Northampton 24-29 Saracens

Saracens emerged triumphant from a heavyweight showdown at Franklin's Gardens to advance into next Saturday's Aviva Premiership final with a 29-24 victory over Northampton.

A thunderous first half at Franklin's Gardens finished 13-13 and inevitably the remainder of the play-off was reduced to a war of attrition between the rival forwards and goalkickers.

Owen Farrell was composed.

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New Northampton contracts for Lawes and Hartley

Courtney Lawes.

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England forwards Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley have both signed new contracts with Aviva Premiership champions Northampton.

Saints announced the deals among a raft of seven fresh contracts, with flanker Calum Clark, props Alex Waller, Ethan Waller and Gareth Denman, and lock James Craig also putting pen to paper.

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