got to give credit to Northampton, they played really, really well and thoroughly deserved their win.

 
“The first half was extremely disruptive where we had three head injury assessments, which didn’t return and then we lost Francois Hougaard to the sin-bin.
 
“We did well to get the try towards the break and second half I thought we shored-up tremendously and the lads that came on made a difference.
 

“We were just on the back foot after that first half.”

 
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