England new boy Tommy Freeman caps fine week with two tries as Northampton demolish struggling Worcester

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England new boy Tommy Freeman caps fine week with two tries as Northampton demolish struggling Worcester - GETTY IMAGES
England new boy Tommy Freeman caps fine week with two tries as Northampton demolish struggling Worcester - GETTY IMAGES

Northampton Saints 66 Worcester Warriors 10

Tommy Freeman capped a memorable week with two tries as Northampton trounced woeful Worcester and leapt into second place in the Premiership table.

The 20-year-old Oxford lad, who revealed that bulking up by eating lots of potatoes helped him receive an unexpected England call-up, demonstrated just why Eddie Jones has become a big admirer.

Freeman will be able to travel to Jersey on Monday for the training camp in preparation for the forthcoming Test campaign with a real spring in his step on the back of this display and his team's fourth win from five opening games.

The full-back and South African wing Courtnall Skosan, who completed a memorable hat-trick in Northampton's 10-try demolition, also received praise from director of rugby Chris Boyd.

Boyd said: "Tommy has had a very good week and this has made it even better. He's a lad who deserves these rewards because he works very hard in training and he has so much talent. He was excellent again here and took his tries well.

"Courtnall was at the Lions in South Africa when I was there and he was always consistently good. He is a very good rugby player and he will thrive in England.

"We have been pretty good in our games for the majority of the time but also there has been a little bit of rubbish. There is still a little bit of rubbish to get rid of but tonight we were very clinical."

Courtnall Skosan scored three tries in a superb individual display - GETTY IMAGES
Courtnall Skosan scored three tries in a superb individual display - GETTY IMAGES

It was a one-sided contest from start to finish with Saints amassing a bonus point and five tries before half an hour had been played. They routed a visiting outfit who have has now conceded 156 points in their last three games.

It started badly and gradually got worse for Worcester who had South African wing Duhan van der Merwe shown a yellow card for a dangerous clear out of a ruck, lifting hooker Josh Matavesi above the horizontal and dropping the Northampton man onto his back.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, who finished the game limping with a slight injury, made them suffer again as his quick tap and go penalty caught Worcester napping and he darted over the line virtually unchallenged for the opening try.

The lead was short-lived as scrum-half Will Chudley charged down an attempted clearance and ran through to ground the ball.

Saints, however, then took command as No 8 Teimana Harrison surged forward from the back of a scrum, and the ball was fed along the line for scrum-half Alex Mitchell to dot down.

Young fly-half Fin Smith kicked a Worcester penalty but Saints only had eyes for more tries, and when lock Api Ratuniyarawa rampaged on to a short pass out wide there was little Worcester could do to deny the Fijian powerhouse who bull-dozed his way across.

South African wing Skosan celebrated the bonus-point try as Freeman shrewdly kicked the ball ahead rather than try to gather it and Cape Town-born Skosan caught it and race over. Moments late Rory Hutchinson intercepted Worcester prop Rory Sutherland’s pass and raced 75 yards for another try.

Courtney Lawes gave Eddie Jones a scare when he twisted his left knee in a heavy tackle and needed treatment and strapping on his left before being able to carry on.

The sight of the 32-year-old 87-cap forward shrugging off the blow and going on to produce another influential and physical performance for his club will have pleased the England head coach.

Skosan's second, and Saints' sixth try, was the best of the evening. The ball was moved swiftly along the line to the left wing, and Skosan acrobatically managed to ground the ball a split second before being tackled into touch.

Freeman then celebrated his England call-up with a fine try, supporting Fraser Dingwall as the centre burst through and off-loaded well to his team-mate to finish. Worcester were melting and Skosun raced over in the left corner for his third try and Saints have clearly unearthed a real diamond.

The hosts had not finished their destruction and were thirsty for more tries and Mitchell raced over for his second, and finally Freeman completed the rout in the final minute - the full-back reaching across the line to put the seal on a fine personal display.

Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas said: "We have gifted them five or six tries tonight. It is a group which is not fractured off the field as they work and train hard, but they are struggling on it. It isn't as if they are no trying. But under pressure it is about 15 players playing as one."

Match details

Scoring sequence (Northampton first): 5-0 (Biggar try), 5-5 (Chudly try), 5-7 (Smith con), 10-7 (Mitchell try), 12-7 (Biggar con), 12-10 (Smith con), 17-10 (Ratuniyarawa try), 19-10 (Biggar con), 24-10 (Skosan try), 26-10 (Biggar con), 31-10 (Hutchinson try) 33-10 (Biggar con), 38-10 (Skosan try), 40-10 (Biggar con), 45-10 (Freeman try), 50-10 (Skosan try), 52-10 (Francis con), 57-10 (Mitchell try), 59-10 (Biggar con). 64-10 (Freeman try) 66-10 (Biggar con)

Northampton: T Freeman; O Sleightholme, F Dingwall, R Hutchinson, C Skosan; D Biggar, A Mitchell (rep: P Francis, 41, Mitchell 62, F Lomani 56), ; A Waller (rep: M Iyogun 55), J Matavesi (rep: M Haywood 55), P Hill (rep: E Painter 55); D Ribbans (rep: A Coles 57), A Ratuniyarawa, C Lawes (rep: T Wood 53), L Ludlam (c) (rep J Augustus 56), T Harrison.

Worcester: J Shillcock, H Doel; O Morris, F Venter (rep: W Butler 78), D van der Merwe; F Smith (rep: N Heward 65) W Chudley (rep: G Simpson 53); R Sutherland (rep: E Waller 71), N Annett, C Judge (rep: J Owlett 65); A Kitchener, G Kitchener (rep: J Batley 52); K Hatherell, S Lewis (rep: S Vailanu 56), M Kvesic. Replacement not used: S Baldwin,

Referee: Ian Tempest

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