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Saints Through to Heineken Cup Final
Northampton Get The Job Done
Posted May 03, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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Northampton Saints set up a Heineken Cup final with Leinster after a comprehensive victory against Perpignan at Stadium:MK in Milton Keynes.
The game was as good as won by half time as Saints dominated possession, going in 20-7 ahead at the break, as the French side went in shell-shocked.
England winger Ben Foden opened the scoring in the 16th-minute after some good work from Phil Dowson, who collected Downey’s pass before finding Foden to score on the right flank, with Stephen Myler scoring the conversion.
Myler added a penalty shortly after, before Jon Clarke burst through the Perpignan defence after a Saints lineout, and touched down under the posts, giving Myler the simple task of adding the conversion to make it 17-0.
Candelon was sent to the sin bin just moments later after taking out Dickson as things went from bad to worse for the French side, and Myler was given the chance to add another three points after a knock-on from Perpignan lead to a Northampton scrum. The Perpignan side crumbled, giving Saints a penalty and Myler duly added the three points.
Guirado did manage to touch down for Perpignan right on half time after a well-worked lineout fell kindly, and Porical kicked the conversion in the final action of the half.
After the break, Myler added another penalty from the right touchline to make it 23-7 with what proved to be the final score of the match.
Saints Captain Dylan Hartley said “To be in the final is just special, to go to Cardiff, the big occasion. And this team, on its day, can win any game."
The Heineken Cup final will be Northampton’s second appearance in the final, 11 years after their first, and they will meet Leinster at the Millennium Stadium on 21st May.