Wasps stuns Saints

Northampton Saints were beaten by Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens for the first time in almost ten years.

Dan Robson, the scrum-half, scored Wasps’ very first try when he managed to find an opening and touched down on the post before Rob Miller passed from close in.

Dan Robson vs Northampton Saints

The score by Josh Bassett helped to make it 24-3 to the visitors at the break. Sam Dickinson racked up the corner for Northampton in the 2nd half, but Wasps now go above them in Premiership league table.

Both teams came into the game on the back of making it to the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. But Saints made seven changes for this game and they struggled to deal with the Wasps team who dealt with the wet conditions better to reach to 5th.

After Robson’s score, the away team raised their lead to 17-0 on twenty-five minutes when Miller put up Harry Mallinder’s challenge to cross.

Miller has been on the fringes of the England team for a few years now, and tries such as this will only help his cause to try to get into the squad for the Six Nations (England kick off against Scotland, click here for full details).

Jim Mallinder, the Northampton Saints director stated that the first half was unacceptable. Their defence was poor, they had no line speed whatsoever, they could not get their set-piece functioning at all, and therefore they gave their backs nothing to work from. He believes that they all looked flat as a team. It is time that they really have to have a look at themselves.

Dai Young, the Wasps director, said that he is very happy with the result. “They were excellent in the field, the team really came out of the block and they really deserve to win.”

After the match, Northampton Saints Tom Wood tweeted: “U can’t win every week but last night was a disaster. We’re ashamed of our performance. Well done to wasps. We really hav sum work to do now”

Northampton Saints sign Springboks youngster Howard

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have confirmed that South African centre Pat Howard will link up with the team in the summer.

The 23 year old back row player will join the reigning Aviva Premiership champions from South African giants the Stormers. He had a hugely successful spell with the feeder club of the South African Super 15 side the Western Province, where he won Currie Cup, as well as Munster where he was part of the side both for the European Rugby Champions Cup as well as the Guinness Pro 12.

Following his spell with Munster, he returned to Cape Town to link up with the Super Rugby side ahead of the new season of competition but will end his spell at the club prematurely and move north to link up with his new team for the Aviva Premiership and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Speaking on the move, Howard said that he really enjoyed his time playing in Europe and he was absolutely delighted when the Northampton Saints showed an interest in signing him. He added that it was a great opportunity for him to be joining a club as great as the Jimmies and it will also help in his development as a player.

Howard added that he had a great time as he came through the ranks at Western Province but he feels that the time is right to experience new things overseas. Jim Mallinder, the Director of Rugby at the Northampton Saints said that the player would be a very useful addition to the squad next season.

He added that he us a young player and has shown a lot of promise in the Currie Cup, the Pro 12 as well as the Champions Cup and will benefit from playing with the Saints.

Skill from Sale And Magic By Danny Cipriani

Gain by Sale with an impressive home tryst after the champions win from Northampton in the previous month is to be acknowledged by Danny Cipriani as he is hailed as a magician with his never say die attitude shows similarity with their rugby director, Steve Diamond.

The amalgamation of common sense and prudence was going higher for Saracens, being below average that too in the first half, as they were recuperating from the defeat of Charlie Hodgson seen in the warm up. Saracens could not properly recover after the weak 40 minutes in the beginning even though they possessed two players Jacques Burger and the Richard Wigglesworth as they were sin binned.

Display shown by Cipriani in the first half summed up the performance of Sale and has also got a new deal of two years. He wants to stay with the team as new talent is being developed by the team but his mind is set on making the leap forward. He is looking at the emerging talents whom Mike Haley is leading. With Will Adison and Tommy Taylor the wing looks good.

The realisation of magic from Cipriani came at the 20th minute by eclipsing an attempt by Sam Tuitupou that left the midfield of Saracens in confusion. There was a gap in the centre which had opened up due to a touch of the hand. Goode did not start the match with positivity but attempt was successful. Saracens proved it tough to put the Sale at distance and conversion from Cipriani was something magical which was the highlight.

The director of the Saracens admitted that they were lagging behind from a few bars which they should have tried to convert it into something big. They proved inferior in front of Saracens and want to rise up in the next matches.

Northampton Saints sign England prop Brookes

England international prop Kieran Brookes will join Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints from their domestic rivals the Newcastle Falcons in the new season, it has been announced.

The 24 year old who plays as a tight head is being signed, in all probability, as a replacement for Salesi Ma’afu, who is reportedly leaving the club in the summer for a move to big spending French giants Toulon.

The youngster began his career with the Falcons back in 2009 and after spending two seasons away from the club with the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, he returned to the club in 2013.

Jim Mallinder, the head coach of the Saints said that Brookes has been very impressive in the manner in which he has risen up the age ranks of the England set up and he has shown his quality as a player in each of those levels.

The Northampton Saints boss added that while they believe the youngster has a lot to contribute to the club, they still believe he has a long way to go to fulfil his true potential and he and everyone else at the club will look forward to help him develop into the player that he can be.

Brookes has been capped six times by the England senior team, making his debut for Stuart Lancaster’s side during last summer’s tour of New Zealand and played in all four of the country’s autumn internationals as well.

The player said that the record that the Northampton Saints have achieved over the last few seasons speaks volumes about the ambitions of the club and he is under no illusion of a guaranteed placed in the starting line-up and knows that he will have to work extremely had to earn his place in the side.

Caulfield Becomes The Best Player For Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club

For the Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club, Adam Caulfield is the man who led the way at English National Relay Championships. A team of 17 took part in the competition last week but Caulfield became the star of the show that day at Mansfiels.

In the under-13 boy’s event, it was Adam who had the 4th quickest time recorded and for this, the team got the eighth place. He closed the leg at 6 minutes and 47.85 seconds whereas Ben Hope made 7 minutes 20.50 seconds along with Isaac Thorman at 7 minutes 39.35 seconds and all the timings together gave R&N a total of 21 minutes and 47.70 seconds.

The team that won was Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC who was only 56 seconds faster in the event. R&N fielded the B teams who finished 35th and C teams who finished 60th.

There was an under-13 girl’s contest too in which R&N entered two teams. In that the A team took the 19th place even in a 92-strong field. It was Molly Williams who set the recorded time at 7:54.90 and along with her were Georgina Woodward whose recorded time was 8:02.30 and Abigail Pearce who had a recorded time of 8:18.40.

In the B team were Holly Walker, Gaby Peck and Zoe Morling who got an overall 63rd position having finished with recorded time of 26:13.95. The C team consisted of Emma Barker, Fenella Downes and Amelia McMurtrie who were only 26 seconds late.

The under-15 boys event gave the R&N a top 20th position with the A team. Adam Searle had the opening leg at 6:25.35 and became the 11th quickest time in the event. Along with him, Thomas Hughes had a recorded time of 7:16.40 and Joe Musgrove’s 6:53.85 rounded off everything as the overall time came to 20:35.60. The B team got the 57th position.

Diving Might Become A Common Phenomenon In Rugby As Well

Diving is something that is very closely associated with the sport of football. But according to Richard Cockerill (coach of Leicester Tigers) diving might become a common phenomenon in rugby as well because of the decision taken by Rugby Football Union (RFU) in relation to a ‘punching’ incident that took place on the 27th of September, 2014.
This incident took place in the round 4 Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Irish. Cockerill claimed that Blair Cowan (London Irish’s player) had punched Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers’ player) when both of them got into a struggle during the first-half of the rugby match.
Greg Garner- referee of this particular match just gave a penalty to Cowan instead of showing him a yellow card and this disappointed Cockerill who discussed this incident with Rugby Football Union.
Gerard McEvilly (disciplinary head of RFU) and Wade Dooley (citing officer) sent an email to Richard Cockerill saying that the offence committed by Cowan deserved just a penalty.
Something that greatly alarmed Cockerill was the comment that since no treatment was required for Gibson and since he did not fall to the floor, Cowan was not sent off. This means that the players are actually being encouraged to dive just like in football matches so that other players can be sent off the field.
Earlier the phenomenon of diving in rugby matches was not at all present. However, nowadays regular incidents are taking place in which attempts at diving are being tremendously reflected.
Cockerill is of the opinion that there will come a time when the coaches will train the rugby players to fall down or get injured on purpose in order to get their rival players red or yellow carded.
According to Cockerill, it is a shame that the law makers themselves are encouraging rugby players to engage in diving which is unacceptable.

New Coaching Set-up for London Irish

London Irish Rugby Club Director Brian Smith has welcomed Mark Tainton as their new skills and kicking coach for the new season of 2013-14. Smith sounded hopeful as he showed his confidence in Smith saying that his experience shall come in handy for the kickers in the team as well as improve the core skills of each and every player in their squad. Brian Smith is a former Bristol fly-half who has previously worked with the English national team before coaching Ireland for ten years as the technical kicking coach with Ronan O’Gara and Johnny Sexton. Mark Tainton sounded positive on his assignment at London Irish expressing delight at the occasion.
Earlier in the month Steve Walsh, Andre Quinn and Brian O’Leary were added as the Backroom staff for the upcoming season. Quinn took up as the strength and conditioning coach along with Walsh, who is hugely experienced in the Premiership as a coach. Brian O’Leary joined as the head of medical sciences from his former club Ospreys. London Irish executive chairman David Fitzgerald was optimistic about the huge wealth of experience that these new recruitments are going to bring to his club
The team is clearly aiming for higher success and it is quite clear from their strategies that they are paying equal attention to the people in the dressing room as towards the players who are going to be playing on the ground. The fans shall be hopeful of a repeat if not better performance of their club than the last season. The Exiles have also confirmed the signing of Tom Gallagher as the physiotherapist and Jonathan Shelbourne as the senior analyst of the club. Each of these signings might prove crucial in the long season where each team are required to be at their best physically, mentally and strategically.

BKK Lions look to inject new life in their Committee following their successful season

The country of Thailand is known for its beautiful locales, markets and hospitality. Sport is an integral part of the nation as well. It is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Asia. Thus the interest in various forms of sports is owing to the cross culture that exists in the country. There has recently been a growing interest in Rugby. It is an upcoming sport and the younger generation is taking to it like the fish to the water. The BKK Lions is one of the most popular clubs in the nation that helps the junior players to have a proper training and grow up into worthwhile players. The club nurtures children from the age of five to eighteen. A large number of professional coaches, medical and conditioning staff have been associated with BKK Lions over the last decade. The facilities and infrastructure has improved in leaps and bounds.
The BIT 2004 International Youth tournament proved to be a great success story for the club. Strong and impressive performances were put up by the players in Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. They became the club runners up in the categories for Under 10, 12 and 14. However the greatest impression was created by the Under 16 and 18 players who managed to become the Plate champions. The teams will be hoping to perform even better in the upcoming events like Pattaya-10 and Phuket-10. New blood has been injected into the Committee of the BKK Lions. Rod Kerr has joined as the club chairman and Atawhai Tibble as the General Manager. Brian Sinclair Thompson takes up as the Youth coaching coordinator for 13-18 along with Keir Merrick for the 8-12 age groups. Tony Taylor takes up as the Sponsorship manager and Dinner co-ordinator with Billy Hill as the recruitment co-ordinator.

Northampton Saints need to be ruthless like rivals, says Dowson

Phil Dowson, the forward for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints, has laid the gauntlet down for his team mates to follow the hardnosed and never say die attitude of their Premiership rivals Saracens FC and the Leicester Tigers.

This battle cry from the Jimmies forward comes in the wake of the side almost surrendering a 29-0 lead against the London Irish last weekend.

Speaking to BBC Radio Northampton, Dowson stated that the team is not as ruthless as one of their title rivals, the Leicester Tigers would have been against the Exiles and they were very close to blowing the huge lead they had amassed due to the lack of it.

Dowson went on to add that teams like Saracens FC and the Leicester Tigers would never do a thing like that and that is something they have also spoken about in team meetings. Dowson claims that the players know they have to be professional and need to be able to push the opposition away.

The Northampton Saints have been going through a rough patch recently, having lost the LV=Cup final against the Exeter Chiefs and suffering three consecutive defeats at in the Premiership as well.

But the signs are there that the dip in form was temporary and they have bounced back with the win over the London club. The 32 year old stated that the side took a beating for some reason. With the England internationals returning from their Six Nations duties, the Northampton Saints failed to gel and the results showed just that.

He admitted it is hard to have a long season without any dips in form but as long as that can be overcome, it is alright and the Jimmies are looking good to mount a fresh challenge for the title.

Mallinder says Northampton Saints not out of it

Jim Mallinder, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints insists the club is not down and out despite suffering back to back defeats for the first time this season.

The Jimmies suffered a 19-6 thrashing at the hands of the high flying Sale Sharks last weekend and went down to the Exeter Chiefs the previous weekend in the final of the LV=Cup at Sandy Park. And speaking to BBC Radio Northampton, Mallinder stated that they have some great players but they were off the pace against the Sharks which cost them the match.

He also stated that the team didn’t have much time together to work on tactics after the defeat to the Chiefs the previous weekend. Mallinder saw his side succumb to their first defeat in the Aviva Premiership in twelve games and although he has six players back from international duty after the Six Nations Championship, Mallinder stated that he didn’t have all his squad players for the last eight weeks and as a result, they didn’t gel.

The Northampton Saints boss stated that Luther Burrell had been playing on the outside for quite some time and the same can be said about many other players and these players, having to play out of position, were caught a bit out of their depths.

But he hailed the overall performance of the team considering that most of the players had not been together for quite some time.

Mallinder went on to add that the Northampton Saints are still in a strong position to qualify for the playoff semifinals and they will hopefully come good and end up with a home semifinal in the playoffs. It all comes down to the next few matches which will decide whether he is right or not.