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Summary

  1. Wasps within two points of Exeter in second
  2. Result seals leaders Saracens' play-off spot
  3. Wasps unbeaten at Ricoh Arena in 2016
  4. Miller (2) and Stevenson score Wasps' tries
  5. Myler kicks two penalties for Saints, Gopperth and Daly land Wasps' kicks

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By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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  1. And that's a wrap

    FT: Wasps 28-6 Northampton

    Wasps celebrate Rob Miller's first try

    Wasps did a fine job consolidating their place in the top four and remain very much in the hunt for a home semi-final after beating Northampton.

    It could prove a costly defeat for Saints, as they remain four points adrift of Leicester in the last remaining play-off sport with three games remaining.

    Next up in the Premiership, however, is a season-defining clash with the very Leicester side they are trying to leapfrog.

    Next week, attention turns to Europe for many Premiership clubs.

    For now, is goodbye from us. Thanks, as ever, for following the action here on the BBC Sport website.

  2. Recap

    FT: Wasps 28-6 Northampton

    Rob Miller scored two tries as Wasps beat Northampton to boost their top-four hopes while also sealing leaders Saracens' place in the play-offs. 

    Miller's converted try and a Jimmy Gopperth penalty put Wasps 10-3 up at the break after Saints' Stephen Myler kicked the first points of the game. 

    Myler swapped penalties with Elliot Daly before Miller grabbed his second. 

    Daly's long-range penalty and Jamie Stevenson's try ensured Wasps moved to within two points of second place. 

    Wasps are now seven points clear of fourth-placed Leicester Tigers, while Northampton remain fifth.

  3. FT: Wasps 28-6 Northampton

    Wasps' two-try hero Rob Miller told BT Sport: "We were not at our best and we had to slog out a victory. But at this stage of the season we will take that. The win will really lift the energy in the camp."

  4. Full-time

    Wasps 28-6 Northampton

    Wasps are almost certainly into the play-offs with a resounding win that was sealed in the latter stages.

    Saints who remain fifth, had plenty of good territory but their handling was simply not up to scratch at the vital moments. 

    They face fourth-placed Leicester next weekend. As if that humdinger of a derby needed any extra spice.

  5. Try (Stevenson)

    Wasps 28-6 Northampton

    Replacement Wasps scrum-half Jamie Stevenson bundles over from close range for his first Wasps try and Wasps just about have enough time to get the bonus-point win.

    Jamie Stevenson crosses for Wasps' third try
  6. Penalty (Daly)

    Wasps 23-6 Northampton

    Perfect. Another long-distance effort from Elliot Daly sails over and that's job done. Just four minutes left now.

  7. Wasps 20-6 Northampton

    Elliot Daly fancies a kick from his own half. This would surely wrap up victory for Wasps.

  8. Wasps 20-6 Northampton

    There doesn't seem to be a sting in the tail here. It's all Wasps but they have not made their pressure count and Saints start to throw the ball out under their own posts.

    They visitors need real adventure to get back into this.

  9. Wasps 20-6 Northampton

    Wasps looking to put this game well and truly out of reach now. Jimmy Gopperth finds Christian Wade, whose blistering burst is halted. When play is recycled Rob Miller is so nearly in for his hat-trick try on the right.

    Saints are still have a glimmer of hope as we enter the final 10 minutes.

  10. Try (Miller, Pen Gopperth)

    Wasps 20-6 Northampton

    Is that game over? Great interplay between Craig Hampson and George Smith frees up space for Rob Miller.

    Miller runs a brilliant angle to charge over the line and, with the extras added by Jimmy Gopperth, the lead is now 14 points.

  11. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    A sensational charge by Nathan Hughes who storms out of defence, punts clear giving Christian Wade the chance to put pressure on Saints. It works and Wasps win the penalty and kick for the corner.

  12. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Another promising moment comes to nothing for Saints.

    Ben Foden and Courtney Lawes combine out wide on the right but Foden fumbles trying to take an inside pass and Wasps can breathe again.

    Northampton's Courtney Lawes breaks a tackle
  13. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    It's not a head injury assessment for Lee Dickson, but he will play no further part. We restart play and are into the final 17 minutes. Just one converted try in the game.

  14. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Wasps' Elliot Daly tackles Lee Dickson as he scrambles for possession on the deck and the Saints man is being assessed for a head injury. There's a bit of delay.

    He's walking off the pitch and will be replaced while he is checked out further.

  15. Missed penalty (Daly)

    Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Another monumental kick from Wasps centre Elliot Daly, but this time it's just shy. As you were.

  16. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Defences still very much on top. Lots of puffed-out cheeks and exasperated looks but not a lot of quality when it really counts. The game has been bubbling under all afternoon. It's just not quite boiled over. Yet.

    Nothampton's Tom Wood runs into Wasps' Thomas Young
  17. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    A quick Saints penalty leads to nothing. Good ambition and smart thinking from the visitors but once again it's sloppy handling and the ball rolls out of play. Scrappy.

  18. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Rob Miller takes a great catch under pressure from another Stephen Myler skier. Wasps have looked good under the high ball today. There will no doubt be more tests to come though.

  19. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Christian Wade looks groggy and would probably say it was, but Wade was going down as Harry Mallinder came flying in and it's just a penalty for Wasps. No yellow card.

    Referee Luke Pearce warns Harry Mallinder of Northampton Saints about his tackle on Christian Wade of Wasps
  20. Wasps 13-6 Northampton

    Is that a swinging arm from Harry Mallinder on Christian Wade? The tv match official wants another look.