Worcester 6-32 Northampton: Saints beat poor Warriors to ease Gallagher Premiership relegation fears


Worcester 6-32 Northampton: Saints beat poor Warriors to ease Gallagher Premiership relegation fears

Northampton eased some concerns of being relegated from the Gallagher Premiership with a comfortable 32-6 win at Worcester Warriors.

Warriors, who surprisingly rested England centre Ben Te’o, were poor as Saints fly-half Dan Biggar kicked a creditable 20 points.

Biggar helped Saints claim a good win

Second-half intercept tries from Cobus Reinach and Luther Burrell added gloss to the scoreline, but Saints were deserved winners.

All Worcester could manage were two penalties from Duncan Weir who had an off night.

After Weir put the kick-off out on the full, Northampton dominated the early exchanges and Taqele Naiyaravoro had an early try ruled by TMO Rowan Kitt out for a foot in touch.

The giant wing was tackled under pressure by Bryce Heem, but Biggar rewarded his team’s impressive start with two penalties either side of a simple miss from his opposite number.

Weir had kicked 19 straight attempts going into this game, but he somehow skewed a simple attempt wide of the posts early on.

Saints’ attacking intent was clear in the opening quarter, Biggar spreading the ball wide from his own 22 where Tom Collins sped away down the right wing.

And when scrum-half Reinach ripped the ball from GJ van Velze, Biggar made it 9-0 to the Saints with his third kick of the night.

The home crowd were far from happy with referee Wayne Barnes, but he did penalise Burrell for a high tackle which allowed Weir to put Worcester on the scoreboard.