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Premiership: Northampton Saints 36-33 Harlequins – Ollie Sleightholme scores twice as hosts win thriller


Ollie Sleightholme scores Northampton's first try against Harlequins
Ollie Sleightholme scored the primary and final of Northampton’s 5 tries of their win over Harlequins
Northampton: (21) 36
Tries: Sleightholme 2, Ludlam, Mitchell, Coles Cons: Furbank 4 Pens: Furbank
Harlequins: (12) 33
Tries: Murley, Walker, Hammond, Evans, Jibulu Cons: Smith 4

Two tries from Ollie Sleightholme helped Northampton beat Harlequins in a Franklin’s Gardens thriller to win a fourth Premiership match of the season.

The wing prime and tailed Saints’ night time, with tries in between from Lewis Ludlam, Alex Mitchell and Alex Coles.

Quins scored the opening strive of the sport by way of wing Cadan Murley earlier than Jack Walker, lock George Hammond and Will Evans stored them within the recreation.

However it wanted Nathan Jibulu’s late attempt to earn a shedding bonus level.

This was a second consecutive defeat for Harlequins after final weekend’s hammering at house to Saracens they usually had been made to pay for 2 unforced errors.

They overthrew a lineout inside their very own 22 that Courtney Lawes pounced on for Saints earlier than fast palms despatched Ludlam over.

Then on the stroke of half-time they failed to regulate the ball behind their very own scrum 15 metres from their line and scrum-half Mitchell took the free ball to kick forward and dive over.

Till then the edges had exchanged tries, with Murley’s rating within the left nook cancelled out by Sleightholme’s first strive as he picked an important line to go over from a lineout.

Trailing 21-12 at half-time, Quins responded by sending Hammond into the appropriate nook however Saints quickly secured a strive bonus level as a half-break from Mitchell led to Coles scoring underneath the posts.

Evans burrowed in from shut vary to once more deliver Quins again to inside a rating however Saints scored their fifth strive with a slick lineout transfer that ended up with Sleightholme’s second strive as he took George Hendy’s go to attain in the appropriate nook.

Jibulu used his power to go over and lower Saints’ result in three factors with a minute left, however the house aspect held on to disclaim Quins a dramatic late comeback.

Northampton head coach Sam Vesty instructed BBC Radio Northampton:

“I assumed it was a cracking recreation of rugby and I assumed we performed rather well as a result of Quins are a troublesome crew to eliminate.

“We pressured a couple of issues we did not must power and as quickly as we stopped doing that we managed to get throughout the road.

“I assumed Ollie [Sleightholme] was excellent as a result of he is been out for a very long time however good issues come to those that wait.”

Harlequins teaching co-ordinator Danny Wilson instructed TNT Sports activities:

“We seemed extra like ourselves tonight however we gifted two tries from our personal exits in order that’s irritating.

“In the end we’ll look again on some moments after we might handle the sport higher.

“We are able to construct on this but it surely’s laborious to look again that we have misplaced the sport having scored 33 factors.”

Northampton: Hendy; Sleightholme, Freeman, Dingwall, Ramm; Furbank, Mitchell; E Waller, Matavesi, Davison, Munga, Coles, Lawes, Pearson, Ludlam (capt).

Replacements: Cruse, A Waller, Millar Mills, Lockett, Scott-Younger, James, Savala, Litchfield.

Harlequins: Inexperienced; Murley, Joseph, Esterhuizen, Lynagh; Smith, Care; Baxter, Walker, Lewis, Herbst, Hammond, Lamb, W Evans, Dombrandt (capt).

Replacements: Jibulu, Garcia Botta, Chawatama, Cunningham-South, Chisholm, Porter, J Evans, Beard.

Referee: Sara Cox

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