Bath had looked equal to the challenge for much of the game, but a losing bonus point leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table, looking to recruit a defence coach after an external review into their abysmal form ahead of Friday's match. Exeter Chiefs - Northampton Saints live - 25 September 2021 The next Northampton game on TV is Northampton v Exeter in a Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture. It's being played on 04 November 2022 and the match kicksListen: Premiership - Northampton Saints v Exeter ChiefsBBCSportHomeFootballCricketFormula 1Rugby UTennisGolfAthleticsCyclingWinter SportsWorld CupHomeFootballCricketFormula 1Rugby UTennisGolfAthleticsCyclingWinter SportsWorld CupA-Z SportsAmerican FootballAthleticsBasketballBoxingCricketCyclingDartsDisability SportFootballFormula 1Gaelic GamesGet InspiredGolfGymnasticsHorse RacingMixed Martial ArtsMotorsportNetballOlympic SportsRugby LeagueRugby UnionSnookerSwimmingTennisWinter SportsFull Sports A-ZMore from SportEnglandScotlandWalesNorthern IrelandNews FeedsHelp & FAQsRugby Union Scores & FixturesTablesAll TeamsEnglishScottishWelshIrish Related Video and AudioPlay audio Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs from BBC Radio NorthamptonPlay audio Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs from BBC Radio DevonAnd we'll keep you signed in.
Bath celebrate Miles Reid's opening try Miles Reid's try and the kicking of Orlando Bailey, who converted the flanker's score and kicked three penalties, looked to have put Bath in a good position to go on and claim a much-needed win. But Slade kept their West Country rivals in touch with two penalties, as did Josh Iosefa-Scott's converted try three minutes into the second half before Simmonds came up with the game-breaking moment five minutes from time.
They put in a great performance at Bath, they got five points. They put nearly a very good performance today. They're playing some good rugby the boys at the moment. We could be sat here four from four, we're sat here one from four. You've got to keep trusting everything we're doing and we will end up winning those games we are losing. We will just have to take two points today. " Exeter speculation - game in doubt? "I am not looking at any speculation. We're preparing as if we're playing Exeter next week. " Difficult to prepare the team? "Not too bad. The problem with getting too emotionally attached and struggling... you have to play a Premiership game - and it's brutal. And, if you're not quite on it then you'll get beat up. But the boys and staff have been really good.
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"Joe was a back spasm. The other two lads who pulled out were due to illness. [Koch, T. Willis]. Dan Robson was a concussion. " So gutted "They worked so hard. The work rate was outstanding, they put a lot of effort into it. There was a lot of guys having their first game of the season out there in the Premiership. There was loads of pleasing parts to it, if we could've just seen it through and that's why we're so gutted. You look at the last 12 minutes, conceding three tries, once we went down to 14, with the penalty try and the red card, then conceded two more during that period. " Off-the-field issues make an impact? "I think everyone at first is really positive and hopes it comes through. It's only natural, the longer it carries on, the more people will start to get worried. I don't think it has [had an impact] the players have been really good.
But obviously the last couple of minutes was painful to watch. " Costly kick-off receptions "It was obviously big. There's plenty of little things we will look at but definitely our kick-offs and the amount of points they got from starting from there was definitely an issue. " Umaga's red card "I only saw it live. I knew immediately it was likely to be a pen try. I probably thought yellow card live. It's gone to the TMO and they obviously saw it as a red. I am not commenting anything against that I just knew we were likely to lose a man at that time. Hoping Jacob was okay was the first thing. But second thing was what we were going to do to address the back three coverage.
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Painful to watch "It's a tough one. I am most disappointed because so much has happened in the last 24 hours in terms of the guys chopping and changing, Joe Launchbury somehow managed to get to half-time. There's been a load of late changes, to come away with a five-point win, would've been awesome.
The match was played out to the backdrop of uncertainty regarding Wasps' financial future, with reports of a possible takeover bid spearheaded by former chief executive David Armstrong emerging before kick-off. Tries from Jack Willis, Gabriel Oghre, Charlie Atkinson and Paolo Odogwu - plus five successful Umaga kicks threatened to lift the gloom surrounding the Black and Golds. But Saints remained in the fight with Coles' first try, Ollie Sleightholme crossing in the second half and Dan Biggar kicking three penalties. The game swung on Umaga's 66th-minute red card for taking Courtnall Skosan in the air, which was also punished with a penalty try. After the game, Blackett spoke to a busy media room, below is every word he said to the written press...
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