The Exiles’ hero of the day was Barry Everitt, the fly-half kicking six out of seven kicks at goal to underpin the victory which will bring much-needed cheer to the previously struggling Irish.
Everitt scored a total of 17 points – five penalties and a conversion – as his team put Northampton to the sword.
Irish began the match in whirlwind fashion, pushing deep into Saints’ territory to force an attacking scrum just five metres from the Northampton tryline after just four minutes.
The ensuing back row move drew in the defence, before the ball was released to Brendan Venter who gave the scoring pass to Michael Horak who went over under the posts.
With Everitt supplying the conversion, Irish had a 7-0 lead and looked in no mood to surrender their advantage as they put their recent poor form behind them.
While it was not one-way traffic throughout the match – Northampton scoring a well-taken try through England hooker Steve Thompson – Everitt’s form with the boot and a litany of errors and indiscretions from the Saints were to combine to give the Irish a badly-needed victory.
Northampton: Tries: Steve ThompsonCons: Paul GraysonPens: Paul Grayson
London Irish: Tries: Michael Horak. Cons: Barry Everitt. Pens: Barry Everitt (5)