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Report | Tigers fightback seals win at Saints

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Leicester Tigers scored six tries in coming from behind to win 41-21 at Northampton Saints in the 250th East Midlands derby on Saturday.

Tigers trailed 14-3 in the first half but fought back after the break with full-back Freddie Steward completing a hat-trick as Saints collected three yellow cards in the closing quarter of an hour.

Two tries in the space of two minutes around the 15-minute mark put Saints in front, but a Steward score got Tigers back into the game just before half-time, trimming the deficit to just four points in the latest instalment in a 142-year-old rivalry.

Despite a third from Saints just after the break, the set-piece gave Tigers a platform to build from as Guy Porter scored and then Chris Ashton, George Martin and two more from Steward in the last 10 minutes settled the outcome.

Steward was making his first appearance of the season after England’s summer tour and international colleague Jack van Poortvliet made his 50th first-team appearance in his first starting selection of the campaign.

Saints included internationals Lewis Ludlam, Courtney Lawes and Tommy Freeman plus Wales fly-half Dan Biggar who returned after illness as they defended a five-match winning run on home soil – the team’s best sequence at the Gardens since 2015.

Back after missing the Round 2 win over Newcastle, Freddie Burns got the game started, with Tigers in change colours of red and white, but it was Saints who gained first field position with Rory Hutchinson prodding play into the right-hand corner, though Hanro Liebenberg’s lineout catch allowed the visitors to play out.

After a scrum penalty led to a second whistle as Nemani Nadolo carried in midfield, and Burns opened the scoring with the kick from 40 metres.

But Saints immediately opened an attack on their right, using a lineout to get the backline moving, until a tackle from Charlie Clare on No8 Juarno Augustus dislodged ball less than 10 metres out from the tryline.

Dan Biggar had the ball down under the posts for Saints on 10 minutes, but the home crowd celebrations were cut short as referee Karl Dickson confirmed a forward pass back on the 10-metre line and play restarted with a Tigers scrum.

Saints were not denied for much longer, though, scoring twice in the space of just two minutes to take a 14-3 lead.

First, Alex Mitchell capitalised on a break down the left to run in under the posts and then George Furbank created the space for Tommy Freeman to score in the left-hand corner when Steward found himself outnumbered. Biggar converted both scores.

Tigers were penalised for a first time on 26 minutes as Matt Proctor worked his way out from his own line after a kick from van Poortvliet into the corner.

The visitors almost found a breakthrough as Jimmy Gopperth latched on to a break by Nadolo, but Biggar made the tackle almost within reach of the tryline in the corner.

It began a good spell of pressure from Tigers, though they turned down a kick at goal to build set-piece pressure, gaining scrum penalties without finding their way to the line.

Porter and Potter then combined to give Nadolo another run down the left, the wing bouncing off two attempted tackles before Saints were penalised as they tackled Tommy Reffell.

Tigers stayed on the tryline through phase after phase with the forwards until the call to play wider and a quick exchange of passes gave Steward a run-in for his first of the season. Burns added the extras just before half-time to cut the gap to 14-10.

Freeman almost found his way to the left-hand corner early in the second half, only for Potter to win the race for loose ball, but they returned moments later to claim their third try.

Lewis Ludlam made the break and lock Alex Coles was on his left shoulder to run in. Biggar’s conversion made it 21-10.

But Tigers quickly used another big scrum to manufacture a reply, with Steward freeing Nadolo and, with defenders closing in, Porter provided the final reach for the line. Burns converted to make it a four-point game again.

Harry Wells was the first man called from the bench from the restart, and Olly Cracknell soon joined him, making important metres as Tigers build momentum in attack.

Scrum-half van Poortvliet, in his 50th first-team appearance, was held up over the tryline after Dan Cole’s carry through contact 15 metres out.

Ben Youngs – in his 27th derby appearance – and Joe Heyes joined the action on the hour, with play still in the Saints 22, and the visitors were piling on the pressure before a stoppage for injury to Saints prop Ethan Waller.

Phil Cokanasiga replaced Porter during the stoppage, with play eventually restarting with a five-metre scrum which led to a penalty and warning to the Saints.

The re-set provided more ball for Tigers, but Hutchinson intercepted and temporarily Saints broke out, though they were down to 14 with Augustus in the sin-bin. Proctor was the man detailed to leave the backline and join the scrum.

Replacement Chris Ashton was stopped as he raced towards the left corner and Saints were then down to 13 men as prop Emmanuel Iyogun was whistled at another scrum.

They paid the price immediately, with Tigers opening play to the left and Ashton raced in to score and put the visitors one point in front at 22-21.

They quickly increased it with George Martin barging over and, after TMO replays, Alex Mitchell was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on before Burns added the conversion for an eight-point lead.

Tigers nearly added a fifth from a quick penalty in their own half, but Steward just lost control as he reached to the line.

But he was immediately back on the ball and on the scoresheet from Ashton offloaded through a tackle against outnumbered opponents and Steward completed a hat-trick in the 79th minute in the same corner.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

NOR 14-10 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

NOR 21-41 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Karl Dickson

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
21

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
41
Northampton Saints
T
C
T
C
T
C
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
T
C
T
C
T
T
C
T
C
T

Match Stats

Northampton Saints
Leicester Tigers
Possession
37%
63%
Territory
51%
49%
Penalties Conceded
14
2
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
166/197 84%
102/119 86%
Scrums Won
3/3 100%
14/15 93%
Lineouts Won
8/9 89%
10/10 100%

Player Stats

Northampton Saints
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Freddie Steward3T
14Harry Potter
13Guy Porter1T
12Jimmy Gopperth
11Nemani Nadolo
10Freddie Burns4C1P
9Jack van Poortvliet
1James Cronin
2Charlie Clare
3Dan Cole
4Ollie Chessum
5Calum Green
6George Martin1T
7Tommy Reffell
8Hanro Liebenberg
16Joe Taufete'e
17Francois van Wyk
18Joe Heyes
19Harry Wells
20Olly Cracknell
21Ben Youngs
22Phil Cokanasiga
23Chris Ashton1T

Commentary

FULL TIME, Northampton Saints 21 (3 tries), Leicester Tigers 41 (tries from Steward, Porter, Ashton, Martin, Steward & Steward again)

Steward completes his hat-trick with a try in the corner, it's 21-41.

Burns adds touchline conversion for a 36-21 lead on 78mins.

Steward scores again, stretches lead to 34-21

Burns conversion makes it 29-21 to Tigers on 74min.

Mitchell is yellow carded for deliberate knock-on in the build-up to score. Only 12 Saints on the pitch currently.

George Martin dives in for Tigers after Cracknell and Gopperth attack on the left. Score is good. 21-27 

71

Burns misses conversion  with Tigers 22-21 in front.

Chris Ashton scores in the left-hand corner, Tigers in front for the first time since the 15th minute. 21-22

 Prop Iyogun is off to yellow card at a scrum, Saints down to 13.

No8 Augustus yellow carded. Saints still lead 21-17 on 67min.

Burns adds the conversion, Saints lead 21-17 on 49min.

Guy Porter powers to the tryline for Tigers after scrum ball provides a platform for attack by Steward and Nadolo. 

Biggar converts to make it 21-10 to Saints.

Alex Coles scores try No3 for Saints, following Ludlam's break on the right. 19-10.

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Saints get the second half started, leading 14-10.

Northampton 14-10 Tigers at half-time. Hosts have 2 tries, Tigers' score by Freddie Steward. 

Burns adds the conversion, Saints' lead is cut to 14-10 approaching half-time.

Freddie Steward is in to score after patient build-up among the forwards. It's 14-8 on 39min.

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Jimmy Gopperth so close to a score in the corner after break by Nadolo, just tackled into touch. Saints still 14-3 ahead.

Biggar adds the conversion to make it 14-3 on 17min.

Tommy Freeman supporters break by George Furbank to score No2 for Saints. 12-3.

Biggar adds the conversion to make it 7-3 to Saints on 16min.

Alex Mitchell scores for Saints, from a quick attack on the left, the scrum-half is in under the posts. 5-3 on 15min

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Dan Biggar is in under the posts for Saints  but the referee comes back to confirm forward pass back near the 10-metre line. An escape. Still 3-0 to Tigers. 

Freddie Burns penalty from 40 metres, Tigers lead 3-0 on 6min.

KICK-OFF | Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

Tigers will get the action started, in red shirts, playing right to left as we look from the dugouts. Here we go!

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WEATHER CHECK

It’s a bright and mild autumn afternoon in the East Midlands.

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Saints: 15 George Furbank, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Emmanuel Iyogun, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Alfie Petch, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Alex Coles, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c), 8 Juarno Augustus

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Alex Moon, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tom James, 22 James Grayson, 23 Tom Collins

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Saints: 15 George Furbank, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Emmanuel Iyogun, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Alfie Petch, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Alex Coles, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c), 8 Juarno Augustus

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Alex Moon, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tom James, 22 James Grayson, 23 Tom Collins

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HOW TIGERS LINE-UP

STARTING XV: 15 Freddie Steward [56], 14 Harry Potter [43], 13 Guy Porter [46], 12 Jimmy Gopperth [2], 11 Nemani Nadolo [38], 10 Freddie Burns [104], 9 Jack van Poortvliet (vc) [49]; 1 James Cronin [2], 2 Charlie Clare [54], 3 Dan Cole (vc) [292], 4 Ollie Chessum [32], 5 Calum Green [92], 6 George Martin [41], 7 Tommy Reffell [80], 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [61]

REPLACEMENTS: 16 Joe Taufete’e [1], 17 Francois van Wyk [19], 18 Joe Heyes [102], 19 Harry Wells [158], 20 Olly Cracknell [2], 21 Ben Youngs [284], 22 Phil Cokanasiga [2], 23 Chris Ashton [14]

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MATCH PREVIEW | Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints meet in the 250th East Midlands derby in the third round of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Tigers lead 140-90 on overall win count, with 19 games drawn. On 118 previous visits to Northampton, Tigers have 48 wins, with six draws and 64 defeats.

Head coach Steve Borthwick brings England duo Jack van Poortvliet and Freddie Steward into the starting line-up, with Freddie Burns returning in the No10 shirt.

Saints bring in fly-half Dan Biggar after illness as they defend a five-match winning run on home soil – the team’s best sequence at the Gardens since 2015.

Both teams notched a first win of the season in Round 2, with Tigers taking a bonus-point victory against Newcastle while Saints scored four tries in a 38-22 win over London Irish.

Tigers are in the club’s change colours of red shirt and white shorts.

Referee is Mr Karl Dickson.

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Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
George Furbank
14
Tommy Freeman
13
Fraser Dingwall
12
Rory Hutchinson
11
Matt Proctor
10
Dan Biggar
9
Alex Mitchell
1
Emmanuel Iyogun
2
Sam Matavesi
3
Alfie Petch
4
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5
Alex Coles
6
Courtney Lawes
7
Lewis Ludlam
8
Juarno Augustus

Subs

16
Mike Haywood
17
Ethan Waller
18
Paul Hill
19
Alex Moon
20
Angus Scott-Young
21
Tom James
22
James Grayson
23
Tom Collins

Team News | Tigers side to take on Saints

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Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad for the club’s away game against Northampton Saints this Saturday in Round 3 of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership season.

Hanro Liebenberg captains the side, supported by vice-captains Dan Cole and Jack van Poortvliet.

Included in the matchday squad is Freddie Steward, who will make his first appearance of the season after touring Australia with the England senior men’s squad in the summer. The match is also the Tigers Academy graduate’s 50th starting appearance for Leicester.

After missing the Round 2 win over Newcastle Falcons, Freddie Burns returns to partner van Poortvliet as the starting half-backs.

In his first start of the campaign, the scrum-half will make his 50th senior appearance for the club.

STARTING XV:
15 Freddie Steward [56]
14 Harry Potter [43]
13 Guy Porter [46]
12 Jimmy Gopperth [2]
11 Nemani Nadolo [38]
10 Freddie Burns [104]
9 Jack van Poortvliet (vc) [49]
1 James Cronin [2]
2 Charlie Clare [54]
3 Dan Cole (vc) [292]
4 Ollie Chessum [32]
5 Calum Green [92]
6 George Martin [41]
7 Tommy Reffell [80]
8 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [61]

REPLACEMENTS:
16 Joe Taufete’e [1]
17 Francois van Wyk [19]
18 Joe Heyes [102]
19 Harry Wells [158]
20 Olly Cracknell [2]
21 Ben Youngs [284]
22 Phil Cokanasiga [2]
23 Chris Ashton [14]

Saints XV: 15 George Furbank, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Emmanuel Iyogun, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Alfie Petch, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Alex Coles, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c), 8 Juarno Augustus

Saints Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Alex Moon, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tom James, 22 James Grayson, 23 Tom Collins

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Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR9405266280-1434405324
5
Leicester Tigers
Leicester TigersLEI8404209212-327304222
Form Guide
Form
WWLWL
Last Match
Lost to Gloucester Rugby 19-34
Past Meeting
Lost 21-41
Form
Last Match
Past Meeting
Form
LWLWW
Last Match
Beat London Irish 33-31
Past Meeting
Won 41-21

Matchday Live

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Northampton Saints
Leicester Tigers41
Leicester Tigers
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