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NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP


Tom Wood on the charge

By Saint Ted
March 24 2017

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS Aviva Premiership Round 18 Franklin’s GardensSaturday, March 25th, 2017 Kick off 3:00pm

Ahsee Tuala 15 Telusa Veainu
Ben Foden 14 Adam Thompstone
Nafi Tuitavake 13 Mathew Tait
Harry Mallinder 12 Maxime Mermoz
George North 11 J P Pietersen
Stephen Myler 10 Freddie Burns
Nic Groom 9 Ben Youngs
Alex Waller 1 Ellis Genge
Dylan Hartley 2 Tom Youngs (c)
Kieran Brookes 3 Dan Cole
Courtney Lawes 4 Dom Barrow
Christian Day 5 Graham Kitchener
Tom Wood (c) 6 Mike Fitzgerald
Calum Clark 7 Brendon O'Connor
Louis Picamoles 8 Luke Hamilton
     
Mikey Haywood 16 George McGuigan
Ethan Waller 17 Michele Rizzo
Paul Hill 18 Pat Cilliers
Jamie Gibson 19 Mike Williams
Teimana Harrison 20 Lachlan McCaffrey
Lee Dickson 21 Ben White
Luther Burrell 22 Owen Williams
Ken Pisi 23 Jack Roberts
     
     

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Marching On
NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
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24/03/2017 12:48
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:03:24:12:52:25 by Saint Ted.

 
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Team's up
Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:05
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Mods, why not make this a news story & save yourself some bother/hassle?

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tedge
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tedge (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:07
No spare lock or 10 ?



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andysaint
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andysaint (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:09
Personally, I would have put Burrell at 13, the revolving door centre partnership worries. Save for that, I am delighted to see the internationals starting especially Dylan. That is as strong as it gets for us. Maximum attack from kick off.

 
fair_weather_fan
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fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:13
Throwing the kitchen sink at this, no suprise as basically its sh** or bust. Actually being 5th or 6th after the international round was a typical secnario for the club in the erly 2000's.

Louis played flat out for France so I'm almost surprised to see him play but Im sure he put his hand up. Woody had bench duties so should be good, and Big George knows he's under the microscope for the lions tour. A little bit surprised to see dylan there to be honest but I would say that its payback time to the club for him.

So lots of motivation around!

 
Deesaint
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Deesaint (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:18
Be interesting to see if Dylan has a tan from his time in Dubai

 
Saintalex
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Saintalex (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:18
Probably the best team we could put out... I like the centre patnership. Burrell will get 20 mins at the end you would have thought

 
tedge
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tedge (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:20
Stopping Ben Youngs and Burns will be critical



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Aylesbury Saint
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Aylesbury Saint (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:20
I hope this post doesn't come back to bite me - but anyone know the odds for Dylan getting sent off?

 
TheGent
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TheGent (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:20
That pack is absolutely brutal.

Agree re centres, would have liked to see Burrell but hopefully Harry and Nafi have been working on their defensive intensity for the last 3 weeks solid.

 
St tub
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St tub (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:23
Mermoz could have a field day if we haven't sorted the centre defence

On the plus side - they've dropped Thacker completely and are starting Tom Youngs - plus Dom Barrow and Graham Kitchener at lock.. we should get some mileage there

 
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Saint Robert (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:23
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tedge
No spare lock or 10 ?

I assume Harry covers 10 and Calum covers lock.

 
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Tiggs (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:24
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tedge
No spare lock or 10 ?

Can't Mallinder move to 10 if required ?

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Saint Dom (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:24
Possible replacements...
Presumably Harry will do 10 if needed, and Clark or Gibson second row.

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*I could agree with you - but then we'd both be wrong...*

 
andysaint
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andysaint (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:25
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tedge
Stopping T Youngs and Burns will be critical

T Youngs will get binned at some point surely for sacking a maul.

 
Saint Stokey
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Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:36
Hopefully north has been well fed before the game. We don't need him having to stop and have nibble on his other arm*

 
jimmies
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jimmies (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:47
so how many games in a row is this for Waller....what is the man made of??

 
tedge
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tedge (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:47
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Saint Dom
Possible replacements...
Presumably Harry will do 10 if needed, and Clark or Gibson second row.

Agreed but playing back rowers out of position and playing Mallinder at 10 have both been spectacular failures in the past !

 
Saint Ted
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Saint Ted (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:51
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Robby Richmond

Mods, why not make this a news story & save yourself some bother/hassle?

A fine idea, only took me 3 attempts to get the story up and merge it with the original thread!

 
Saintalex
Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
Saintalex (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:54
You did better than I did fella... I attempted 5 times and gave up, after deleting a bout 3 posts lol

 
MESSAGES->author
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Matthew (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:57
Quote:
St tub
Mermoz could have a field day if we haven't sorted the centre defence
On the plus side - they've dropped Thacker completely and are starting Tom Youngs - plus Dom Barrow and Graham Kitchener at lock.. we should get some mileage there

Hmmm. For my money Barrow was the best player on the pitch last time the two teams met. Very physical and in our faces.

Hoping for a cracker tomorrow in any case!

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Robby Richmond (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 12:58
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Saint Ted
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Robby Richmond

Mods, why not make this a news story & save yourself some bother/hassle?

A fine idea, only took me 3 attempts to get the story up and merge it with the original thread!

Still learning Ted, glad I could help.

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St Marcus
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St Marcus (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 13:09
Thats a strong looking squad with the internationals returning. I think we could just have the edge over Tigs up front tomorrow. So long as our midfield defence is relatively solid I think we will win. COYS!!!

 
Saintalex
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Saintalex (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 13:32
Im feeling confident which worries me a little

 
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Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
Howlin (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 13:39
Its a match where we need all the experience we can muster so glad to see all the internationals back in. Good to see all the positive comments re Luther on this thread after the stick he was getting when he was last playing! I think Mallinder starting and him on the bench is more of an indication of how we want to play from the start; whether it works is another matter.

I'm glad Jim has shown faith in Harry and Nafi to carry on the improvements they have made but also share the concerns of some regarding the potential defensive weaknesses. It is also possible that a fit and firing Luther could burst through tiring defences late on and he can of course cover both 12 and 13.

Saint 'til I die

 
Christoff
Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 14:14
Luther is a good player if when he tries to catch the ball it sticks. To me it's about his reception of the ball and his distribution. If he gets these right his confidence increases. If he's on his top game he's a fine player. Unfortunately we've seen the "other" Luther a fair bit in the last season or so. Let's hope we see him on top form against Tigs.

 
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OldPete (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 14:30
This is the big occasion and rightly the time for the big boys to deliver for the club .

However , as i usually do - to prepare myself for games against Tigers I watched again that semi final.


Our job as supporters to re create if not surpass the atmosphere and passion from that famous night .

Who the hell are Leicester Tigers ?

 
twsaint
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twsaint (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 15:08
Absolutely Pete. We're all needed.

 
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Stockers (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 15:33
Good team, good to see the internationals back in.


This is Tigers! This is the Big Game* Let's get tore into them from the start and push for the Top Four. We can do it. Believe!





*Can you see what I did there? grinning smiley

 
St Marcus
Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
St Marcus (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 15:38
Yes a big shift from us in the stands is needed too. We need to be calling for all the marginal decisions tomorrow.

 
riverlodge
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riverlodge (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 15:49
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St tub
On the plus side - they've dropped Thacker completely and are starting Tom Youngs - plus Dom Barrow and Graham Kitchener at lock.. we should get some mileage there

Can see that being pinned up on the away changing room wall...

 
DesboroughSaint
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DesboroughSaint (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 16:30
Is it on BT Sport?

 
fair_weather_fan
Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 16:52
It's a big game because we have to win it to stay in playoff contention. For me that's more important by far than the opposition.

 
SaintsDuncan
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SaintsDuncan (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 16:53
Certainly is

 
fair_weather_fan
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fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 17:27
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Deesaint
Be interesting to see if Dylan has a tan from his time in Dubai

Having just wished him Happy Birthday in Kingsthorpe Waitrose, I can confirm he has no noticeable tan

 
herbie85
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herbie85 (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 19:11
Controversial back row choices. Bloke who's leaving for sarries preferred over our best 7 (tei) and Gibson probably our form back row last few games

 
Saint Stokey
Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
24/03/2017 19:24
It's an odd thing to admit, but I'm going to miss Cockers... a bit; a very little bit.

I'm going to miss his little glum face as he watches us win.

Oh well, dumping Mauger out of the premiership with an L will have to do.



Although I to wish him well.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
24/03/2017 22:58
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fair_weather_fan
It's a big game because we have to win it to stay in playoff contention. For me that's more important by far than the opposition.

But the opposition are also the team just ahead of us in the table! Bring on the Thai girls

Church's Stand, Block R, at the back noisily making lots of noise

 
Eif Jones
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Eif Jones (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 01:54
Having watched last weekend's A-W game, Tigers were particularly impressive with a weakened team. Going to be tough where Myler's goal kicking may have to be the difference.

Let's not start the Luther debate again, simply, he has the brain of a winger whilst playing in the centre.

 
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Re: NEWS: NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS - TEAMS UP
Howlin (IP Logged)
25/03/2017 11:05
Possibly better than the brain of a winge-er ?

Come on you Saints, make us proud !

Saint 'til I die

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