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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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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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