Northampton Saints V Glasgow Warriors
Northampton Saints came out on top of a physical battle at Franklin’s Gardens as Glasgow Warriors’ final pre-season fixture ended in defeat.
Dave Rennie’s side were on the back foot almost immediately with James Haskell diving over in the corner on his home debut, collecting a pass that looked to travel forwards.
George Horne was shown a yellow card and shortly after Glasgow were reduced to 13, Ruairdh Jackson also given ten minutes after conceding a penalty try for a deliberate knock-on despite the ball travelling backwards off his hand.
However, Glasgow didn’t let their numerical disadvantage hinder their intent, if anything it sparked them into life.
Niko Matawalu, stepping in at scrum-half, broke off the base of a ruck and had Tommy Seymour on his shoulder to get the Warriors on the board.
The hosts responded, a driving maul forcing its way over from 5m out before Matawalu got on the score sheet himself.
Running a perfect line off a set piece play the Fijian showed speed and strength before stretching for the line.
The Saints had a fourth before the break, a clever kick behind Glasgow’s retreating defence gaining ground before they powered over after resetting.
The Premiership side scored the first try of the second 40, Ken Pisi collecting a lovely out-the-back offload to dive over in the corner before capitalising on an overthrown line-out inside the Warriors 22 to extend their lead even further.
Glasgow refused to lie down and DTH van der Merwe showed fantastic strength to power over for the Warriors’ third try. Dragging three defenders over the line with him after another perfectly worked set-piece attack.
It was the hosts who would have the final say, another driving maul advancing in Warriors territory before forcing their way over the Glasgow line, securing a 41-15 victory.