London Wasps had three players sent to the sin bin as they fell to their first home Premiership defeat since the opening weekend of the season as Northampton Saints sealed a smash and grab raid in the snow at Adams Park with a 26-24 victory.
A last gasp try from Christian Day levelled the scores at 24-24 and Stephen Myler's conversion sent the Saints marching on to victory - their eighth in a row over Wasps. Defeat leaves the home side struggling to reach the end of season Play-Offs, but they still have their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final clash with Leinster to look forward to on Friday, 5 April.
Before then Dai Young will have to tighten up his side's defensive display at close range line-outs. By half-time the Saints had bagged three tries via that route and forced two Wasps forwards to commit yellow card offences.
A third followed in the second half and playing with a man down for 30 minutes obviously worked against the European quarter-finalists.
"They used their one weapon well. They didn't try or didn't need to play in the other way. The top and bottom of it was you are always going to struggle when you cannot stop driving line-outs," said Wasps director of rugby, Young.
England international Tom Palmer managed 50 minutes on his return to action after three months on the sidelines after surgery on his calf muscle injury and scrum half Joe Simpson notched his 100th appearance for the club.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.