Away to Harlequins
On Sunday afternoon, Northampton saints travelled down to the twickenham stoop for the second weekend in a row. This time not to face London Irish but to take on Harlequins. The Quins played midweek and like the saints lost to a team that was below them. In the press this week Paul Gustard their head coach said they were embarrassing and that they needed a bounce back. Northampton were prepared for them to fly out the blocks for the first 20 minutes.
In fact it was Northampton that started the better of the two sides. Scoring a classy first phase move which saw Matt Proctor go through a hole and put Rory Hutchinson under the posts. Quins bounced back with a penalty and a try to go into the lead before Northampton dragged a try back to re take the lead. After a couple of phases Ryan Olowafela dotted down in the corner for his first premiership try, one to remember for the winger. With the way the first half had gone you’d imagine another score was coming from somewhere and it was Quins this time. A quick tap penalty from mike brown saw Alex Dombrant break free, a nice offload mean Nathan Earl could walk it into the corner and the home side took the lead before the break.
The second half commenced and the saints were hanging in there, a coupe of silly errors let the quins off the hook but they definitely looked like they could cause the home team problems. Until, the opposition fly half found a bit of space in the defensive line and made a break, being hauled down just before the line. 2 phases later and captain Chris Robshaw dotted down in the corner for their 3rd try. Still very much in the game Northampton put some pressure on the home team through some good attacking, offloading rugby. But all that prevailed was 3 points off the boot. The saints had good field position and the ruins had a defending line out, they sent the ball back to mike brown who looked to kick but last minute changed his mind, threw a dummy and broke down the pitch. Chris Ashton in standard Ashton style showed up on a shoulder and went under the posts with and Ash Splash. The game looked to be falling out of sight. 15 minutes of huff and puff from the saints brought nothing as the quins held for a home victory.
Northampton have Exeter at home on Friday night, and Bristol on Tuesday. These are all turning into must win games and fingers crossed we can stick to the process and come away with a win. Thanks for all your support