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Northampton 34-21 Clermont Auvergne: Five tries from Saints secures win over French side in Champions Cup

Northampton secured back-to-back wins in all competitions for the first time since September as they inflicted a first Champions Cup defeat of the season on Clermont Auvergne. Saints – already out of Europe following four straight reversals – ran in five tries courtesy of Teimana Harrison, Nafi Tuitavake, Ben Foden, Ken Pisi and Cobus Reinach in a 34-21 victory at a buzzing Franklin’s Gardens. The loss for Clermont, last season’s runners-up, also means they must wait until next weekend to secure qualification for the knockout stages. It had been plain…

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Struggling Northampton sack director of rugby Mallinder

Jim Mallinder has been sacked by Northampton Saints after more than 10 years as the club’s director of rugby. Saints, Premiership champions in 2014, are currently 10th and on the brink of elimination from the European Champions Cup after Saturday’s defeat by Ospreys. The 51-year-old, who was appointed in June 2007, signed a new five-year deal after their top-flight triumph. “The board and major shareholders felt that the time was right for some change,” said chairman John White. “This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. Jim has…

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Champions Cup round-up: Toulon edge past Bath while Northampton lose again

Scarlets 33-28 Benetton Centre Paul Asquith scored a try in the final minute as Scarlets pulled off a remarkable 33-28 Champions Cup bonus-point victory over Benetton at Parc y Scarlets. It looked set to be a comfortable home victory when Scarlets went 14-0 up after six minutes and then Benetton had flanker Francesco Minto sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 24th. But after 70 minutes the visitors, who had been 21-7 down, found themselves 28-21 up with a bonus point and all set to celebrate their first win…

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George North to leave Northampton to return to Wales

George North will leave Northampton at the end of this season and return to Wales on a national dual contract. The juggernaut wing, who has won 69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries, has agreed a deal from next term, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on its official Twitter feed. Northampton released their own statement confirming 25-year-old North’s departure. It is not known at this stage which of the four Welsh regions he will join. National dual contracts are 60 per cent funded by the WRU, with the player’s region…

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Northampton fans wanted to fight me – captain Buchanan

Northampton Town captain David Buchanan claims a group of fans challenged him to a fight after their League One game on Saturday. The defender, 31, says he was threatened after the 1-0 home defeat by AFC Wimbledon which left the Cobblers next to bottom of the table. They have lost nine of their 14 league games and only have nine points. “They were young lads, 17, 18 years old. I don’t want altercations with supporters,” he told the BBC. Speaking to BBC Radio Northampton, he added: “Every time I set…

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Saracens start Champions Cup defence with demolition of Northampton

European Rugby Champions Cup – Pool Two Northampton (6) 13 Try: Heywood Con: Mallinder Pen: Myler 2 Saracens (29) 57 Tries: Williams 2, Barritt, Clark, Koch, Vunipola, Lozowski, Spencer Con: Farrell 7 Pen: Farrell Saracens began their quest for a third successive Champions Cup with a typically ruthless demolition of Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens. Wing Liam Williams crossed twice, carving inside Ahsee Tuala to opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Calum Clark bulldozed over from a driving maul to secure Sarries’ four-try bonus point just before the break. Saints’ misery…

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VIDEO: Was this a dive or a penalty in Peterborough’s EFL Trophy defeat to Northampton?

Peterborough celebrate Danny Lloyd’s goal, but Ricky Miller [far right] was later booked for diving Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Was this a dive, or a penalty? Peterborough striker Ricky Miller was booked for simulation in their EFL Trophy clash against Northampton, but Posh-mad fan Adrian Durham thinks it was the wrong call… Tuesday night’s tie at the ABAX Stadium was all square at 1-1 after 90 minutes, after Danny Lloyd’s first-half opener for the hosts was cancelled out by an unfortunate own-goal from Posh captain Jack Baldwin with just ten…

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