NEWS: TEAMS UP


By Saint Ted
September 14 2017

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Friday night’s Aviva Premiership Round 3 clash with Bath.

 

 

 

 

 

There are a number of changes in the pack, with Mikey Haywood, Paul Hill and David Ribbans all making their first Aviva Premiership starts of the season.

Dylan Hartley (hand) and Tom Wood (shoulder) are on the sidelines, although both are anticipated to be in training next week. Piers Francis (jaw) and Stephen Myler (leg) continue to make good progress in their respective rehabilitation programmes.

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NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY BATH
Aviva Premiership Round 3
Franklin’s Gardens
Friday, September 15th, 2017
Kick off 7:45pm
15 Ahsee Tuala
14 George North
13 Rob Horne
12 Luther Burrell
11 Tom Collins
10 Harry Mallinder
9 Nic Groom
1 Alex Waller
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Paul Hill
4 Michael Paterson
5 David Ribbans
6 Courtney Lawes (capt)
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison

16 Reece Marshall
17 Campese Ma’afu
18 Kieran Brookes
19 Christian Day
20 Lewis Ludlam
21 Cobus Reinach
22 James Grayson
23 Ben Foden

Courtney Lawes leads Northampton Sains vs Bath

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NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:04

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Teams up- Courts skipper's the side
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Date: 14/09/2017 12:01

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Re: Teams up- Courts skipper's the side
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:03

Bath side-
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15. Anthony Watson

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Ben Tapuai

11. Matt Banahan

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Kahn Fotuali’i

1. Beno Obano

2. Tom Dunn

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Charlie Ewels

5. Elliott Stooke

6. Matt Garvey (capt)

7. Sam Underhill

8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements

16. Jack Walker

17. Nick Auterac

18. Scott Andrews

19. James Phillips

20. Paul Grant

21. Darren Allinson

22. Freddie Burns

23. Max Clark

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Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:07

Good work Eds.

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Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: TheGent (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:09

Targeting the lineout again.

Slightly concerned about the scrum but if we continue the intensity we had against tigers we'll be in with a shout.

Need to make FG's a fortress this season!

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: saintsfella (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:10

Looks like we can have a real pop at their scrum to me. That being said their back line looks electric as per. Big fan of Tapuai.

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Toulousian Firefighter (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:12

No Dylan?! Still, Mikey will be fresh and chomping at the bit. Also great to see Paul Hill start and Brookes ready to come on with a point to prove.

Been very impressed by Ribbans. That's a very mobile pack.

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Matthew (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:26

Looks we will do well if we target the set piece. However, if we kick the ball away as much as we did last week that back line has the capacity to really punish us. We may see a lot of high balls head our way too because that back line is quick enough to make the chase and we look a bit wobbly at the moment catching those high bombs, especially when the kick is chased effectively. Not sad that there's no Louw!

Still no let up for Mr Waller....

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Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:38

Will be interesting to see Horne vs Joseph

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 12:40

JFR must be wondering what he has to do. Little bit nervous about this one, hopefully I'm very wrong to be so.

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 13:05

Presumably Harry was under instructions to kick away the ball long against Tiggers - if he does the same against Bath, Saints will be punished by Watson, Joseph, Roko and Bananaman. Territory and possession Saints.....territory and possession !

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 13:16

territory and possession, exactly.

If we don't let them have the ball, they can't score.

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Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 13:43

but sometimes you need to kick to gain territory surely.. its where and how you kick it is the key, ie not aimlessly downfield

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 13:55

I suspect Harry was told to kick for territory. Also we could easily challenge their lineout. The rest of our defence was also quick to form a defence line that made it difficult for them to break it.
Let's hope we can do enough to make them worry about what we are doing rather than what they can do

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Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 14:01

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but sometimes you need to kick to gain territory surely.. its where and how you kick it is the key, ie not aimlessly downfield

Harry kicking from fh gets the ball 10m higher at least than Smyler so the chase is 10m further up. The kicks against Tigs were not aimless and only on one occasion did we give them a ball they could really run back at us. Personally I think we should make more yards again st the Bath pack away with so many ball carriers so I only expect targeted attacking kicks not poor defensive ones. Kicking also keeps the opposition backs honest.

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 14:16

By the way has Courts started as captain before?

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Nath-coys (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 14:20

Come on saints!!!!

Think courts and ribbans are going too have big games!!

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: ch saint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 14:57

Congratulations to Courtney for captaincy.
I hate aimless kick, especially when poorly executed. But Harry's was not aimless and was well executed.

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: riverlodge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 17:04

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Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: Deesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 18:55

I think I read somewhere that Courtney and Dylan have a big input in training and have increased intensity-
Good news if true
If so no surprise that Courtney leads the team
Probably more a 'follow me' leadership style reminiscent of Martin Johnson than a Will Carling type
I think this will be a close one
But looking forward to it

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 20:47

Good luck Courtney

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: DesboroughSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/09/2017 22:15

Some great matchups across the teams there, should be a cracker. Lawes as captain will be interesting... if the whole team bring his intensity to tackling, Bath will want to get rid of it pretty quickly.

Shame no Louw, always enjoy seeing him play. And keen to see how Harrison goes against Falatou, a quality 8... will his aggression and speed trump Falatou's class, guile and experience?

Re: NEWS: TEAMS UP
Posted by: ch saint (IP Logged)
Date: 15/09/2017 11:48

Dee, Courtney and Dylan have been very helpful and inspirational to young David Ribbans which I think is great. They pass on lots from what they learn in the England camp apart from general support. I'm very impressed with how Courts has developed as an inspiration to the rest of the team and look forward to his captaincy.

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