• FT

  • 80

    Irish come wide the other way and Ratuniyarawa decides that's enough of that and pushed Tikoiriotuma into touch to end the game.

  • 79

    Irish collect the drop but Saints work hard in defence and push them back to halfway. Irish desperate go wide again but the defence is there and a huge hit from Ford-Robinson slows things.

  • 78


    ... sends the kick wide though and Saints will have the 22 drop.

    25 - 17
  • 77

    Eventually the penalty comes for Saints as Ribbans go over the ball. But the TMO intervenes and Saints are penalised for a high tackle in the build up. Tonks will go for points.

  • 77

    Irish attacking hard now and Lewington comes in strongly. They're in the 22 now but Saints are working hard in defence.

  • 76

    Irish maul but get nowhere and box. Foden takes it well but is penalised for holding on. Tonks kicks to touch for another lineout.

  • 75

    Saints maul form the lineout before Reinach goes himself. He offloads well but is deemed to be in touch by the assistant referee. Lineout Irish then.

  • 75

    Irish have the ball but Saints defend well and push them back into their own 22. Steele clears and Saints will have the lineout just outside Irish's 22.

  • 75


    The Saints' fly-half makes the kick to extend Saints' lead.

    25 - 17
  • 72

    Reinach boxes from the lineout and North is there. He finds Ratuniayarawa and Saints are back in Irish's 22. Francis drops back into the pocket for a drop goal...

  • 71

    Penalty Saints at the lineout. Francis clears for a Saints lineout by halfway.

  • 70

    Penalty Irish at the breakdown and Marshall clears to touch. Lineout Irish inside Saints' 22.

  • 69

    Irish slow things as they enter the Saints' 22 and great defence from Saints pushes them out of it again.

  • 68

    Groom is replaced by Reinach as we set up this lineout.

  • 67

    Scrum down to Saints then and Harrison comes off the back. Groom boxes and Cokonasiga is there but Gibson is on him. Irish come across to the midfield looking for a gap before Steele chips through. Tuala tries to clear but the angle is against him and Irish have the lineout on Saints' 22.

  • 64

    van Wyk and Wood come onto the pitch for Saints, replacing Ma'afu and Brüssow respectively.

  • 64

    Irish earn a free kick at the lineout and take it quickly. They come wide but knock on there and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 64

    Francis breaks through off the back of the lineout and Saints are back pushing their guests. Burrell and Haywood team up in the midfield but Irish get over the ball and earn the penalty. Marshall clears to touch. Lineout Irish back in Saints' half.

  • 62

    Irish clear from the scrum and Saints have the lineout. They take it smoothly before letting the backs take over. Saints earn a penalty there though and Francis send it long into touch. Lineout Saints on halfway.

  • 60

    The ball comes wide quickly to Cokonasiga but Saints are quickly on him and pressurising at the ruck. Steele is forced to box and Tuala takes it. Saints push their way back over halfway. Francis goes for the cross field and North gets there but looks to have been touched in the air. TMO says no though and Irish have a scrum for a knock on there.

  • 58

    Saints penalised for not straight at the lineout and Irish opt for the scrum.

  • 57

    Irish collect the restart but are instantly under pressure from Saints and clear. Lineout Saints.

  • 56


    ... sends the kick through.

    22 - 17
  • 55

    Pressure from Irish eventually earns them a penalty and Tonks will go for the posts.

  • 54

    Harrison comes off the scrum quickly and Burrell barrels through some Irish defenders before Saints clear. Irish get a hand to it and manage to keep the game around the 22. They come wide left but make little progress so come back the other way.

  • 53

    Day takes his leave for Saints with Ribbans replacing him. Foden takes over the captaincy duties.

  • 53

    Irish look dangerous in the corner but knock on where it's crucial and Saints will have the scrum.

  • 52

    Saints clear the restart and Irish have the lineout. They go for a maul but go backwards so have to change tact. Irish attack well and make it up to Saints' 22.

  • 50

    Change of the guard for Irish. Porecki, Elrington, Du Plessis and Steele all enter play for Franks, Paice, Hoskins and van Zyl respectively.

  • 50


    ... sends the conversion through this time!

    22 - 14
  • 49


    Saints maul over the line from the lineout and Haywood is there to finish the job!

    20 - 14
  • 48

    Saints attacking well and maul forwards again before earning another penalty. Francis goes for the corner again, lineout Saints ten metres out then.

  • 47

    Saints maul the restart well and make it back up to the halfway line before earning a penalty there. Francis sends the ball into the corner again. Lineout Saints just outside Irish's 22.

  • 45


    ... sends the tricky touchline conversion just wide of the mark though.

    15 - 14
  • 34


    Brilliant finish by Horne in the corner for Saints' second!!

    15 - 14
  • 44

    Brilliant attack again by Saints and North gets close. Groom is there. They're within inches and the ball comes wide to Horne...

  • 43

    Saints attacking much better in this half and Groom breaks through. Saints then earn a penalty at the breakdown and Francis sends the ball into the corner. Lineout Saints on Irish's 22.

  • 42


    ... sends the conversion through from the touchline too!

    10 - 14
  • 41


    Brilliant move by Saints and North is on the end of it!

    8 - 14
  • 41

    North gets up to take the restart and Saints are off to an attacking start here. Burrell breaks on the 22 and North is there with space ahead of him...

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    Francis gets us restarted here.

  • HT

  • 40

    Saints get up and steal the lineout and clear into the Tetley's Stand to end the half.

  • 39

    Referee Ian Tempest was playing advantage and eventually we come back for it. Tonks sends it into the corner for a lineout with the last play.

  • 39

    Francis clears again and Irish run it back at Saints. Lewington earns them some more ground and they're back into the Saints' 22 again.

  • 36

    Francis clears well. Lineout Irish on halfway.

  • 36

    Irish clear long and Foden is there. He sends it to Tuala who clears himself. Francis collects this one and calls for the mark.

  • 34

    Free kick Saints at the scrum which they take quickly but knock on. Another scrum then.

  • 35

    Saints look good in attack but knock on in contact just inside the 22. We'll set another scrum.

  • 32

    Eventually we get the scrum away and Francis and Horne cut good lines off the back of it. Saints are pushing up to the 22 again.

  • 30

    Groom boxes the restart and Marshall is there. Irish look to attack again but Saints rush defence is good. Irish box and Tuala takes it superbly. Francis kicks forwards into space and Irish play on. Gibson gets over the ball though and Saints have the scrum.

  • 28


    ... sends this one straight through the uprights to get Saints off the mark.

    3 - 14
  • 27

    Penalty Saints at the breakdown and Francis calls for the posts.

  • 26

    Irish clear the restart and Saints will have the lineout just inside the Irish half.

  • 25


    ... converts too.

    0 - 14
  • 25

    Try Irish

    Lewington chips and catches the ball again as North can't get there first.

    0 - 12
  • 24

    Irish are attacking well here and get the ball to Lexington out wide. He's taken down well and Saints look to slow their progress.

  • 23

    Saints pinged for not straight at the lineout and Irish opt for the scrum. They earn a free kick there and clear it long. Tuala is there, he kick high and North is in attack. But he's penalised for touching a man in the air. Irish go for touch. Lineout Irish just outside Saints' 22.

  • 20

    Francis' kick comes off the post and Irish clear. Lineout Saints just outside the Irish 22.

    0 - 7
  • 19

    Saints maul from the lineout well before Haywood decides to go alone. The ball comes across to the midfield where Saints earn a penalty. Francis points to the posts.

  • 18

    Irish clear from the back of the lineout but good pressure from Saints see the lineout on the 22.

  • 17

    Beautiful hands from Brüssow find Tuala out wide but the fullback can't control it and we'll set another scrum.

  • 15

    Saints get up and steal the lineout and make good progress again. Harrison breaks, offloads to Groom who finds Ma'afu. The prop works hard but doesn't make it. Francis loses the ball forwards but Irish clear and Tuala is there. Saints are still attacking in the 22.

  • 13

    Saints look good but are penalised at the breakdown and Irish clear. Lineout Irish back up near halfway.

  • 12

    Lineout Saints ten metres out then and they maul forwards before working the phases again. The ball eventually comes wide to Harrison in space, he nearly makes it before North has a go. Saints are getting close again now...

  • 10

    Tuala dummies well to earn some more ground but Saints are having to work hard for their territory. They're up to the ten metres line with an advantage coming. Eventually we come back for it. Francis sends the ball into the corner.

  • 8

    Irish collect the restart and box high. Tuala takes it well though and the ball comes wide. Horne and Burrell team up well to take the ball forwards before Foden takes over. North breaks over the 22 and Saints are attacking well now.

  • 6


    ... sends his conversion through.

    0 - 7
  • 5

    Try Irish

    Lewington chips through and chases it down for the first score.

    0 - 5
  • 5

    Saints are working hard to push them back and eventually force the knock on. They play on with the advantage and the ball comes wide to North. It comes back inside to Francis who makes some ground before a stray pass goes loose. Lewington is there...

  • 4

    Good scrum from Saints but Irish hold onto it. The Exiles come wide and Fowlie nearly breaks through. The ball comes wide the other way as Irish look to get over into the 22.

  • 2

    A good cross field attempt from Francis nearly finds Foden but Irish collet and work their way back over the halfway line. Saints defend well but knock on in the ruck and Irish have the scrum this time.

  • 1

    Irish work hard from off the back of the lineout to gain a few yards but solid defence from Saints halts their progress and eventually earns them the scrum.

  • 1

    A good start from Saints as they collect the kick-off cleanly. Groom boxes well and Irish have a lineout back at halfway.

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    HERE WE GO!!

    Greig Tonks gets us underway here at the Gardens!