Saints edge thriller at Adams Park
Published 23/03/2013 | 18:41
Northampton's forward dominance eventually told as Christian Day's last-gasp try saw them enhance their Aviva Premiership play-off aspirations and end Wasps' unbeaten home record with a 26-24 victory at a snowy Adams Park.
Saints bossed the close exchanges and a penalty try plus further scores from Lee Dickson and Dylan Hartley - as well as four points from Stephen Myler's boot - gave them a 19-16 half-time lead.
Wasps had twice been reduced to 14 men as Rhys Thomas and Tom Palmer went to the bin in the first half, but Tom Varndell's try, two penalties and a conversion from Stephen Jones, and a three-pointer from Elliot Daly kept them in it before the latter's wonderful finish down the left, after another Jones penalty, briefly put them on course for a remarkable victory - until Day struck late on.
Ashley Johnson became the third Wasps player to receive a yellow card, and another punishing series of Saints drives ended with Day getting the crucial fourth try at the death, with Myler's conversion sealing the win.