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Summary

  1. Wasps within two points of Exeter in second
  2. Result seals leaders Saracens' play-off spot
  3. Wasps unbeaten at Ricoh Arena in 2016
  4. Miller (2) and Stevenson score Wasps' tries
  5. Myler kicks two penalties for Saints, Gopperth and Daly land Wasps' kicks

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By Owen Phillips

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And that's a wrap

FT: Wasps 28-6 Northampton

Wasps celebrate Rob Miller's first try
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Wasps did a fine job consolidating their place in the top four and remain very much in the hunt for a home semi-final after beating Northampton.

It could prove a costly defeat for Saints, as they remain four points adrift of Leicester in the last remaining play-off sport with three games remaining.

Next up in the Premiership, however, is a season-defining clash with the very Leicester side they are trying to leapfrog.

Next week, attention turns to Europe for many Premiership clubs.

For now, is goodbye from us. Thanks, as ever, for following the action here on the BBC Sport website.

Recap

FT: Wasps 28-6 Northampton

Rob Miller scored two tries as Wasps beat Northampton to boost their top-four hopes while also sealing leaders Saracens' place in the play-offs. 

Miller's converted try and a Jimmy Gopperth penalty put Wasps 10-3 up at the break after Saints' Stephen Myler kicked the first points of the game. 

Myler swapped penalties with Elliot Daly before Miller grabbed his second. 

Daly's long-range penalty and Jamie Stevenson's try ensured Wasps moved to within two points of second place. 

Wasps are now seven points clear of fourth-placed Leicester Tigers, while Northampton remain fifth.

FT: Wasps 28-6 Northampton

Wasps' two-try hero Rob Miller told BT Sport: "We were not at our best and we had to slog out a victory. But at this stage of the season we will take that. The win will really lift the energy in the camp."

Full-time

Wasps 28-6 Northampton

Wasps are almost certainly into the play-offs with a resounding win that was sealed in the latter stages.

Saints who remain fifth, had plenty of good territory but their handling was simply not up to scratch at the vital moments. 

They face fourth-placed Leicester next weekend. As if that humdinger of a derby needed any extra spice.

Try (Stevenson)

Wasps 28-6 Northampton

Replacement Wasps scrum-half Jamie Stevenson bundles over from close range for his first Wasps try and Wasps just about have enough time to get the bonus-point win.

Jamie Stevenson crosses for Wasps' third try
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Penalty (Daly)

Wasps 23-6 Northampton

Perfect. Another long-distance effort from Elliot Daly sails over and that's job done. Just four minutes left now.

Wasps 20-6 Northampton

Elliot Daly fancies a kick from his own half. This would surely wrap up victory for Wasps.

Wasps 20-6 Northampton

There doesn't seem to be a sting in the tail here. It's all Wasps but they have not made their pressure count and Saints start to throw the ball out under their own posts.

They visitors need real adventure to get back into this.

Wasps 20-6 Northampton

Wasps looking to put this game well and truly out of reach now. Jimmy Gopperth finds Christian Wade, whose blistering burst is halted. When play is recycled Rob Miller is so nearly in for his hat-trick try on the right.

Saints are still have a glimmer of hope as we enter the final 10 minutes.

Try (Miller, Pen Gopperth)

Wasps 20-6 Northampton

Is that game over? Great interplay between Craig Hampson and George Smith frees up space for Rob Miller.

Miller runs a brilliant angle to charge over the line and, with the extras added by Jimmy Gopperth, the lead is now 14 points.

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

A sensational charge by Nathan Hughes who storms out of defence, punts clear giving Christian Wade the chance to put pressure on Saints. It works and Wasps win the penalty and kick for the corner.

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Another promising moment comes to nothing for Saints.

Ben Foden and Courtney Lawes combine out wide on the right but Foden fumbles trying to take an inside pass and Wasps can breathe again.

Northampton's Courtney Lawes breaks a tackle
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Wasps 13-6 Northampton

It's not a head injury assessment for Lee Dickson, but he will play no further part. We restart play and are into the final 17 minutes. Just one converted try in the game.

61mins Wasps 13 SAINTS 6 Was a permanent replacement, not a HIA, so Kahn can't come back on. Collins on instead, Foden to 9

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Wasps' Elliot Daly tackles Lee Dickson as he scrambles for possession on the deck and the Saints man is being assessed for a head injury. There's a bit of delay.

He's walking off the pitch and will be replaced while he is checked out further.

Missed penalty (Daly)

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Another monumental kick from Wasps centre Elliot Daly, but this time it's just shy. As you were.

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Defences still very much on top. Lots of puffed-out cheeks and exasperated looks but not a lot of quality when it really counts. The game has been bubbling under all afternoon. It's just not quite boiled over. Yet.

Nothampton's Tom Wood runs into Wasps' Thomas Young
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Wasps 13-6 Northampton

A quick Saints penalty leads to nothing. Good ambition and smart thinking from the visitors but once again it's sloppy handling and the ball rolls out of play. Scrappy.

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Rob Miller takes a great catch under pressure from another Stephen Myler skier. Wasps have looked good under the high ball today. There will no doubt be more tests to come though.

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Christian Wade looks groggy and would probably say it was, but Wade was going down as Harry Mallinder came flying in and it's just a penalty for Wasps. No yellow card.

Referee Luke Pearce warns Harry Mallinder of Northampton Saints about his tackle on Christian Wade of Wasps
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54 mins: The young Northampton centre receives a talking to from referee Luke Pearce and we are ready to re-start. 13-6

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Is that a swinging arm from Harry Mallinder on Christian Wade? The tv match official wants another look.

Penalty (Myler)

Wasps 13-6 Northampton

Stephen Myler responds quickly and the lead is back to seven points. His kick was somewhat simpler than Daly's.

Penalty (Daly)

Wasps 13-3 Northampton

A monster of a kick from Elliot Daly and Wasps lead Saints by 10 points. It just about the legs to creep over from nearly 60 metres. A fantastic effort.

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

A great take by Christian Wade from the high ball leads to a couple of knock-ons, with the first infringement coming from Saints. Wasps have the ball but both sides are still making too many errors.

The main threats are coming when the play gets disjointed.

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

The Wasps scrum stands firm. A bit over eager by Saints and Wasps can clear. They are able to get the line-out deep in Northampton territory.

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

A brilliant steal by Northampton's Alex Waller, who makes the tackle on Jake Cooper-Woolley and wins the penalty by staying on his feet as his opposite number clings on to possession. Saints now on the attack.

Kick-off

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Off we go again. There's a fair chance both bosses will be expecting more from their teams in the second half. 

I suspect Jim Mallinder will think Saints are not seeing out their phases of play or making the most of their territory and Wasps have been on the back foot more than Dai Young would have liked.

This should be a tasty half. Top four places and home semi-final ties at stake.

As it stands...

HT: Wasps 10-3 Northampton

With the score as it stands at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps will move to within two points of Exeter in second. They will want some more of their expansive attacking play to pay off as they search for a fourth straight bonus-point win.

If Northampton fail to peg Wasps back in the next 40 minutes, they will remain fifth in the table.

Bath to investigate fan in referee's room

Anthony Watson was shown a straight red card after taking Saracens full-back Alex Goode out in the air
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Bath will investigate reports that a supporter entered the referee's room to confront the match officials after Friday's defeat by Saracens at The Rec.

The Blue, Black and Whites had England wing Anthony Watson sent off for foul play after half-time in the 30-10 loss.

"Passions were high last night but it's not acceptable for rugby or for Bath," managing director Tarquin McDonald told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Clearly we're looking into it and we'll deal with it appropriately."

Weekend recap

So, what's happened in the Premiership this weekend?

Well...

Friday: Chris Ashton scored twice on his return from a 10-week ban as Premiership leaders Saracens beat Bath 30-10, who had England wing Anthony Watson sent off.

Saturday: Exeter Chiefs thumped Worcester 50-12 to narrow the gap on Sarries at the top, while Manu Tuilagi helped Leicester overturn a 17-point deficit to beat Gloucester 35-30.

Sale added to London Irish's relegation fears and Harlequins beat Newcastle to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Half-time

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Rob Miller scores a try for Wasps
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Rob Miller has the only try of the first half, but there have been several close calls.

Saints have had plenty of territory but Wasps have defended impressively and look the more likely to add to their score on the break.

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Craig Hampson has a chance to set up a second try but, after nicking possession and charging away, feeding the ball to Joe Launchbury before Ken Pisi intercepts to save a certain score.

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

George North bundles through to set up a Saints attack. We are only on halfway but with both sides losing their shape following a couple of breaks that could easily have led to something.

The big Welsh winger is stopped though, allowing defences to get set. There have been numerous nearly things for Saints. 

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Quick ball from the line-out and Saints are probing once more. The ball goes from one side to another and back again until finally a knock-on by George Pisi sees the attack end. 

Wasps have looked solid in defence and very dangerous when the play gets messy.

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Wasps scrum-half Craig Hampson is showing maturity beyond his years. He only made his Premiership debut against Newcastle last week but is showing real calmness to help his side keep Saints at bay.

Craig Hampson of Wasp
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Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Saints showing a bit more control with ball in hand but there's no way through once again. Wasps soak up the pressure and break again. They are back up to halfway.

Joe Launchbury of Wasps tackles Harry Mallinder of Northampton
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Wasps 10-3 Northampton

It's broken rugby at the moment. Mistakes aplenty. Turnover ball everywhere you look. One of these errors will lead to another try soon surely. 

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

Saints respond immediately and threaten the home line as the game really opens up.

The expansive rugby from Saints led to the Wasps try as they tried a cross-field kick and another misplaced pass almost leads to another canter up the pitch.

Try (Miller, Con Gopperth)

Wasps 10-3 Northampton

A stunning break from their own 22 and Wasps go over through Rob Miller who finishes off a fine move. George Smith gallops clear and finds Thomas Young and Miller is in support.

Wasps try
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Wasps 3-3 Northampton

Jimmy Gopperth makes excellent yards with a kick to clear to halfway and relieve pressure on the Wasps line. For now.

Wasps 3-3 Northampton

Stephen Myler's smart kick into the corner puts the home side under pressure on their own try line. 

We have a break in play while Kieran Brookes gets treatment after taking an accidental knee to the head as Wasps try to run the ball clear. He's sitting up now thankfully, but is being replaced.

Northampton's Stephen Myler
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