Northampton hauled themselves further away from the bottom of the Premiership table last night by snatching a famous victory over Wasps.
The Saints were on the back foot for long spells and trailed 6-3 when England hooker Steve Thompson was sent to the sin-bin. But their one decent spell coincided with Phil Vickery being sin-binned for stamping and they drove Daniel Browne over in the 53rd minute for the clinching try to add to Carlos Spencer's early penalty.
The win takes them 10 points clear of struggling Worcester and they can take another giant step towards safety by seeing off the Warriors at Franklin's Gardens on New Year's Day.
A dazzling display of kicking from Barry Everitt secured London Irish a hard-earned victory over Worcester to ease their relegation concerns.
Before the game, Worcester fly-half Shane Drahm had hoped to make the headlines by reaching 1,000 Premiership points. And he had an opportunity to earn his side a draw with almost the last kick of the game but his conversion from Aisea Havili's try hit the post.
Instead it was his opposite number who stole the show, slotting over 11 points and setting up his side's only try for Topsy Ojo.Reuse content