Northampton issue update on Dan Biggar's latest injury
Northampton boss Chris Boyd played down Dan Biggar’s injury scare after his star fly-half limped out of the 27-21 Gallagher Premiership loss to Saracens.
The Wales international returned to domestic duties after featuring in the opening three rounds of the Six Nations but was forced off after 20 minutes at Franklin’s Gardens as fears around his participation in the rest of the tournament grew.
Boyd allayed those concerns in his assessment of the injury, but did urge patience as the extent of the damage is examined.
The Saints’ director of rugby explained: “I don’t think it is (a bad injury). He’s hyper-extended his leg in a collision and he seems to be moving relatively OK.
“I don’t think he’s got any major structural damage from what I’m led to believe, so it’s one of those ones where we’ll wait and see.”
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Saints spurned 12-0 and 15-8 leads as already-relegated Saracens came from behind to deal the hosts a fourth-straight Premiership defeat.
Early scores from Fraser Dingwall and Harry Mallinder were cancelled out in a second-half blitz by Jack Singleton, Nick Tompkins and Ben Earl.
Boyd was left to curse ill-discipline as Lewis Bean and Taqele Naiyaravoro were sent to the sin-bin at inopportune moments.
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“We were the masters of our own destiny,” he said. “We were 12-0 up, should have scored another try close to the posts, we went down to 13 men, conceded two tries.
“We had plenty of opportunities to win and to build some more points that would have given us a bigger margin. But when we needed to be clinically accurate, which we’ve talked about for the last little bit, some of those things deserted us. If you looked at the tries they got, they didn’t have to work too hard for them.
“It was just little things and when you’re having a string of difficult games, the little things can turn into big things. I’m not as angry as I have been. Life has to go on.”
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Saracens, meanwhile, provided the perfect tonic to their stunning 60-10 defeat at Wasps last time out. Mark McCall was left beaming with pride as his charges dug deep and shook off injuries to the likes of Jackson Wray, Alex Goode and Duncan Taylor. Director of rugby McCall explained: “It was a great performance for lots of reasons.
“To be 12-0 down after the result last weekend and then we lost Wray, Goode and Taylor to injury – so there were lots of reasons for us to collapse. But the fact we didn’t is so pleasing and makes us so proud.
“We didn’t cope very well with setbacks against Wasps, so to be 12-0 down and respond and see them back themselves and fight for each other was really pleasing.”
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I suggest for an injection of rugby enthusiasm watch URC and Heineken Cup. Last night's game between campions Stormers and 15 on the trot unbeaten Leinster ended in a thrilling the draw in the worst possible rugby conditions producing seven tries, outstanding defence, and some really exciting running by both sides. Huge physicality, great set piece contests (virtually every lineout was contested), great maul, running, intercept and kick chase tries and just about everything one could want. One side 22 points adrift after 35 minutes only to go five up with ten to play putting on 27 unanswered points and then in the death an absolutely magic try levelling the score with an impossible kick in high wind being snatched away at the last second. all in front of a full house stadium and over half a million TV viewers. Now that is the game played in heaven - rugby.Go to comments
Nice one Nick. He actually reminds me of more physical David Knox - those deft passes to keep the defences guessing still burns in my memory.Go to comments