Northampton 12-16 Bordeaux: Hosts fall to their 11th consecutive defeat after Santiago Cordero scores fortuitous late try in Heineken European Champions Cup opener
- Chris Boyd’s side were 12-9 up with six minutes remaining against Bordeaux
- Matthieu Jalibert’s penalty hit the post and fell for Santiago Cordero to get a try
- Northampton are on a bad run and have not won at home since back in January
Northampton were condemned to an 11th consecutive defeat on Friday night in agonising fashion, by former Exeter wing Santiago Cordero’s dramatic, fortuitous late try at Franklin’s Gardens.
Chris Boyd’s struggling side were leading 12-9 with six minutes remaining of this Heineken European Champions Cup tie when Bordeaux turned the tables.
Matthieu Jalibert’s penalty kick struck a post but the ball bounced up awkwardly and Cordero pounced to touch down, with Jalibert adding the conversion.
Bordeaux celebrate a huge victory after Santiago Cordero’s fortuitous try at Northampton
Cordero scored a try after Matthieu Jalibert’s penalty kick hit the post and bounced awkwardly
Chris Boyd’s side were just six minutes away from ending their poor run of recent form
This setback adds to mounting problems for Northampton, who are bottom of the Premiership and haven’t won at home since January.
The Saints seized the initiative but only had two early Biggar penalties to show for some fluent attacks. They began to lose momentum as their lineout was repeatedly plundered by Bordeaux’s athletic France flanker Cameron Woki.
The visitors rallied strongly, with fly-half Ben Botica landing three shots at goal to another one by Biggar, to leave the match poised; 9-9 at half-time.
Biggar’s next penalty nudged Northampton in front again soon after the break and Bordeaux’s hopes were checked by two yellow cards, for Woki and Maxime Lucu, before Cordero snatched it for the visitors.