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Aviva Premiership: Northampton Saints ride dominant pack to end Wasps' unbeaten home record
Stephen Myler converted a late try to give Northampton Saints a 26-24 victory over Wasps at Adams Park.
Northampton's rolling maul was responsible for all four of their tries, three in the first half before Christian Day crashed over for the clincher in the final minute.
Day's try brought the scores level at 24-24 and Myler slotted the conversion from in front of the posts to seal Saints' fourth straight win in the Aviva Premiership.
Wasps scored a try in each half through Tom Varndell and Elliot Daly but lost three players to the sin-bin during the contest as referee David Rose took a dim view of their defensive techniques.
The result is the Londoners' first defeat at Adams Park in the league this season and sees them fall seven points outside of the play-off places.
The tone was set when Northampton were awarded a penalty try in the seventh minute. Wasps suffered a double punishment as hooker T.Rhys Thomas was sent to the sin-bin for pulling a catch-and-drive lineout to the floor.
Daly got Wasps on the board with long-range penalty but Northampton were in again in similar fashion in the 16th minute, this time scrum-half Lee Dickson going over in the left corner with Wasps careful not to infringe.
Wasps hit back with a superb try from wing Varndell, who sprinted away from three defenders down the left sideline after No.8 Billy Vunipola had stepped through a tackle and sent a long pass out wide.
Jones quickly followed his conversion with a penalty to edge Wasps 13-12 in front but it did not last long as Saints once again exploited their Achilles heel. Tom Palmer, returning from a three-month injury lay-off, became the second Wasps forward to be shown a yellow card for pulling down a maul and, from the subsequent lineout move, Dylan Hartly forced his way over for Northampton's third try.
Myler added the conversion but Jones responded with his second penalty on the stroke of half-time to take Wasps into the break trailing only 19-16.
Wasps stood firm in defence at the start of the second half and, following the introduction of England internationals Joe Launchbury and James Haskell from the bench, made their move.
Following 12 phases of possession, Jones brought the scores level with his third penalty; swiftly followed by Daly handing off Ben Foden to score Wasps' second try in the left corner on 60 minutes.
Jones missed the conversion before making way for Nicky Robinson with Wasps leading 24-19 and the home side remained resolute in defence until Ashley Johnson was sent to the sin-bin for the final seven minutes, yet again for pulling down a maul.
And the pressure told in the final minute as Day's converted try earned the win and a bonus point for Northampton, who move up to third in the table - although Leicester can go back above them if they prevail in Saturday's late kick-off against Exeter.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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