Ma’afu and Dickson make first appearances as Wanderers win at Leicester

MAKING HIS MARK - Salesi Ma'afu helped the Wanderers win at Leicester (picture by Linda Dawson)
MAKING HIS MARK - Salesi Ma'afu helped the Wanderers win at Leicester (picture by Linda Dawson)
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Salesi Ma’afu and Glenn Dickson made their first appearances in Saints colours as they helped the Wanderers beat Leicester 23-15 at Welford Road on Monday night.

Australian prop Ma’afu, who moved to Northampton from Western Force this summer, played 65 minutes before being withdrawn.

Kiwi utility back Dickson, a recruit from Otago, came off the bench on 49 minutes and added the extras to a late penalty try.

Captain Ben Nutley’s first-half score put the Wanderers in control, with Sam Olver’s accurate boot helping the away team grab a 13-7 half-time lead.

And further points from Olver in the second half, plus the late penalty try and Dickson’s conversion ensured it was a winning start to the Wanderers’ A League campaign.

Wanderers: Artemyev (Betts 71); Collins, Diggin (Skelcey 65), Stephenson, Packman; Olver (G Dickson 49), Glynn (A Day 49); E Waller (Warren 65), McMillan (Marshall 78), Ma’afu (Parkins 65), Craig, Verbakel (Woolford 78), Harry, Nutley (c), van Velze.

Tigers: Humphreys; Catchpole, Hepetema, Dunn, Purdy; Harrison, Tresidder; Bristow, Chuter (c), Schuster, Price, de Chaves, Wells, Gibson, Noone.

Replacements: Farnworth, Brugnara, Pasquali, Cain, Prince, Osbourne, Williams, Guillaume.