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Summary

  1. Wasps' Nathan Hughes sent off for late knee on George North
  2. North scores two tries before being stretchered off
  3. Christian Wade with hat-trick for Wasps
  4. Saints 14 points clear at top of Premiership
  5. VOTE: How far will England progress in the 2015 World Cup?

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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We've gone try-crazy again

Jim Mallinder
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I kicked this live text commentary off by jokingly suggesting that the climax to the Premiership season could live up to last weekend's incredible Six Nations finale. Ten tries, 82 points and a red card later, perhaps the joke's on me?

Nonetheless, we have five more top-flight fixtures to bring you this weekend, which you can listen to live radio commentary of on this very website.

Thanks for joining us and we'll see you very soon.

Recap

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Ahsee Tuala
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Even the second half looked far from straight forward when Christian Wade completed his hat-trick to peg Northampton back to 33-30.

But, as champions do, the Saints pulled away in some style, running in three tries in the final nine minutes to put the game to bed once and for all.

Samoan replacement Ahsee Tuala even helped himself to his first two Premiership tries - the second thanks to a stunning, diving finish under pressure in the corner.

Northampton Saints have now stretched their lead at the top to 14 points. Insurmountable?

Recap

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

George North
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Although Northampton's eventual margin of victory was comfortable enough, the opening period was anything but.

An Alex Lozowski-inspired Wasps had led 20-8 after 34 minutes thanks to a couple of tries from England wing Christian Wade.

But, following North's second try, and subsequent red card for Nathan Hughes for dangerous play, Saints turned the screw and by half-time led 27-20.

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How far will England progress in the 2015 World Cup?

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Vote results

How far will England progress in the 2015 World Cup?

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In our vote earlier, we asked how you think England would fare at the 2015 World Cup.

It seems a lot of you think it will be semi-final heartache for Stuart Lancaster's men, with that option securing 34.9% of the vote.

Anyone fancy a repeat of 2003? Well, 17.9% think England will be lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy towards the end of the year, while 16.2% believe they will fail to get out of their group.

Only about six months left to wait and find out if you were right. The full results are at the top of the page.

George North update

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder told BT Sport: "He's come round. He clearly took a bang straight to the head but he came round and he sat up in the changing room and even managed to have a little sing-song.

"We'll look after him and hopefully he'll be okay for next weekend."

Northampton Saints and Wales fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief. Great news.

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told BT Sport: "They're a quality team, you can't switch off at any occasion. I'm really proud of our players, I thought they gave everything. And I thought the scoreline was a bit harsh and a bit unkind on us too - but that's rugby."

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

On the subject of that red card incident, we've still not heard any more on Northampton wing George North's injury - but do stick with us and we'll bring you any updates we get hold of.

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Northampton Saints lock Tom Wood told BT Sport about Nathan Hughes' red card for dangerous play: "From where I was stood it didn't look malicious but at the end of the day you've got to be in control of your legs. You can't be swinging them around near people's heads."

FT: Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Northampton Saints lock Tom Wood told BT Sport: "It's difficult against 14 men, strange things can happen. They're still dangerous even with 14 - but we think our set-piece, our power up front and the weight of the crowd told in the end."

"It was a bit of a circus of a game."

Full-time

Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Ah, it turns out they are done. Replacement Dominic Waldouck's grubber through drifts out of play and the final whistle goes. What an incredible rugby match.

Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

This is chaos. Saints win a penalty and they head straight down the middle. The clock is red but Northampton are far from done.

Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Into the final minute or so and this is starting to play out more like a sevens match. Northampton have opened right up, looking for an eighth try of the evening.

Who'd have seen that coming at 20-8 down just before half-time?

Try (Tuala, missed con Myler)

Northampton Saints 52-30 Wasps

Northampton are running riot now - and Samoan Ahsee Tuala has produced an amazing finish for his second try in three minutes!

The ball is worked to the left again but the 25-year-old is under real pressure as he heads for the corner. That won't stop him though - just as he looks to be heading for touch, he dives in the air, gets his body off the ground and the ball down before he lands. Brilliant.

The missed conversion from Stephen Myler matters little.

Try (Tuala, con Myler)

Northampton Saints 47-30 Wasps

Well, that really will be that for the home side. Saints win a penalty down in the right-hand corner, which Stephen Myler takes quickly and kicks across field for Ahsee Tuala to latch onto for his first-ever Premiership try.

And, with that conversion, Stephen Myler moves above Paul Grayson in Northampton's all-time leading Premiership points-scorers' list too. Bravo.

Northampton Saints 40-30 Wasps

Surely that will be that for Northampton Saints? They already have the bonus point wrapped up with room to spare, so victory tonight will take them 14 points clear of second-placed Exeter.

Try (K. Pisi, con Myler)

Northampton Saints 40-30 Wasps

And, following collision after collision, Northampton see the space that has opened up out wide and pick out Ken Pisi, who goes over from close range.

Stephen Myler converts and the lead is 10 again.

Northampton Saints 33-30 Wasps

Northampton are on the charge straight from the restart, responding exactly how you'd expect champions to respond. They're one metre short...

Try (Wade, con Lozowski)

Northampton Saints 33-30 Wasps

Christian Wade
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That's a really excellent try. Wasps turn the ball over at the scrum and, through the hands of Alex Lozowski and Elliot Daly, work it over to Christian Wade, who cuts inside to finish for his hat-trick.

Lozowski converts and it's game well and truly on for the 14 men of Wasps.

Northampton Saints 33-23 Wasps

Wasps are on the attack again but Ashley Johnson knocks on at the back of a ruck and then slams the ball down in frustration, to ironic cheers from the Saints crowd. We'll have a scrum.

Missed penalty (Daly)

Northampton Saints 33-23 Wasps

Now it's Wasps' turn for a shot at goal, and Elliot Daly is the man they turn to for these long-rangers. It drifts wide though.

Penalty (Myler)

Northampton Saints 33-23 Wasps

It's another good kick from Stephen Myler and Northampton have put breathing space between themselves and Wasps.

Northampton Saints 30-23 Wasps

And ill-discipline is going to do Dai Young's side no favours whatsoever. Wasps concede a penalty for going in at the side at the breakdown and Stephen Myler will have another shot at goal. Meanwhile, England forward Courtney Lawes makes way for Jon Fisher.

Northampton Saints 30-23 Wasps

Full credit to Wasps, they're still clinging in there. But it's hard work as they go through 10 phases without really ever breaking the line, still just inside their own half.

Now Elliot Daly dinks a little kick through but Northampton recover and counter.

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Penalty (Myler)

Northampton Saints 30-23 Wasps

And Wasps can hold out no longer, giving away a penalty right in front of the posts which Stephen Myler slots with ease. The gap is back to seven points.

Northampton Saints 27-23 Wasps

Northampton are turning the screw now, really knocking on the door. Wasps do clear their lines temporarily, kicking the ball away from behind their own line, but it's wave after Saints wave...

Northampton Saints 27-23 Wasps

After all of that, Saints have the first scrum of this second half and win a penalty from it. Stephen Myler kicks to touch.

Northampton Saints 27-23 Wasps

The opening period of this second half has been rather more sedate than the first 40 minutes. A Wasps player is down injured at the moment, so there's a temporary break in play.

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How far will England progress in the 2015 World Cup?

Tommy Roberts: On home soil, the only teams I'd fear are New Zealand and South Africa. England should beat everyone else. Semis at least.

Our vote closes at 21:15 GMT, so time is running out to have your say!

Penalty (Lozowski)

Northampton Saints 27-23 Wasps

On the pitch, meanwhile, Northampton have given away a penalty inside their own half and Alex Lozowski has reduced the arrears to four points once more.

George North update

Northampton Saints 27-20 Wasps

George North
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Various reports, including on BBC Radio Northampton, are suggesting that Northampton Saints wing George North is awake in the dressing room. We're still waiting on an official line from the club.

If you're joining us late, he was stretchered off at the end of the first half following a collision with Wasps forward Nathan Hughes.

Hughes was sent off for dangerous play.

Kick-off

Northampton Saints 27-20 Wasps

Here we go then. Stephen Myler kicks the ball long and Northampton Saints get us under way in this second half.

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HT: Northampton Saints 27-20 Wasps

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How far will England progress in the 2015 World Cup?

John McEnerney: Can see England not getting out of the pool, Wales won't make the same mistakes again v England and Michael Cheika will have Australia firing come World Cup time.

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How far will England progress in the 2015 World Cup?

A quick reminder that, in amongst the absolute mayhem at Franklin's Gardens, we're also asking you how far England will progress in this year's World Cup.

The vote, which you can find on the right-hand side of the page (desktop) or via the tab at the top (mobile and tablet), will close at 21:15 GMT and you can

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HT: Northampton Saints 27-20 Wasps

On 34 minutes, Alex Lozowski's penalty put Wasps 20-8 in front.

Six minutes later, at half-time, Dai Young's side trail 27-20 and are down to 14 men following Nathan Hughes' red card.

Bonkers.

Half-time

Northampton Saints 27-20 Wasps

Try (Corbisiero, con Myler)

Northampton Saints 27-20 Wasps

This is absolutely remarkable. What has happened to Wasps? The rolling maul is as formidable as ever and Alex Corbisiero is the man to touch down under a pile of bodies. Stephen Myler converts and, somehow, Northampton lead by seven at the break.

Northampton Saints 20-20 Wasps

But Wasps fly-half Alex Lozowski, excellent so far, elects to kick the ball clear, allowing Northampton to return it with interest and win a penalty at the breakdown.

Stephen Myler heads for touch as Saints look to turn up the heat...