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News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys


By Simon Robinson
January 19 2015

Northampton Saints travelled down to South Wales knowing only victory would keep them in the hunt for a home quarter-final in European Rugby's elite competition, the Champions Cup. Veteran COYSDC contibutor, Simon Robinson (smurf) gives us his thoughts, written on the Saints Supporters' Club charabanc on the way home with four precious points in the bag...

 

 

 

EUROPEAN RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP

POOL FIVE - MATCH 5

OSPREYS 9 - NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 20

 

11am and 45 or so intrepid Saints supporters set off from Franklin's Gardens on the long trek to Swansea for the penultimate ERCC pool match against Ospreys. Due to the ridiculous 5:30pm kick off time,  many of those making their own way down will be spending at least one night in a hotel,  but not us!

Expected return time about midnight and some of us have to be up for a normal Monday morning start...

Forecast is dry but breezy and the temperature just above freezing.  Plenty of extra layers packed for when we arrive.

With three pools' top teams on 18 points after their 5 games,  Saints know two wins in the last rounds should be enough for a home quarter final.  A bonus point in either would put us on 24 and guarantee top seed, whatever the others do.

To ensure that we finish top of the table, we need to make sure we have at least one more point than Racing - if we finish level on points the first tiebreaker is results between the teams. The lack of a losing bonus in Paris could prove costly if this is the case.

The return of Dylan Hartley - his 200th game for Saints - as well as Christian Day and Samu Manoa should shore up the pack which was the weak point last week against Sale.

On to the match itself - an early Biggar penalty was cancelled out by a charge down scramble at the other end. 3-7 after Myler converted Calum Clark's try. In between Saints lost Ben Foden to injury, replaced by James Wilson. Another Biggar three pointer narrowed the gap to a point before Myler slotted one of his own to make the score 6-10 after 25 minutes.

Eight minutes before half time, George Pisi saw yellow for a tip tackle, Biggar again stepping up and closing the gap to 9-10.

Northamptons George North breaks away to score their second try during the Champions Cup Pool Five m

Two minutes before the break,  Ospreys spilled the ball on halfway and George North pounced. Moments later he was under the posts,  with Myler converting the half time score was 9-17.

The second half was a bit of a disappointment, no real sustained threat from either side.  Myler had a kick just after the hour mark which hit the post,  however Ospreys were penalised from catching the rebound and gave Saints an easier chance which Myler converted. Saints defended resolutely for the final ten minutes but Ospreys could not break through.  9-20 final score.

With Racing getting a bonus point win against Treviso, the two sides are level on 19 points.  Winner takes all at the Gardens next weekend, with not only the pool win but also top seeding at stake.

 

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News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
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19/01/2015 14:18
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Maverick1
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Phil. (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 14:20
Many thanks for taking the time to pen a few words, smurf - much appreciated! smiling smiley

 
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Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Wee Jim (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 14:30
Much respect to you for making that trip in a day and on a Sunday too!

 
Maverick1
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Phil. (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 15:58
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Wee Jim
Much respect to you for making that trip in a day and on a Sunday too!


Not as far as our (me, BigRich, MarkH, OlneySaint and OS Jr) 600 mile plus, "there and back in a day" trip to Galashiels to see Saints play Borders in 2004, Jim!

 
oh!&jeremy
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
oh!&jeremy (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 16:16
Done a few of them Phil, including that one 10 years go quick dont they.

 
Maverick1
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Phil. (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 16:34
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oh!&jeremy
Done a few of them Phil, including that one 10 years go quick don't they.


It does go so quick!

Did you do that one on the bike, Jeremy?

What I remember of that trip was telling OS jr how haggis have legs longer than the other on one side so they can stand on the hills and how haggis hunters have to get them to turn round on the slopes so they fall to the bottom to be caught - road kill on the trip through the Borders was said to be dead haggis - bless him, OS jr was very young...

Oh, and Tom Smith fisticuffs... smiling smiley

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
smurfomatic (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 16:42
Eek...I'm now a "veteran" contributor!

Phil - I remember the trip to Galashiels that ended up at Murrayfield - the bus got us back at 3am and I had to get up at 6...

We managed to get back to the Gardens at 11.15 thanks to our brilliant coach driver, 4 hours from final whistle in Swansea to the Gardens!

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Maverick1
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Phil. (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 16:52
Quote:
smurfomatic
Eek...I'm now a "veteran" contributor!
Phil - I remember the trip to Galashiels that ended up at Murrayfield - the bus got us back at 3am and I had to get up at 6...

We managed to get back to the Gardens at 11.15 thanks to our brilliant coach driver, 4 hours from final whistle in Swansea to the Gardens!


"Veteran" - I know, I know, but you have been doing a sterling job for a while! grinning smiley

The diverted trip to Murrayfield - when was that, 2006/7?

 
tws
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tws (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 17:43
Thanks for the report Simon.

I've done some monster day return trips but stayed the night last night after being ill for three days.
Stayed in the poshest hotel in Port Talbot! Quite an experience.

 
PowerCuts
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Tsar Brite (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 17:52
Eight minutes before half time, George Pisi saw yellow for a tip tackle - don't think we have heard the last of this and should expect a citing and ban

 
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Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
smurfomatic (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 17:52
Phil - yes it was eight years ago! January 2007. We arrived at Murrayfield, a bus load of Saints fans, just after kick off to find three turnstiles open. Two were "cash only" and refused to let us through as we all had tickets! So, we had to go through one turnstile while the other two were empty...

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Beef
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Beef (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 18:33
Jeeze, I remember that - and the only pub anywhere near the stadium was full of lunchtime diners

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Terrace 'B' next to Mav, Shaddo, AB, Jeremy and Spud.

 
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Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Wee Jim (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 19:33
There was an article on that trip wasn't there Phil?
It's the Sunday factor for me I even found it hard watching it on TV. Not right!

 
StMarlowe1
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
St Marlowe (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 19:34
Thanks Smurf - Great report. I remember Murrayfield well - I had flown up, eventually ended up keeping the hire car and driving back to Luton and then home - then back to London for a meeting at 9:30 (cancelled because a customer had "had a heavy weekend")

David L

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

- Live wrong and preposterously

 
Maverick1
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
Phil. (IP Logged)
19/01/2015 23:49
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Wee Jim
There was an article on that trip wasn't there Phil?


There was! I've had a look in the COYSDC archive but can't find it - it was on the cusp of our move from Rivals way back when so it maybe got lost in the changeover...

 
oh!&jeremy
Re: News: Professional Saints Performance Too Much For Ospreys
oh!&jeremy (IP Logged)
20/01/2015 10:48
Phil the original trip to Galashiels was by car - way to cold for the bike,
My abiding memories of the game were the pre-match entertainment - a Lass on a carthorse galloping across the pitch what would Piggy have said! A phtographer ejecting his memory card into a muddy puddle and in the game Oriol Ripol being handed off into the mud,peeling himself off the ground and tackling the bloke a few metres down the pitch.

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