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Saints poor home form continues with 29-49 loss to Harlequins

Written by on November 28, 2020

Report by Harry Davies

Northampton Saints poor form at Franklin’s Gardens continued as they suffered their second defeat of the season to Harlequins.

The loss to Quins means that the Saints have been defeated in their last eight home matches, their worst run in the professional era.

After their 32-23 defeat to Sale Sharks, the Saints made several changes with Lewis Ludlam and David Ribbans coming in for the injured George Furbank and Teimana Harrison. James Grayson and Alex Mitchell both made their 50th appearance for the Saints with starts.

Both teams wasted no time as referee Tom Foley got the game underway, with Harlequins taking the lead just seven minutes in through Danny Care. Their lead didn’t last long as Ludlam was touched down after some great play by Api Ratuniyarawa. Quins had a try ruled out just minutes later after a review showed a forward pass in the build-up.

Harlequins would take the lead and extend it midway through the first half after a penalty and subsequent try by Nathan Earle. Two penalties for Quins and the visitors were running away with the game, but a try from Nick Isiewke on the brink of half-time put the Saints back in it.

Like the first half, Quins opened the scoring in the second with Mike Brown getting his first try of the game. Just three minutes later and the Saints’ defence was falling apart as captain Alex Dombrandt ran through to make it 17-37.

It looked as if a comeback was on for the Saints when Rory Hutchinson made an instant impact off the bench and Ludlam got his second try of the game, but Quins capitalised on a loose pass and Scott Steele got it over the line. Smith wrapped the game up for the visitors just as the game came to an end.

Final score: Northampton Saints 29 – 49 Harlequins

Article by Harry Davies

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