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Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA


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By Saint Ted
January 17 2019

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS v TIMISOARA SARACENSEuropean Challenge Cup Pool One, Round SixFriday 18 January 2019Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 8pm

Director of rugby Chris Boyd has made 12 changes to his Northampton Saints line-up for Friday evening’s European Challenge Cup clash against Timisoara Saracens (kick-off: 8pm).

The men in Black, Green and Gold are looking to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition courtesy of a victory at Franklin’s Gardens against the Romanian champions, following last weekend’s narrow defeat in Clermont.

Saints have never before faced Saracens, with their fixture in Timisoara cancelled before Christmas due to heavy overnight snowfall.

Centre Luther Burrell, second-row David Ribbans and scrum-half Alex Mitchell are the only survivors from the starting XV in Clermont, with prop Alex Waller returning to the line-up to lead out Northampton as skipper.

Reece Marshall and Paul Hill complete the front row, while lock Dom Barrow returns for the first time since November to join Ribbans in the engine room.

Lewis Ludlam will wear the No.7 jersey after impressing off the bench in France last weekend, with Jamie Gibson and Mitch Eadie packing down alongside him at the base of the scrum.

James Grayson begins at fly-half for Saints while Rory Hutchinson makes his second start of the season in the midfield – and Andrew Kellaway, Ollie Sleightholme and George Furbank complete the XV in the back three.

Meanwhile on the bench Jamal Ford-Robinson and Nafi Tuitavake are both in line for their first and second appearances in Black, Green and Gold of the season respectively after recovering from knee and neck injuries.

15. George Furbank
14. Ollie Sleightholme
13. Rory Hutchinson
12. Luther Burrell
11. Andrew Kellaway
10. James Grayson
9. Alex Mitchell

1. Alex Waller (c)
2. Reece Marshall
3. Paul Hill
4. David Ribbans
5. Dom Barrow
6. Jamie Gibson
7. Lewis Ludlam
8. Mitch Eadie

Replacements:
16. James Fish
17. Will Davis
18. Jamal Ford-Robinson
19. Alex Coles
20. Tom Wood
21. Charlie Davies
22. Nafi Tuitavake
23. Tom Collins

Not available for selection:
Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee), Piers Francis (shoulder), and Dan Biggar (knee).

 

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Marching On
Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
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17/01/2019 12:24
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shendy (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 12:05
15. George Furbank
14. Ollie Sleightholme
13. Rory Hutchinson
12. Luther Burrell
11. Andrew Kellaway
10. James Grayson
9. Alex Mitchell

1. Alex Waller (c)
2. Reece Marshall
3. Paul Hill
4. David Ribbans
5. Dom Barrow
6. Jamie Gibson
7. Lewis Ludlam
8. Mitch Eadie

Replacements:
16. James Fish
17. Will Davis
18. Jamal Ford-Robinson
19. Alex Coles
20. Tom Wood
21. Charlie Davies
22. Nafi Tuitavake
23. Tom Collins

Not available for selection:
Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee), Piers Francis (shoulder), and Dan Biggar (knee).

 
Walks11
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Walks11 (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 12:14
decent side with a very young backline.. exciting hopefully

 
brancastersaint
Re: Team's up
brancastersaint (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 12:22
very exciting team, great to see Barrow starting along with Kellaway

COYS!!!!

 
HungryLikeTheWolf
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 12:28
Come on Dom Barrow, letís see what youíve got.

 
Former Hollywood Saint
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
17/01/2019 13:15
Ken Pisi in the cold right now. Shame as I thought he came back from injury a while ago, but nowhere near the team sheet.




FHS

 
ramseysaint
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
ramseysaint (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 13:20
I remember when we played Leinster in 2016 and were accused of fielding a weak team. Compare that to this team, which given the ages and experience of the younger players, could be classed as a weak team. However the way our young lads have come on this season this team looks as strong as ever. All those young guys have proved themselves capable against any side we've played this year.

It's good to see Firbank again, hopefully this week we will have a proper fullback.

 
tedge
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tedge (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 13:59
Quote:
Former Hollywood Saint
Ken Pisi in the cold right now. Shame as I thought he came back from injury a while ago, but nowhere near the team sheet.



FHS

A while ago I think they said he would be out until February so maybe he's recovered but not yet fit to play ?

 
Walks11
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Walks11 (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 14:25
I think this is the first week Ken Pisi has been available, back slightly ahead of schedule and behind Kellaway and Sleighthome in the queue for a starting spot.. he'll no doubt get some game tim over next couple of weeks

 
StMartin
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StMartin (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 15:21
According to the BBC, Timisoara are the ones looking for a runners up QF spot:

"A bonus-point win for second-placed Timisoara against Saints will guarantee them a quarter-final place as one of the best runners-up."

 
Saint Stokey
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 15:24
Last leg called off due a 'misconduct complaint'. Seems a tad excessive!

BBC reporting of rugby really is poor. Not sure why we're surprised

 
white lion
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
white lion (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 15:29
Drawing on my encyclopaedic knowledge of modern rugby* (having played for Northampton Mens Own in the 1950's!) I reckon the boss has got it about right. A good blend of youth and experience.

 
Saintfanharry
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
Saintfanh (IP Logged)
17/01/2019 19:53
Looks like a great team and will be really good to see how the young back three get on. Don't suppose there's any way of watching this if you can't get to the gardens?

 
andysaint
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
andysaint (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 11:05
Not that I can see on sky or bt. I thought it was as it is a Friday game

 
tedge
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
tedge (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 11:14
Unless French tv broadcast this competiton, and they only cover French sides,it won't be on so no live coverage and we'll struggle to find any highlights afterwards. No doubt Saints will put something up eventually.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
shendy (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 12:19
Yep, last week's game was only on because French TV wanted to show Clermont's most interesting home game in the competition - there has been no other live coverage of the Challenge Cup as far as I can tell.

 
Saint Stokey
Re: Teams Up: SAINTS v TIMISOARA
Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 15:05
out of curiosity, assuming that we don't win by 24 points more than bristol (i think thats the amount needed) and we get 5 points, would anything change if Clermont DON'T get 5 points?

 
Duckonstilts
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Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 16:10
I think if la Rochelle get 5 points and clermont get none theres a tiny chance... not likely enough to waste time checking the maths though.

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