What Northampton made of Skosan, their hat-trick debut-making wing
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd has praised the all-round game of winger Courtnall Skosan, who marked his Premiership debut with a hat-trick of tries in his new team’s 66-10 thrashing of Worcester. The twelve-cap former Springboks back signed for Saints from the Lions during the summer but had to wait for his Friday night bow at Franklin’s Gardens after completing his quarantine upon arrival in the UK.
It was certainly worth that delay as Skosan played a full part in handing Worcester a ten-try drubbing, with a spectacular diving finish in the corner for his second Northampton score the stand-out moment. Boyd said: “He is a good man and he has been a good footballer for a long time – and he is not just a finisher either.
“He got three tries and all of them were pretty decent finishes, but he was busy around the paddock and was good in the air. He is a good defender, he works hard. He is a quality footballer – that is why he has played so many times for his country.
“By and large, we were pretty decent. There are still some rough edges that we need to smooth out, but I thought we were pretty good for our money most of the time. We knew if we hung on to the ball, went through our process and didn’t get impatient and try to stay in our system, then we would get some opportunities.”
Northampton had the bonus point wrapped up inside half an hour, as Dan Biggar, Alex Mitchell, Api Ratuniyarawa, Skosan and Rory Hutchinson all scored in the first half, with Will Chudley replying for Worcester. Skosan completed his treble after the break, while there were two tries for Tommy Freeman and another for Mitchell.
Before last night only three players had ever scored a hat-trick on their debut in #GallagherPrem history…@Skosan14 joined an elite list as @SaintsRugby ran riot ?#GallagherPrem highlights and full match replay ?? https://t.co/NUwttqp2wX pic.twitter.com/YvfsRULnFV
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Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas said: “At the moment we have got a lot of adversity. Pretty much our whole leadership group is out injured, which is naturally going to affect any team. Melani Nanai, Owen Williams, Willi Heinz, Ted Hill, Ollie Lawrence, guys like that. We always talk about the guys that come in getting opportunities and what it feels like at the moment is we are a little bit of a fractured group on the field.
“Off the field, the boys are working hard for each other, but the game is about 15 players working as one and we look very individual. They had lightning-quick ball, but the biggest thing is we gifted them about six tries – two intercepts, the kick-chase they catch it and go straight through, and a quick tap for the first try of the game. It felt like Saints weren’t even working that hard.”
"I don’t understand it and I don’t get it…"
– So frustrated are Worcester over Ted Hill's 3?? game ban that they plan to lobby World Rugby about the tip tackle law#Worcester #England #WORvGLOhttps://t.co/rfNc4TtUBg
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Hate hyping young players, but if there is a year to stand out, its this year with teh RWC, a new coach who doesn't always follow the rules, and his competition not bashing the door down. That said, Noah seems to be playing a much more expansive game this year. Nick, it would be great if you could do a comparison of 2021-22 Noah v's the 2023 one.Go to comments
Excellent read like always Nicholas. Yes the fly half needs to handle the ball quite often, not just make up the numbers in the back line and take the odd kick. I fully agree that Larkham's return to the Brumbies might be perfect timing for Noah.Go to comments