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News: Woeful Wasps Wasted

By Howlin'
May 12 2014

Iím sure I saw a six-foot Fox in the South stand yesterday. Maybe I was delirious after a rather long walk to the gardens or maybe just bemused by a stunning display of running rugby as Saints scored 74 unanswered points after giving their opponents a thirteen nil lead inside the first 15 mins.

Aviva Premiership round 22

Northampton Saints v London Wasps

Saturday 10th May 2014, Franklin's Gardens

KO 3:15


Saints 74 Wasps 13


But I also think I heard Dai Young enquiring about the Fox’s hat at the end of a match when he admitted “We are all pretty embarrassed by that performance.”

A usually sanguine Jim replied “This win gives us confidence, but we won't read too much into it.”

And as usual his economic use of words summed up the situation accurately. We all know it was a weakened Wasps team with nothing but pride to play for. However it was a chance for Saints to show the strength and depth of their squad, allow some hard earned rest to some and sharpen the competition for places ahead of the massive matches to come. The Saints were free to play and play they did. The highest ever premiership score and a first league try this season for Myler were two of the records set as the team and the supporters partied on at the last home match of the regular season.

This squad all showed that they can play to the highest standard. We welcomed back a British Lion and a loanee blended in superbly. If you were Cockers would you know what 23 players you will be facing next Friday ? The Saints have sent out a message. We are back and we are dangerous.

The game didn’t start as planned as both Davies and Varndell were allowed to run in from charged down kicks with a Carlisle penalty sandwiched in-between them. Wasps were 13 nil up but to be honest didn’t look particularly dangerous in possession. If Saints could cut out the mistakes a win was still there for the taking and most of the 13500 (just under) crowd could sense this. Apart from the usual mutterings from the miserable few the support was still evident and this positive energy helped the Saints turn it around with tries from North, the ever-reliable Dowson and player of the season Myler. Then when Pearce finally had enough of the Wasps flopping and diving at the breakdown, the reduction to 14 men allowed Luther to score the fourth just before half time, securing the home semi final.

The second half was then party time as the tries rained in. Eleven in total for the match . Tom Stephenson’s was a tad lucky perhaps, but no more than the lad deserved, his break and pass for Ken Pisi’s late try was sublime.

So 74-13 and the party continued. The band played, the SSC award was made and the raffle drawn. What a day. Many thanks must go to the organisers of the BHF walk, special mention to Kay from cube for her enormous contribution, well done the SSC on the banner, the band and the award and for providing coaches to every away match , the next being the Amlin final in Cardiff. And of course thank you to the squad , back up staff and management at the Saints for all the hard work they do to give us days like yesterday.

So it’s the end of the season for many clubs and supporters. But despite all the awards and celebrations this is still not the end of the season for Saints. There are two and hopefully three massive matches to come. “the business end of the season” as so many pundits love to call it. Two trophies are still within our grasp. There will be no whinging and wailing from me , no calling for heads or major changes if we end up empty handed. Days like yesterday are to be treasured and the fact that we still have so much to play for cements Northampton as a top club. BUT performances like yesterday show that the quality exists at this club to not only win on Friday but go all the way at Twickers. Let’s unleash it when it matters and finally bring the big one back to Franklins Gardens.


As it happened

4mins WASPS Try Davies 0-5

13mins WASPS Pen Carlisle 0-8

15mins WASPS Try Varndell 0-13

21mins SAINTS Try North Con Myler 7-13

26mins SAINTS Try Dowson 12-13

28mins SAINTS Try and Con Myler 19-13

34mins SAINTS Pen Myler 22-13

35mins WASPS Yellow Hughes

39mins SAINTS Try Burrell 27-13



43mins SAINTS Try Dickson Con Myler 34-13

54mins SAINTS Try Foden Con Wilson 41-13

61mins SAINTS Try Dickson Con Wilson 48-13

63mins SAINTS Try North 53-13

69mins SAINTS Try K Pisi Con Wilson 60-13

74mins WASPS Yellow C Bell

75mins SAINTS Try Stephenson Con Wilson 67-13

80mins SAINTS Try Dowson Con Wilson 74-13




SAINTS: Foden; K Pisi, Wilson, Burrell, North; Myler, Dickson; A Waller, Haywood, Ma’afu, Craig, Day, Clark, Dowson (capt), Dickinson


Subs: Britton, Corbisiero, Mercey, Manoa, Wood, Fotuali’i, G Pisi, Stephenson


WASPS: T Bell; Short, C Bell (capt), Hayter, Varndell; Carlisle, Davies; McIntyre, Lindsay, Vea, Cannon, Palmer, Jackson, Thompson, Hughes


Subs: Festuccia, Reeves, Swainston, Launchbury, Johnson, Sheehan, Goode, Daly


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13/05/2014 00:14
Great report - Thanks Malcolm - one that will live long in the memory!!

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StBleach (IP Logged)
13/05/2014 05:36
Great job Malcom on your report and your continued ability to trek 18 miles along that canal. I remember a few years ago you saying that it would be your last " long walk "..

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Flinstone Saint (IP Logged)
13/05/2014 13:24
Many thanks for that Howlin. It was indeed a wonderful day all round.


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