Northampton Saints player ratings: ‘Relentless’ Courtney Lawes impresses in final act as youngsters bail out Alex Mitchell

Colin Newboult
Courtney Lawes after Northampton Saints' Premiership final victory in 2024.

Courtney Lawes after Northampton Saints' Premiership final victory in 2024.

Following a thrilling 25-21 victory over Bath in the Premiership final at Twickenham on Saturday, here are the player ratings for Northampton Saints.

15 George Furbank: Stepped into fly-half well when Fin Smith was forced off and also played a key role in the first two tries. 7

14 Tommy Freeman: Finished the first try and enjoyed a good aerial battle with Will Muir but was well shackled by Bath generally. However, his defensive work was excellent, as he made 11 tackles without missing any. 7

13 Burger Odendaal: Ran hard during his time on the field before being taken off, but he was turned over too many times. 5

12 Fraser Dingwall: Some nice touches in attack as he combined well with the other playmakers, Smith and Furbank. 6

11 Ollie Sleightholme: Superb individual effort for his try while he was the Saints’ most potent back throughout the clash. England calling? 8

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Young fly-half shows his class

10 Fin Smith: Considering Alex Mitchell’s struggles, Smith did well with what ball he got. Scored a superb drop-goal and manipulated Bath’s defence with his ability to delay the pass. Has so much time on the ball. 8

9 Alex Mitchell: Scored the winning try, showing both his desire and stamina, so gets credit for that, but it was altogether a subpar performance. Some poor decision-making throughout as Ben Spencer got to him. 4

Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

8 Juarno Augustus: The Springboks hopeful has enjoyed a fine end to the season, and he was good on both sides of the ball in the final. 7

7 Tom Pearson: We’re big fans of the physical openside but, in truth, while he had a solid outing, he didn’t do anything spectacular. 6

One of England’s and Northampton’s best

6 Courtney Lawes (c): A fitting way to finish his Saints career, not just because they won the title but also because of his performance in this Premiership final. Absolutely relentless. 8

5 Alex Coles: A ubiquitous presence without making significant interventions. He was also sent into reverse on a couple of occasions. 6

4 Alex Moon: Did his bit in the lineout, but pretty quiet overall. The Northampton front five was very much bested by the Bath pack. 5

3 Trevor Davison: Struggled early on but enjoyed the duel with Juan Schoeman, forcing the substitute to be substituted. 6

2 Curtis Langdon: Was busy during his time on the field, but not quite as influential as he has been in recent weeks. 6

1 Alex Waller: Had a tough old time against the superb Thomas du Toit and was eventually replaced early in the second period. A club legend, however, who retires as one of the Saints’ best ever. 5

Replacements: Emmanuel Iyogun was better in the set-piece and won a crucial penalty off Will Stuart, while George Hendy’s superb run won the game for Northampton. He’s a real talent. 7

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