Result: Northampton Saints get slender win against London Irish

Northampton Saints edge past London Irish in the Aviva Premiership.

Northampton Saints have beaten London Irish in the Aviva Premiership.

The early exchanges included penalty kicks for both sides as dogged defending prevented anyone from crossing the line.

However, James Wilson made the breakthrough midway through the first half to give the Saints a 13-6 lead.

Sailosi Tagicakibau narrowed the deficit for London Irish moments before the end of the first period, breaking through the Saints' rearguard for a try.

Sailosi Tagicakibau of London Irish gets away from the tackle of Kahn Fotuali'i of Northampton to score his team's first try of the game during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Northampton Saints at Madejski Stadium on November 3, 2013© Getty Images

Neither side took control in the opening stages of the second half, although Ian Humphreys brought the hosts to within two points of their opponents with a penalty.

However, Northampton were able to see the game out with six more points from Stephen Myler's boot.

James Wilson of Northampton Saints poses for a portrait at the photocall held at Stowe School on August 8, 2013
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