Dan Evans scores twice as Ospreys hold off Saints in Champions Cup thriller

• Northampton 32-43 Ospreys
• Ospreys win despite flurry of Northampton tries late on

If Northampton were in a hole before this defeat – as their captain and chairman had said – they had all but dug their own graves, and perhaps even that of their director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, until a remarkable rally that at the very least warmed up those frozen spectators who had not abandoned their side.

With less than 20 minutes to go the Ospreys led by 30 points and Northampton looked desperate in almost every department, but they then proceeded to score four tries in the space of eight minutes. The last was scored by Harry Mallinder but after one of numerous late fights broke out immediately afterwards, he was shown a yellow card. The conversion, taken by Cobus Reinach, was missed and that left Northampton 11 points adrift.

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