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NEWS: Wasps v Saints Sunday 6th Jan KO 3pm


Could be a stinger!

By Happywifehappylife
January 4 2019

Director of rugby Chris Boyd has made four changes to his Northampton Saints line-up for this Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership clash at Wasps. The men in Black, Green and Gold head to the Ricoh Arena off the back of consecutive league victories over Worcester Warriors and Exeter Chiefs, and will be hoping to secure their first season’s double over the Coventry outfit since the 2013/14 season.

Flanker Tom Wood will lead Saints – bidding for their third away win in the Premiership this season – from the blindside.

Lewis Ludlam and No.8 Teimana Harrison continue in the line-up at the base of the scrum, while locks Courtney Lawes and David Ribbans are again selected together in the engine room.

Boyd has made two changes to his front row as props Francois Van Wyk and Ehren Painter come into the side, but hooker Reece Marshall is rewarded for an impressive all-around showing last weekend with another start.

Fraser Dingwall starts at outside centre in the only change to Northampton’s back-line, with Piers Francis ruled out through injury.

Luther Burrell starts alongside the 19-year-old in the midfield, with the in-form Cobus Reinach and Dan Biggar both retaining their spots in Saints’ half-back berths.

Ahsee Tuala, Tom Collins and Taqele Naiyaravoro make up the back three for the third game running, while there is room on the bench for Andrew Kellaway following his return from injury and scrum-half Alex Mitchell – who earlier this week signed a new contract with the Club.

Saints Team

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Tom Collins
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Luther Burrell
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 Dan Biggar
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Reece Marshall
3 Ehren Painter
4 David Ribbans
5 Courtney Lawes
6 Tom Wood (capt)
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16 James Fish
17 Alex Waller
18 Ben Franks
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Heinrich Brüssow
21 Alex Mitchell
22 James Grayson
23 Andrew Kellaway

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee) and Piers Francis (shoulder).

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Marching On
NEWS: Wasps v Saints Sunday 6th Jan KO 3pm
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04/01/2019 18:22
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Team's up
shendy (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:18
[www.northamptonsaints.co.uk]

WASPS v NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 12
Sunday 6 January, 2019
Ricoh Arena
Kick-off: 3pm

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Tom Collins
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Luther Burrell
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 Dan Biggar
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Reece Marshall
3 Ehren Painter
4 David Ribbans
5 Courtney Lawes
6 Tom Wood (capt)
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16 James Fish
17 Alex Waller
18 Ben Franks
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Heinrich BrŁssow
21 Alex Mitchell
22 James Grayson
23 Andrew Kellaway

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee) and Piers Francis (shoulder).

 
manxsaint
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manxsaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:20
Wasps team for Sunday:

[www.wasps.co.uk]

 
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Re: Team's up
Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:25
Looks a good team.
Would guess that Dan Biggar is not fully fit and that could be why James Grayson is on the bench?

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ElySaint
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ElySaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:30
Prop swap for wasp swat.

 
Hakuna Tuala
Re: Team's up
Hakuna Tuala (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:31
Bit harsh on Gibson in my opinion - he's been far more effective than Brussouw so far this season...

Can't argue with the rest though!

 
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Re: Team's up
Stockers (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:33
Prop swap indeed!

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Team's up
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:37
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Hakuna Tuala
Bit harsh on Gibson in my opinion - he's been far more effective than Brussouw so far this season...
Can't argue with the rest though!


Thomas Young is lethal at the breakdown, Heinrich will be on to counter him winning late penalties

 
BrianB
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BrianB (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:43
Chris, am guessing that because Piers is not playing they need a 10 on the bench.

 
twsaint
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twsaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 12:55
I read this morning that Piers is out for up to 6 weeks. We'd take that , it might only be one league game.

2 European games, a Prem Cup, a week off and then a possible Cup semi . All gives a chance for resting,rotation etc.

 
andysaint
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andysaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 13:01
Big chance for Van Wyk and Painter based on our previous difficulties to stake a claim for starting spots. I am pleased to see changes made even if I did not expect them to be made.

Good for Dingwall to be rewarded.

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Team's up
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 13:07
[quote andysaint]Big chance for Van Wyk and Painter based on our previous difficulties to stake a claim for starting spots. I am pleased to see changes made even if I did not expect them to be made.

Good for Dingwall to be rewarded.[/quote


worth a punt, Alex needs a rest occasionally and worst case scenario they can come on at half time

 
tedge
Re: Team's up
tedge (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 13:08
Typically this is exactly the kind of fixture Saints would lose after mini comebacks. I will be interested to see if the new found confidence the players talk about will actually produce a performance 3 times in a row - we've not seen that for some time.

 
brancastersaint
Re: Team's up
brancastersaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 13:21
Really think we have a chance this weekend, hence making the trip from the frozen wastes of the North Norfolk Coast for the day with youngest teenage daughter, looking forward to seeing our backs in action, just need some good ball from the tight work to work with now
COYS!!!!!!

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Team's up
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 13:46
Quote:
tedge
Typically this is exactly the kind of fixture Saints would lose after mini comebacks. I will be interested to see if the new found confidence the players talk about will actually produce a performance 3 times in a row - we've not seen that for some time.


very true but caveat that on paper Wasps have a better side so we could put on a good display but still lose, bookies make Wasps 6.5 point favourites

however Wasps are lacking confidence of late and we are on an upward curve, so we may spring a surprise. Iím concerned about their forwards ball carrying, Will Rowlands in addition to Carr and Launchbury is a handful, watch out for Will Stuart off the bench too

Their back line is scary on paper

 
Yorkie Saint
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Yorkie Saint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 14:32
Looking forward to see how the first scrum goes. Would be fantastic to simply get parity. 10 fewer penalties than last week would be useful!

 
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Abington Adam (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 15:41
WP, I fully agree that their back line is scary on paper, but with the way our backs are starting to click as a unit I would back our 9-15 against anybody's in the league right now. As Yorkie says, parity in the scrum would be brilliant!

COME ON YOU SAINTS!
Church's Stand season ticket holder
EMRU Referee

 
shiversaint
Re: Team's up
shiversaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 16:13
I think it says a lot that we all feel scrum parity would be transformational.

Very surprised to see the front row has been changed, but in a positive way. I guess years of DW's stubbornness is hard to let go!

 
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Stockers (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 16:34

 
ch saint
Re: Team's up
ch saint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 17:09
I just love it when our coach has the grace to actually tell us his thoughts in picking the team, and in the process he demonstrates his quality. You just can't help supporting him through thick and thin.
A win would be very helpful!!

 
charlieemeriau
Re: Team's up
charlieemeriau (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 17:10
Anybody knows what is up with Dom Barrow? He doesn't seem to feature in the team selection or the injuries list, apologies if I have missed previous thread on the subject.

Very bold to go with two different props from last week... Really looking forward to the game on Sunday.

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Team's up
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 17:29
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charlieemeriau
Anybody knows what is up with Dom Barrow? He doesn't seem to feature in the team selection or the injuries list, apologies if I have missed previous thread on the subject.
Very bold to go with two different props from last week... Really looking forward to the game on Sunday.


well if he isnít on the injured list and isnít playing he either isnít playing well, has personal issues or has been a naughty boy (I think he has form in the latter)

 
fair_weather_fan
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fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 17:34
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charlieemeriau

Very bold to go with two different props from last week... Really looking forward to the game on Sunday.

Chiefs changed their entire front row for us last week. we havnt had enough of the right players fit to do it, we will soon find out if we have now

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Team's up
Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 17:46
I noted in that Chris Boyd interview that the pitch was covered.

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tedge
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tedge (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 17:52
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Chris Hoddle
I noted in that Chris Boyd interview that the pitch was covered.

Potential frost for the next two nights

 
MarchingIn
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MarchingIn (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 18:01
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fair_weather_fan
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charlieemeriau

Very bold to go with two different props from last week... Really looking forward to the game on Sunday.

Chiefs changed their entire front row for us last week. we havnt had enough of the right players fit to do it, we will soon find out if we have now

Chiefs have 2 pairs of international props they can rotate at will - Williams & Moon are marginally the better unit in the scrum. They backed Francis & Hepburn to hold their own against Vunipola & Koch in the scrum, allowing Williams & Moon to come on early and pressure them when they were tired and best their opposite numbers when replacements were made. Against us, they backed themselves to get dominance early starting their best scrummagers. They were spot on both counts.

Boyd mentions "changing the picture" - what I think he means is "playing the referee" by trying to dial out a presumption that Saints will be at fault if the scrum keeps collapsing.

 
SaintsDuncan
Re: Team's up
SaintsDuncan (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 18:15
Quote:
tedge
Quote:
Chris Hoddle
I noted in that Chris Boyd interview that the pitch was covered.

Potential frost for the next two nights

The game's at Ricoh

 
tedge
Re: Team's up
tedge (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 18:54
Quote:
SaintsDuncan
Quote:
tedge
Quote:
Chris Hoddle
I noted in that Chris Boyd interview that the pitch was covered.

Potential frost for the next two nights

The game's at Ricoh

Yes I do know that - just explaining why a pitch might be covered !

 
cparksaint
Re: NEWS: Wasps v Saints Sunday 6th Jan KO 3pm
cparksaint (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 20:48
Anyone know where/what has happened to Dom Barrow?
Not in squad nor in list of unavailables.
Just curious...

 
charlieemeriau
Re: Team's up
charlieemeriau (IP Logged)
04/01/2019 21:16
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Wilson Pickett
Quote:
charlieemeriau
Anybody knows what is up with Dom Barrow? He doesn't seem to feature in the team selection or the injuries list, apologies if I have missed previous thread on the subject.
Very bold to go with two different props from last week... Really looking forward to the game on Sunday.


well if he isnít on the injured list and isnít playing he either isnít playing well, has personal issues or has been a naughty boy (I think he has form in the latter)

Thanks, wonder why some journalist have asked about it...

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