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Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins


By Saint Ted
September 6 2018

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS v HARLEQUINSGallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 2Friday 7th September, 2018Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 7.45pm

Director of rugby Chris Boyd has made two changes to his starting XV as Northampton Saints welcome Harlequins for their first home clash of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season on Friday evening (kick off 7.45pm, live on BT Sport).

Ken Pisi is promoted to the wing from the replacements bench, while flanker James Haskell is named in the back row after being forced to withdraw with injury from last week’s opener at Gloucester Rugby.

Saints will be hoping to build on a strong recent home record after winning three of their final five home league matches last season, and they have not been defeated at Franklin’s Gardens by Quins for almost six years.

Alex Waller will once again skipper the side from loosehead prop, with James Fish and Ben Franks alongside him in the front row.

Fit-again Haskell is the only change to the pack that started last week’s clash at Kingsholm, with Heinrich Brüssow and Teimana Harrison joining him at the base of the scrum, and David Ribbans completing the return to play protocols after an HIA last week to partner Courtney Lawes in the engine room.

Dan Biggar and Cobus Reinach remain in the half-back positions, while Piers Francis – who notched a try last week at Kingsholm – and Luther Burrell will continue to marshal Saints’ midfield.

Pisi comes into the back three, but fullback Ahsee Tuala and wing Tom Collins remain to round off the largely unchanged side.

However there are two more changes to the replacements, with Andy Symons and Harry Mallinder both impressing in Northampton Wanderers’ Premiership Rugby Shield clash on Monday evening, and earning their spots on the bench.

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15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Ken Pisi
13 Luther Burrell
12 Piers Francis
11 Tom Collins
10 Dan Biggar
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Alex Waller (c)
2 James Fish
3 Ben Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Courtney Lawes
6 James Haskell
7 Heinrich Brüssow
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16 Dylan Hartley
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Ehren Painter
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Andy Symons
23 Harry Mallinder

Not available for selection:
Dom Barrow (hamstring), Alex Coles (knee), James Craig (concussion), Paul Hill (shoulder), Rory Hutchinson (knee), Reece Marshall (foot), Toby Trinder (foot), Tom Wood (groin), and Charlie Davies (foot).

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Marching On
Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
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06/09/2018 12:16
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Walks11
Teams Up
Walks11 (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 10:57
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS v HARLEQUINS
Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 2
Friday 7th September, 2018
Franklinís Gardens
Kick-off: 7.45pm

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Ken Pisi
13 Luther Burrell
12 Piers Francis
11 Tom Collins
10 Dan Biggar
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Alex Waller (c)
2 James Fish
3 Ben Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Courtney Lawes
6 James Haskell
7 Heinrich BrŁssow
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16 Dylan Hartley
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Ehren Painter
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Andy Symons
23 Harry Mallinder

Not available for selection:
Dom Barrow (hamstring), Alex Coles (knee), James Craig (concussion), Paul Hill (shoulder), Rory Hutchinson (knee), Reece Marshall (foot), Toby Trinder (foot), Tom Wood (groin), and Charlie Davies (foot).

 
alwayshopeful
Re: Teams Up
alwayshopeful (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 11:15
Forwards look good,

In the backs looking for 9- 10- and 12 to really kick on and, an opportunity for Symons off the bench to make a claim.

Come on you saints

 
tedge
Re: Teams Up
tedge (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 11:16
Apart from Pisi pretty much the same as Glaws (as originally selected with Haskell). Just Mallinder and Symons additional on the bench. Expect the two new wingers to play for thw Wanderers next.

 
Walks11
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Walks11 (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 13:37
I think Harry will be starting next week, just a matter of game time. Interested to see how Symons goes too, if given opportunity

 
Deesaint
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Deesaint (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 13:37
I fear our Achilles heal is the back three 11 14 and 15, really hope they step up and prove me wrong.
Still not smitten with our front row especially against a big quins contingent. Would like to see Franks (played loose for NZ ) Dylan and Painter and hopefully will one day.
Back 5 look good just need to put a couple of stone of muscle on 4 5 and 8 and we will be away.

Nervous going into this one. but really hoping for the win
If only to see some positives on this Board.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 14:24
With two attacking teams it promises to be an entertaining game.

No Brown, Horwill, Clifford or Sinkler for Quins will help our cause - though they still put 50 points on Sale.

Of everything, how Painter goes at tighthead when he comes on is what I'll be watching most closely. If he can help give us parity or even the upper hand at scrum time that transforms our chances for the season. IMHO.

Come on you Saints!!!!

 
HerbieSaint
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
HerbieSaint (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 14:27
Burrell needs to do a lot better in this game or I'd expect him to be dropped for the next one.

Really disappointing hit out from him last week. I think our back line will look a lot different when we've got Taqele and Mallinder starting but I don't think they'll be rushed in to the team.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
skybluesaint (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 14:40
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Deesaint
Still not smitten with our front row especially against a big quins contingent. Would like to see Franks (played loose for NZ ) Dylan and Painter and hopefully will one day.

As I said in an earlier thread but rather late in the day, Lennie Newman on BBC Radio Northampton felt that Franks was clearly playing out of position at TH and Glouc took advantage. We seem vulnerable when 1 of our THs is injured.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Le marseillais (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 18:51
Mallinder on the bench.
Do you know why ?

ASM Clermont Auvergne supporter

 
Walks11
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Walks11 (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 19:06
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Le marseillais
Mallinder on the bench.
Do you know why ?

Missed a big chunk of end of last season due to illness we believe and still a bit rusty, expect him to start in next couple of weeks

 
Happywifehappylife
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Happywifehappylife (IP Logged)
06/09/2018 21:37
Quote:
Walks11
Quote:
Le marseillais
Mallinder on the bench.
Do you know why ?

Missed a big chunk of end of last season due to illness we believe and still a bit rusty, expect him to start in next couple of weeks

He also played a full on 70 minutes on Monday night & was pretty impressive

 
Lamont4Saints
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Lamont4Saints (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 05:40
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skybluesaint
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Deesaint
Still not smitten with our front row especially against a big quins contingent. Would like to see Franks (played loose for NZ ) Dylan and Painter and hopefully will one day.

As I said in an earlier thread but rather late in the day, Lennie Newman on BBC Radio Northampton felt that Franks was clearly playing out of position at TH and Glouc took advantage. We seem vulnerable when 1 of our THs is injured.

Havenít two of our tight heads been injured until recently, Hill and JFR? Iím not sure if I imagined that or not.

For me Franks played brilliantly in the loose and did better in the scrum than Waller. So we should be changing our loose head not our right head.

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 07:04
Quote:
Le marseillais
Mallinder on the bench.
Do you know why ?

Hey Phil, heís just coming back from injury

easy win this

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Le marseillais (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 09:45
Hey Tom.
Tought you were gone of the forum, sent you a MP a few weeks ago.
OK for Mallinder, thanks to eveybody for the answer.

Tom, please let's go on on MP.
(I believe I can't text you)

ASM Clermont Auvergne supporter



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LeicesterSaint
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
LeicesterSaint (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 10:00
Interesting comment from Boyd, reinforcing something he had said in preseason that he won't often have Grayson on the bench - he sees Biggar as an 80 minute player and doesn't want Grayson getting five and ten minutes here and there. Instead he will get full games when Biggar is away or injured.

That means that the plan against injury to Biggar is Francis to ten and Symonds to 12? For me Francis didn't shine at 10 last season and we looked better with Mallinder - plus Francis did look good at 12 on Saturday.....

It does mean we can stack the bench with forwards though....

 
Hantsaintsrus4
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Hantsaintsrus4 (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 10:38
If Burrel shows how he can knock people back in the tackle, pass with both hands, kick and not loose the ball in contact he may come onto Jones' radar. He needs to be aware of teammates around him when on the charge. hic!

 
Ady32
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Ady32 (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 10:43
Quote:
LeicesterSaint
Interesting comment from Boyd, reinforcing something he had said in preseason that he won't often have Grayson on the bench - he sees Biggar as an 80 minute player and doesn't want Grayson getting five and ten minutes here and there. Instead he will get full games when Biggar is away or injured.
That means that the plan against injury to Biggar is Francis to ten and Symonds to 12? For me Francis didn't shine at 10 last season and we looked better with Mallinder - plus Francis did look good at 12 on Saturday.....

It does mean we can stack the bench with forwards though....

Thats definitely what Mr Boyd said preseason, although it doesn't have to be Piers to 10 with Harry on the bench/pitch.

 
stoofer
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
stoofer (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 11:18
Surprised to see Brussow give another chance over Gibson after his penalty count last week. I really hope we see an improvement on this score this week.

Ditto Franks. I'm guessing that JFR isn't fully fit yet?

 
Deesaint
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Deesaint (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 12:16
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stoofer
Surprised to see Brussow give another chance over Gibson after his penalty count last week. I really hope we see an improvement on this score this week.
Ditto Franks. I'm guessing that JFR isn't fully fit yet?

Just shows how people see things differently
I thought Brussow played very well
Disruptive in the breakdown
Great steal on the floor
Available to be first receiver to take the ball up
Played very well as link man between forwards and backs
Something we havenít seen for a long time
Had to do a lot more work once Haskell pulled out

The first penalty for high tackle was technically a penalty but Brussow was trying to stop and turn at the same time
Thankfully he made the tackle because there wasnít much after him and the try line
I would have feared a backrow of Ludlum Harrison and Gibson against Gloucester
Some very short memories of our failings last year

 
LeicesterSaint
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
LeicesterSaint (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 12:23
Again Boyd summed up quite neatly with Brussow, it reflected the team in being great in parts and downright dumb in others! However he turned up on Monday and apologised, recognising that he was perhaps too fired up or excitable, I think he also suffered in being on the back foot too often.

He'll recalibrate and take a more measured approach I'm sure, plus having Hask there to help with some of it will help a lot - I'm a fan of Ludlam in quicker games but didn't see much on Saturday against a big pack.

 
stoofer
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
stoofer (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 12:35
I also don't mean to single Brussow out. Disciplne has been a consistent team failing for over a season now. In trying to establish new standards and consequences I thought the coaching team may have benched him for this one. Let's hope its being addressed in other ways....

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
Neil-H (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 12:37
I am with you Deesaint, loved Brussow last week, 6 penalties, 2 high tackles and 1 for foot in front of ball at ruck when he saw gap picked and went.. I wont knock him for that one.

He was an annoying pain in the @#$%& and everywhere.. same again please and with a better balanced back row, will be able to do more imho

Can see him just getting better n better as he works out refs n team gels more

 
saintsfella
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
saintsfella (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 15:44
Clearly 6 pens unacceptable but I loved every minute of his play. Agressuve and niggly and going in the right direction to justify his reputation.

 
andysaint
Re: Teams Up: Saints v Harlequins
andysaint (IP Logged)
07/09/2018 16:17
Quote:
stoofer
I also don't mean to single Brussow out. Disciplne has been a consistent team failing for over a season now. In trying to establish new standards and consequences I thought the coaching team may have benched him for this one. Let's hope its being addressed in other ways....

I donít think that is the right tone to set one game into a new regime.

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