Northampton Saints 22-38 Wasps, Franklin's Gardens
Wasps secured their third win in the ongoing Aviva Premiership season following a 22-38 triumph over Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
Jimmy Gopperth kicked two early penalties for Wasps to begin the proceedings but Northampton went on to claim a two point lead at the end of the first quarter with Piers Francis kicking a three pointer and Ahsee Tuala going past the line.
The momentum once again swung towards Dai Young's side with Gopperth kicking his third penalty and was soon followed by Christian Wade who crossed over soon after.
Even though Francis kicked a penalty to bring down the gap to five points, Northampton suffered a setback heading into the second half when Ben Foden was sin-binned.
Ashley Johnson capitalised on the advantage of Wasps having an extra man with an early try in the second half as Dai Young's side stretched their lead to 10 points. Even though two more penalties from Francis kept Northampton in the hunt, tries from Josh Bassett and Juan de Jongh ensured Wasps secured the bonus point.
A solo from Harry Malinder just before finish meant Northampton reduced the losing margin to 16 points. The game was also marred by injuries as Wasps' Elliott Daly did not emerge in the second half with a knee injury while Matt Mullan also departed in the 50th minute with a sore arm.
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