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- Aviva Premiership
- 24th Nov 2012
- KO 13:00
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 11,695
Aviva Premiership: Ryan Lamb kicks Northampton to victory over London Welsh
Northampton returned to winning ways in the Premiership with a 23-16 win over London Welsh in the the rain and mud at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
Saints went into the game off the back of three consecutive league defeats, but Ryan Lamb was in sparkling form kicking an impressive 13 points to help them to victory and back into the play-off positions.
It was a welcome four points for Northampton, who saw backs coach Paul Grayson leave in the week. The hosts other points came from Ken Pisi's touchdown and a penalty try.
Gordon Ross was Welsh's response with three penalties and a conversion after a penalty try of their own to ensure a losing bonus point.
It was Welsh's pack who made the first impression with a penalty try as the visitors' maul trundled 25 metres from a lineout before it was hauled down under the posts. Referee David Rose awarded a penalty and sent Saints number GJ Van Velze to the sin-bin.
Lamb hit back with a calmly taken drop goal, but Ross restored their seven-point lead after a Welsh lineout drive drew a penalty.
The crowd and Saints were soon alive in dreadful conditions as the home pack hit back with a retaliatory drive that almost galloped into the Exiles 22 before Franck Montanella brought it down and was sin-binned.
The visitors succumbed to the inevitable as they conceded a penalty try and Lamb drew Northampton level.
Welsh were back at 15 players for barely a few minutes when they had a second player binned after Dan Caprice took out Jamie Elliott as the Northampton wing caught a high, hanging kick.
Saints took advantage with Lamb's vision giving them a second try. His crossfield kick bounced perfectly into the arms of George Pisi to score in the corner and Lamb converted to give Saints a 17-10 lead two minutes before half-time.
Lamb added three more points five minutes into what proved to be a dire second half, although Ross soon wiped that out after Saints' lineout lost another throw on the visitors' 10m line.
The hosts ended the game with a huge maul, with the visitors lucky to concede just three points after a 20m lineout drive.
With seven minutes to go Ross landed a 35m penalty to give the visitors a deserved losing bonus point.
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|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester 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||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|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|
|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|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
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