Northampton’s academy comes good

Date published: November 2 2014

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Northampton assistant coach Alex King pointed out the impact of the Saints’ academy players who shone in the win over Newcastle.

Northampton assistant coach Alex King pointed out the impact of the Saints’ academy players who shone in the win over Newcastle.

All of Northampton’s 37 points were from young players that have come through the ranks with the Premiership champions.

Tom Collins crossed twice as Northampton ran in five tries, with King highlighting the camaraderie in the squad as being key.

“Fourteen of the 23 guys in today’s squad came out of the academy,” said King.

“The points were scored pretty much by all the academy players. All these guys have grown up together, they live in the same houses, they know each other inside out and they’re mates.

Looking ahead, King is aware of the threat posed by the Scarlets after they defeated East Midlands rivals Leicester in the Champions Cup.

“The Scarlets next week will be a completely different test. It’ll be fantastic for our guys to compete against a team that are doing well in the Champions Cup.

“They beat Leicester two weeks ago. We need to get better to go down there to get the win.”

Newcastle boss Dean Richards highlighted the impact of Alesana Tuilagi’s yellow card, with penalties damaging the Falcons’ chances.

“The impact of a yellow card these days is quite significant,” Richards said on Tuilagi’s dismissal.

“We said at half-time that the things that were hurting us were down to us to rectify. The first 10 minutes of any game is critical in terms of setting the tone with the referee, and I thought we gave too many penalties away in that period.”

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