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Rugby Union: SAINTS celebrated taking a giant step towards.

Northampton 8

Wasps 6

SAINTS celebrated taking a giant step towards Premiership safety and left Phil Vickery and Wasps counting the cost at Franklin's Gardens after an 8-6 defeat.

The Saints' victory hinged on the incident that saw the England prop sin-binned in the 51st minute by referee David Rose.

Video evidence of the stamping could lead to a citing for Vickery, who faces a month or so on the sidelines if found guilty.

But more costly for Wasps was the immediate effect of his exit. Two scrums later the Wasps pack was shoved backwards for Daniel Browne to claim the game's only try.

"We pushed them over immediately after the yellow card so it was a pretty significant ten minutes," said Saints boss Paul Grayson.

His side had looked out on their feet at the end of the first half when they trailed 6-3 and saw Steve Thompson sin-binned for lying over the ball.

But they responded by launching a spirited counter-attack and Wasps failed to turn their chances into points.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2006
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