Northampton keep play-off hope alive with 38-10 win over Worcester

Luther Burrell scored the opening try for Northampton Saints
Luther Burrell scored the opening try for Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints 38-10 Worcester Warriors, Franklin's Gardens

Northampton Saints have moved into the fourth position after they trounced Worcester Warriors 28-10 in their Gallagher Premiership face-off at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

The Saints now have 56 points and will have to battle with Harlequins with 55 points to seal the fourth place while Worcester Warriors with another defeat are at 10th place.

Luther Burrell provided a head start to the Saints as he breached the defence of the Warriors to touchdown in the fourth minute and Dan Biggar improved it to make it 7-0. The home side doubled the lead at the end of the first quarter when Taqele Naiyaravoro powered over the line.

A Duncan Weir penalty in the 24th minute got Worcester off the mark but they suffered a setback when Francois Hougaard was immediately sin-binned in the 25th minute reducing them to 14-men temporarily.

The Saints made full use of the numerical advantage with Naiyaravoro scoring his second in the 27th minute and Tom Wood followed the suit in the 31st minute. Biggar slotted the extras on both the occasions as the scoreline became 28-3.

The Warriors had some momentum ahead of the break when an offload from Jono Lance found Ben Te'o with the latter going over the line as the teams went into the break with a 28-10 scoreline.

The home side stretched their lead at the start of the second half when Biggar kicked a 52nd minute penalty kick before Reece Marshall muscled over the line in the 59th minute to complete a 28 point victory.

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