Mar 12, 2015
There's History Between Us - Northampton
This Saturday Saracens host Northampton Saints in the semi-final of the LV=Cup at Allainz Park.
Here, we delve into the archives to look at some classic encounters between the two rivals from over the years.
Johnson downs Geech's Saints
A Francois Piennar coached Saracens side that contained the likes of Tony Diprose, Danny Grewcock, Paul Wallace and Sarries luminaries Kyran Bracken and Richard Hill beat Ian McGheechan’s Northampton Saints that included stars such as Ben Cohen, Matt Dawson, Paul Grayson, Pat Lam, Budge Poutney and Tim Rodber in their ranks.
On the day South African full-back Gavin Johnson contributed 19 points, scoring one of Saracens four tries. Other Saracens try scorers were French outside-half Alan Penaud, back-rower Troy Cocker and South African centre Jeremy Thomson. Matt Dawson scored a consolation try for the visitors.
Cato Stars at Wembley
In Saracens inaugural Wembley Stadium game, the north London side survived a dramatic late assault from the Saints to celebrate their first visit to Wembley with a victory in front of a 44,832 crowd.
Trailing 16-3 after Noah Cato had raced in an interception try two minutes into the second half, Saints chipped away at the deficit through a Jon Clarke score and the boot of Shane Geraghty.
Prop Soane Tonga'uiha wriggled over with just under two minutes to go but the TMO ruled a knock-on amid a frantic finale. Saracens outside-half Glen Jackson kicked 14 points on the day, with three penalties and two drop goals.
Myler's miss sinks Saints
Sarries started strongly and were 11-0 up after 15 minutes through a try from hooker John Smit and two penalties from Charlie Hodgson.
Saints replied with a converted Phil Dowson try and a Stephen Myler penalty and they took the lead after the break with two more penalties from Myler.
Owen Farrell came off the bench to put Sarries ahead and they held on to win. However the result could have been reversed had Stephen Myler not missed a last-minute penalty from long range. The Northampton fly-half saw an effort from just inside his own half bounce off the crossbar.