Aviva Premiership: Northampton ruin riot against London Irish
Last Updated: 02/03/13 5:41pm
Northampton moved into fourth place in the Aviva Premiership thanks to a resounding 40-14 victory over London Irish at Franklin's Gardens.
Jamie Eilliott grabbed a hat-trick of tries to help the surging Saints, who have now won four of their last five league outings, leapfrog over play-off rivals Gloucester and Wasps in the table.
Samu Manoa, Soane Tonga'uiha and GJ van Velze also touched down for the hosts as they avenged the 39-17 defeat they suffered in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Guy Armitage did grab a consolation score late-on for the Exiles, who had threatened in the first half before fading after the break.
Indeed, Jon Fisher and Pat Phibbs were both held up on the try-line as the visitors were only able to turn their periods of extended pressure into three penalties from Tom Homer.
Northampton, in contrast, had no problems putting points on the board. Elliott's first of the afternoon came from Stephen Myler's long pass before flanker Manoa was able to wriggle over from close range in the 40th minute.
Myler converted both tries to make it 14-9 at the break and the lead was extended almost immediately in the second half when Tonga'uiha crashed over.
The bonus point try arrived before the hour mark when another lineout drive - helped by Brian Mujati, who came off the bench to make his first appearance in 2013 - led to the pack peeling to the left for Van Velze to finish.
James Wilson put in Elliott for his second and the in-form winger completed his hat-trick, making it five tries in his last two games, when he picked up Ryan Lamb's cross-field kick and touched down out wide.
Armitage's effort was sandwiched in between Elliott's final two tries, and was no more than Irish deserved for their efforts in a losing cause.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps36 - 29Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 17
We look back at some of the best images from Round 17 in the Aviva Premiership.
Mark McCall praised winger David Strettle, a try-scorer in Saracens' 35-14 victory over London Welsh on Sunday
Saracens took full advantage of Harlequins' slip-up by beating London Welsh 35-14 to return to the top of the table.
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- Booth savours derby victory
- Worcester display pleases Hill
- Worcester claim Wasps upset
- Heathcote keeps Bath believing
- Fiddes' Cent
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- Quins v Exeter: Teams
- Saracens v L Welsh: Teams
- Northampton v L Irish: Teams
- Worcester v Wasps: Teams
- Bath v Gloucester: Teams
- Timely lift for Steenson
- Bragging rights
- Hopper: No time to relax