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Northampton Saints beat Saracens to lift Premiership Rugby Cup

Northampton Saints celebrate winning the trophy at Franklin's Gardens. Credit: PA
  • Northampton Saints 23-9 Saracens

Northampton Saints have won their first trophy in five years after they beat Saracens in the final of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

It means the Saints are the first winners of the competition which replaced the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season.

The Saints had home advantage with the game being held at a sold-out Franklin's Gardens, and also had the superior experience against a youthful Saracens side who were unable to call on their plethora of international stars.

Northampton effectively won the match in the first-half, scoring three tries through Teimana Harrison, Tom Wood, and Ahsee Tuala, before two second-half penalties added further gloss to the scoreline.

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The victory ensured Northampton picked up their first silverware since they saw off the same opponents in the Premiership final at Twickenham back in 2014.

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