Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Elliott stars for Saints

Jamie Elliott's superb hat-trick helped Northampton to a comfortable win
Jamie Elliott's superb hat-trick helped Northampton to a comfortable win

Jamie Elliott ran in a hat-trick as Northampton moved into the Aviva Premiership play-off places with a six-try 40-14 demolition of London Irish at Franklin's Gardens.

The Irish backline was a constant threat in the first period, but the power of the Northampton pack took over after the break as the home side scored three tries in 15 minutes either side of half-time to settle the contest.

Elliott's hat-trick makes it five tries in two games for the winger, while Samu Manoa, Soane Tonga'uiha and Gerrit-Jan van Velze also crossed for Northampton.

Guy Armitage scored a consolation try for the Exiles, but they will have rued some missed opportunities before the home pack built up a head of steam.

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