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Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report


By TigerR
November 3 2012

Tigers Defeat Saints                                                                                           Leicester 16-12 Northampton                                                                       This was a generally poor game of rugby football played in front of a sell-out crowd.  Leicester deserved to win because they dominated possession and territory and because they scored the only try of the game just after half time.

It was a bright if cool day in the East Midlands.  Ideal for a good game, perfect except perhaps for a stiffish breeze that favoured Northampton who were playing towards the Welford Road in the first half. 

They kicked off and a defensive touchfinder from Ben Youngs led to a line out to Northampton in the Tigers half.  They line out was won by Saints and they kept the ball through several phases before a penalty was awarded which Ryan Lamb converted into three points. 

From the kick off Tigers won the ball and pinned Northampton to their line for several waves of attack but did not score.  Almost as soon as Saints got into the Tigers half again they got another penalty and again Lamb obliged. 

Then Tigers dominated territory but George Ford could kick only one of four attempts at goal.  Then as the half drew to a close, Tigers won another penalty with 40 minutes on the clock and Ford stroked the ball over to bring the scores level at half time. 

At half time the breeze seemed to die.  However Tigers came out strong and attacked close to the scrum down the middle of the pitch.  Eventually a backs move also close to the scrum saw Matt Smith go over near the posts: it was the one incisive move in a match dominated by defences. 

Tigers saw more of the ball but Saints looked marginally more inventive with the ball without breaking the Tigers defence.  Both line outs took it in turns to have good periods and both scrums had their moments of ascendency.  There were errors from both sides. 

George Ford missed penalty attempts to take Tigers further clear but got one more, and with five minutes to go Ryan Lamb added his second penalty of the second half to set up a tense finale at 16-12. 

At this point Tigers tried to run down the clock by ignoring the backs and driving forwards at the Saints defensive line.  This backfired as the ref. gave several penalties for sealing off.  However, despite 15 exhausted Tigers and 14 exhausted Saints, defence continued to win the day.

The negatives were that George Ford did an excellent impression of a 19 year old tyro playing in a big local derby, that Ben Youngs was unable to impose himself, that Anthony Allen did well at times but not well enough to suggest he should be an international and that referrals to the TMO are going to ruin the flow of the game. 

The positves were a Tigers win, a full ground, a strong performance from the pack, Julian Salvi managing a whole game (as did Callum Clark) despite a lay off and that try.

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Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
TheLeicesterTigers.co.uk (IP Logged)
03/11/2012 22:38
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Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Downsey (IP Logged)
03/11/2012 22:45
"The negatives were that George Ford did an excellent impression of a 19 year old tyro playing in a big local derby, that Ben Youngs was unable to impose himself, that Anthony Allen did well at times but not well enough to suggest he should be an international and that referrals to the TMO are going to ruin the flow of the game."

Maybe the Allen "problem" was not helped by the other two then? And I thought the referrals worked and that the Ref had a good game.

Takes nothing away from the report though - many thanks!

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Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Rich W (IP Logged)
03/11/2012 23:41
You've been drinking Paul!

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Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Tiggs (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 00:09
Haven't we all ???

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Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Stopsy (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 12:45
Many thanks TigerR

 
Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Duncan Keene (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 13:43
Good report thanks. Afraid the TMO is necessary when sides come intent on off the ball hits.

 
Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Stopsy (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 14:53
Duncan - you should know it is only us dirty cheating Tigers that do that....

 
Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Tiggs (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 15:46
The odd TMO was when the ref ignored the TJ who has seen exactly what had happened, and could have told the ref in 10 secs, but we had to wait for the TMO for 2-3 mins to make the same decision ?

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Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
TigeR (IP Logged)
05/11/2012 09:41
TMO for tries is fine. TMO for off the ball is not. If the officials saw it, then they should act. If we are not careful the rugby experience will become like American Football which has bursts of action between long pauses. Also it allows unfit players to recover so the tendency will be towrds heavier stronger players a la NFL.

 
Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
Rich W (IP Logged)
05/11/2012 10:41
Where we could and should learn from NFL is in flagging. When an official (I personally think we should have another on-field official - without a whistle - but at present the TJ/AR will do) sees a 'foul play' offence he should have a flag to throw. Once thrown it has to then be considered at the next break in play. The referee may chose to disregard it at that point but the fact that it has been thrown requires that conversation to occur. It can't be taken back and it can't be ignored.

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Re: Tigers v Northampton Saints Match Report
TigeR (IP Logged)
05/11/2012 12:23
I agree, that aspect of Americal Football works very well.

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