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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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Kane breaks record with hat-trick as Spurs thrash Saints

Media playback is not supported on this device Harry Kane grabbed another hat-trick and broke the record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year as Tottenham thrashed Southampton at Wembley. The Spurs and England striker headed home his 37th league goal of 2017 on 22 minutes to surpass Alan Shearer’s landmark, which was set during his time at Blackburn in 1995. Kane then added two more either side of half-time to bring his total for the year – for both club and country – to 56,…

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Southampton 1-4 Leicester: Former Saints boss Claude Puel insists there is no bad blood after summer sacking

Claude Puel refused to rub salt into Southampton’s wounds after inspiring Leicester to a 4-1 rout over his former club at St Mary’s. Frenchman Puel even effectively thanked Southampton for allowing him to improve as a manager, despite being sacked by the Saints’ hierarchy in the summer. Shinji Okazaki’s brace and further goals from Riyad Mahrez and Andy King sealed Leicester’s fourth successive Premier League win, with Southampton only mustering Maya Yoshida’s bundled effort. Puel guided Saints to an eighth-place Premier League finish and the League Cup final last term…

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Saints twice come from behind to deny Newcastle

Manolo Gabbiadini marked his return to Southampton’s side by scoring both goals as battling Saints twice came from behind to deny Newcastle United victory in an entertaining game at St Mary’s. Isaac Hayden fired the Magpies ahead from 25 yards after goalkeeper Fraser Forster was left flat-footed before Joselu was denied from making it 2-0 by the bar. Saints conjured up a rare home goal through Gabbiadini’s shot on the turn only for Newcastle to restore their lead 87 seconds later, Ayoze Perez finding the net from an angle after…

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Super 8s: Castleford 12-26 St Helens: Saints underline title credentials

St Helens condemned Super League leaders Castleford to their first home loss in more than a year as they underlined their own title credentials with an impressive victory. Not since Warrington won at Wheldon Road in July 2016 had Daryl Powell’s men tasted defeat on their own turf but resurgent Saints showed their mettle to win the Super 8s opener. Tries from Zeb Taia, James Roby (two) and Jonny Lomax clinched the win for a St Helens side who continue to show significant improvement under Australian head coach Justin Holbrook….

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Alli scores twice as Spurs beat 10-man Saints

Dele Alli scored twice as Tottenham maintained their challenge for a Champions League spot with victory over 10-man Southampton. Saints took the lead in the second minute when defender Virgil van Dijk demonstrated his aerial threat by nodding in James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick. The visitors were level just before midway in the half when Alli out-jumped Van Dijk to direct Moussa Sissoko’s deflected cross past keeper Fraser Forster. Shortly after the break, Harry Kane ended his run of three league games without a goal when he headed in from Christian Eriksen’s…

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