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Northampton Saints title win ‘so special’ says ex-England wing Jon Sleightholme

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Former England winger Jon Sleightholme has hailed Northampton’s Premiership title win as “so special”.

Saints beat Bath 25-21 at Twickenham to win the title for only the second time – and first for 10 years.

Sleightholme, who played for both clubs during his own career, was in the crowd to see son Ollie score one of Northampton’s three tries.

“Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve in sport, sometimes fairytales don’t happen – but they’ve earned it and they do deserve it,” the 51-year-old told BBC Radio Northampton.

“You can come out with all the cliches in the world, but nothing can put words to the weekend, it’s just been so special.

“He was right in front of us when he scored. We lost it a bit, it all went a bit nuts. I was a bit nervous about a TMO on the grounding, I thought ‘oh crikey, don’t (rule it out), please’.”

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