Premiership: Worcester Warriors 6-32 Northampton Saints
|Worcester (3) 6|
|Pens: Weir 2|
|Northampton (12) 32|
|Tries: Reinach, Burrell Cons: Francis, Biggar Pens: Biggar 6|
Dan Biggar kicked six penalties for Northampton Saints as they comfortably won away at Worcester Warriors.
The visitors led at half-time courtesy of four Biggar penalties while Duncan Weir kicked Worcester off the mark.
Saints then extended their lead in fine fashion as Cobus Reinach intercepted possession and ran almost the length of the pitch to touch down with ease.
Luther Burrell wrapped up the victory for Northampton as he scored in similar fashion with a long run to score.
Saints, who came into the game having won four of their previous five meetings with Worcester, move up four places to sixth following the result.
Meanwhile, Worcester slip a place to tenth following the defeat as Saints' win meant they leapfrogged them in the Premiership table.
Prior to the defeat, Warriors chairman Bill Bolsover stepped down after the owners of Morecambe FC joined the board on Friday.
Northampton made 10 changes to the side following their snowed-off meeting with Romanian side Timosoara Saracens and there were drizzly conditions at Sixways as pouring rain fell late on to add to Worcester's misery.
Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons on decision to leave out England's Ben Te'o:
"Ben is fine, we just need to bleed him back in. It's not his fault, but through injuries he's played only 29 minutes for us all season.
"He's played more for England than he has for us, but he will definitely play against Saracens next week.
"The result was not what we were looking for and we started poorly.
"We are disappointed not to put in a good performance, but the Premiership is a marathon not a sprint and there is still a long way to go."
Northampton boss Chris Boyd:
"It's a nice Christmas present for us. All the points are crucial and we are happy to get a comfortable win in the end.
"I thought Dan was good and we put a lot of pressure on our senior players for this game. They stepped up and it was good to see Dylan Hartley get a good blowout too.
"In previous games we have been guilty of trying to build the scoreboard in fives and sevens, but tonight we did it in threes.
"Every point in the Premiership is crucial, not only for relegation but also for the top four."
Worcester: Pennell; Heem, Venter, Mills, Adams; Weir, Hougaard; Black, Singleton, Schonert, Bresler, Fatialofa, Mama, Lewis, Van Velze (capt).
Replacements: Taufete'e, Waller, Milasinovich, Phillips, Hill, Arr, Lawrence, Van Breda.
Northampton: Tuala; Collins, Burrell, Francis, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Reinach; Waller (co-capt), Hartley (co-capt), Hill, Ribbans, Lawes, Wood, Ludlam, Harrison.
Replacements: Fish, Van Wyk, Franks, Ratuniyarawa, Gibson, Brussow, Mitchell, Dingwall.
Referee: Wayne Barnes.
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