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Saints rampant as Tigers are tamed in Northampton

Northampton Saints' Api Ratuniyarawa scores a try against Leicester Tigers during the Gallagher Premiership match at Franklin's Gardens, Northampton - Credit: PA

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd was delighted with the way his squad coped with the loss of three key players to take derby bragging rights over Leicester in rugby's Gallagher Premiership.

Owen Franks (hand), Courtney Lawes (hamstring) and Dan Biggar (foot) all failed fitness tests, with Biggar's injury discovered on the morning of the game.

But the players who replaced them - Ehren Painter, Api Ratuniyarawa and James Grayson - all rose to the occasion to help the Saints to a resounding 36-13 victory in which they scored five tries to Leicester's one.

Four of the five tries were converted by Grayson, who also kicked a penalty.

"For Jimmy Grayson to be pulled out of bed at ten-thirty in the morning at to be told he's playing, after being flogged by the S & C (strength and conditioning) guys the night before was a pretty decent effort.

"He's got good vision Jimmy and he's got good skills. So I was really chuffed for him along with two or three of the other young guys that did a good job for us.

"I think there was nine or ten we'd signed out of our academy into the team, and just about all those guys are doing... well in fact all of them are doing a really important job for us, whether its getting the luck of being in the 23 (matchday squad) or working hard with the boys in the background."

– Chris Boyd, Northampton Saints Director of Rugby

Former New Zealand All-Black Matt Proctor marked his Premiership debut with Northampton's first two tries, with Ratuniyarawa, Tom Collins and Fraser Dingwall all crossing the Tigers goalline.

Leicester Tigers' Harry Wells (left) fails to stop Northampton Saints' Matt Proctor from scoring their first try during the Gallagher Premiership match at Franklin's Gardens, Northampton. Credit: PA

"I thought Matt was really good. I've known him for a long time and I think he's a very very good player.

"He came in and showed his class. He's often a guy that's usually un-thanked.

"He does a lot of work, a lot of unseen work, but on this occasion he was particularly good."

– Chris Boyd

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd's post match reaction after their victory over East MIdlands rivals Leicester Tigers