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12/05/2013 - Allianz Park

Saracens went down 27-13 to Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on Sunday ending hopes of an Aviva Premiership final appearance.

Saints led 17-0 at the interval and despite a spirited and much improved second half performance, it was the Midlanders who won through to the final at Twickenham in two weeks time.

Prop Brian Mujati opened the scoring as the forwards drove over from close range and then from turnover ball on halfway, the visitors broke clear for Jamie Elliot to cross the line. Stephen Myler converted both tries and added a further penalty before the break.

Owen Farrell reduced the deficit with two penalties shortly after the interval but replacement GJ Van Velze spoted a gap at the breakdown to race clear and score. Myler’s conversion made it 24-6.

Replacement Duncan Taylor went over with 15 minutes left on the clock and Farrell’s conversion gave the home side hope, but they were unable to build on that score and it was the Saints who claimed the victory.

Match Summary




Try: Taylor
Con: Farrell
Pens: Farrell (2)

Team Lineup

Goode, Ashton, Tomkins (Wyles 60), Farrell, Strettle, Hodgson (Taylor 24), De Kock (Wigglesworth 49), Vunipola (Gill 65), Brits (Smit 60), Stevens (Nieto 65), Borthwick, Hargreaves (Botha 70), Brown, Saull (Kruis 49), Wray.