Northampton Saints snatch late Wasps victory

Stephen Myler kicked a conversion in extra time to earn Northampton Saints a 24-26 bonus point victory over London Wasps.

Wasps were looking to end a run of two consecutive defeats, while Northampton
were keen to continue their charge up the table following a run of three wins.

The Saints made the perfect start to the game and found themselves seven points
up after being awarded a penalty try as Wasps’ T Rhys Thomas was sent to the
sin-bin.

The visitors continued to dominate the forward battle, but their indiscipline
afforded Elliot Daly the opportunity to cut the deficit to four points.

More dominant forward play from Northampton opened the door for Lee Dickson
to cross and increase the cushion, though Stephen Myler was wide with the conversion.

The concession appeared to spring Wasps into life and they found a response
when Christian Wade and Billy Vunipola combined to send Tom Varndell over for
a try which Stephen Jones converted.

Jones’ penalty then edged Wasps a point in front, but they continued to struggle
to cope with the Saints’ forwards, to the extent that they lost their lead when
Dylan Hartley barged over for a converted try just nine minutes later.

There was still time for Jones to strike a penalty goal on the stroke of half-time,
but it was the Saints who held a 16-19 lead.

The beginning of the second half was less incident-packed and it wasn’t until
the hour that more points were added, when Jones’ penalty goal was quickly followed
by Wasps’ second try, scored by Daly after a passage of mesmerising play down
the left flank.

But, crucially, the conversion was missed, and when Christian Day crashed over
in the final minute for Myler to convert to make it 24-26, Wasps’ hopes were
shattered.

Final Score London Wasps (16) 24 Northampton (19) 26

Scorers

London Wasps
Tries: Varndell, Daly
Cons: Jones
Pens: Daly, Jones 3

Northampton
Tries: Penalty, Dickson, Hartley
Cons: Myler 2

Match Officials
Referee
: David rose (109th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick & Kevin Stewart.
TMO: Graham Hughes.

Teams

London Wasps

15 . Hugo Southwell, 14 . Tom Varndell, 13 . Elliot Daly, 12 . Chris Bell, 11 . Christian Wade, 10 . Stephen Jones, 9 .Joe Simpson, 1 . Tim Payne, 2 . T Rhys Thomas, 3 . Phil Swainston, 4 . Tom Palmer, 5 . Marco Wentzel, 6 . Ashley Johnson, 7 . Sam Jones, 8 . Billy Vunipola

Replacements :16 . Tom Lindsey, 17 . Zak Taulafo, 18 . Will Taylor, 19 . James Haskell, 20 . Joe Launchbury, 21 . Stuart Cummins, 22 . Nick Robinson, 23 . Andrea Masi

Northampton Saints

15 Ben Foden, 14 James Wilson, 13 George Pisi, 12 Dom Waldouck, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 GJ van Velze, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Samu Manoa, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Tom Mercey, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Soane Tonga’uiha.

Replacements: 16 Ross McMillan, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Brian Mujati, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Tom May.

 

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