Contepomi – who will face England for the Pumas on June 22 in Buenos Aires – touched down two conveted tries at the Memorial Stadium in the June sunshine, as well as kicking six penalties to end Saints coach Wayne Smith’s hopes of a Twickenham success after their Powergen Cup loss in April.
Contepomi scored three penalties and a converted try in the first half, replying to three penalties from Northampton fly-half Paul Grayson and the first of two tries from former All Black back rower Andrew Blowers, the Shoguns leading 16-14 at the break.
Contepomi touched down a try almost as soon as the second half had begun, converting his own score to send his team nine points ahead, but the gallant Saints had a sting in the tail, tries from Grant Seely and a second for Blowers – neither converted – seeing them regain the lead.
But arise Felipe Contepomi, whose three penalties in the dying stages of the game booked the Shoguns’ big day out at Rugby HQ next Saturday, when they face the winner of Sunday’s semi-final between Sale Sharks and Gloucester.
For the Bristol Shoguns:Tries: Contepomi 2Cons: Contepomi 2Pens: Contepomi 6
For the Northampton Saints:Tries: Blowers 2, SeelyPens: Grayson 3