Jimmy Gopperth steers Wasps to victory to end Northampton’s unbeaten start
- Wasps 26-20 Northampton
- Fly-half kicks two penalties as second-half replacement
It has been a weekend for fly-halves coming off the bench and having a decisive say and if Jimmy Gopperth is at the other end of the spectrum to Marcus Smith, the veteran New Zealander proved every bit as important in Wasps’ hard-fought victory over Northampton.
The 38-year-old came on midway through the second half and kicked two pivotal penalties to ensure Wasps edged out Northampton in an entertaining clash. Jacob Umaga impressed at No 10 for the hosts but he was wayward from the tee and Gopperth’s key interventions, with Gabriel Oghre in the sin-bin, kept the visitors at bay.
Source: Rugby – The Guardian