A brilliant send off
Franklins Gardens held centre stage for the last time this season to a Northampton saints side desperate for a 5 point win against visitors Worcester Warriors. Last weekend the visiting side secured their status in the Gallagher premiership with a win over Gloucester rugby, in a game which really showed their dogged nature. Worcester are a team that is used to being down in the bottom third of the table and they always have a performance capable of beating on of the better sides in the league. They are a bit of a dark horse and Northampton most definitely shouldn’t underestimate them.
The weather on Saturday afternoon was very bizarre. One minute it was hailing and the next minute it was cracking flags. With this in mind it was important for Northampton to start well while the weather was okay. The last thing they would have wanted was for it to chuck it down and for the game to be stop start and allow Worcester to get a foot hold. Northampton did just that. Luther Burrell starting things off with a trademark bust, saw the England centre fly under the posts for a try on what was his last outing at the gardens in front of the faithful fans. This was followed by two more tries which really knocked the stuffing out of the Worcester side. For them, there was nothing to play for. This can be dangerous as sometimes it means they chuck all their tricks at you and they all come off. But on this occasion it seamed as if they were already on the beach having secured their safety already. 4 tries by half time meant that Northampton had the bonus point and just needed to hold on and get the win. They did just that. Ken Pisi came on to the pitch with about 15 minutes left to Franklins Gardens roar for the last time. Ken is one of the fans favourites and most definitely a favourite within the squad, he is one of the nicest guys I have met and I wish him well wherever he goes next. The full time whistle went and Northampton ran out 38-10. This result puts Northampton saints in 4th position and takes it down to the last game of the season to see if they can secure a top 4 spot and fight for the final of the Gallagher premiership.
The last game of the season sees us travel down to Sandy Park and take on Exeter. The Chiefs are currently sat in top spot and are coming fresh off a week off. This side are well known for their big heavy forward pack and their fast and elusive backs. None more so than Santiago Cordero and Henry Slade. These two have caused trouble for defences all year and we must keep a lid on them if we are to have success against this side. Fingers crossed we can pull off another good performance and give ourselves the best opportunity of playing knock out rugby again. The support this season has been absolutely outstanding and the team has appreciated it massively. It doesn’t go unnoticed at all. One last push for what is hopefully 3 more weeks.