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Match Reaction: Wasps 14-15 Northampton Saints

Match Reaction: Wasps 14-15 Northampton Saints

Wasps have been left at the foot of the Pool 3 in the Premiership Rugby Cup after Northampton Saints snuck a 15-14 win at the Ricoh Arena.

Mitch Eadie’s try at the death, duly converted by James Grayson, saw Saints clinch an unlikely victory.

A score either side of half time by Marcus Watson and Tom Willis put Wasps well clear but they were pegged back by a Grayson penalty and a Taqele Naiyaravoro try.



Saints number eight Mitch Eadie for his relentless energy off the back of the scrum.

The back-rower was crucial to his sides defensive effort in keeping Wasps out in the first period.

He then helped to lead his team as they battled back to snatch the last gasp win with two tries in the final quarter.



It has got to be the audacious between the legs pass from 20-year-old Northampton fly-half James Grayson.

The youngster released winger Taqele Naiyaravoro for a second-half try with the outrageous pass. It gave the Australian powerhouse an easy finish from the wing, as he strolled in for the Saints.

A special mention should also go to Saints youngster Josh Gillespie, who became the youngest man to play for the club as he made his debut aged 18 years and 15 days.



Although Naiyaravoro’s score was special, that was more about Grayson’s outrageous pass then his finish.

Marcus Watson registering the opening score was the more complete piece of attacking play, but it was only thanks to sweet interplay from his teammates.

Fly-half Billy Searle, passed to full-back Rob Miller who offloaded centre Ross Neal who released the winger for his score.


Northampton’s winning try scorer Eadie said: “It was amazing. An effort from all the boys one to 15, 16 to 23 with the lads who came off the bench.

“The first half was tough for us. We had some key messages, we needed to up our physicality. We stuck to our process, stuck to our guns and I’m just the guy who put it down under the posts. Huge respect to all the guys out there.

“It was hard, Wasps were coming at us like elephants. It was down to us to get the second half right.

“Chris [Boyd, head coach] gave us some key messages to go out and put a performance in we could be proud of.

“It’s exciting times here at the moment. It’s good to get some minutes and time out in the middle.”



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