Wasps shatter Northampton's unbeaten start
PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Wasps ruined Northampton’s unbeaten start to the 2021-22 campaign with a tense 26-20 victory on Sunday.
Sam Matavesi’s try gave Northampton the lead before Zach Kibirige crossed over for Wasps.
Dan Biggar and Jacob Umaga traded penalties, then Umaga booted Wasps ahead for the first time in Coventry.
Dan Robson scored from Thomas Young’s pass to put Wasps in control, leading 20-10 in the second half.
Wasps survived a controversial incident moments later when replacement hooker Gabriel Oghre escaped with a yellow card for a high tackle on Alex Mitchell.
Northampton closed the gap through captain Lewis Ludlam’s try.
But Jimmy Gopperth took the game away from the visitors with two penalties.
Northampton’s losing bonus point left them in third place, while Wasps’ second win this season moved them up to fifth.
* Meanwhile George Ford kicked three late penalties as leaders Leicester survived a scare against London Irish to preserve their 100 percent record.
And Saracens marked their Premiership homecoming by battling back from 3-17 down to beat Newcastle.
All the Round Four scores and scorers
Wasps 26-20 Northampton Saints
Tries: Kibirige, Robson
Cons: Umaga 2
Pens: Umaga 2, Gopperth 2
For Northampton Saints
Tries: Matavesi, Ludlam, Fish
Exeter Chiefs 42-5 Worcester Warriors
For Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Ewers, Simmonds 2, Cordero 2, Simmonds
Cons: Slade 5, Simmond
For Worcester Warriors
Gloucester 33-32 Sale
Tries: Morgan, Singleton, Rees-Zammit 2
Cons: Hastings 2
Pens: Hastings 2
Tries: Quirke, Reed, du Preez, Warr, Taylor
Cons: Wilkinson, Curtis
London Irish 16-21 Leicester Tigers
For London Irish
Pens: Jackson 3
For Leicester Tigers
Tries: Dolly, Liebenberg
Pens: Ford 3
Saracens 37-23 Newcastle Falcons
Tries: George, M Vunipola, B Vunipola, Penalty try
Cons: Farrell 3, penalty try does not require a conversion
Pens: Farrell 3
For Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Brown, Stevenson
Cons: Connon 2
Pens: Connon 3
Harlequins 52-24 Bristol
Tries: Lynagh 2, Esterhuizen, Northmore, Collier, Green, Smith, Dombrandt
Cons: Smith 6
Tries: Joyce, Purdy, Piutau
Cons: Sheedy 3