Apr 20, 2014 at 2pm UK at ​Franklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
36-21
London Irish
Elliott (12', 36'), Fotuali'i (29'), Ma'afu (41'), Waller (80')
FT
Fenby (58'), Geraghty (60'), Sinclair (66')

Result: Northampton Saints survive London Irish scare

Northampton Saints survive a spirited comeback to beat London Irish 29-21 at Franklin's Gardens this afternoon.

Northampton Saints survived a spirited comeback to beat London Irish 36-21 at Franklin's Gardens this afternoon.

Luther Burrell of Northampton breaks with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and London Irish at Franklin's Gardens on April 20, 2014© Getty Images

The rampant Saints raced into a healthy 24-0 half-time lead, as two converted tries from winger Jamie Elliot and another from Kahn Fotuali'i gave the hosts a commanding advantage at the break.

It was as you were early in the second half as prop Salesi Ma'afu touched down, before fly-half Stephen Myler missed his first conversion of the afternoon to preserve the 29-point deficit.

Andy Fenby crossed for the visitors on 58 minutes for what seemed like a mere consolation, but further converted tries from Shane Geraghty and flanker Jebb Sinclair reduced the arrears to just eight points with 13 minutes to play.

However, Alex Waller added another converted score late on as Jim Mallinder's side moved within seven points of leaders Saracens in the Aviva Premiership table.

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