Northampton 26th Nov 2011
Saracens were beaten 30-8 at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
The home side held a 27-3 lead at the interval and Saracens were unable to recover from the deficit after the break in the Aviva Premiership clash – ending a run of nine successive away league wins.
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Saracens were blown away in the opening 40 minutes in which Saints scored three tries.
Lee Dickson crossed the line with 10 minutes on the clock when he spotted a gap in the defensive line just a few metres out. Ryan Lamb converted.
Owen Farrell hit back with a penalty before Lamb replied with three points of his own only for George Pisi burst through midfield minutes later after taking what looked like a forward pass.
Lamb added the extras and then struck with a drop goal midway through the half before the home side scored their third of the afternoon. Driving the ball from 10 metres out, Phil Dowson got the final touchdown and Lamb’s extras gave the home side a 27-3 advantage going into the second half.
Saracens started brightly after the break and enjoyed much of the possession in the opening 10 minutes of the half, but they were unable to take advantage of the pressure and when Lamb had a chance to extend the lead with a penalty in front of the posts on the hour, he made no mistake.
That looked like the final action of the match until a flowing move, started by Chris Wyles, saw Ernst Joubert cross the line in the corner.
Saracens line-up: Goode, Strettle (Powell 52), Wyles, Barritt, Short (Taylor 76), Farrell, Spencer (Baldwin 64), Gill (Carstens 52), Smit (George 60), Nieto (Stevens 41), Borthwick, Botha (Kruis 52), Brown (Wray 60), Burger, Joubert.