|Leicester (19) 28|
|Try: B Youngs Con: Henry Pens: Henry 5, Steward Drop-goal: Henry|
|Northampton (10) 24|
|Tries: Penalty Try, Hill, Taylor Cons: Biggar 3 Pen: Biggar|
Leicester earned only a second win in seven matches since the Premiership resumed as they overcame lacklustre rivals Northampton at Welford Road.
Ben Youngs marked his 250th club appearance with an early try and three Zach Henry penalties made it 16-3.
Saints managed a penalty try but Freddie Steward’s 50m penalty and Henry’s fourth kick extended the lead before Paul Hill’s superbly-taken try.
But a drop-goal and penalty from Henry confirmed Saints’ fifth straight loss.
They did earn a bonus point thanks to Henry Taylor’s try with the last move of the match, but in truth the final scoreline flattered the visitors.
This was a sixth defeat in seven matches since the resumption of league action last month, and will hardly inspire confidence Chris Boyd’s side can upset Exeter when they travel to Devon for next Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.
They remain in seventh place, while Leicester – who have spent most of the season with only already-relegated Saracens below them – leapfrog Worcester into 10th spot.
More to follow.
Leicester: Steward; Murimurivalu, Porter, Scott, Nadolo; Henry, Youngs; Gigena, Youngs (c), Cole, Lavanini, Green, Wells, Wallace, Liebenberg
Replacements: Clare, Genge, Leatigaga, Smith, Taufua, White, McPhillips, Potter
Northampton: Furbank; Tuala, Proctor, Hutchinson, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Mitchell; van Wyk, Fish, Franks, Ribbans, Ratuniyarawa, Lawes, Ludlam, Harrison (c)
Replacements: Haywood, Iyogun, Hill, Moon, Isiekwe, Tonks, Taylor, Dingwall
Referee: Wayne Barnes