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Saints pick up bonus win
Roberts crosses late on to seal victory over basement side Wasps
England full-back Ben Foden scored two tries to help Northampton to a 32-15 bonus-point win over Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
The win took Saints to six from their last eight games in the Aviva Premiership to keep pressure on the top four in the standings.
Wasps meanwhile have now only won one of their last 11, and stay firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
It was the visitors who started the better though, creating a few chances in the early stages, but failed to take full advantage of their opportunities.
They did take the lead after 10 minutes though, when fly-half Nick Robinson kicked a penalty.
Both sides had penalty chances soon after, but neither could hit the target.
Northampton had been rather slow out of the blocks, but approaching the end of the first quarter, they went over for the first try of the game as Foden grounded after the hosts had men over.
Ryan Lamb added the conversion and the game was shaping up nicely.
Wasps didn't take long to hit back and Robinson added another penalty midway through the half.
It was Northampton who were looking the most threatening at this stage though, and on the half hour mark they had their second try, centre James Downey piercing through the Wasps defence to dive over the try-line.
Lamb failed to add the extras, but the home side looked to be firmly on top.
The Saints extended their lead five minutes before the break when Lamb kicked a penalty, and when Foden dived over for his second and Northampton's third try of the game, the signs were looking ominous for Wasps. Lamb converted to leave it 22-9 at half-time.
Wasps started the second half promisingly when Robinson booted his fourth penalty of the game early on.
Both sides then lost a man each to the bin with a quarter of the contest remaining - Saints prop Ben Broster and Wasps hooker Andy Long - but that didn't stop Northampton increasing their lead further from a Lamb penalty.
Robinson reduced Wasps' arrears with a penalty with 15 minutes to play, but they just couldn't get back into the game, Northampton themselves pushing for a fourth try late on.
And it came late on as Martin Roberts secured the bonus point for the Saints, scampering over from a scrum with just five minutes left with replacement fly-half Stephen Myler converting.
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|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
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