Two tries for Reihana as Saints go marching on

Northampton 33 Glasgow 23

The full-back bagged two great tries to make sure of the vital bonus point to give Northampton a back-door ticket into the quarter-finals as one of the top group runners-up.

Glasgow had looked on course for a shock first win of a dismal campaign as they opened up an interval lead. But their resistance ended when Saints staged a strong fightback in the wake of an ear-bashing from coach Budge Pountney.

Dan Parks gave Glasgow a deserved lead with a straightforward penalty from 24 metres following an offside verdict by Welsh referee Nigel Whitehouse. Saints were stung into a session of attacking action and they snatched the initiative almost immediately. Wing John Rudd surged into the 22 and popped a superb contact pass to Reihana, who powered over for the first try. Paul Grayson's conversion crashed back off the upright.

But Parks slotted his second penalty from close range to grab back the lead for the enterprising visitors and then Glasgow ended up with a remarkable touchdown. Sean Lamont's anticipation was spot on as he raced in to grab a floated pass out of the air on his own 22 and with all the home markers committed, he was left with an unopposed cruise to the target.

Parks slotted the extras to give the Scots an unlikely eight-point cushion, stunning the sell-out crowd of more than 12,000 into silence.

The visitors suffered a setback in the dying seconds of the half, however, when Kenny Logan was sent to the sin-bin for deliberate obstruction.

Furious Pountney made wholesale changes for the restart including the introduction of Tom Smith and right away Saints looked much more hungry and potent.

After a bout of heavy pressure, it was no surprise when Ben Cohen battled through for the second home try converted by substitute Shane Drahm.

Glasgow enjoyed a reprieve when Drahm was off the mark with a penalty. But their resistance buckled again as number eight Mark Soden claimed touchdown number three, and Drahm safely converted.

Parks clawed back three points with an angled penalty, but Reihana's second try and Drahm's kick made sure for Saints.

There was still time for captain Steve Thompson to add another, before Glasgow had the last word with a scrambled score by Graeme Beveridge.

Scorers for Northampton: Tries: Reihana 2, Cohen, Soden, Thompson. Cons: Drahm 4.

Glasgow scorers: Tries: S. Lamont, Mather. Cons: Parks 2. Pens: Parks 3.

NORTHAMPTON: Reihana, Rudd, Cohen, Stcherbina, Tucker, Grayson, Howard, Sturgess, Thompson, Morris, Seely, Lord, Blowers, Fox, Soden. Replacements: Richmond for Rudd (80), Vilk for Stcherbina (78), Drahm for Grayson (40), Jones for Howard (78), Smith for Sturgess (40), Browne for Lord (40), Krige for Soden (62).

GLASGOW: Howarth, S. Lamont, Craig, Morrison, Logan, Parks, Beveridge, Tckachuk, Bulloch, Kelly, Beardshaw, Turner, Mather, Wilson, Petrie. Replacements: Henderson for Morrison (62), Lawson for Bulloch (62), Prescott for Kelly (64), Dearlove for Beardshaw (76), Beattie for Petrie (65).

Referee: N Whitehouse (WRFU).

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