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Summary

  1. Foden, Waller and North score first-half tries for Saints
  2. Daly try and Gopperth penalties for Wasps before break
  3. Wade and Simpson tries give hosts lead in second half
  4. Tuala and Harrison tries restore Saints' lead
  5. Doran Jones scores last-minute try to win it for Wasps
  6. FT: Wasps 32-30 Northampton

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By Ged Scott

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Wasps 32-30 Northampton

That concludes the entertainment from Coventry for the afternoon.

Time to go and get your breath back and, for some of us, go and find a cool, quiet corner to lie down.

Wasps dig deep to stay on track

Wasps 32-30 Northampton

Wasps sure made hard work of it on an unseasonally hot day at the Ricoh Arena - but they kept their cool to come up with a last-minute matchwinner.

It may actually have been more than they deserved. In a game of nine tries, they were outscored on the try front at least by Northampton Saints. And, but for Stephen Myler's for-once errant kicking (four missed conversions and a missed penalty), they would have lost.

But Wasps' bid for top spot - and a first Premiership title in 12 years - somehow stayed on course as that crucial late fourth try secured the bonus-point win which keeps second-placed Exeter and third-placed Saracens at bay for now.

Full-time

Wasps 32-30 Northampton

Wasps stay top - and Matt Mullan's try is their fourth, so an extra bonus point lifts them back to five points ahead of Exeter and six clear of third-placed Saracens with three games left.

Converted try (Mullan/Gopperth)

Wasps 32-30 Northampton

Wasps steal it at the death.

And an unlikely scorer too . . . hooker Matt Mullan levels the scores.

Jimmy Gopperth adds the points and Saints are devastated.  

Prop Paul Doran Jones, who signed this week on a one-week loan, was also credited with the try after it had initially been awarded to Mullan. But, after much confusion, both over the tannoy and on Twitter, the try was, eventually, officially the property of the proud Mullan - who doesn't get many!

Sin-bin

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

After a close escape a minute earlier, Jamie Gibson is yellow carded.

Saints a man short.

Final assault

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

Wasps camped on the opposition line.

Not over yet!

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

Wasps on the charge. And they have a penalty coming. This contest is not over yet!

Try number four for Saints

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

Ahsee Tuala
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Ahsee Tuala's try is one of eight seen so far at the Ricoh this afternoon. Will it prove the difference between the two sides? 

Heated words at the Ricoh

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

It's taken a long time to boil over on this hot afternoon - but finally tempers flare with a 'frank exchange of views' between various members of the two sides as Wasps' home record is put on the line in the final 10 minutes.

Penalty

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

The try is rightly ruled out for obstruction, as Luther Burrell's attempt to tackle Kurtley Beale before his scoring pass is blocked off by Joe Launchbury.

Try review

Wasps 25-30

Willie Le Roux may have scored in the left corner for Wasps. But it is disallowed after a quick look upstairs.

Converted try (Harrison/Myler)

Wasps 25-30 Northampton

Saints are back in the lead with their fifth try of the day, from Teimana Harrison, Stephen Myler converting from in front of the posts. That is now 22 tries shipped by the league leaders in their last six Premiership games.

Home record under threat

Wasps 25-23 Northampton

This has been one of Wasps' tougher tests of the season - and their long proud home record, an unbeaten home run stretching back 16 months, is still under threat.

Try (Tuala)

Wasps 25-23 Northampton

Bonus point for Northampton as they quieten the crowd again with their fourth try of this hot afternoon. Louis Picamoles goes left from a scrum in front of the posts, George North feeds Ahsee Tuala and the full-back crosses with ease. But, for the fifth time today, they miss the kick.  

An hour gone in this contest - and still it could go either way.

Time for Cipriani?

Wasps 25-18 Northampton

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live at the Ricoh Arena

"When the likes of Beale, Wade, and Le Roux are working with front foot ball, Wasps play some sublime rugby.

"Will Dai Young look to use Danny Cipriani from the bench soon?"

Try (Simpson)

Wasps 25-18 Northampton

Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson goes in at the left corner, after Nathan Hughes had been stopped just short. 

Jimmy Gopperth misses with the conversion attempt to leave the visitors still within one score of Wasps.

Simpson has gone off for a possible concussion assessment after a blow to the head in scoring - and is replaced by Dan Robson.

Three tries each now, Wasps leading purely on the basis of their greater success today from the kicking tee.

Wade again shows his promise


          Christian Wade of Wasps challenged by Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints
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Christian Wade was already the Premiership's try scorer this season before today's game. He now has 15 tries to his name, but no place in the England squad.

Are you watching Eddie Jones?

Wasps lead for first time

Wasps 20-18 Northampton

Jimmy Gopperth adds the extras to Wade's try and Wasps are now ahead for the first time in the contest. 

But one sour note for the hosts. Johnson appears to have injured himself and both he and his unmistakable barnet have departed the fray.

Try (Wade)

Wasps 18-18 Northampton

Christian Wade's 15th Premiership try of the season.

Ashley Johnson's burst down the middle set up the initial attacking platform.

But, when the ball was switched to the right, Wade chips over the top, the bounce just about goes his way and he brings it down to score.

Back underway at the Ricoh

Wasps 13-18 Northampton

Only Exeter have led here at half-time this season. They did not hang on that day. Can the Saints?

HT: Wasps 13-18 Northampton

Former Harlequins scrum-half Richard Moon on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"Wasps need to tighten up on defence and just get their hands on the ball a little bit more.

"Let's not forget going into the last five minutes against Saints earlier this season, Wasps were behind, so it's still anybody's game."

Josh Bassett scored the winning try for Wasps when the two sides met earlier this season , crossing inside the last five minutes to secure a 20-15 victory.

Exeter secure play-off place

Catch up on Saturday's action

Ian Whitten
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Wasps aren't the only team to have secured a top-four finish, as Exeter guaranteed a play-off spot with a 38-34 victory over bottom side Bristol on Saturday.

It wasn't all bad news for Bristol though, as their two bonus points kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation, moving them to within eight points of 11th-placed Worcester with three games to play.

Elsewhere, Bath beat Leicester 27-21 in front of 62,000 fans at Twickenham to move level on points with the fourth-placed Tigers, while 71,000 people watched Saracens cruise to a 40-19 victory over local rivals Harlequins at Wembley. 

'Best 40 minutes of Saints season'

HT: Wasps 13-18 Northampton

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live at the Ricoh Arena

"It's been a fitful season for the Saints, but this may well have been their best 40 minutes of the campaign. 

"Three excellent tries with Wasps cut open all too easily; Dai Young has bemoaned his side's defensive lapses recently, and the Wasps boss will be seething at the interval."

Courtney Lawes of Northampton Saints
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Saints clear at the break

HT: Wasps 13-18 Northampton

We wondered what sort of reaction there would be to Wasps’ European exit in Dublin last weekend – and so far it’s not great.

Northampton Saints are the ones who are buzzing. They were faster out of the traps, and have gone on to dominate, scoring three tries.

Elliot Daly did jink his way through a gap to go under the posts following Ben Foden’s interception try for the opener. But further Saints tries for Alex Waller and George North have given the visitors the lead.

And, if Stephen Myler had not missed four of his five kicks, they would have clearer daylight.

Half-time: Wasps 13-18 Northampton

Ben Foden scores a try for Northampton Saints against Wasps
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It's Northampton who lead at half-time, with tries from Ben Foden, Alex Waller and George North giving them a five-point advantage at the end of the first 40 minutes.

Try (North)

Wasps 13-18 Northampton

Wales and Lions star winger George North in at the left corner, evading a high challenge to score. But Stephen Myler is again off target with the kick.

Penalty (Gopperth)

Wasps 13-13 Northampton

Jimmy Gopperth again to tie it up all square again - but he then misses with another attempt, this time hitting the post.

'Staggering' play from Picamoles

Wasps 10-13 Northampton

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 at the Ricoh Arena

"Alex Waller may have scored Northampton's second, but it was made by Louis Picamoles and a staggering offload from an impossible position.

"Picamoles has at times carried the Saints pack this season; he's been a brilliant signing."

Penalty (Gopperth)

Wasps 10-13 Northampton

Jimmy Gopperth pegs back the deficit to three points with his second successful kick of the afternoon.

Wasps 7-13 Northampton

After an excellent break and offload by Louis Picamoles, Alex Waller goes over for Saints' second try, but the normally machine-like Stephen Myler is wide with the conversion - his third missed kick of the afternoon.

Converted try (Daly/Gopperth)

Wasps 7-8 Northampton

England's Elliot Daly jinks his way through to go in under the posts - and Jimmy Gopperth adds the two points.

Encouraging start for Saints

Wasps 0-8 Northampton

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live at the Ricoh Arena

"I'm sitting a matter of metres away from the Northampton coaching team of Alan Dickens, Dorian West and director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

"They will no doubt be encouraged by Northampton's start."

Northampton Saints coaches
BBC Sport

Wasps 0-8 Northampton

Myler goes wide with the conversion. but it's still a great start for Saints.

Trying to run the ball down the line going left on halfway, Jimmy Gopperth's pass is intercepted by an alert Foden - and the England winger is away to score in the right corner.

'Wasps starved of possession'

Wasps 0-3 Northampton

Former Saints player and team manager Lennie Newman on BBC Radio Northampton:

"Well you can see the game plan from the Saints straight away, it's put the Wasps back into their own half as often as possible.

"At the moment, it really is working, because at the moment what they're doing is starving Wasps of any decent possession."

Penalty (Myler)

Wasps 0-3 Northampton

Stephen Myler from the kicking tee again,time from an easier position in front of the posts. And this time he makes no mistake.

Missed penalty

Wasps 0-0 Northampton

Bad miss by Stephen Myler, as he pulls the first kicking opportunity of the game wide of the posts.

Wasps 0-0 Northampton

Not surprisingly, as it's the opening weekend of the new County Championship season, it's cricket weather in Coventry - on what appears to be the hottest day of the year. 

And it will all be about people keeping their cool as Saints show by giving away an early penalty. But they now have a kicking opportunity at goal.

Live radio commentary

Wasps v Northampton (15:00 BST)

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