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JJ Hanrahan plays his part as Northampton see off Scarlets

In Saturday’s late game, the former Munster back was central to the Saints’ narrow win.

Hanrahan kicked a penalty and conversion.
Hanrahan kicked a penalty and conversion.
Image: Paul Harding

JJ HANRAHAN MARKED his first start for Northampton Saints with two crucial kicks as the Premiership side opened their European campaign with a nervy victory over Scarlets.

The former Munster back made the switch from Thomond Park in the summer and slotted over a penalty and conversion in the Saints’ 15-11 win at Franklin’s Gardens.

George Pisi and Alex Waller crossed the line for the hosts but Scarlets were left to rue a succession of mission chances.

Gareth Davies’ try shortly after the interval gave the visitors a one-point lead but they missed four kicks at goal to slip to a narrow Pool 3 defeat.

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