Wasps boss Dai Young admitted he was ‘gutted’ for his players after they saw their Saints hoodoo continue at Adams Park on Saturday.
The High Wycombe-based side suffered their ninth successive defeat to Northampton as Stephen Myler’s last-gasp penalty secured a 17-15 win for Jim Mallinder’s men.
Wasps had looked set to steal the points when Joe Carlisle’s 78th-minute penalty gave them a one-point lead.
But a late scrum penalty for early engagement gave Myler the chance to win it, and it was one he was not prepared to turn down.
“We hadn’t beaten them for four seasons so with 30 seconds to go we thought we had done enough,” said a disappointed Young.
“It took 80 minutes for a penalty to come from a scrum, which is remarkable.
“We had reset and reset all game and then in injury time we have one scrum which goes down and he (referee Matthew Carley) penalises us straight away. I can’t see where that one came from at all really.
“We feel hugely disappointed because that was a game we had worked really hard to win.
“You don’t get that opportunity against Northampton too often so I’m really proud of the players and I’m gutted for them because we had done enough to win that game.
“Northampton are an excellent team and well coached. We knew it was going to be a massive challenge for us but we stuck with it and with a minute to go they knock on and we had a clear advantage but he pulled us back for it.
“It was the first scrum a team had been done on the engagement.”