Saracens press for home semi-final with thrilling win over Northampton

Alex Lozowski won the match for Saracens
Alex Lozowski won the match for Saracens
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Northampton Saints 25 - 27 Saracens, Franklin's Garden

Saracens overcame a scare from Northampton Saints as they won their Aviva Premiership encounter at Franklin's Garden by 25-27 to boost their chances of securing a home semi-final.

Harry Mallinder crossed over in the sixth minute to get things rolling for Northampton Saints with Stephen Myler adding a conversion. Saracens suffered a setback with a sin-bin to Duncan Taylor in the 16th minute following which Myler and Alex Lozowski exchanged two penalties each.

Northampton Saints had a slender lead of seven points at half time.

England skipper Dylan Hartley further pressed the ante with a touchdown at the start of the second half followed by a conversion from Mallinder but Saracens fought back with a double penalty from Lozowski.

Just as Ken Pisi further stretched Northampton Saints' lead, tries from Chris Ashton and Marcelo Bosch ensured the visitors completed a 25-27 victory.

The win also means Saracens continue to remain at third position with 72 points behind Wasps and Exeter Chiefs with 79 and 74 points respectively.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Aviva Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

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