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News: Teams up Saints v Clermont

By Saint Ted
January 12 2018


Tom Stephenson, Kieran Brookes and Christian Day have all come into Northampton Saints’ starting line-up to take on Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup.

Technical coaching consultant Alan Gaffney and interim head coach Alan Dickens have made three changes to the side that began last week’s triumph over Gloucester, as the Saints take on the Top 14 Champions at Franklin’s Gardens, kick-off 5.30pm.

Northampton opened up 2018 in style against the Cherry & Whites, scoring a last-minute penalty try to win 22-19 and end a run of frustrating results in the Aviva Premiership – and will now smell blood with nothing to lose in the competition against Clermont.

The only change to the back-line is caused by the ankle injury that saw Luther Burrell hobble off against Gloucester.

Stephenson comes in to replace him in the midfield after a tenacious showing off the bench last weekend, and the inside centre will celebrate his 50th appearance in the Black, Green and Gold.

Nic Groom and Harry Mallinder will continue to build their half-back partnership, with Ahsee Tuala staying at full-back and Ken Pisi – who scored on his return to the side against Gloucester – and Ben Foden remaining on the wings.

Brookes also continues his comeback from a hand injury with his first start since November, joining skipper Dylan Hartley and Campese Ma’afu in the front row.

And with Day coming into the second row alongside Api Ratuniyarawa, Courtney Lawes shifts to blindside flanker.

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European Champions Cup, Round 5
Franklin’s Gardens
Saturday 13 January, 2018
Kick-off: 5.30pm 

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Ken Pisi
13 Rob Horne
12 Tom Stephenson
11 Ben Foden
10 Harry Mallinder
9 Nic Groom

1 Campese Ma’afu
2 Dylan Hartley (capt)
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Api Ratuniyarawa
5 Christian Day
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Tom Wood
8 Teimana Harrison 

16 Mikey Haywood
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Jamal Ford-Robinson
19 Michael Paterson
20 Mitch Eadie
21 Cobus Reinach
22 James Grayson
23 Nafi Tuitavake

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News: Teams up Saints v Clermont
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12/01/2018 11:59
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Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Walks11 (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 12:04
Good to see we are taking it seriously. No doubt Eif will comment on the Lawes at 6 selection

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Stockers (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 12:07
Thatís really spooky! Just as the clock ticked round to noon and the much anticipated ďTeamís Upí post, the postman dropped a Toolstation catalogue though my letterbox!

Good team, Courts at 6 is a bit odd as Woody had a great game there last week.

Still, COYS!

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 12:12
Picked a big pack to try and negate their perceived dominance.

Stevie Myler's right boot
Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
12/01/2018 12:14
I'm a little bit meh about this game tbh I'd rather see us stop Sarries getting out of the group next week to help the healing of having scored over 100 points against us in 2 games

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 12:17
We need to make Franklins a fortress again.....

Having seen the Clermont team (sorry doesnt copy and paste well from twitter) we are well in this. Slimani starts which we will have to take on the chin. Their bench doesn't look great up front, I fancy us last 20 mins.

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 12:33
A good home performance will help build momentum and confidence.

I appreciate that theoretically the result is irrelevant but for me performance and momentum are crucial.

A spanking will set us back in progressing in the Premiership even if we have no remaining chance of qualifying in Europe.

Whilst a good showing (even if it's not a win will help belief inside the squad, relieve pressure on the coaches and send a message to future opponents.

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
riverlodge (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 13:07
obviously very happy to see Tom S get a start, a big test!

good to see involvement for Mitch and Nafi too - presumably a rest for Gibson

Saint Stokey
Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 13:16
i know that there are injuries, but it looks like a few more of the Wandies are being drip fed into the 1st team.

this can only be a good thing for the likes of Grays, Tom S and more recently Eadie.

Perhaps Gaffney is hoping that the Wandies momentum and confidence will help drive the 23. I didn't appear to have done Ken much harm!

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Hantsaintsrus4 (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 15:08
Picked a big pack to try and negate their perceived dominance.
I worry about Brookes, I worry that my tv may be out in the drive if the usual belly flop happens.
Great to see Stephenson in, has all that is required to be a great player.
Can't be there but COYS

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Le marseillais (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 17:08
Saint Ted, please, it is Clermont, not Clreremont !!!
This is our team:

ASM Clermont Auvergne supporter

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:01:12:17:51:43 by Le marseillais.

Saint Ted
Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Saint Ted (IP Logged)
12/01/2018 18:55
Sorry, finger must have slipped, afraid it's going to have to stay that way until I get home

Eif Jones
Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
Eif Jones (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 02:09
riverlodge, I hope Stephenson will be less childish and better behaved than he was down at Swansea.

Re: News: Teams up Saints v Cleremont
SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
13/01/2018 07:23
Falgoux and Slimani I fear will destroy our scrum.

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