National One: Pertemps Bees 17 Northampton Saints 27
When the Northampton Saints' own website says their team hardly deserved the win, let alone a bonus point, you can take it that the scoreline and the result was a great injustice to Pertemps Bees.
And when Bees coach and No 8 Russell Earnshaw, who is a refreshingly honest sort of chap, says the refereeing was unacceptable then he deserves to be listened to.
And he did have a point. It did appear that the multi-million pound budget side with their star names did get any rub of the green that was going.
Earnshaw said: "I am pretty close to crying at the moment because I think that had a massive impact on the game."
One example was when Bees' pack turned a Saints' scrum on the Saints' 22 so much that the ball came out on the Bees' side of the field and play carried on. A short while later a Bees' scrum five metres from their own line was turned less yet the decision was to reset with a Saints' put in and from that they got a pushover try.
Another time Bees' wing Uche Oduoza was clear through for a certain try but was pulled back for crossing when it appeared it was the Saints' defence that had managed to get themselves in a tangle. Saints scored from the resulting penalty and maul.
There were positives. But when you are bottom of National One and do not take a point when you could have had four, the gloss is somewhat dulled.
Earnshaw said: "I was pleased with our attack, our defence and the fact we did not stop trying for 80 minutes. I said to the boys we need to keep those standards for the rest of the season. If we play like that for the next six games we will win the next six games and I think everyone now believes that is half the battle."
Bees shocked Saints after only seven minutes when a penalty was dropped in the corner by the excellent fly half Jon Higgins and a catch and drive saw second-row Alex Davidson forced over and Higgins made it 7-0.
A Saints backs' move involving the expensive and somewhat ineffectual All Black Carlos Spencer ended with Bees off-side in their own 22 and a Saints scrum saw No 9 Ian Vass squirm his way through by the posts.
Fly half Barry Everitt, signed for his kicking, missed the bread-and-butter conversion.
Bees dismissed the setback and when Earnshaw broke down the middle three minutes later and released flanker Andy Daish there was a two on one and Daish was through with Higgins making it 14-5.
With 32 minutes gone Bees' flanker Will Matthews was sin-binned for persistent infringement - a move that did not go down well with Bees as a Saints flanker spent the entire match being warned by the referee with no action taken.
Bees appeared to have held out until deep in injury time when No 8 Mark Easter was held up over the line and from the scrum winger and skipper Bruce Reihana went over for a converted try and 14-12 at the break.
A penalty soon after the restart put Saints ahead for the first time but Higgins replied for 17-15.
Three minutes from time Easter went over with the reset scrum for an unconverted score and, as Bees pushed again deep in injury time, we had the Oduoza incident and a try from wing Paul Diggin, converted by Reihana.
Bees came back once more and were awarded a kickable penalty which would have given them a losing bonus point but inexplicably went for the corner and came away with nothing.
PERTEMPS BEES: Spee; Oduoza, Young, Maggs (D Knight 48), Aston; Higgins, Griffiths (P Knight 62); Long (Redelinghuys 62), Pearl (Bick 79), Bucknall, Davidson (Gabey 40), McComb, Matthews, Daish, Earnshaw. Replacements not used: Grove, Preece.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: Spencer; Reihana, Clarke, Downey, Diggin (Ansbro 82); Everitt (Starling 58), Vass (Howard 53); Smith (Fox 73), Hartley, Stewart, Lord, Hoy (Tonga'uiha 63), Rae, Lewitt, Easter. Replacements not used: Shields, Cannon.