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Saracens restrict previous league leaders Northampton to just two penalties
Saracens defence and forwards coach Paul Gustard was full of praise for his side after they handed Northampton their first home defeat of the season.
A try from Alex Goode and 11 points from the boot of Owen Farrell carried the London club to a 16-6 victoy at Franklin's Gardens - a result that moves them top of the Aviva Premiership table.
They managed to restrict the high-scoring Saints, who lost England duo Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes with knee injuries, to just two penalties in the contest.
"We pride ourselves on the defence," said Gustard.
"It is an easy way to demonstrate the unity of the squad. When things get tough we can rely on having a friend to the left and to the right to fight for each other and get that turnover when we need it.
"The scramble defence from Charlie Hodgson, somebody who was vilified while he was at Sale for not being a good defender, I think he has come to Saracens to show what a good player he is and what a good defender he is."
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder was disappointed to concede the 25th-minute try to Goode after his side had made a solid start to proceedings.
"It was disappointing to concede that try when we were in attack," he said.
"We got turned over and they scored a cracking counter-attack, but I was confident we would turn it round in the second half."
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|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Newcastle Falcons 13 - 18 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 14 - 43 Northampton|
|London Irish 9 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Exeter 27 - 19 Saracens|
|Leicester Tigers 18 - 16 Wasps|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
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