There will be no silverware lining for Saints this season after they slipped to an agonising 13-12 Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final defeat to Bath on Friday night.
On a horrible night in the west country, with rain pouring down throughout, Saints were leading 12-10 going into the final stages thanks to four penalties from the boot of Stephen Myler.
But then a moment of madness from Teimana Harrison saw the Saints forward, on his 100th appearance for the club, aim a headbutt at the home side’s Nathan Catt.
Contact was minimal, but the intent was there, and once the incident had been reviewed by the TMO, referee Adam Jones red-carded the Saints man and awarded the home side a penalty.
Bath kicked the three points to edge in front, and it was a lead they weren’t going to give up as they booked their place in the final against Exeter at Kingsholm this weekend.
Chron photograper Kirsty Edmonds braved the appalling conditions at the Recreation Ground to capture the action, and here is a selection of her pictures.