Northampton 24 Glasgow Warriors 15
Northampton Saints came from 15-0 behind to defeat the Glasgow Warriors 24-15 at Franklins Gardens.
In an enthralling opening period, it was the Warriors who had a 15-12 advantage thanks to touchdowns from Josh Strauss and Sean Lamont. Peter Horne added the rest of their points with the boot before Northampton fought back through George Pisi's double. Two further tries in the second half from Stephen Myler and Vasily Artemyev sealed the victory for the hosts. The Saints have started the season well, but a 39-17 thrashing at the hands of London Irish last week gave them the worse possible preparation going into this encounter. And they were on the back foot immediately against Glasgow, who approached the match superbly and took a 3-0 lead through the boot of Horne. Although the opening quarter had yielded just three points, both teams looked to move the ball wide. Northampton's centre Pisi was the next to go close, but some outstanding last-ditch defence prevented him from touching down. They were made to pay for their profligacy as the visitors surged clear through a try from Strauss. The Warriors' stand-off then added the conversion before Glasgow extended the lead to 15-0. The Scottish outfit had shown intent throughout to attack and a sweeping backline move ended in Lamont crossing the whitewash. However, the hosts battled back with well-taken tries from Pisi - the second being set-up by his brother Ken - as they reduced the arrears to three points at the break. Despite their atrocious opening half-hour, the Midlands' side started to control the game just before the interval and the second period continued with Northampton dominating. And they duly completed the comeback when Myler touched down after good hands from the Saints' front-row. While the home team controlled majority of the half, they struggled to put away Glasgow with their stand-off disappointing with the boot, but the victory was sealed when Artemyev went over to gain the bonus-point, with Ryan Lamb converting.