Nutley dashes Exiles hopes
Replacement Ben Nutley shattered London Irish in the last seconds to give Northampton a 30-23 victory - their 10th Aviva Premiership triumph of the season at Reading's Madejski Stadium.
The bonus point win put Northampton into third ahead of midlands rivals Leicester but the thumping match could have gone either way as the second half ticked down. Irish got tries from full-back Delon Armitage, wing Sailosi Tagicakibau and flanker Declan Danaher, with Adrian Jarvis booting eight points.
Saints went over the line via wing Noah Cato, number eight Roger Watson, full-back Paul Diggin and Nutley's winner, with outstanding Stephen Myler adding 10 points with the boot.