Northampton Saints 24-11 Leicester Tigers, Franklin's Gardens
Northampton Saints managed to bounce back from their defeat to Saracens with a 24-11 victory over Leicester Tigers in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
This is Northampton's third win in their last 20 games against Leicester Tigers and it came through tries from Luther Burrell, Dylan Hartley and Tom Collins.
After the first 10 minutes went without a point, Burrell scored the opening try and Harry Mallinder slotted the conversion to take the home side to a seven point lead.
The lead soon doubled when Hartley crossed over in the 27th minute and once again Mallinder was spot on with the conversion. The Tigers were fortunate not to have Matt Toomua sin-binned for what looked like a deliberate knock-on at the final stages of the first half.
George Ford got the visitors off the mark in the 34th minute but his efforts were negated by Mallinder, who kicked a three pointer of his own in the added minutes of the first half as Northampton maintained their 14 point lead.
The visitors suffered a setback when Mike Williams was sin-binned in the 50th minute for performing a no-armed tackle but Northampton Saints could not quite capitalise on the advantage of having an additional player. Instead, Ford kicked his second penalty to reduce the gap to 11 points.
Collins strolled past the post in the 67th minute to take the game away from the Tigers and despite a touchdown from their latest recruit Jonny May in the final minute, Leicester lost the encounter by 13 points.
This is the first time in six years, Leicester Tigers have lost their first two games of the season and now find themselves at the 11th position.
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