NORTHAMPTON STRUGGLING FOR POINTS

The club is currently under the chairmanship of Leon Bar well and coached and captained under Jim Mallinder and Dylan Hartley respectively. The club is associated with the Aviva premiership and regularly plays at this league.

Currently ranked 5th in the EPC, Northampton has a total of 5 points. They have managed to keep their game play and position in the charts consistent and this is what makes them recognizable.

They had started off the matches in the 21st century on a poor note, losing most of the matches in the 2000-2001 seasons. Their performance kept on dropping and when they managed to qualify for the Power Gen Cup and the Heineken Cup, it was of great value to them. From then on, Northampton has managed to put up a decent performance and stay on an average position in the charts so as to keep their fan base going steady.

The 2008-2009 seasons was another great season as Northampton as it managed to end up not only at 8th position but lost only a single game to the Newcastle Falcons. They also managed to win the European challenge cup that year and went on to gaining a position at the Heineken Cup as well.

In 2010, the club also won the LV Cup after defeating their competitors Gloucester rugby in the finals by a margin of 30-24. Following this they also managed to finish second in the Guinness Premiership and went on to losing at the quarter final at the Heineken Cup.

NORTHAMPTON OUT OF THE CUP

Northampton will not be repeating last season’s European heroics as their 41-22 defeat to Castres secured their exit from this season’s Heineken Cup.

Saints reached the final last season before being defeated by Leinster in the showpiece. But three defeats from their opening three games in the pool mean they will not be competing in the business end of the biggest tournament in Europe.

A sin binning in each half against Castres took its toll on Northampton, losing England star Tom Wood and Fly half Steve Myler for 10 minutes each, either side of half time. Four tries for Castres, two from Martial with Molonga and Diarra adding one each, proved enough to keep their slim hopes of qualifying alive.

The game was effectively a chance for one team to keep their dreams alive whilst the other would be going out and defeat for Northampton also acts as a huge blow in their fight to finish third and to secure a place in the Challenge Cup quarter finals, by way of conciliation.

Northampton’s high profile players will have to content themselves with their internationals as their only chance to tour Europe, with the latest Six Nations 2012 betting suggesting that Northampton’s Nick Easter could be on winning side.

European giants Munster took control of the group, defeating the Scarlets in the group’s other game, by 17 points to 14. Munster, who last season ended up in the challenge cup themselves, look set to advance to their more familiar territory of the Heineken Cup knock out phases.

The Saints’ result was not the only major suprise of the round though, Italian side Treviso ran out 30-26 winners over French giants Biarritz in another major advancement for Italian Rugby.

Saints exit (against the Betfair Heineken cup Rugby betting odds) should allow them to focus on their inconsistent start to the league season. They currently lie in third place, but in order to return to the Heineken Cup next season they will have to maintain a high standard. To do so they will have to prove to be the most consistant of the eleven teams with realistic aspirations for a top half finish.