Northampton 21 Worcester 22
There seems to be a highly competitive rivalry starting to develop between Worcester and Northampton.
Last season, the Warriors thumped the Saints both home and away, including the dramatic season finale at Sixways. Then, in October, Northampton thumped John Brain's men 22-7 in the Powergen Cup to gain a small slice of revenge.
Now to back up those titanic clashes, Saturday's match had all the ingredients and drama of a local derby encounter.
In-form Worcester held a comfortable ten-point lead before Northampton battled back to edge in front. The visitors regained control and if a last-gasp Bruce Reihana penalty, nine minutes into injury time, had gone through the posts the home side could have ended a miserable fivegame losing streak.
But these two clubs are heading in different directions and, although it may be a little early to say, one suspects that these two clubs won't be repeating that relegation dogfight from last season this time round.
With six wins in seven games, Worcester are riding high and luck is clearly on their side, as was proved at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
In fact Northampton director of rugby Budge Pountney summed up the feeling of Saints' 10,000-plus fans in just two words after the match: "Absolutely gutted".
Worcester's head coach, Anthony Eddy, was relieved, to say the least. He admitted the Warriors didn't reach their potential but the scoreline mattered more.
"The Powergen Cup result may have been in the back of the players' minds, but we knew this was the Premiership and this was much more important to us," said the Australian.
"We would have been disappointed if that last kick had gone over. We had chances to score tries but unfortunately we did not execute them. However, I am pleased to be taking home the points," he added.
Fly-half Shane Drahm was the hero of the day, with the Queenslander bagging all 22 of Worcester's points against his old club.
Drahm starting the pointscoring with a try on six minutes, after kick-starting an excellent move. The No 10 played in centre Thomas Lombard, who carved open the Saints line before laying off to Kai Horstmann. It eventually found its way back into the grasp of Drahm, who dived over in the right-hand corner.
A Drahm penalty lifted the lead to 10-0 on 15 minutes and Worcester were looking comfortable. Northampton full-back Reihana put three points on the board on 19 minutes before Drahm replied with a penalty moments later.
The sin-binning of Horstmann then briefly changed the pattern of the game and just after the half-hour mark, Darren Fox slipped out of a driving maul to add a converted try for the hosts.
Player numbers were levelled on 37 minutes when Northampton's Seamus Mallon picked up a yellow card and Drahm tucked away the resulting penalty.
But with Warriors' Drew Hickey being next to go in the sin bin before the interval and skipper Reihana adding a late penalty, Northampton were still in with a chance.
Then, eight minutes into the second half, fly-half Carlos Spencer skipped past a string of challenges to lay off Rhodri Davies who burst through to touch down and hand the home side the lead.
Reihana then strengthened their position with a penalty. However, when Drahm sent over his second penalty in eight minutes towards the end, even the stadium announcer was devastated, accidentally announcing 21-21 instead of 22-21.
Reihana could have snatched a much-needed win for Saints deep into injury time, but the last kick of the game sailed wide of the mark.