Sarries mauled by Northampton

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Northampton 30-8 Saracens

Saracens travelled to Northampton on Saturday evening for a tough away game in the Aviva Premiership.

Despite some favourable results at Franklins Gardens in recent years, as well as their hosts’ poor start to the season, Saracens knew they would be in for a tough challenge.

And those fears were well founded as Northampton secured a comfortable 30-8 win.

Saracens were blown away in the opening forty minutes as Northampton scored three tries through Lee Dickson, George Pisi and Phil Dowson, with the extras being added from the boot of Ryan Lamb.

The Men In Black had made some strange selection decisions for the game and did not seem to turn up – with a toothless attack coupled with an unusually mis-firing defence.

The Saints went in 27-3 ahead at half-time, with only an Owen Farrell penalty to show for Sarries’ efforts.

The visitors looked stronger in the second half and enjoyed much of the possession, but did not have enough invention or variety in attack to break down the Northampton defence until the final minutes – when Ernst Joubert crossed the line in the corner after a well-worked attack.

Sarries will now need to regroup and work hard before their home game against London Irish on Sunday.