The Blues squad had been looking forward to this return fixture with Northampton for a couple of weeks, following their loss at Franklins Gardens back in October, to measure their progress in that time. The first half performance certainly indicated that there had been significant improvement, particularly up front where the scrum caused the Saints eight significant problems! At the cornerstone of this effort was tight-head prop Bob Baker – later named Man of the Match – who not only took great delight in destroying the Saints scrum, managed to bag himself a brace of tries too! The first half ended with honours even at 10 points apiece, with Northampton replying to Baker’s scores with tries from hooker Matt Williams and No 8 Teimana Harrison.
The second half saw both sides make numerous substitutions which disrupted the flow of the game, but it was the away side who coped better and added two further tries from prop Danny Herriott and wing Tom Collins, with fly-half Will Hooley adding a penalty and his replacement Sam Olver two conversions, to make the final score 27 – 10 to Saints.
The Blues coaching team had plenty to take away form this match with juts one more fixture before Varsity – away to Esher on Monday 26th November, kick off 7.30pm. The scrum was a force to be reckoned with, the defence on the whole was strong, whilst there were glimpses of an attacking game starting to come together, which all bodes well for their date with destiny at Twickenham on Thursday 6th December, when they attempt to make it three Varsity wins a row – the first time since 1999/2000/2001.
Team Lewis Anderson, Nick Gardner, Bob Baker, Jason Law, Will Rowlands, Gus Jones, James Harris, Alex Waddingham, Stuart Commins, Jonathan Hudson, Henry Hughes, Heewon Cho, Cassian Bramham Law, James Dargan, Samson Egerton
Subs Daniel Barnes (on for Lewis Anderson), Jon Direen (on for Nick Gardner), Michael Rickner (on for Gus Jones), Dugald Macdonald (on for James Harris), Andrew Mcculla (on for Samson Egerton), Charlie Marr (on for Stuart Commins), Alastair Adams-Cairns (on for Henry Hughes), William Fell (on for Jason Law), Tim Little (on for Will Rowlands), Hamish Macdonald, Oscar Vallance
Scores T: Bob Baker (2)