Premiership: Northampton Saints 66-10 Worcester – Hapless guests destroyed with 10 tries

South Africa winger Courtnall Skosan scored the fourth, sixth and eighth tries on his Northampton debut
Northampton Saints (33) 66
Tries: Skosan 3, Mitchell 2, Hutchinson 2, Biggar, Ratuniyarawa, Freeman Cons: Biggar 7, Francis
Worcester (10) 10
Tries: Chudley Cons: Smith Pens: Smith

Weakened Worcester Warriors suffered a 3rd straight walloping as Northampton Saints ran in 10 tries to coast to victory at Franklin’s Gardens.

After Ollie Lawrence and Willi Heinz each failed health assessments and Duhan van der Merwe was yellow carded, Warriors had been hit by 5 dwelling first-half tries.

Saints then added 5 extra after the break as South Africa winger Courtnall Skosan accomplished a debut hat-trick.

Alex Mitchell and Rory Hutchinson every bagged a brace of tries.

Wales and Lions stand-off Dan Biggar, who kicked seven conversions for a person 19-point haul, lock Api Ratuniyarawa and full-back Tommy Freeman crossed for the Saints’ different three tries.

Worcester managed only one charge-down first-half attempt from Will Chudley, improved by England Below-20 outside-half Fin Smith, who added a penalty on his first begin of the season.

However dispirited Worcester had been comprehensively outplayed by Saints, who even had a late breakaway attempt by lock Alex Coles chalked off. That might have added as much as a membership report defeat for the Warriors.

Because it was, their 56-point shedding margin was only a level higher than their membership report 62-5 defeat by Saracens in January 2020.

They’ve now shipped 35 tries in six matches this season – 23 of them up to now three video games, with out suspended membership captain Ted Hill, after shedding 42-5 at Exeter and 48-3 final week at dwelling to Leicester.

Northampton, who got here into the sport contemporary after every week off, climb to second within the Premiership, inside 4 factors of leaders Leicester, who host Sale on Saturday.

Sale are additionally Worcester’s subsequent opponents at Sixways subsequent Saturday, when Northampton are once more at dwelling to the table-topping Tigers.

Apisalome Ratuniyarawa scored the third of Northampton Saints' five first-half tries
Api Ratuniyarawa scored the third of Northampton Saints’ 5 first-half tries

Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd instructed BBC Radio Northampton:

“There wasn’t a lot in between – there was about 80% that was fairly first rate and about 20% that was horrible.

“If we simply eliminate these little hiccups then I assumed more often than not we had been fairly good for our cash.

“The factor I’ve at all times preferred about Courtnall Skosan is he is a glue participant. He is a very good finisher however he is good within the air, good going backwards, a very good defender – he isn’t a blingy participant, he is a strong, good, first rate rugby participant.”

Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas instructed BBC Hereford & Worcester:

“We’ve got an lack of ability in the intervening time to do the fundamentals of the sport – tackling, kick-chase, rucking, holding the ball within the contact – the stuff that you simply do if you’re a child.

“We have loads of adversity, by way of just about our complete management group is out injured, which is of course going to have an effect on any workforce.

“It appears like we’re a little bit of a fractured group on the sphere – not off the sphere. The boys are working onerous one another and are tight – however on the pitch we glance very particular person.”

Northampton: Freeman; Sleightholme, Dingwall, Hutchinson, Skosan; Biggar, Mitchell; Waller, Matavesi, Hill, Ribbans, Ratuniyarawa, Lawes, Ludlam (capt), Harrison.

Replacements: Haywood, Iyogun, Painter, Wooden, Augustus, Lomani, Francis, Coles.

Worcester: Shillcock; Doel, O Morris, Venter, Van der Merwe; Smith, Chudley; Sutherland, Annett, Decide, A Kitchener, G Kitchener, Hatherell, Lewis, Kvesic.

Replacements: Baldwin, Waller, Owlett, Batley, Vailanu, Chudley, Morris, Heward.

Sin-bin: Van der Merwe (7).

Referee: Ian Tempest (RFU).

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