Northampton snatch late victory over Wasps

Northampton Saints snatched a late 15-17 Aviva Premiership victory over London Wasps at Adams Park on Saturday.

Northampton flyhalf Stephen Myler kicked a penalty on full time to help steer the Saints to the win.

Saints were given a wake-up call after last week’s heroics against Leinster
in Dublin, as they had to battle for victory at a blustery Adams Park.

Wasps thought they had won the game with three minutes to go, as Joe Carlisle’s
late penalty looked to have sealed a home win, only for Saints to secure a three
pointer with the last play of the game.

After Elliot Daly had given Wasps early points, the Saints thought they had
the lead when Luther Burrell picked up a bouncing ball to cross over, only for
TMO David Sainsbury to rule out the score as Daly was pulled back by Christian
Day.

Day made amends just a few minutes later, finding himself with the ball in
hand as a Saints rolling maul crashed over the line. Jim Mallinder’s men used
the tactic to devastating effect in their game against their hosts last season,
and were yet again dominating the home side physically.

Stephen Myler then secured his first points of the day for Saints, with Andy
Goode then taking over from Daly to score two penalties in a row, giving Wasps
a one point lead.

George North, moving into the centre alongside Burrell, was not quite as effective
as the Saints would have hoped in the first half.

Despite Northampton’s frustrations after a scrappy opening 40 minutes, they
did head in with a narrow one point lead, knowing that the wind would be behind
them after the restart.

Saints were laboured, but still held a lead going towards the hour mark, which
was extended by Myler to create a five point gap.

Wasps kept pace, with replacement Joe Carlisle putting the visitors’ just two
points behind.

Tom Wood’s sin-bin with ten minutes on the clock gave Wasps a chance to win
the game with an extra man. They thought they had when Carlisle slotted through
the posts giving Dai Young’s men a 15-14 lead.

Straight from kick off though, Wasps’ scrum was penalised, with Myler smashing
over a tricky penalty to give Saints a last gasp victory.

Final Score London Wasps (9) 15 Northampton (11) 17

Scorers

London Wasps
Pens: Daly, Goode 2, Carlisle 2

Northampton
Try: Day
Pens: Myler 4

Match Officials
Referee:
Matthew Carley (6th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Ashley Rowden and Peter Huckle
TMO: David Sainsbury.

Teams

London Wasps

15. Elliot Daly , 14. Will Helu , 13. Chris Bell (c) , 12. Charlie Hayter , 11. Tom Varndell , 10. Andy Goode , 9. Charlie Davies , 1. Matt Mullan , 2. Carlo Festuccia , 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley , 4. Tom Palmer , 5. Joe Launchbury , 6. Ashley Johnson , 7. James Haskell , 8. Sam Jones

Replacements : 16. Tom Lindsay , 17. Taione Vea , 18. Phil Swainston , 19. James Cannon , 20. Guy Thompson , 21. Joe Simpson , 22. Joe Carlisle , 23. Andrew Suniula

Northampton Saints

15 Ken Pisi, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 George North, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Sam Dickinson, 7 Tom Wood (c), 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Mike Haywood, 1 Alex Waller

Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Phil Dowson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Glenn Dickson, 2

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