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The wins keep coming


By Leipziger
February 28 2009

The Falcons today won a fourth successive match and second successive away game in the Premiership for the first time since September 2004, securing a second win in three visits to Franklin's Gardens and condemning Northampton to their first defeat at home in any competition for two years.  

On what should have been a monumental day for the Jimmies, the Falcons were roared on by a small but vocal black following and put in some absolutely mercurial defending to restrict our opponents to just one score in almost 70 minutes of home domination.

There were only a couple of minutes gone when the Falcons were hauled down in front of the line but former Saint Jon Golding, restored to the starting XV in place of David Wilson, popped up to go over on the touchline for our opening try. Tom May's conversion was short and wide, but 0-5 was still a great start.

It was improved upon quickly when Jamie Noon made a fast break into the 22 through an attempted high tackle for which we received an advantage, and May unexpectedly chipped over to the right. As the ball hung and I was probably not the only Falcon looking on in horror, Danny Williams caught it and scored, May converting this time.

What a start! So imagine how we felt when May broke in midfield and tore through the Saints half to score under the post after just TEN minutes! The simple conversion made it 0-19.

It is a measure of how poor the Falcons have been in general in recent years that it was only after the third try that some of us began to genuinely believe we could win. But it was also clear that we would not longer have the game all our own way, as Saints went on the attack but Stephen Myler (the bloke who would've won the game at KP in September on his own according to some) missed what looked like a simple kick.

Myler did kick Saints' first points with a penalty, and Danny Williams was forced to palm into touch to prevent a try, yet somehow avoided a yellow card. But the pressure told just a couple of minutes before half time as Paul Diggin scored on the left, and the conversion left us nine points ahead at the break. Good, but unlikely to be enough.

Our saviour so far had been that although we had made a lot of silly errors and given away a number of penalties, Northampton's discipline and handling was just as poor, and a couple of scraps suggested they were getting frustrated too. I wonder whether Lee Dickson was thinking he should have stayed with the winning team, then again we now have a quicker, nastier and likely to become better version in Micky Young.

Williams was replaced with Tim Visser, returning to the Gardens for the first time since a loan spell with our hosts last season, and the Dutchman showed aggression in our few attacked in the second half, although overall we probably had more chances than in the last 25-30 minutes of the first period.

Soane Tonga'uiha almost went over on the left but was put into touch by Noon and replacement scrum-half Hall Charlton in one of Saints' better opportunities, but still they couldn't find a way through. Home replacement Barry Everitt's penalty was all they could produce to bring them within a converted try six minutes from the end.

In a second half full of errors, we tried to close out the game with just minutes to go, but Saints received a penalty and kicked long, missing touch, but Alex Tait kicked and kept the ball in play himself with just seconds to go. Fortunately, with play moved over to the right Saints were put into touch and the referee blew the final whistle.

Woo-hoo! I suppose after three successive wins took us 16 points clear of Bristol, on its own today's was the least significant of our run of now four consecutive victories. But for the first time in four and a half years we have won four league games in a row, and for the first time since 2005/06 we will end the season with more than one away win in the Premiership.

What's more, with Saints unbeaten at home in all competitions until today it shows we CAN go to difficult places and win. We have had some absolute stinkers away from home (and at home for that matter) this season – whatever The Master and his apprentices are doing, lets hope they repeat it this week and get us another win at Sale next Sunday!

Onwards and upwards!

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28/02/2009 20:57
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Re: The wins keep coming
telfs123 (IP Logged)
28/02/2009 21:01
Great report as always.

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westand (IP Logged)
28/02/2009 22:06
Smashing report---just catching up, cos' of family commitments, will it all be a dream when I wake up tomorrow?

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westand (IP Logged)
28/02/2009 22:42
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Re: The wins keep coming
telfs123 (IP Logged)
28/02/2009 23:11
dear god what is happening. im actually agreeing with batesy's post match comments for the 3rd week running!!!

Re: The wins keep coming
St Marlowe (IP Logged)
28/02/2009 23:25
Well done Falcons you had us bang to rights today. Someone had really done their homework. No arguments from this quarter.

Oh and Tom May (who I thought had an otherwise great game) is most unwelcome on our turf - he can take those gestures at our supporters back to St James' Park where they belong.

Re: The wins keep coming
steve1888 (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 10:00
Good report Leipy.

I'd like to mention John Rudd who had a very good game I thought and carried well, came looking for ball and wait for it - put in some cracking tackles and one that may have left us in a bit of trouble if he'd missed it.

Micky Young had the better of Dickson by some distance yesterday which was good to see. Jamie Noon also had another good game and especially going forward was better than he has been.

I was very pleased to see Carl Hayman announced as Man of the Match and can think of plenty of occasions where the Motm at our ground should have been from the away side. Nice touch.

Great day out yesterday and easy to see why Saints had a such a good home record as they battled back to push it right to the wire and the crowd really make some noise at times although a few different travelling fans were told to keep quiet/shut up by home fans which i'm sure is just a minority and most were welcoming.

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DGNTR (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 12:25
What did Tom do to upset the Saints following?

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Dr. B. (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 12:28
Gave them some two finger salutes according to some Saints chaps.

Re: The wins keep coming
westand (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 12:37
a report from Northampton Chron sums up Stains frustration nicely.

Re: The wins keep coming
DGNTR (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 12:38
If true and proven, Tom should be fined by the club, that's not acceptable.

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Horus (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 14:04
What was the provocation for Tom's gesture ?

Re: The wins keep coming
Leipziger (IP Logged)
01/03/2009 14:10
Some sort of "hassle" apparently.

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TouchLine (IP Logged)
02/03/2009 09:19
Cracking report Leipy and as I wasn't able to listen on t'radio it filled in the details nicely.

It really is looking as if the Master has finally found the buttons to press, though from waht Thumper said he's been pressing them since the Cheatahs game last year but the players wiring was not connected correctly.

This was the most meanignful win of the last 4 for me and if we can follow it with a win at Sale then I will start believing that we have turned the corner.

Re: The wins keep coming
DGNTR (IP Logged)
02/03/2009 21:33
I've already started believing.

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