Northampton come from behind to beat Benetton Treviso 32-35

Dan Biggar kicked 15 points for Northampton
Dan Biggar kicked 15 points for Northampton
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Benetton Treviso 32-35 Northampton Saints, Stadio Comunale di Monigo
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Northampton Saints staged a second half comeback as they came from behind to beat Benetton Treviso 32-35 in their Heineken Champions Cup clash at Stadio Comunale di Monigo on Saturday.

This is Northampton's second win from as many games as they occupy the second position in Pool 1 behind Leinster while Treviso are at third with two points.

Biggar got Northampton Saints off the mark with a fourth minute penalty but Treviso responded back with a touchdown from Epalahame Faiva in the seventh minute that was followed by a conversion from Tommaso Allan.

A Tom Collins try in the 10th minute helped the visitors seize the lead back but it was short-lived as Allan kicked a 14th minute penalty goal followed by a touchdown from Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara as the teams had a scoreline of 15-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Northampton were reduced to 14-men temporarily when Biggar was sin-binned in the 24th minute and the hosts capitalised on the numerical advantage with Juan Ignacio Brex dotting down and with Allan kicking a conversion and a penalty the scoreline became 25-8 before the Saints pulled back things a bit with Cobus Reinach's try that came after a yellow-card for Braam Steyn.

The Premiership side were quick to get off the block in the second half as Ollie Sleightholme scored the side's third try with Biggar kicking the conversion and a penalty on either side to level the scores 25-25.

The scores continued to be level heading into the final 10 minutes after Collins and Epalahame Faiva traded tries before Biggar kicked the decisive penalty goal in the 75th minute to help Northampton complete a three-point win.

 

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