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Premiership: Wasps 26-20 Northampton Saints – Zach Kibirige and Dan Robson tries earn hosts derby spoils

Zach Kibirige
Zach Kibirige marked his 50th appearance for Wasps with their opening try
Wasps (10) 26
Tries: Kibirige, Robson Cons: Umaga 2 Pens: Umaga 2, Gopperth 2
Northampton (10) 20
Tries: Matavesi, Ludlam, Fish Con: Biggar Pen: Biggar

Wasps ended Northampton’s unbeaten start to the season with a 26-20 win in a pulsating derby at Coventry.

Sam Matavesi’s try put Saints ahead, but Zach Kibirige levelled before Dan Biggar and Jacob Umaga traded penalties as a tight first half ended 10-10.

Umaga booted Wasps ahead for the first time before Thomas Young’s offload put Dan Robson over to make it 20-10.

Lewis Ludlam cut the gap, but two Jimmy Gopperth penalties sealed the win despite James Fish’s last-gasp score.

More to follow.

Wasps: Watson; Kibirige, Spink, Le Bourgeois, Bassett; Umaga, Robson; Harris, Cruse, Scholtz, Fifita, Stooke, Shields (capt), Young, T Willis.

Replacements: Oghre, Hislop, Toomaga-Allen, Gaskell, Carr, Porter, Gopperth, Crossdale.

Sin-bin: Oghre (62 mins).

Northampton: Furbank; Freeman, Proctor, Dingwall, Sleightholme; Biggar, Mitchell; Auterac, Matavesi, Hill, Ribbans, Ratuniyarawa, Lawes, Ludlam (capt), Augustus.

Replacements: Fish, Waller, Painter, Coles, Harrison, Lomani, Hutchinson, Moon.

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU).

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