Saints and Beer
By Blues Ed
March 16 2017
The Saints are sending a decent squad to Goldington Road for the Friday night friendly which replaces we lost with the sad demise of London Welsh . It's also the Beer Festival of course ....
The visitors include Luther Burrell who is on his way back from injury as is fellow centre Tom Stephenson and fly half JJ Hanrhan. Kick off 7.45.
We have named a squad of 25: 15. Howard Packman 14. Pat Tapley 13. Piers O’Conor 12. Michael LeBourgeois (capt) 11. Dean Adamson 10. Jake Sharp 9. Tom James 1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo 2. Jacob Fields 3. Christian Judge 4. Mike Howard 5. Jordan Onojaife 6. Ed Taylor 7. Josh Buggea 8. Jason Hill
Reps: Charlie Robinson, James Hallam, Ben Cooper, Byron Hodge, Paul Tupai, Ben Adams, Jordan Burns, Dan Lewis, Ollie Dodge, Elliot Clements-Hill
Northampton: 15. James Wilson 14. Juan Pablo Estelles 13. Luther Burrell 12. Tom Stephenson 11. Tom Collins 10. JJ Hanrahan 9. Tom Kessell 1. Ethan Waller 2. Charlie Clare 3. Jake Ilnicki 4. David Ribbans 5. James Craig 6. Ben Nutley 7. Lewis Ludlam 8. Sam Dickinson (capt)
Reps: James Fish, Campese Ma’afu, Reece Marshall, Gareth Denman, Api Ratuniyarawa, Alex Moon, Will Allmän, Lee Dickson, Sam Olver, Rory Hutchinson, George Furbank, James Grayson.
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It was a spirited performance by the Blues many of who's players were certainly playing for a place in the Bedford line for next season.
The result was enviable against a team from the Premiership, who shortly after the restart of the second half sent on seven players inside two minutes, the fresh legs and with the wind behind them making all the difference.
As mentioned a excellent performance by the many in our team, their were the usual errors in the lineout and failing to find touch, all of which could have been blamed on the windy conditions.
The packed ground was heaving and with the official attendance given was around 3800....
An enjoyable fixture against an old rival, watched in good humour by all, many thanks to the Saints for filling the gap originally occupied by London Welsh.
Bedford 17 (10) Saints 52 (19).....I think