An injury hit Northampton Saints suffered a 39-17 humbling at the hands of the London Irish, who recorded only their second victory in the Premiership this season and on the other hand, The Saints lost their unbeaten record in the league.
The Saints came into the match pretty high on confidence and in spite of the fact that they were missing 11 first team players, they were confident of getting a result at Reading.
However, what transpired when the match transpired can be best described as a blitzkrieg; with The Exiles taking the game to them and securing an 18-0 lead already at half time. The London Irish had tries from Jonathan Joseph, David Paice, Topsy Ojo and Jamie Gibson where as The Saints replied through Tom Wood and Ken Pisi. But what will hurt the league leaders is that they did not expect The Exiles to take the game to them, almost underestimating the side that, at the time of kickoff, was struggling at 11th place in the 12 team league.
Many a expert had already written off The Exiles after they managed to register just a single victory before the match and had deemed as the favorites for the drop, in spite of the fact that the Sale Sharks had made an even worst start to the league. They deemed The Sharks to have a much better team than The Exiles and believe that they can manage a turnaround in the second half of the season.
But the performance that the London Irish put up against The Saints is sure to change their mindsets about the side. Many have even started to believe if they manage to continue at such a rate, they could even end up getting a place in the European spots, which would be unbelievable for the club.