Saracens were convincingly beaten 41-20 by a red-hot Northampton Saints team at Franklin’s Gardens in what was an entertaining contest.
The Saints ran in six tries to end Sarries unbeaten record in the 2013/14 Premiership season, in game where new signing Marcelo Bosch came off the bench to make his Saracens debut.
Saracens try scorers on the day were Scottish duo Duncan Taylor and Kelly Brown, but by the time they scored their tries the game was already over as a contest.
Saracens began the game looking to play the percentages; half-backs Wigglesworth and Mordt looked to test the Northampton back three with series of high kicks as both sides looked to work out their opposition.
In the opening exchanges Myler and Goode exchanged penalties but it was the home side who would strike first through winger Jamie Elliott. Myler converted to give Saints a seven point lead.
Saracens looked to hit back, with both David Strettle and in particular Alex Goode going close to scoring, with the latter knocking on over the try line – both Elliot and Foden doing well to upend Strettle and Goode respectively.
The missed opportunities would haunt Saracens, as Saints punished the visitors profligacy almost intermediately, scoring their second of the afternoon. A break from Luther Burrell was expertly finished by second-rower Monoa who scored under the posts. Myler made no mistake with an easy conversion, as the Saints continued to stamp their authority on the game.
Goode missed a chance to reduce the Saints lead with a penalty attempt on the 30 minute mark, as the England full-back’s attempt just dropped short of the posts.
Goode though would get the chance to add to Saracens points tally, as the 26 year-old kicked a penalty right on half-time.
After the break, Northampton picked up where the left off, as things went from bad to worse for Saracens right from the kick off.
A Wigglesworth box-kick went out on the full and from the resulting line-out Saints set up the catch and drive – the home side released the ball to the backs and after a break down the right hand edge where Burrell was upended, Foden crashed over to score in the 42nd minute. Myler missed the conversion.
Saints continued to press for more scores, and after a missed a kick for touch from a Saracens penalty, Northampton scored their fourth of the afternoon- full-back Foden collecting an intelligent Myler kick to score in the corner after 51st minutes.
Saracens had seen enough and made five changes, with Marcelo Bosch entering the fray to make his debut, and it was his centre partner who would score Saracens first try of the game – as Duncan Taylor collected Nils Mordt’s pass to score.
Any chance of a Saracens comeback was quickly extinguished by the Saints, with England EPS member Luther Burrell scoring a desaerved try after Saracens let the ball bounce in the back-field.
Saracens did pull one back in the 68th minute through Kelly Brown but it was Saints who would have the last word – Samoan winger Ken Pisi scored in the right hand corner to make the scores 41 – 20 to the home side who move up to second in the table, one point behind Saracens.
Saracens look to bounce back against the Newcastle Falcons at Allianz Park on Sunday 3rd November.
Goode x 2
Goode x 2
Saracens: 15. Alex Goode; 14. Michael Tagicakibau, 13. Chris Wyles, 12. Duncan Taylor, 11. David Strettle; 10. Nils Mordt, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick (c), 5. Alastair Hargreaves, 6. Kelly Brown, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Ernst Joubert.
Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Nick Auterac, 18. James Johnston, 19. Mourtiz Botha, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Marcelo Bosch, 23. Ben Ransom
54 mins George for Brits; Johnston for Stevens; Botha for Hargreaves; Bosch for Tagicakibau; De kock for Wigglesworth :
59 mins Wray for Burger;
65 mins Auterac for Barrington; Ransom for Mordt.