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Match Report: Northampton Saints 32 Worcester Warriors 24

05 May 2018
Match Report: Northampton Saints 32 Worcester Warriors 24

Ben Foden capped his final game for Northampton Saints with a try, an assist and a yellow card as they saw off Worcester Warriors 32-24 at Franklin’s Gardens in their final game of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

Foden was captaining Northampton in his 250th and final game but got off to a disastrous start, sin-binned after barely two minutes for an intentional knock-on.

Worcester took full advantage of their extra man as Will Butler scored a try just X minutes into his Aviva Premiership Rugby debut. Perry Humphreys made the break off a clever inside ball before feeding Butler on his shoulder for the try.

And he was in again soon after, reacting quickest to Dorian Jones’ grubber through as Worcester opened up a 14-0 lead.

Back up to a full complement, Saints responded, with Foden very involved as Mitch Eadie eventually dotted down.

The Warriors then lost Butler and Francois Hougaard to injury, while Saints also lost their scrum-half, Cobus Reinach, in the same collision.

And when the visitors strayed offside, James Grayson slotted the three points to make it 14-10 at the break.

As they had in the first half, Worcester started the second with a quickfire score, Ben Te’o crossing after Josh Adams’ kick through.

But Saints hit straight back with two tries in quick succession, first from Nafi Tuitavake before Foden ran a great line to scythe through the Worcester defence to make it 22-21.

Jones put Worcester back in front with a penalty but that was quickly cancelled out as Foden turned provider, putting in Tom Collins for the bonus-point try.

There was still time for one final score, the departing Stephen Myler slotting a penalty in the final stages after Adams had been yellow-carded for offside.

That sealed a bonus-point success and ninth place in the table for Saints, while Worcester finish in 11th.