Alex Mitchell shows England what they have given up with two-try masterclass

Northampton 66-10 Worcester: Ten-try Northampton move second against outclassed Worcester

Mitchell was man-of-the-match in the week he was dropped by England

Alex Mitchell delivered a masterclass on his 50th Premiership outing to show England what they have given up.

The Northampton scrum-half had looked to be heir apparent to Ben Youngs’ No.9 shirt before being dropped from the squad this week.

Eddie Jones’ decision to relegate him behind Raffi Quirke and Harry Randall provoked a man-of-the-match display from the 24-year old as Saints crushed hapless Worcester at Franklin’s Gardens.

Mitchell scored two tries and had a hand in countless more as Northampton moved into second place behind leaders Leicester, who they play next.

“Very happy with that,” said Mitchell. “At home we’re unbeaten this year and we wanted to keep that going.

“We know as a team that when we put our shape on the opposition we’re really good. The first 30 minutes showed that.”

Courtnall Skosan scores one of his three tries in a memorable debut


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Dan Biggar scored Saints’ opening try in a 19-point haul


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There was a hat-trick for South Africa wing Courtnall Skosan on his debut as Worcester shipped more than 40 points for a third successive game.

Dan Biggar, ineligible for Wales against New Zealand a week today as the match is outside the autumn Test window, struggled with back pain.

But he still scored the first try and had driven Saints to the fastest bonus point of the season inside half an hour.

England squad fullback Tommy Freeman bagged a brace of tries


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Api Ratuniyarawa, Rory Hutchinson and two from new England squad fullback Tommy Freeman completed the 10-try rout.

NORTHAMPTON – Tries: Biggar, Mitchell 2, Ratuniyarawa, Skosan 3, Hutchinson, Freeman 2. Cons: Biggar 7, Francis.

WORCESTER – Try: Chudley. Con: Smith. Pen: Smith.

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