Northampton’s Calum Clark raises England hope after Harlequins defeat

• ‘I’d like to play a part in Six Nations,’ says Saints flanker
• Quins’ Conor O’Shea insists: ‘I feel we turned a corner’
Match report: Harlequins 25-30 Northampton

Northampton ushered in 2014 by defeating Harlequins and they saw out the year in which they finally won the Premiership in the same way – this time at the home of England, a ground they have become accustomed to visiting.

They were some way short of their assertive best but a combination of knowhow and self-belief allowed the champions to douse the home side’s early fire and finish the first half of the season on top of the table in what has been a breakthrough 12 months for the Saints. They played 24 Premiership matches in the year and lost a mere five having developed the capacity to win tight matches on the road.

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