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Teams Up: Saints v Chiefs

By Saint Ted
September 3 2020

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs EXETER CHIEFSGallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 18Friday 4 September 2020Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 7.45pm   Looks like we're giving it the full beans....

15 George Furbank
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Matt Proctor
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Tom Collins
10 Dan Biggar
9 Henry Taylor

1 Francois van Wyk
2 James Fish
3 Owen Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 JJ Tonks
8 Teimana Harrison (c)

16 Sam Matavesi
17 Nick Auterac
18 Paul Hill
19 Nick Isiekwe
20 Shaun Adendorff
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Piers Francis
23 Taqele Naiyaravoro


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Teams Up: Saints v Chiefs
Discussion started by Marching On , 03/09/2020 12:08
Marching On
03/09/2020 12:08
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Saint Stokey
03/09/2020 12:15
from Exeter board:

15 Josh Hodge
14 Tom O’Flaherty
13 Phil Dollman
12 Tom Hendrickson
11 Corey Baldwin
10 Gareth Steenson
9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Tomas Francis
4 Dave Dennis
5 Sam Skinner
6 Jannes Kirsten
7 Sean Lonsdale
8 Don Armand

16 Jack Innard
17 Billy Keast
18 Alfie Petch
19 Tom Price
20 Richard Capstick
21 Joe Snow
22 Harvey Skinner
23 Tom Wyatt

Fat Prop
03/09/2020 12:24
If (& it’s a big ‘if’), we can stay in touch until the final quarter, then our stronger bench might just mean we’re in with a shout ... just maybe ?!!

(Nah - it’s just the drugs talking !!)

03/09/2020 12:32
Big chance for us, assumed Exeter would go full noise admittedly still a very strong side they have picked but no reason why we can't have a real go and use the bench to get us over the line, should be a good contest.

03/09/2020 12:57
In every match so far we have dominated possession and territory (especially in first half). If we stop dropping the ball we win.

Saint Maul
03/09/2020 13:11
A strong team for us at home v an Exeter team with most of their big guns rested.

After a hugely disappointing showing v Bath in the scrum for a 100 cap All Black, I'm looking for a big perfomance from Franks.


03/09/2020 13:41
Well if we cannot beat that side we are in trouble. Remembering back to all those saying Exeter will get found out this season and were so one dimensional and we were likely to be playing them in the final?

Probably not a bad result now if we can get within two scores of their second fifteen.

Saint Stokey
03/09/2020 13:44
totally agree about Franks. For someone of his experience, he has been bullied at scrum time. I was expecting so much more, as I'm sure have most of us.

It says something when I'm hoping to see 22 year old Ehren Painter over 32 year old All Black centurion Franks with his multiple World Cup medals in the front row.

I honestly cannot remember the last time where Franks dominated his opposition loosehead.

03/09/2020 15:30
As a few people have said, Franks needs a big one - I am also sure that he is a quality player and can find his feet but, if he hasn't done it during this period, then he will need to be placed down the pecking order - certainly the scrum looks much more solid with Painter in there.

Other than all that, the team looks pretty strong on paper but there are a lot of players who really need a strong performance or will find themselves dropping out of contention pretty quickly once the 3 day turn-arounds stop

Good to see Tonks back.. he has probably been the stand-out "new youngster" I'd say!

03/09/2020 15:33
There are a few players on that team sheet that need big games, or a recovery of previous form.
Actually the only one who has been firing since restart is Courtney.

It would be good to play a safe game of territory for the first 20
Settle nerves get some confidence then start to open up.

In addition, don't feed them for the next 24 hours, lets see some hunger, desire, first to the ball, self motivation, drive and shouting at each other get the adrenaline flowing back slapping and togetherness. Get the mind focused and sharp

And if you could win :-)

03/09/2020 15:44
The one thing I would do is ask Dan to kick all possible points in the first half.

We have been pretty good at getting into the 22 but so many times we leave with nothing. If we can at least keep the scoreboard ticking over we might not have to chase so hard in the last 30 mins.

Its not my ideal type of Rugby but it wins matches and it might at least get us a LBP.

Saint Stokey
03/09/2020 16:52
I'm not sure its just been Courtney that has been playing reasonably well.

Isikewe and Ludlam have done well in the forwards and Proctor and Francis have been my stand outs in the backs. Sadly, they have been in 2 different sides.

A lot of players are edging close to the proverbial precipice in terms of selection. I just hope this doesn't add to the nerves and cause even more errors.

03/09/2020 16:53
As always with Exeter we will need to not give away easy pens and give them field position, we will need to hold on to the ball when we have it, because Exeter will hold on to it.

Aberavon Wizard
03/09/2020 18:49
Another big ugly Exeter pack so we know exactly what their game plan will be so don't give away daft penalties allowing them to kick into the corner - I assume of course that Steenson knows how to find touch unlike our two little darlings !

I'm not sure where the next win is coming from at the moment so what better opportunity than to put things right tomorrow night ?

03/09/2020 22:32
In every match so far we have dominated possession and territory (especially in first half). If we stop dropping the ball we win.

Exactly right.. we would have been 4 wins from 4 if our error count had been less. We haven’t been beaten by the opposition so far

04/09/2020 07:58
In every match so far we have dominated possession and territory (especially in first half). If we stop dropping the ball we win.

Exactly right.. we would have been 4 wins from 4 if our error count had been less. We haven’t been beaten by the opposition so far

That does of course assume that the opposition aren't comfortable letting us have the ball for long periods of time knowing we do very little with it. The fact we are so poor at the breakdown just means the likely hood of a turn over, penalty or knock on increase with the more we have the ball.

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