Northampton thrash Scarlets to remain in contention for Anglo-Welsh Cup semis
Stand-in skipper Ben Foden scored two tries as Northampton did all they could to stay in contention for the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a thumping 50-10 win over the Scarlets.
The hosts scored eight times in total against a young line-up from west Wales who, with several Principality Premiership players in their midst, found the step-up too much to handle.
Northampton now have to wait until Sunday, where they will be relying on a favour from Leicester, who would send their east midlands rivals into the last four with victory at Saracens.
Billy McBryde claimed the game's first points for the Scarlets with an early penalty, but that was a false dawn as Northampton managed to strike from their first spell of pressure.
After the forwards' initial surge had been repelled, man of the match Harry Mallinder moved the ball left to Ahsee Tuala, who in turn looped it on to Foden and he managed to squeeze over in the corner.
Stephen Myler could not convert the former England man's 50th score for Saints, but the visitors hit back through a superbly-taken try by Tom Williams, which McBryde converted, to lead 10-5.
In what was turning into an open contest, Saints went ahead again when Jamie Gibson finished well down the right before Dafydd Hughes could not hold on to Dion Jones' offload at the other end.
Foden then opened some daylight between the two sides when he grabbed his second try by rising above Morgan Griffiths to claim Myler's perfectly-weighted cross-field kick.
Northampton then secured the bonus point with the final play of the first half, when lock Michael Paterson grounded the ball off the back of a driving maul following a line-out.
It took just four minutes of the second half to score again, as Nic Groom collected from Sam Dickinson off the back of a scrum before sending Mallinder under the posts.
It was turning into a rout and try number six for Saints soon followed as Ken Pisi got on the end of Mallinder's pass to score off a big overlap down the left.
James Fish then claimed his first senior try, as the 20-year-old hooker benefitted from another driving maul against the outgunned Scarlets pack.
Fish missed out on a second when he knocked on down the right wing after Alex Waller delayed his pass with two players outside him.
But there was one last score left in Northampton and it was deju vu for Fish, as he claimed another pushover try, with Myler's fifth conversion of the night bringing up the half-century.