Northampton thrash Newcastle at Kingston Park to tighten grip on play-off place with London Irish solely facet in a position to deny them a top-four spot; Irish path Saints by seven factors however have two video games in hand; Northampton run in 10 tries throughout 66-5 demolition of Falcons on Friday evening
By PA Sport
Final Up to date: 21/04/23 10:37pm
Northampton Saints stay most important within the hunt for a Gallagher Premiership semi-final place after easing previous rock-bottom Newcastle Falcons with a 66-5 win at Kingston Park.
Two tries from Tom Collins, together with efforts from Alex Mitchell and Juarno Augustus offset an early Adam Radwan attempt for the house facet and gave Saints a commanding lead on the break.
Additional scores within the second half from Paul Hill, Fin Smith, a second from Mitchell, Sam Graham, Tommy Freeman and David Ribbans condemned Newcastle to their heaviest defeat of the season.
Saints should now wait and see if they’ll make the highest 4, with London Irish, the one facet in a position to catch them, seven factors adrift however with two video games in hand.
Irish go to desk toppers Saracens on Sunday, earlier than concluding their common season at residence to Exeter Chiefs on Could 6.
Story of the sport
Northampton’s semi-final hopes have been dented after simply 4 minutes when a neat passage of play launched Radwan for the hosts, who darted previous his man and dived over the nook flag.
However the Saints responded in form within the eighth minute as Mitchell sidestepped an tried deal with to breeze by and depart Smith the best of conversions.
Collins produced a second of high quality within the sixteenth minute, intercepting a go earlier than hacking the ball ahead and outpacing two Falcons gamers to attain within the nook, whereas he went over once more on the half-hour mark for his fiftieth attempt in 145 appearances for the membership following a TMO evaluate.
Radwan was unlucky quickly after when a storming run down the right-hand facet nearly ended with a powerful rating, however a heroic problem from Mitchell compelled him into contact earlier than going over.
Augustus breached the hosts’ defence on the stroke of half-time to earn a priceless bonus level for the away facet, with Smith kicking his fourth conversion of the opening 40.
It was extra of the identical after the break as Hill powered over for the Saints’ fifth attempt of the evening earlier than Newcastle’s Mateo Carreras was despatched to the sin bin for a no-arm deal with three minutes later.
He was duly punished because the guests scored 4 tries in 11 minutes with Smith, Mitchell, Graham and Freeman the beneficiaries.
There was nonetheless time for Ribbans to bulldoze his approach by so as to add an exclamation level to an emphatic Saints win, their third of the season over the Falcons.