Home team Away Team

Northampton

  • Dickson, Burrell, Wilson (2), Wood, Elliott (2),
    Penalty goals: Myler (2),
    Conversions: Myler (2), Lamb,
47 - 7

Sale

  • Gaskell,
    Conversions: Cipriani,

Aviva Premiership: Northampton Saints secure play-off place

Last updated: 21st April 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

James Wilson Northampton 2012

James Wilson: Crossed twice for the Saints

 Luther Burrell Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks

Northampton centre Luther Burrell bursts through the Sale defence

Related links

News

Preview

Report

Video

Teams

Also see

Northampton crushed Sale Sharks 47-7 at Frankin's Gardens to claim a place in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals.

The bonus-point win leaves Saints six points clear of fifth-placed Gloucester with just one round of the regular season left to play.

Jamie Elliott and James Wilson scored a brace of tries each, with Luther Burrell, Lee Dickson and Tom Wood also going over as Saints ran in seven tries in all.

Stephen Myler gave Northampton a 3-0 lead after 12 minutes and he added a second two minutes later, before the tries started to flow.

Sale had picked one of the youngest front rows seen in the Premiership, with 21-year-old tight-head Henry Thomas the elder statesmen alongside hooker Tommy Taylor and Ross Harrison, but they were taking a battering in the scrum against Soane Tonga'uiha and Brian Mujati, who were playing their last games at Franklin's Gardens before moving to Racing Metro.

A scrum penalty sent Northampton on their way to the first try of the game, with Burrell, against his former club, breaking off a ruck in the 22 before Wood stepped through the heavily outnumbered Sale line to score.

The home side crossed again when Lee Dickson tapped a penalty on the 22 and went round David Seymour to dive into the corner. Myler's conversion went over off the post to leave Saints 20-0 in front.

Try number three came four minutes later when Burrell touched down. It was a sweet moment for the inside centre against the club he left last summer as he followed up Tom May's two kicks ahead to dive on the ball.

On 56 minutes Saints sealed their place in the Premiership play-offs when Elliott slipped down the left touchline to score from a turnover set up by great work from Courtney Lawes.

Elliott scored a second when a superb cross-field kick from Ryan Lamb bounced into his arms, allowing Martin Roberts to send Wilson over with a lovely flat pass.

Replacement centre Wilson scored a second thanks to a nice scissors move with Lamb, before Sale ended the game with a consolation try from James Gaskell, converted by Danny Cipriani.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 14th November
Aviva Premiership
19:45Gloucester vs Harlequins
19:45Northampton vs Exeter
Saturday 15th November
14:00Sale vs London Irish
17:00Bath vs Newcastle
Sunday 16th November
13:00Leicester vs Saracens
15:15Wasps vs London Welsh
Friday 21st November
19:45Harlequins vs Sale
20:00Newcastle vs Gloucester
Saturday 22nd November
15:00London Irish vs Bath
15:00Exeter vs Wasps
Sunday 23rd November
13:00Saracens vs Northampton
15:15London Welsh vs Leicester
Friday 28th November
19:45Bath vs Harlequins
Saturday 29th November
15:00Leicester vs Wasps
16:30Exeter vs Saracens
Sunday 30th November
13:00London Irish vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Northampton
15:15Newcastle vs Sale
Saturday 20th December
14:00Sale vs Exeter
15:00Gloucester vs Bath
15:00Northampton vs Leicester
15:00Saracens vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs Newcastle
Sunday 21st December
14:00Wasps vs London Irish
Friday 26th December
15:00London Irish vs London Welsh

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com