Planet Rugby

Bonus point for Saints

24th March 2012 19:35

Share:

SKY_MOBILE martin roberts

Fourth try for Saints: Martin Roberts

Ben Foden scored two tries to help Northampton to a 32-15 bonus-point win over Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

Northampton made it six wins in their last eight games in the Aviva Premiership to keep pressure on the top four in the standings.

Wasps meanwhile have now only won one of their last eleven, and stay firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

It was the visitors who started the better here, creating a few chances in the early stages, but failed to take full advantage of their opportunities.

They did take the lead after ten minutes though, when fly-half Nick Robinson kicked a penalty.

Both sides had penalty chances soon after, but neither could hit the target.

Northampton had been rather slow out of the blocks, but approaching the end of the first quarter, they went over for the first try of the game as Ben Foden grounded after the hosts had men over.

Ryan Lamb added the conversion and the game was shaping up nicely.

Wasps didn't take long to hit back and Robinson added another penalty midway through the half.

It was Northampton who were looking the most threatening at this stage though, and on the half hour mark they had their second try. Centre James Downey pierced through the Wasps defence to dive over the try-line.

Lamb failed to add the extras, but the home side looked to be firmly on top.

The Saints extended their lead five minutes before the break when Lamb kicked a penalty, and when Foden dived over for his second, and Northampton's third try of the game, the signs were looking ominous for Wasps. Lamb converted to leave it 22-9 at half-time.

Wasps started the second half promisingly when Robinson scored his fourth penalty of the game early on.

Both sides then lost a man each to the bin with a quarter of the contest remaining, but that didn't stop Northampton increasing their lead further from a Lamb penalty.

Robinson reduced Wasps' arrears with a penalty with fifteen to play, but they just couldn't get back into the game, Northampton themselves pushing for a fourth try late on.

That try came late on as Martin Roberts secured the bonus point for the Saints.

The scorers:

For Northampton:
Tries: Foden 2, Downey, Roberts
Cons: Lamb 2, Myler
Pens: Lamb 2

For Wasps:
Pens: Robinson 5

Yellow cards: Long (Saints - 50th min); Broster (Wasps - 50th min); Robinson (Wasps - 76th min)

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 George Pisi, 12 James Downey, 11 Paul Diggin, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Lee Dickson (capt), 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Phil Dowson, 5 Christian Day, 4 James Craig, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Andy Long, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Ross McMillan, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Stephen Myler, 23 Tom May.

Wasps: 15 Hugo Southwell (capt), 14 Jack Wallace, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Dom Waldouck, 11 Richard Haughton, 10 Nick Robinson, 9 Nic Berry, 8 Sam Jones, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Joe Launchbury, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 James Cannon, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Vladislav Korshunov, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Simon McIntyre, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 John Hart, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Ryan Davis, 23 Paul Emerick.

Venue: Franklin's Gardens
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Montpellier18:00
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:00
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821