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Northampton Saints 20 Exeter Chiefs 19: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

At Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night, you saw exactly why clubs pay big bucks for big players.

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Harry Mallinder landed a nerveless late kick (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Harry the hero as Saints edge out Exeter

Harry Mallinder was the last-gasp hero as Saints secured their first home win of the season.

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Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder: North ‘on fire’ in Saints’ success

Jim Mallinder felt George North was ‘on fire’ in Saints’ comeback success against Exeter Chiefs on Friday night.

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Dorian West is confident Saints can get their first home win of the season tonight (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints ready to show they are not vulnerable

When one side does it, others will feel they can follow.

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Courtney Lawes is in England's EPS squad (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints trio named in England EPS squad

Just three Saints players have been named in England’s 45-man Elite Player Squad (EPS) by national team boss Eddie Jones.

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Saints were beaten by Wasps last weekend (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs (Aviva Premiership - round five)

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Calum Clark will make his first appearance since May 2015 when Exeter Chiefs come to Franklin's Gardens on Friday night (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Clark to make long-awaited Saints comeback against Chiefs

Calum Clark will play his first competitive game for Saints since the 2015 Premiership play-off semi-final when he lines up against Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

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Harry Mallinder has learned a lot since breaking into the Saints team last season (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Difficult matches are the making of Saints youngster Mallinder

Saints were top of most of the charts last Saturday, but they were unable to boss the thing that mattered most: the scoreline.

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Alex Waller fronted up at Franklin's Gardens on Tuesday (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Saints prop Waller wants to move on from Ashton bite incident

Alex Waller entered a different sort of scrum to the one he is used to at Franklin’s Gardens on Tuesday afternoon.

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Tom Wood did his best to push Saints past Wasps but the away side won it (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northampton Saints 15 Wasps 20: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

There was certainly a lot of head scratching at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday evening as supporters struggled to comprehend another Saints defeat.

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Jim Mallinder expects Saints to respond against Exeter (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder: Saints will come out fighting

Jim Mallinder has vowed that Saints will ‘come out fighting’ against Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night.

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Ken Pisi made his 100th appearance for Saints on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Pisi ‘gutted’ by Wasps defeat but honoured to be a Saints centurion

Ken Pisi admitted he was ‘gutted’ with how his 100th Saints appearance panned out.

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George North scored Saints' opening try (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wasteful Saints stung by Wasps

Saints wasted a host of chances as Wasps won in Northampton for the second season in succession.

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Jim Mallinder was left frustrated as Saints were beaten (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder left to rue missed chances after Saints’ defeat to Wasps

Jim Mallinder admits Saints were close, but not close enough in their defeat to Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens.

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Kieran Brookes wants Saints to avenge recent defeats to Wasps (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Brookes wants Saints to pay home supporters back with Wasps win

Among players, coaches and supporters there might just be a mutual feeling of the need for some payback this weekend.

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Saints can call on Wales star George North this weekend (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v Wasps preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Wasps (Aviva Premiership - round four)

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MILESTONE - Ken Pisi makes his 100th appearance for Saints on Saturday

100-up for Ken Pisi as Nic Groom makes first start for Saints

Nic Groom will make his first start for Saints in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 3pm).

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Wasps ran riot during the first half at the Gardens back in January (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wood urges Saints to stop Wasps calling the shots again

Tom Wood admits Wasps had it all their own way at Franklin’s Gardens last season.

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Paul Hill is looking forward to facing Wasps this weekend (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints flanker Clark looking sharp, says Hill

Paul Hill says Calum Clark is looking sharp as the flanker continues his progress after returning from injury.

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Tom Wood (right) admits the Chris Ashton bite incident was strange (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ref justice for Saints as Wood admits frustration over Ashton bite incident

There is clear frustration at Saints that the disciplinary door was closed after the horse had bolted this week.

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