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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 21 Northampton Saints 27

14 Apr 2018
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 21 Northampton Saints 27

Northampton Saints ended a run of four straight Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats with a 27-21 victory over East Midlands rivals Leicester Tigers.

Ben Foden and Jacobus Reinach went over for tries to give Saints an early lead only for Telusa Veainu and Matt Toomua to pull Tigers back into contention.

But Ahsee Tuala went over in the second half and, with two penalties from sTephen Myler, was enough to see Saints over the line.

George Ford kicked one conversion and three penalties to surpass 1000 Aviva Premiership Rugby points but it wasn’t enough to salvage victory.

Just minutes after Ahsee Tuala prevented an Adam Thompstone try with a fine tackle, Ben Foden opened the scoring inside ten minutes after a powerful carry from Paul Hill.

Myler added the conversion and stretched the visitors’ advantage to ten points soon after with a penalty after 18 minutes at Welford Road.

The hosts, searching for a top four finish, replied through Veainu after a powerful run and offload from Ellis Genge punctured a hole in the Saints defence.

And when Graham Kitchener charged down a Saints box kick, Matt Toomua won the race to the loose ball and touched down to make it 12-10.

A training ground line-out move then saw Jacobus Reinach burst through from the back of a line-out for Saints’ second try which Myler converted to give the visitors a five-point lead at the break.

The Saints moved further ahead at the start of the second half as Reinach stormed through a gap before feeding Tuala who powered over the line to put the visitors 24-12 ahead.

Alex Waller was then sent to the sin bin as George Ford knocked over two penalties to reduce the deficit and bring Tigers to within six of their near-neighbours.

Following another Ford penalty, Jonah Holmes thought he’d put the Tigers ahead but, after consultation with the TMO, his score was chalked off for an obstruction by George Worth.

It proved to be decisive as Saints held on for the victory to severely damage Tigers semi-final hopes with two rounds of Aviva Premiership Rugby to play.

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