55-24

Commentary

  • JM

  • FT

  • 80

    Saints lose the lineout though and Saracens get the ball off the pitch to end the game.

  • 79

    Saints maul from the lineout and have the advantage coming. Grayson tries a cross field to Pisi but it goes out. Back for the penalty then and Mallinder goes for the corner again.

  • 79

    Penalty Saints as they go looking for the try bonus point. Mallinder sends it into the corner for a Saints lineout on Saracens' 10 metre line.

  • 78

    Saracens come away with the ball despite a good shove from Saints. The away side turn over though and some good awareness from Mitchell gets the ball wide quickly. Pisi makes some ground before we come back the other way.

  • 76

    Scrum down Saracens though after another Saints knock on in contact.

  • 76

    Penalty Saints as Saracens are penalised for crossing after they turnover. Mallinder sends it long, lineout Saints well inside Saracens' 22.

  • 75

    Saracens chip their possession away from the scrum and Saints have the ball and are pushing themselves out of their own 22.

  • 74

    Saints come off the lineout well but Grayson knocks on in contact and Saracens scrum down just inside Saints' half.

  • 73

    Scrum down for Saints' after Saracens knock on at the lineout and the men in black, green and gold earn themselves a penalty. Mallinder boots it upfield for a lineout on halfway.

  • 71

    Penalty Saracens at the scrum. They opt for the corner and a lineout within Saints' 22.

  • 70

    Saints knock on just after the restart and get set for a Saracens scrum.

  • 69

    Lozowski...

    ... sends another successful conversion through the posts.

    55 - 24
  • 69

    Try Saracens

    Ben Spencer gets over for the home side after that good pressure.

    53 - 24
  • 68

    Saracens have turned on the attack again as they push into Saints' 22. Bosch gets them close...

  • 67

    Another Saints debut for Saints! James Grayson takes to the field in a senior Saints shirt for the first time as he replaces Tuala.

  • 66

    Scrum down to Saracens inside Saints' 22 but they knock on and Saints will have the put in this time.

  • 65

    Ben Spencer replaces Richard Wigglesworth for Saracens.

  • 65

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    I wonder if Jim Mallinder was saying at half-time that while the game might have gone there was still the chance of getting a point out of the game

  • 65

    Mallinder...

    ... converts the score too!

    48 - 24
  • 65

    TRYYYYYYY WOODYYYYY!!

    They have!! And it's Mr Wood's hands on the ball!

    48 - 22
  • 64

    TMO time to see if Saints have grounded the ball at the base of the right post...

  • 64

    Saints are building up phases here and have a penalty coming but they might not need it...

  • 63

    Penalty Saints at the break down as they attack. Mallinder goes for the corner again and Saints have another lineout within Saracens' 22.

  • 62

    Alex Waller and skipper Dylan Hartley make way for Mikey Haywood and Campese Ma'afu in the front row for Saints.

  • 61

    Mitchell looking sharp in attack but he's tackled illegally by his Saracens counterpart and Mallinder sends the penalty into the corner for a Saints lineout inside Saracens' 22.

  • 61

    Slow and steady from Saracens here. The urgency from the first half has gone from the home side's game but they're in possession. Lozowski goes for a chip and chase but Foden is there, Saints attacking again now.

  • 60

    Barritt and Dominic Day leave the field for Sarries with Mike Rhodes and Marcelo Bosch coming on.

  • 59

    Penalty for Saints at the breakdown this time after some good pressure from the away side. Mallinder goes for touch. Lineout Saints on Saracens' 22.

  • 59

    Alex Mitchell comes on for his first Saints appearance!! Groom makes way for the youngster.

  • 58

    Penalty Saracens at the breakdown just after the restart and go for the corner.

  • 56

    Mallinder...

    ... sends the conversion from just left of the posts over too!

    48 - 17
  • 56

    TRYYYYY WOODYY!!

    Amazing break from Alex Waller for that one!! The prop barges his way past Saracens' defence before getting the ball away to Wood. The back row scrambles over the last few yards to score!

    48 - 15
  • 56

    Saints attacking hard up the left and Gibson is on the end of a beautiful miss pass before going into contact. Though Saracens turn over, they chip through almost immediately and Saints are back in attack...

  • 54

    No sooner had the conversion gone over on his try as Brits makes his exit, Scott Spurling coming on for Saracens. Lawes returns too after passing his HIA, Day making way for the Lion.

  • 53

    Lozowski...

    ... converts from in front of the sticks.

    48 - 10
  • 53

    Try Saracens

    Duncan Taylor breaks from halfway and Schalk Brits is there in support for the the centre and gets over for another home try.

    46 - 10
  • 52

    Collins leaves the field for Saints with Ken Pisi replacing him. Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Juan Figallo come on in a front row change for Saracens with Barrington and Koch leaving.

  • 51

    Good period of possession for Saints here and some steady progress being made but Saracens turn over somehow and are building up the phases before Wiggleworth boxes. Mallinder clears but the ball goes straight out, lineout Saracens on halfway.

  • 49

    Mallinder and Goode exchange kicks but Saints are back in possession on halfway and earn themselves a penalty at the breakdown. Mallinder sends it into touch, lineout Saints.

  • 48

    The first period of sloppy handling from the home side earns Saints' a scrum for a knock on. Groom comes off the base quickly and sets Tuala free. Saints are working up to the halfway line now.

  • 46

    Saints have a lineout within their 22 as Saracens chip through. They take it cleanly and Mallinder clears once again. Lineout Saracens again in the same place.

  • 45

    Saracens replace hattrick scorer Maitland with Chris Wyles while Courtney Lawes leaves play for a HIA with Ribbans returning to the field.

  • 45

    Saints in possession again from the restart but Mallinder decided to clear the pressure and Saracens have a lineout inside Saints' half.

  • 45

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    Saints are so much better when they’re on the front foot. They go around the corner, there’s a bit of interplay and the defender’s drawn out. But that’s come from running hard and winning the collision. In the first half they were so flat that they were getting hit as they were getting the ball, but in that attack they’ve come from deep

  • 44

    Mallinder...

    ... sends his kick straight through the uprights too.

    41 - 10
  • 44

    TRYYYYY LUDLAM!!

    The second row barges over on his first Aviva Premiership start for Saints after some great team play!!

    41 - 8
  • 43

    Luther Burrell barges through the midfield and breaks clear! He charges up to Sarries' 22 before offloading to Mallinder who sets Waller free up the left...

  • 41

    Groom boxes the restart and Saracens are back in possession early on. They come wide before chipping through but Tuala is there to collect and some great footwork from the Samoan keeps him out of contact for a time.

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    We're back underway at HQ!!

    Lozowski gets us restarted here in London.

  • HT

  • 40

    Collins darts through the middle with the restart and again just seconds later but Saracens collect a stray Saints pass as the men in black, green and gold get into the Saracens' 22 and send it into the stands to end the half.

  • 39

    Reversal of a HIA for Day and Ribbans as the squad father returns to the field.

  • 39

    Lozowski...

    ... adds the simple extras.

    41 - 3
  • 38

    Try Saracens

    Vicent Koch goes it alone and manages to stretch over under the posts.

    39 - 3
  • 38

    Ali Eykyn on BT Sport

    Saracens have been making more tackles but missing fewer, but the tackles that the Saints have missed have been significant

  • 38

    Advantage coming for Saracens as they go off the lineout quickly again. itoje and Wray truck it through the middle, they're getting close again...

  • 37

    Brookes knock on and Saracens scoop up the loose ball once again. They look to go quickly but take the penalty instead and send it into the corner for a lineout within Saints' 22.

  • 35

    Lozowski...

    ... can't convert from out wide though.

    34 - 3
  • 35

    Try Saracens

    It's a hat trick for Maitland who dots down outside easily.

    34 - 3
  • 34

    Saints make good progress again but Saracens turn over once more and are pushing their way up the pitch. A cross field from Lozowski is on it's way over for Maitland...

  • 32

    Lozowski...

    ... sends the conversion wide this time though.

    29 - 3
  • 31

    Try Saracens

    Maitland gets his second of the afternoon despite a valiant effort from Mallinder in defence.

    29 - 3
  • 31

    Saints take the lineout cleanly but Saracens intercept a stray pass and run it the length of the pitch. Brits puts Kick through before he offloads to Maitland...

  • 30

    Penalty Saints from the restart and Mallinder sends the ball deep into touch for a Saints lineout on Saracens' 22.

  • 30

    Christian Day leaves the field for Saints with David Ribbans entering the fray at Twickenham.

  • 30

    Lozowski...

    ... then converts his own try too.

    24 - 3
  • 30

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    What a try for Saracens, who reacted to what the defenders were doing and didn’t panic. Saints have been defending the set piece pretty well, but they were drawn in there

  • 29

    Lozowski...

    ... races in the final yards and scores Saracens' bonus point score.

    22 - 3
  • 29

    Saracens look dangerous again from the back of their lineout as Brits makes a break down the right. The ball comes back inside for Lozowski...

  • 28

    Saints go quickly and push back up the pitch before sending the ball into touch. Lineout Sarries just outside the Saints' 22.

  • 28

    Saracens come wide quickly from the drop and are back up to Saints' 22 at pace. Ben Spencer chips through and Saints find themselves with a lineout just metres from their own line.

  • 27

    Lozowski...

    ... sends his kick short and Tuala dots it down over the line. 22 drop Saints.

    17 - 3
  • 26

    Saints take the restart cleanly and Groom clears from within Saints' 22 but Saracens recover the ball and earn a penalty at the breakdown too. Lozowski points for the sticks.

  • 24

    Mallinder...

    ... sends this one straight through to open Saints' account.

    17 - 3
  • 24

    Advantage coming for Saints as Tuala is taken out in the air just after the restart and Saints have worked hard to get the ball into Saracens 22. Saints are looking good here but Saracens infringe at the breakdown to slow their progress. Penalty Saints, Mallinder points for the posts.

  • 22

    Lozowski...

    ... sends his touchline conversion wide though.

    17 - 0
  • 21

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    It was a really good break from Saints, but everyone was too close to each other, and when Saracens got the ball they spread it and there’s no one there for Saints

  • 21

    Try Saracens

    Of course the double European Champions have the pace and Sean Maitland gets over in the corner for the home side's third.

    17 - 0
  • 20

    Saracens turn over at the next breakdown and start working their way up the field again. There's a gap out wide if they have the pace to get there...

  • 19

    Tuala makes ground again before releasing Lawes and Tuitavake out wide but Groom is taken down by Saracens before he can get away.

  • 19

    Austin Healey on BT Sport

    People were asking whether Saracens were going to change their game, but they’ve gone exactly back to type, the forwards winning the lineout and Wigglesworth putting boot to ball to put Saints under pressure

  • 18

    Gibson nearly disrupts the Saracens lineout but they do eventually collect and box. Foden is under that high ball securely and Saints have possession again.

  • 18

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    There’s more momentum from the Saints, Collins coming off his wing looking for work. But at times Saints slowed their own ball down a bit, and when the player goes through the middle they’ve got to make sure that someone is there for the clearout

  • 17

    Saints push well off the restart and a Tuala break gets the ground but they are pinged at the breakdown and Carries send the ball back up to halfway for a lineout.

  • 16

    A substitution for each side... Nick Isiekwe joins the fray for George Kruis while Mitch Eadie does leave the field for the Saints to be replaced by Jamie Gibson.

  • 15

    Mallinder...

    ... sends his kick wide however.

    12 - 0
  • 15

    A small pause in play while Mitch Eadie is seen too but the number eight gets up and will play on. Mallinder signals for the tee with the penalty...

  • 14

    Saints still in possession and pushing. They have an advantage coming as Saracens fail to roll away at the break down which Maxwell-Keys quickly turns into a penalty.

  • 13

    Uncharacteristically Itoje fumbles the restart and Saints have the put in at the scrum. They come wide off the back of it but are making slow progress against a strong Saracens defence.

  • 12

    Austin Healey on BT Sport

    Brits does Brookes on the blindside, but what was impressive was the interplay, making the pass just before the contact and Saints couldn’t make the tackle

  • 12

    Lozowski...

    ... send the easy conversion through as well.

    12 - 0
  • 12

    Try Saracens

    Wigglesworth scrambles over after a gap opens up to double the home side's tally.

    10 - 0
  • 11

    Volley ball style passes from Saracens gets them back within Saints' 22 in a great team effort from the double European champs. They're close...

  • 10

    Mallinder's restart finds touch and we have a Saracens scrum on halfway.

  • 10

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    The was classic Saracens, getting themselves some momentum. Brad Barritt’s controlling the play and telling Lozowski exactly where he wants it and forces Mallinder to make the decision about who to tackle with so many people tight, exactly what we said Saints should be doing

  • 9

    Lozowski...

    ... sends the conversion wide though.

    5 - 0
  • 9

    Try Saracens

    Eventually the pressure pays off for the home side and Brad Barritt scoots through a gap to open their account.

    5 - 0
  • 9

    Saracens push even closer off the lineout and are waiting patiently within metres of Saints' line...

  • 8

    Saracens work hard and barge their way through into the 22, they look dangerous but knock on and Saints clear. Saracens run it back at them though before earning themselves a lineout.

  • 6

    Ben Kay on BT Sport

    What Northampton haven’t done recently is overload defenders. It’s normally pretty obvious who’s going to be getting the ball. They need to have two or three possible runners to put the defender on the back foot

  • 6

    Saints regain the ball as Saracens return it to them and then gain an advantage but Maxwell-Keys deems play to have gone on too long as a Groom box finds touch and we have a Saracens lineout just outside Saints' 22.

  • 5

    Penalty Saracens at the scrum and Lozowski looks to send it deep into touch but Ace Tuala keeps it in play brilliantly. Mallinder goes for a chip and chase for Collins but Sarries collect.

  • 3

    A bit of toing and froing here at HQ to get us underway but it's Saints with the first scrum of the season. They come out of it well but knock in contact sees Saracens with their first scrum of the afternoon.

  • 3

    Austin Healey on BT Sport

    Wigglesworth tends to defend on the blindside, and when there are just two men back there’s a lot of space behind the Saracens defensive line with no sweeper. If Mallinder can exploit that then Saints could get onto the front foot

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