NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures


By Saint Ted
July 6 2017

Today sees the announcement of the 2017/2018 season fixtures. Will saints pick up some strong early points or will the fresh faces take a few games to gell? Who knows but at least we know which weekends the matches will be played on!

12-Aug 15:00 Saints vs Dragons
17-Aug 19:30 Saints vs Nottingham
19-Aug 14:00 Glasgow Warriors vs Saints
25-Aug 19:30 Saints vs Ulster
         
02-Sep 14:00 Saracens vs Saints
09-Sep 16:30 Saints vs Leicester Tigers
15-Sep 19:45 Saints vs Bath Rugby
24-Sep 15:00 London Irish vs Saints
30-Sep 15:00 Saints vs Harlequins
         
07-Oct 15:00 Gloucester Rugby vs Saints
28-Oct 15:00 Saints vs Wasps
         
18-Nov 15:00 Worcester Warriors vs Saints
24-Nov 20:15 Sale Sharks vs Saints
         
01-Dec 19:45 Saints vs Newcastle Falcons
22/23/24 December   Saints vs Exeter Chiefs
30-Dec   Harlequins vs Saints
         
05/06/07 January   Saints vs Gloucester Rugby
         
09/10/11 February   Bath Rugby vs Saints
16/17/18 February   Saints vs London Irish
23/24/25 February   Exeter Chiefs vs Saints
         
02/03/04 March   Saints vs Sale Sharks
23/24/25 March   Newcastle Falcons vs Saints
         
13/14/15 April   Saints vs Saracens
13/14/15 April   Leicester Tigers vs Saints
28-Apr 15:00 Wasps vs Saints
         
05-May   Saints vs Worcester Warriors

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NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 10:57

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Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 10:58

ooopppsss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll sort out the formatting in a bit, but you get the jist!



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Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Matthew (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 11:03

That's going to be a busy weekend in mid April as things stand.... Sarries at home and Tigers away!

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Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 11:05

Sarries away at HQ... best time to play them as they'll probably be without their lions.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 11:06

Very tough start to the season!

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Bob Stainsby (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 11:57

Get the toughies under the belt first Sarries at Twickenham yeah bin there done that! Tiggs home yeah done that on the way to the first at HQ! A nice week end in the pretty city to drain the bath! TALLLY HO!

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: andysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 12:07

Blimey, that is a lot of rugby to be played in September. If the club are serious about having a better year, we must win 4 of those first 5. Sarries at Twickenham will probably come down to what team they are able to field and if any need a break after the Lions. Ultimately, there are no easy games or those that are a given win, they just need to play what is in front of them.

For September, considering the amount of rugby to be played, they are going to have to be better at managing the squad.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: St Marcus (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 12:33

A tough start to the season that. We can't afford to start as poorly as we have done in the past two seasons again. Will be interesting to attend the double header, as has been mentioned that is probably a good time to play Sarries.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: SaintED (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 13:06

I am really hoping for the first time in three seasons that pre-season goes well and the coaches can get the team to hit the ground running. That looks like a really tricky first month of the proper season with tough games and the LI fixture away which is a banana-skin if ever there was one.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: PelerinStJames (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 13:15

2 trips to Twickenham then for Double Header and Big Game 10.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 14:46

Quote:
PelerinStJames
2 trips to Twickenham then for Double Header and Big Game 10.

Groan.....

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 17:01

No problem - I will watch them on BT and go to more desirable places such as Castle Grim and Sixways !

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 17:16

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Mobbs
No problem - I will watch them on BT and go to more desirable places such as Castle Grim and Sixways !

Top idea!grinning smiley

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Stevie Myler's right boot (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 17:36

Are we no longer big boys so they think they can 'do us' hence 2 Twickers games 😱

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: twsaint (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 17:51

I'd rather play Sarries at HQ than at AP. Is it so very different to go to Twickenham rather than the Stoop ? I know the casual supporters are a pain but, come on guys, the team need us. Support makes a massive difference.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 19:59

I should think I shall be at both of those!

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Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Ishmael (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 20:18

Quote:
Chris Hoddle
I should think I shall be at both of those!

We will all sleep easier for knowing that!

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Happywifehappylife (IP Logged)
Date: 07/07/2017 21:01

I shall be shouting for all the first 3 games from South Africa

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 08/07/2017 09:03

So, how are the home fixtures balanced out in the first ten rounds ?

Team - Friday/ Saturday / Sunday


BATH. 0 - 4 - 1

EXETER. 0 - 3 - 2

GLAWS. 3 - 2 - 0

QUINS. 1 - 3 - 1

IRISH. 0 - 2 - 3

NEWC. 3 - 1 - 1

SALE. 5 - 0 - 0

SARRS. 0 - 3 - 2

TIGERS. 1 - 3 - 1

WASPS. 0 - 3 - 2

WUSS. 3 - 1 - 1

SAINTS. 2 - 3 - 0

I make no observation other than to say you would not want to be a Sale supporter who cannot make friday nights and I wonder exactly why it is that the Chiefs once again do not host on fridays ?

On a slightly more positive note it is good to see that far more fixtures are firmed up at this early stage and it seems that this policy will be continued.



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Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 08/07/2017 20:28

Games at falcons and chiefs on a Friday or a Sunday do make it exceedingly difficult for the away fans. At least the other clubs are within a reasonable travelling distance .

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Dave Jackson (IP Logged)
Date: 09/07/2017 12:32

Sale choose Friday nights I believe as there no.1 choice of kick off time.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
Date: 11/07/2017 10:01

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Dave Jackson
Sale choose Friday nights I believe as there no.1 choice of kick off time.

They avoid the Wendy ball by playing Friday night. There is no problem in doing that consistently, the problem is when the fixtures are split as ours have been.

For many fans two Fridays is 2 too many. Don't see why we should have to do Fridays as other teams 'Cant". It's tough for everyone, why do Saints fans have to pick up the pieces for other clubs issues?

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 11/07/2017 15:50

I'm going to bypass the Friday night issue, as for me, the main difficult games are the Sunday ones.

Its not a bad fixture list for us.

Whilst some of the lions players are out for a rest period, we get to play Sarries, Bath and possibly Quins, without some of their better players. Hopefully we'll avoid the likes of Itoje, George, M Vunipola, Williams, Watson, Joseph, Farrell, Marler, Sinkler, Kruis and Faletau.

When the Autumn internations come an deplete our side, we'll have to face Worcester & Sale, both away. Those should be winnable.

Come 6 nations, we'll come up against Bath and Exeter who could well have a number of international away. Bath especially!

then its the same old end of season run in... Sarries, Leicester & Wasps... just to make sure that if we are in the top 4 by then, we get the best chance of 3 kickings so that we don't get a playoff slot.

Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Rugby_travel (IP Logged)
Date: 14/07/2017 14:03

I hope you don't mind me posting on here but I was just wondering if anyone who is involved in a local rugby club might be interested in going on a weekend tour to watch Saints play away, and then combine that with playing a local rugby club on the other day.

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Re: NEWS: Northampton Saints 2017/2018 Fixtures
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 17/07/2017 18:02

I have been having a little battle with Saints on Facebook !

We all know that the new Chairman made a statement that all regular season games will be at Franklins Gardens for the 'forseeable future'. I will leave the interpretation of 'forseeable future' to others but I have repeatedly asked the club to define what constitutes a regular season game; in simple terms does that just mean eleven Premiership games or does it mean the league games plus three European pool games and two Anglo-Welsh games. To my mind a subtle yet important difference. The club appear very reluctant to actually make a definitive statement falling back on a little political double-talk.

Paranoid, yes of course, but its nice to know where we stand !

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