Welsh and Sharks prove too strong for Saints

Alex Day scored a try against Sale, but Saints were beaten 36-14 in the final match of the night

Alex Day scored a try against Sale, but Saints were beaten 36-14 in the final match of the night

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A young Saints side proved no match for Sale Sharks and London Welsh as they bowed out of the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby Sevens Series at Edgeley Park.

Defeats to Welsh and Sharks ended Northampton’s hopes of reaching the series final, but Saints did have reason to cheer thanks to an opening victory over Leicester Tigers.

Saints saw off their fierce rivals 26-24, before losing 34-7 to Premiership new boys Welsh and going down 36-14 to Sale in the deciding group game.

The Sharks defeat ensured Northampton finished third in the group, with top two Welsh and Sharks progressing to the final at Bath on August 3.