Josh Bassett gets Wasps back to winning ways against Northampton

• Northampton 22-38 Wasps
• Josh Bassett’s try gave Wasps a deserved win

Wasps, last season’s losing finalists, started the day closer to the bottom of the table than the top after four straight defeats, but as ever they were prepared to run from anywhere and the more mistakes they made, the more they persevered in what was a triumph of the stiletto over the bludgeon.

The way the game is being refereed favours the attacking side at the breakdown, but sides like Wasps thrive on mistakes rather than possession. Their strength is pace out wide and handling. They lacked Northampton’s ball-carrying presence and, initially, were forced to operate behind the gainline and pass under pressure. The tweaks in the way the game is being officiated make it harder for sides to force turnovers and there were two incidents that offered evidence the rules have tilted too far one way.

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