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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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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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