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Aviva Premiership: Ben Foden suffers knee injury, Dean Richards slams officials
We got absolutely nothing from the referee or the touch judges.
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Northampton boss Jim Mallinder says the severity of a knee injury suffered by England full-back Ben Foden has yet to be determined.
Foden was helped off the pitch in the 18-0 win over Newcastle after jarring his knee while taking a high ball in the first half and twisting it again after the interval.
It was not until the 58th minute that James Wilson touched down, with Luther Burrell adding a second five minutes later, but there was concern over Foden despite the win.
"We need to look at Ben, he was struggling to walk off. Fingers-crossed there is nothing wrong there," Mallinder said.
"We knew it was going to be hard work breaking down Newcastle, they have got a big heavy pack, they defend very well and we weren't quite as fluent in attack as we would like to be."
Mallinder is hopeful that England duo Dylan Hartley and Tom Wood will be back at Worcester next Saturday, but he confirmed Alex Corbisiero will be out for three to four months after an operation on his knee.
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards was furious with namesake referee Dean Richards after his side were shut out at Franklin's Gardens.
"We got absolutely nothing from the referee or the touch judges," Richards said.
"When you look at it in slow motion you can't understand where they are coming from with the decisions they make.
"All you want is a bit of parity in the decision making and we didn't get that from the officials. The scrum was a lottery.
"When you have people riding up on the outside of the scrum, the loosehead coming in at an angle at every scrum, you can't understand how they get to the conclusion they do.
"But we transgress once and we get penalised. Some teams get away with it and other teams don't.
"At the breakdown, if we are being penalised for competing for the ball then they need to be as well, there is no consistency. I'm angry and frustrated."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|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|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
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