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Northampton v Borders - Pool 6


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Saints shouldn't have too much trouble from the Borders, despite their bonus point win last weekend, and should comfortably take maximum points out of this one. From all acounts it seems the forwards of Biarritz did a lot of the damage last weekend so that shouldn't be much of a problem from the Borders pack. Saints should still come out of this group even if they lose to Biarritz in January as 20 points from the other 4 games should be more than enough for a runner-up.
Rhodri Davies is back for Northampton after a 10 month absence. David Quinlan misses out and his place goes to Luke Myring while Carlos Spencer is back at out half. Borders give newcomer Brendon Daniel a start after his arrival from New Zealand.

Northampton Saints: 15 Rob Laird, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Rhodri Davies, 12 Luke Myring, 11 Ben Cohen, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 Mark Robinson, 8 Daniel Browne, 7 Darren Fox (capt), 6 Paul Tupai, 5 David Gerard, 4 Damien Browne, 3 Chris Budgen, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Tom Smith.
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Soane Tonga'uiha, 18 Matt Lord, 19 Mark Easter, 20 Ian Vass, 21 Chris Wyles, 22 Johnny Howard.

Border Reivers: 15 Calum MacRae, 14 Simon Danielli, 13 Ben MacDougall, 12 Nick De Luca, 11 Brendon Daniel, 10 Steve Jones, 9 Chris Cusiter ©, 7 Scott Gray, 8 Kelly Brown, 6 John Dalziel, 5 Craig Hamilton, 4 Opeta Palepoi, 3 Ed Kalman, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Gavin Kerr
Replacements:16 Steve Scott, 17 Bruce Douglas, 18 Scott Newlands, 19 Andy Miller, 20 Brendan McKerchar, 21 Gregor Townsend, 22 Garry Law

Referee: Christophe Berdos