Premiership: Wasps 32-30 Northampton Saints

Christian Wade is the Premiership’s leading try scorer
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Wasps (13) 32
Tries: Daly, Wade, Simpson, Doran Jones Cons: Gopperth 3 Pens: Gopperth 2
Northampton (18) 30
Tries: Foden, Waller, North, Tuala, Harrison Cons: Myler Pens: Myler

Matt Mullan’s last-minute try and Jimmy Gopperth’s conversion earned the Premiership leaders victory over Northampton.

Tries by Ben Foden, Alex Waller and George North put the visitors ahead.

Elliot Daly crossed to keep Wasps in touching distance at half-time before Christian Wade and Joe Simpson went over to give the hosts the lead.

Ahsee Tuala and Teimana crossed for Saints, but Mullan drove over, allowing Gopperth to add the extras.

Willie le Roux looked to have scored a winning try for Wasps, but the score was rightly ruled out for Joe Launchbury’s block on Luther Burrell as he attempted to stop Kurtley Beale from making the final pass.

While the decision was the right one, Wasps were frustrated by a delay in referring the try to the Television Match Official, protests from Saints players having appeared to prompt the review.

Saints defended strongly against waves of pressure late on, but after a let-off a minute before for the same offence, Jamie Gibson was sent to the sin-bin for pulling down the maul and Wasps took full advantage.

The result might have been different had fly-half Stephen Myler not missed four difficult conversion attempts as well as a penalty for the visitors, Gopperth’s three successful conversions and two penalties proving decisive.

There was confusion over the final try, as former Saints player Paul Doran Jones and Mullan both claimed the score, before Gopperth kicked the simple winning conversion from in front of the sticks.

Wasps, already assured of a place in the play-offs, remain unbeaten at home this season, with victory restoring their lead over second-placed Exeter to five points.

Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, Daly, Beale, Bassett; Gopperth, Simpson; Mullan, Taylor, Swainston, Launchbury (capt), Myall, Johnson, Young, Thompson.

Replacements: Cruse, Bristow, Doran Jones, Symons, Hughes, Robson, Cipriani, Leiua.

Northampton: Tuala; North, Tuitavake, Mallinder, Foden; Myler, Groom; A Waller, Hartley, Brookes, Lawes, Ribbans, Gibson, Wood (capt), Picamoles.

Replacements: Haywood, E Waller, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Harrison, Dickson, Burrell, Pisi.

Sin Bin: Gibson (80).

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU).

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