Northampton Saints edge out London Wasps

Northampton edged London Wasps 14-9 at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, keeping the pressure on Leicester at the top of the table.


The Saints hit the front after nine minutes as Bruce Reihana slotted the opening penalty, but Wasps responded through Danny Cipriani, who put the visitors ahead with two penalties of his own.


Shortly before the break Northampton were back in front thanks to Roger Wilson’s five-pointer, leading the sides into the change rooms at 8-6 to the hosts.


The see-saw battle continued after the interval as Dave Walder’s penalty gave Wasps the lead before a drop-goal from Stephen Myler restored the Saints’ advantage.


A late penalty from Myler secured the result for the hosts as they snuck home with a five-point lead.


Final Score Northampton 14 Wasps 9


Scorers


Northampton
Tries – Wilson
Pen – Reihana, Myler
DGs – Reihana


Wasps
Pen – Cipriani 2, Walder


Teams


Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Bruce Reihana, 10 Shane Geraghty, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Neil Best, 6 Mark Easter, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Dylan Hartley (capt), 1 Soane Tonga’uiha.


Replacements: 16 Andy Long, 17 Regardt Dreyer, 18 Euan Murray, 19 James Cannon, 20 Mark Hopley, 21 Alan Dickens, 22 Stephen Myler, 23 Joe Ansbro.


Wasps: 15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Dom Waldouck, 12 Steve Kefu, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 John Hart, 7 Tom Rees (capt), 6 Joe Worsley, 5 George Skivington, 4 Dan Ward-Smith, 3 Zak Taulafo, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.


Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Ben Broster, 18 Bob Baker, 19 Dan Leo, 20 Serge Betsen, 21 Dave Walder, 22 Ben Jacobs, 23 David Lemi.

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