Saints march into Euro final
1 May 2011
Northampton Saints downed Perpignan 23-7 in the second European Cup semi-final in Milton Keynes on Sunday.
Former Springbok tighthead prop Brian Mujati played a part in Northampton’s dominant forwards display. This set the platform for flyhalf Stephen Myler to kick 13 points with the boot while outside centre Jon Clarke and fullback Ben Foden sealed the victory with a try apiece.
It was all Saints in the first half as Foden and Clarke dotted down inside 30 minutes. Despite being reduced to 14 men when wing Julien Candelon was yellow-carded, Perpignan struck back through hooker Guilhem Guirado shortly before the break. The hosts led 20-7 at half-time.
Northampton only managed to add one Myler penalty in the second stanza but that was enought for the win. The English club will now face Leinster in the final on 21 May after the latter beat Toulouse 32-23 in the first play-off on Saturday.