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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 May, 2003, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
Clockwatch: Wasps v N'ton

All the action as Wasps take on Northampton for a place in the Zurich Premiership final against Gloucester.


1940: Referee Chris White blows the final whistle to confirm Wasps' place in the Premiership final against Gloucester at Twickenham in two weeks time.

1939: Wasps lock Simon Shaw is tackled a couple of yards short of the line.

1938: Northampton try to run from deep as the match enters injury time but turn over possession and find themselves right back in their 22.

1936: Northampton are still hanging in as Wasps' Alex King misses a penalty attempt from the Saints 10-metre line.

1935: Saints continue to carry the fight to Wasps but Bruce Reihana is penalised for playing the ball on the floor after being tackled inside the home 22.

1933: Josh Lewsey is halted on a lone breakaway by referee Chris White's whistle after receiving a forward pass from Simon Shaw.

1931: Andrew Blowers is replaced by Grant Seely, the New Zealander following Paul Grayson and John Leslie in having to go off injured.

1930: Alex King is just wide with a snap drop goal attempt from just inside the Northampton half.

1928: Alex King's prefectly-weighted kick takes Wasps to within 10 yards of the Northampton line. But Saints win a scrum, allowing Bruce Reihana to make some crucial yardage downfield.

1925: Mark Connors' hopeful punt puts Wasps under pressure in their 22, but Alex King clears the danger.

1918: Both teams are now running ball from all corners of the field, but it is Wasps who make a potentially decisive move by teeing up Alex King for a drop goal that takes them two scores clear.
Wasps 19-10 Saints

1914: Mattie Stewart returns to the field with Saints having kept their line intact in his absence.

1908: Rob Howley makes a 40-yard break after escaping around the side of a ruck but fails to spot Josh Lewsey in a scoring position and is swallowed up by the Saints defence.

1904: Northampton prop Mattie Stewart is sent to the sin-bin for killing the ball. Alex King kicks the penalty to extend Wasps' lead.
Wasps 16-10 Saints

1903: Wasps roar back downfield and force successive line-outs five metres from the Northampton line. But Saints hooker Steve Thompson turns over possession to relieve the pressure.

1859: Ben Cohen puts Northampton back in the match within two minutes of the restart, standing up Josh lewsey to score a try at the left flag. Bruce Reihana converts from the touchline.
Wasps 13-10 Saints


1845: Referee Chris White blows his whistle to end a frustrating first half for Wasps, despite their interval lead.
HT: Wasps 13-3 Saints

1842: James Brooks plays a loose pass, Alex King hacks through and Nick Beal is unable to deal with the loose ball as Fraser Waters claims the first try of the game for Wasps. King adds the conversion.
Wasps 13-3 Saints

1841: The home side win a penalty 25 metres out and Alex King finally puts Wasps back in front to reward their constant pressure.
Wasps 6-3 Saints

1839: Wasps hammer away at the Saints defence again but Lawence Dallaglio loses the ball on the line and Northampton somehow clear their lines.

1838: Alex King hacks on a loose James Brooks kick and Stuart Abbott kicks ahead to the line, but Saints scrum-half Ian Vass recovers superbly to avert the danger.

1836: Wasps continue to press but are again frustrated as Stuart Abbott is penalised for holding on in the tackle.

1833: Alex Kings kicks a Wasps penalty to touch a few metres out, but the home side again fail to press home their territorial dominance from the line-out.

1829: Wasps hit back immediately with a stirring attack but Lawrence Dallaglio's poor final pass sees another chance go begging.

1827: Simon Shaw is penalised for taking out Matt Lord at a line-out, allowing Saints centre Bruce Reihana to level the match with a nervy kick at goal.
Wasps 3-3 Saints

1825: Ian Vass has a clearing kick charged down by Rob Howley as Saints concede a five-metre scrum, but Wasps blow another try-scoring opportunity.

1824: Paul Grayson is forced off after aggravating an ankle problem, replaced at stand-off by James Brooks.

1823: Wasps flanker Joe Worsley wastes a promising position by knocking on in midfield, then Kenny Logan does likewise as another attack peters out.

1819: Saints stand-off Paul Grayson requires treatment after receiving a late blow from Rob Howley.

1816: Northampton win a turnover in midfield but Wasps centre Fraser Waters intercepts Bruce Reihana's pass to foil a possible Saints overlap.

1813: Ben Cohen puts Saints under pressure again as he kicks out on the full, and Wasps centre Stuart Abbott makes a sidestepping break through the midfield.

1812: Northampton capitalise on a loose Rob Howley pass to hack the ball into Wasps territory for the first time.

1809: Wasps win a scrum in front of the posts and Saints are penalised, Alex King exacting punishment with a simple kick at goal.
Wasps 3-0 Saints

1807: Wasps launch a wave of attacks and Lawrence Dallaglio is held up just short of the line with four defenders hanging off him.

1804: Wasps pile into Saints in the opening minute, forcing the visitors to stray offside. Kenny Logan's penalty from five metres inside the Saints half falls just short.

1802 BST: Alex King kicks off for Wasps.


Team news:

Wasps, who have lost just one of their last 12 games, were at full strength with Stuart Abbott shaking off a rib injury to take his place at centre.

Scrum-half Rob Howley and hooker Trevor Leota also returned to the side.

Northampton were without key players in Matt Dawson, Budge Pountney, Tom Smith and Peter Jorgensen - all sidelined through injury.

Ian Vass deputised for Dawson, with Bruce Reihana switched to centre and Oriol Ripol starting on the right wing.

Matt Stewart started at loosehead prop with Darren Fox again filling in for Pounteny at openside, while Rob Hunter was preferred to Steve Williams at lock.


Teams:

Wasps: Van Gisbergen; Lewsey, Waters, Abbott, Logan; King, Howley; Dowd, Leota, Green, Shaw, Birkett, Worsley, Volley, Dallaglio (capt).

Saints: Beal, Ripol, Reihana, Leslie (capt), Cohen; Grayson, Vass; Stewart, Thompson, Morris, Lord, Hunter, Connors, Fox, Blowers.




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