Northampton Saints reached the Amlin Challenge Cup final by beating three-times winners Harlequins. Saints built a solid lead through two Stephen Myler penalties and a Tom Collins try, with Ben Botica's penalty the only first-half score for Quins. Saints's Kahn Fotuali'i broke away to touch down, but Nick Easter replied. Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "It was a hard-fought win and was always going to be tough because Quins are a good side." The visitors failed to mount late pressure as Saints battled through. Northampton, winners of the Challenge Cup four years ago, now have the chance of a Premiership and European double as they head to the Cardiff final at the same time as pursuing a home play-off in the league. Mallinder added: "Defensively we were very good for 80 minutes and stopped a lot of their threats. "George North has a calf strain, hopefully it's not too bad. He picked it up in the warm-up and thought he was okay to carry on but clearly wasn't 100%. "Tom Collins hasn't been selected for the England Under-20s so they must have some brilliant wingers. He's been great for us all season. "Kahn is a special player. There were two outstanding nines on the field with Danny Care for them, but I thought we marshalled him well." Quins, whose three successes in this competition are the highest of any club, will now turn their attention to sneaking into the Premiership top four.
Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final