Northampton Saints 30-22 Harlequins, Franklin's Gardens
Northampton Saints claimed the top position in the Aviva Premiership table after they completed a 30-22 bonus point victory over Harlequins at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
George North scored an early try to get Northampton off the mark but four minutes later Aaron Morris replied back with a try of his own to provide a two point lead for the Quins.
The momentum once again swung towards the home side after Tom Collins strolled past the post in the 21st minute with Harry Mallinder kicking his first conversion.
The game picked up intensity in the final five minutes of the first half when Mikey Haywood scored a try for the Saints while Jamie Roberts went past the line for the visitors as Jim Mallinder's men had a 19-15 lead heading into the second half.
Two minutes after restart Ahsee Tuala crossed over to attain the bonus point for Northampton Saints and Mallinder's penalty seven minutes later increased their lead to 11 points.
Even though Harlequins fought back with a touchdown from Dave Ward and a conversion from Marcus Smith, Northampton Saints managed to hold their nerve as Stephen Myler's 77th minute penalty helped them complete a 30-22 victory that saw them climb to the first position in the table.
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Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher 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.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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