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Friday 25th November 19:45 GMT

 

Since losing at Castres in France in the Champions Cup, the Northampton Saints have won all four matches that they have played in all tournaments. On Friday Evening, they will look to extend that winning sequence, when they entertain the Newcastle Falcons in Round 9 of the Aviva Premiership at Franklins Gardens. The Saints who now sit in sixth position in the Premiership table, with 19 points, four behind their great rivals the Leicester Tigers, who occupy the fourth and final play-off spot at present, have not been beaten at the Garden's since Wasps triumphed there in Round 4 of the Premiership.

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In contrast to the Northampton Saints recent run of success, the Newcastle Falcons have lost four straight matches in all competitions, since the beat Grenoble in the Challenge Cup at Kingston Park last month. If the Falcons cause an upset on Friday Evening and beat the Saints, it will be just their second win in 27 away fixtures, dating back to February 2015. That solitary success coming at Kingsholm against Gloucester by 18-13 in Round 4 of this season's Premiership. The two clubs played each other three weeks ago in Newcastle, when the Saints won an Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture by 24-16.

Posted: 24th October 2015

 

Northampton Saints, who lost their opening game of the new Aviva Premiership season last weekend, to a last gasp drop goal at Worcester Warriors, will be seeking to avoid a fourth successive Premiership defeat on Saturday, when they are at home to the Newcastle Falcons. The last time that the Saints endured such a form run of results, was back in September 2011. Saturday's fixture is being played at StadiumMK in Milton Keynes, a ground that is not entirely new to the Saints who have played a number of fixtures in different competitions at the venue previously. In all tournaments, they have played five times in Milton Keynes, winning on three occasions. In the Premiership they have faced Saracens twice at the venue, losing back in 2012, but registering win in April 2015.

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Following the success of the recent World Cup matches that were played at the stadium, and the huge crowds that turned out to watch them, the Northampton Saints will be hoping that the general public will turn out in force on the back of the entertainment provided during the international tournament. The Falcons opened their own campaign with a disappointing home defeat against the Cherry and Whites of Gloucester. They are now on a run of ten games, with just a solitary victory in the Premiership, a 37-21 home win in Round 22 last season, against Harlequins.

Posted: 2nd January 2015

 

The current Aviva Premiership Champions, Northampton Saints, end the year in top position in the table, as they mount a strong defence of their title. They slipped up in Round 7, losing at Franklins Gardens to the Exeter Chiefs, in a thrilling encounter, but since then they have embarked on a run that has seen them win six successive matches in all competitions. On Friday, they welcome the Newcastle Falcons to the Gardens, who have themselves slipped to three Premiership losses on the trot, since they beat the Cherry and Whites of Gloucester at Kingston Park in Round 8. A run that has seen them slide back into 11th place in the table, but with a significant buffer between themselves and the winless London Welsh.

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It would be a major surprise if the Falcons manage to come away from the East Midlands with anything to show for their long journey down from the North East of England. Given the run that they are on, and that their only win away from home since October 2013, was against London Welsh in October. Recent history would also suggest a comfortable home win, as the last 10 contests between the two clubs, have all been won by the Saints. The Falcons last victory coming back in early 2009 when they won 19-13 at Friday’s venue.

Posted: 23rd November 2013

 

The Northampton Saints have had to make do without their England contingent for the last four weeks and so the club will be pleased that at least England's autumn internationals are over. Although they will have to make do without star winger George North, as Wales have not yet competed their series of autumn internationals. The return of the international sextet might not signal such good news for the visitors to Franklin Garden's this weekend, the Newcastle Falcons. Although the Falcons have had a mixed bag of results this season, their first back in the top flight of English club rugby, following their promotion to the Aviva Premiership, they will be more than content with their current standing in the table, where they lie in ninth position, though a very comfortable ninth, due to the woes that are currently enveloping the Worcester Warriors.

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Saints on the other hand, are pushing for the top honors again, after reaching the Premiership final last season, where they lost a disappointing, and controversial final to their East Midlands rivals, Leicester Tigers. With Saracens facing a tricky trip to Devon to face the Exeter Chiefs, a Saints victory over the Newcastle Falcons, might just see the home team topping the Aviva table by Saturday night.


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Posted: 25th November 2016


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