Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Northampton Saints put in a punishing performance as they flexed their muscles to beat Newcastle 34-13 in the Aviva Premiership at Franklins Gardens on the weekend. This clip highlights the power they showed to dominate the visitors.
Saints picked up a bonus point as they scored four tries in a game that illustrated the power of their pack. "The tight five were phenomenal again," said Phil Dowson.
"It's almost impossible to defend against scrummaging like that and it gave us a great platform. We said last week we'd set ourselves some high standards and we had to back them up against a tough challenge from the north east.
"To get two bonus-point wins in a row is really pleasing. We need to keep pushing on, keep learning and make sure we do it week in and week out," added Dowson.
Dowsons pack of forwards completely dominated Newcastle, as can be seen here with this incredible 30m scrum that started on halfway and ended with an easy penalty kick for Stephen Myler. Directly from the restart, they where then at it again as they mauled up field with ease.
"We were overpowered in the scrum and from that base it's impossible to build up any momentum. Either Northampton were really, really good in that area or we were really poor," said Newcastle boss Alan Tait, who went on to say Northampton gave us a good lesson today.
To add insult to injury, Newcastle are being investigated by the RFU after they allegedly abused the use of front row replacements during the first half. Comments were made by their forward coach at the break that a player was taken off to give him a break from the pummeling up front.
'Autumn internationals are going to bring us big upsets, dodgy moustaches, and of course some fantastic rugby' - Rugbydump's guest blog on the Telegraph
With the Autumn Internationals kicking off this weekend, take a look at RD's preview on the Telegraph website which includes predictions and thoughts ahead of the games, as well as some great video links back to RD, featuring the best clips from past tours. Read more here