WASPS
NO.NAME
15Willie Le Roux, FB
14Christian Wade, W
T
2
13Juan De Jongh, C
T
12Jimmy Gopperth, C
2
4
11Elliot Daly, W
T
10Danny Cipriani, FH
9Dan Robson, SH
1Simon McIntyre, P
2Tommy Taylor, H
3Jake Cooper-Woolley, P
4Joe Launchbury, L
5Will Rowlands, L
6Jack Willis, FL
7Thomas Young, FL
8Guy Thompson, N8
Replacements
16Tom Cruse, R
17Matt Mullan, R
18Marty Moore, R
19Kearnan Myall, R
20James Haskell, R
21Joe Simpson, R
22Gaby Lovobalavu, R
23Josh Bassett, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Ricoh Arena
3:00 PM, April 29, 2018

Match Commentary

81'36-29 End of second half
80'Saints launch an attack in the Wasps 22 but the hosts are determined not to allow another score and Thompson gets over the ball to secure the turnover. The penalty is booted out and that is the game. Playoffs here Wasps come.
80'NO TRY! Just as Wasps are preparing to take the conversion, Carley is advised to check a potential high tackle in the build up from Haskell. It is deemed that it was indeed high and play is called back for a Saints penalty. That looked harsh.
78'TRY! Josh Bassett shows sign fine footballing skills to dribble the ball towards the line and touch down following a lovely grubber from Cipriani. Playoff place secured for Wasps.
75'Northampton on the attack in the Wasps 22 but Launchbury does brilliantly to get over the ball as Gibson goes to ground and Wasps are given what could prove a crucial penalty.
73'Substitute on - Alex Moon , Northampton Saints
73'Player substituted - James Craig , Northampton Saints
73'Substitute on - Ehren Painter , Northampton Saints
73'Player substituted - Paul Hill , Northampton Saints
73'36-29 Penalty goal - Jimmy Gopperth , Wasps
72'Worrying signs for Wasps as Daly receives treatment for an arm injury. The hosts are taking no chances and will take the England man off.
72'Substitute on - Gaby Lovobalavu , Wasps
72'Player substituted - Elliot Daly , Wasps
69'TRY! Tuala goes over in the right corner and it's very much game on at the Ricoh. Wasps wanted a knock on earlier in the move as Mitchell made a break but the ball went backwards and Carley awards the score.
69'33-29 Try - Ahsee Tuala , Northampton Saints
68'Player substituted - Mitch Eadie , Northampton Saints
68'Substitute on - Lewis Ludlam , Northampton Saints
67'Northampton enjoy a period of possession on halfway, and a high tackle from Thompson gives Saints a penalty. Suddenly the Wasps lead doesn't look quite so secure.
66'Player substituted - Mike Haywood , Northampton Saints
66'Substitute on - Charlie Clare , Northampton Saints
66'33-24 Conversion - James Grayson , Northampton Saints
65'TRY! James Grayson strides through a gap in the Wasps defence and puts North into space to put Saints on the attack. Wasps see off the initial danger but suddenly Gibson finds some space on the right wing before passing inside to Alex Mitchell who sprints over the line.
65'33-22 Try - Alex Mitchell , Northampton Saints
64'Player substituted - Will Rowlands , Wasps
64'Substitute on - Kearnan Myall , Wasps
63'Daly turns on the afterburners on the left wing but North does well to cover him, forcing the England man to chip ahead. His kick is badly judged and sails dead.
62'Player substituted - Jake Cooper-Woolley , Wasps
62'Substitute on - Marty Moore , Wasps
62'Player substituted - Jacobus Reinach , Northampton Saints
62'Substitute on - Alex Mitchell , Northampton Saints
61'Reinach snaffles a turnover five metres out and moments later finds a gap to charge through the middle and upfield. Tom Collins is on the scrum-half's shoulder but he delays his pass and Cipriani does brilliantly to get back and make the tackle.
60'Substitute on - Tom Collins , Northampton Saints
60'Player substituted - Luther Burrell , Northampton Saints
60'Player substituted - Dan Robson , Wasps
60'Substitute on - Joe Simpson , Wasps
60'Player substituted - Christian Wade , Wasps
60'Substitute on - Josh Bassett , Wasps
60'Player substituted - Alex Waller , Northampton Saints
60'Substitute on - Campese Ma'afu , Northampton Saints
59'Saints steal the ball and launch a counter attack, but Gibson loses the ball forward at the crucial time.
58'Thompson and Rowlands take Wasps back into the Northampton 22.
56'James Haskell is on for his final appearance at the Ricoh Arena as a Wasp.
56'Substitute on - Tom Cruse , Wasps
56'Player substituted - Tommy Taylor , Wasps
56'Player substituted - Stephen Myler , Northampton Saints
56'Substitute on - James Grayson , Northampton Saints
56'Substitute on - James Haskell , Wasps
56'Player substituted - Jack Willis , Wasps
55'TRY! Another quick tap from Thompson takes Wasps into the 22 and this time there is no stopping them. As the ball is spread wide some quick handling from Cipriani, Gopperth and Le Roux give Juan de Jongh the space to score.
55'33-17 Try - Juan De Jongh , Wasps
52'A rare misfiring Wasps attack as Foden is able to disrupt Cipriani's pass. The ball goes forward, however, so the hosts will have a scrum.
49'Alex Waller lucky not to see yellow after the TMO picks up a late hit from the prop on Robson. It is a penalty only, and Cipriani kicks it to the corner.
46'28-17 Conversion - Jimmy Gopperth , Wasps
45'Wade has now scored the most Premiership tries at a single ground -- that was his 29th at the Ricoh.
45'TRY! Le Roux picks a lovely line, saunters through a gap and then provides the try-scoring pass to Wade.
45'26-17 Try - Christian Wade , Wasps
43'Yellow card! Burrell is sent to the sin bin for a trip on Wade. A technical fault means that it takes a while for the TMO and Carley to come to their decision, but once it is made it is probably the correct one.
43'Yellow card - Luther Burrell , Northampton Saints
41'James Craig gathers Cipriani's kick off as the second half gets underway.
41'+121-17 End of first half
41'+121-17 Penalty goal - Stephen Myler , Northampton Saints
40'Saints eke a penalty at the resulting scrum and Myler will have the chance to cut Wasps' lead.
40'Launchbury receives the congratulations of his teammates after he gets in to disrupt the Saints drive and help Wasps win the turnover.
40'21-17 Start of second half
39'Foden and Reinach have been among Northampton's best performers and they combine to turn defence into attack for the Saints. The visitors have a lineout on the Wasps 22.
38'Willis, who has been impressive today, wins possession in the Saints half and puts Wasps on an attack that ends with Wade being ushered into touch on the left wing.
35'Burrell is penalised at the breakdown as Saints build possession in the Wasps 22. Scrum to the hosts.
33'Bad news for Wasps as Simon McIntyre is helped off the pitch.
33'TRY? More than 10 phases later the attack ends with Thompson diving over but TV replays show that the ball was held up. No try.
33'21-14 Penalty goal - Jimmy Gopperth , Wasps
33'Player substituted - Simon McIntyre , Wasps
33'Substitute on - Matt Mullan , Wasps
31'A lovely piece of skill from Cipriani as he chases his own chip ahead, gathers and pops a pass to Gopperth to get Wasps moving into the Saints half.
30'18-14 Penalty goal - Jimmy Gopperth , Wasps
29'Thompson takes a quick free kick and Wasps are into the Saints 22. As the ball is recycled it is lost forward, but there was a penalty coming and Gopperth will have a shot at goal.
28'Substitute on - Jacobus Reinach , Northampton Saints
28'Player substituted - Alex Mitchell , Northampton Saints
27'15-14 Conversion - Stephen Myler , Northampton Saints
26'TRY! Saints are given a second opportunity almost immediately, and this time they make no mistake. The lineout is good and following multiple phases on the Wasps line, and with a penalty coming, Api Ratuniyarawa goes over.
26'15-12 Try - Api Ratuniyarawa , Northampton Saints
24'Saints kick to the corner, but the lineout is scrappy and the ball deflects off Gibson's fingertips and falls for Wasps lock Will Rowlands to gather.
23'Mitch Eadie picks up off the base of the scrum and as play is recycled, Cipriani is guilty of a high tackle on Foden.
19'TRY! Wasps score again, through an almost mirror image of the their first try. This time play is spread from right to left inside the Saints 22 and Cipriani and Willie Le Roux combine to put Daly on the outside, and he has the pace to finish with ease.
19'15-7 Try - Elliot Daly , Wasps
19'Player substituted - Jacobus Reinach , Northampton Saints
19'Substitute on - Alex Mitchell , Northampton Saints
18'Northampton look to build some possession on halfway but Gibson gets ahead of North and the Saints are penalised for crossing.
17'10-7 Penalty goal - Jimmy Gopperth , Wasps
15'Wasps are back inside the Saints 22 but Thompson loses the ball as he attempts an offload and Northampton can counter. Their momentum is stalled as Joe Launchbury puts in a huge tackle on Luther Burrell.
13'7-7 Conversion - Stephen Myler , Northampton Saints
12'TRY! Northampton hit back! George North and Cobus Reinach take Saints into the Wasps half before Teimana Harrison spins out of a tackle before pinning his ears back for the line.
12'7-5 Try - Teimana Harrison , Northampton Saints
9'Wasps back on the attack inside the Northampton 22 but Jamie Gibson is able to force the turnover. Carley deemed the ball was out before the back row made contact with Robson, but it looked close.
7'Brilliant from Wasps as they launch a counter from inside their own 22 that takes play up to the opposite five-metre line before Saints manage to bundle the ball into touch.
6'7-0 Conversion - Jimmy Gopperth , Wasps
5'TRY! Wasps score from their first meaningful attack of the game as Christian Wade shows some serious pace to beat Tuala on the right wing and score his 11th try of the season. That score was made by a lovely line from Jack Willis, who steamed onto a pop pass from Dan Robson to take his side into the 22.
5'5-0 Try - Christian Wade , Wasps
2'Ashee Tuala puts in an up and under that Ben Foden knocks on as he attempts to gather to give Wasps the first scrum of the game.
1'Matthew Carley blows his whistle and Stephen Myler gets us underway at the Ricoh Arena.
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1'Wasps boss Dai Young has endured a difficult week ahaving been forced to release a statement quashing allegations of player unrest at the Ricoh. He will want a big performance from his players this afternoon.
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1'Hello and welcome to live coverage of Wasps' final home game of the Aviva Premiership season, against Northampton Saints.

The hosts will guarantee a playoff place with victory while they will say goodbye to a couple of club stalwarts, including James Haskell and Danny Cipriani. Northampton, meanwhile, are playing for the first time since Rob Horne picked up a career-ending injury against Leicester.
1'0-0 Start of first half