Planet Rugby

Preview: Worcester v Northampton

29th November 2013 10:00

Share:

Richard de Carpentier Worcester 2013

Richard de Carpentier: At six for Worcester

Worcester Warriors flanker Richard de Carpentier will get his second Premiership start of the season against Northampton at Sixways on Saturday.

The 23-year-old will line-up alongside Sam Betty and captain Jonathan Thomas in the back-row against a side who have lost just one Premiership game all season.

Mariano Galarza returns from international duty to partner James Percival in the second-row, while the rest of the forwards remain unchanged from the clash with Sale Sharks last weekend.

In the backs, Paul Hodgson replaces the injured Jonny Arr at scrum-half, with Ignacio Mieres at number ten.

Dean Hammond and James Stephenson retain their starting berths on the wings but Josh Matavesi returns to the backline for the visit of last season's Aviva Premiership finalists.

Max Stelling could be in line for his first-ever Aviva Premiership appearance after being named amongst the replacements, while Jeremy Su'a could make his first Warriors appearance for over a month from the bench.

Worcester coach Carl Hogg is confident De Carpentier will give a good account of himself against the Saints.

"Injuries give an opportunity for someone like Richard to come in and operate against a top-class team," he said.

"Richard and Sam Betty in the back-row will give us lots of collision and energy in the back-row and we need that because Saints' back five in the scrum are strong.

"We'll need to get round the corner and these guys have a lot of endeavour.

"Also, with David Lemi out it gives an opportunity for players like James Stephenson and Dean Hammond, which is important for the future of the club. They will certainly be tested this weekend."

Form: Worcester Warriors' only victory in any competition this season was 21-16 at Cardiff Blues in the LV= Cup on 8th November. The Warriors have not been victorious at their own Sixways ground since London Wasps were the visitors in the Premiership on 1 March. Northampton Saints have lost only once since late September: 13-19 at Castres in the Heineken Cup. The Saints solo away loss in the Premiership this season was 24-26 at Gloucester in round 3. Worcester's only victory in their last eight clashes with Northampton was 12-3 at Sixways on 30 September 2011. The Saints record at Worcester in the tournament is a creditable won five, lost two.

The teams:

Worcester Warriors: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 James Stephenson, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Jonathan Thomas (c), 7 Sam Betty, 6 Richard de Carpentier, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 James Percival, 3 Rob O'Donnell, 2 Chris Brooker, 1 Ofa Fainga'anuku.
Replacements: 16 Ed Shervington, 17 George Porter, 18 John Andress, 19 Mike Williams, 20 Chris Jones, 21 Jeremy Su'a, 22 Paul Warwick, 23 Max Stelling.

Northampton Saints: 15 Glenn Dickson, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Dom Waldouck, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Alex Waller.
,Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Phil Dowson, 21 Alex Day, 22 Vasily Artemyev, 23 Tom Stephenson

Date: Saturday 30th November
Venue: Sixways
Kick-off: 1500 (local and GMT)
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Assistant referees: Paul Dix, Stuart Terheege
TMO: David Sainsbury

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Preview
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 27
Saracens vs Sale15:00
Leicester vs London Irish15:00
Northampton vs Bath15:15
Sunday , September 28
Wasps vs Newcastle14:00
Exeter vs Harlequins14:00
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
Saturday , September 13
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Exeter310
4Leicester Tigers39
5Harlequins38