Northampton v Leicester - match facts and player ratings

Luther Burrell scored the opening try for Northampton
Luther Burrell scored the opening try for Northampton
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As Northampton Saints registered their maiden win in the ongoing Aviva Premiership season after beating Leicester Tigers 24-11, we take a look on few of the key points and player ratings from the encounter.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"A very proud godfather watching @JaamesGrayson10 grab 5 mins for a Franklins debut in @premrugby," Matt Dawson congratulates his godson, son of his former Northampton and England team-mate Paul Grayson.

STAR MAN

Courtney Lawes was magnificent during the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and the Northampton forward, playing at blindside flanker on this occasion, has swept that form into the new season. He carried the fight to Leicester right from the start with a succession of heavy charges into the heart of the opposition defence.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

It was a challenge that made Franklin's Gardens shudder - Ellis Genge peeling off a line-out and bullocking into Dylan Hartley, sending his England captain flying.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Northampton's victory ended a run of eight successive defeats in the East Midlands derby in all competitions dating back to 2014.

RATINGS

Northampton -

Ahsee Tuala 7/10

George North 6

Rob Horne 7

Luther Burrell 7

Tom Collins 8

Harry Mallinder 7

Nic Groom 6

Alex Waller 7

Dylan Hartley (capt) 7

Kieran Brookes 6

Michael Paterson 7

Christian Day 6

Courtney Lawes 8

Jamie Gibson 7

Teimana Harrison 7

Replacements -

Mikey Haywood 6

Campese Ma'afu 5

Paul Hill 5

Api Ratuniyarawa 5

Lewis Ludlam 6

Cobus Reinach 5

James Grayson 5

Ben Foden 6

Leicester -

Telusa Veainu 6

Nick Malouf 5

Matt Smith 6

Matt Toomua 5

Jonny May 6

George Ford 6

Ben Youngs 6

Ellis Genge 6

Tom Youngs (capt) 6

Dan Cole 5

Dom Barrow 5

Graham Kitchener 6

Luke Hamilton 5

Brendon O'Connor 5

Sione Kalamafoni 6

Replacements -

Harry Thacker 6

Greg Bateman 5

Logovi'i Mulipola 6

Mike Williams 6

Dominic Ryan 6

Sam Harrison 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Northampton v Bath (Aviva Premiership, Friday September 15)

Leicester v Gloucester (Aviva Premiership, Saturday September 16)

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