A 2,700-mile roundtrip, knee deep snow, half of a day at the airport and not just a sniff of a rollercoaster game.

The Northampton Saints trip to Romania had very little in the way of fun.

But on the plus sidethe European Challenge Cup Pool One fixture with Timisoara Saracens is likely to afford five points and the only energy spent moved snow in a effort.

Saints landed looking for that likely bonus-point victory that could keep them.

The weather forecast had become gloomy from the build-up however 24 hours before matters still looked peachy to move ahead.

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