Wasps win with 14, Saracens topple Newcastle, Worcester shock Exeter, Leicester fall to Gloucester and Sale survive a London Irish fightback in the latest round of Aviva Premiership action.
Wasps win with 14 at The Stoop
Wasps survived the early dismissal of Kyle Eastmond to inflict a heavy 44-22 defeat on Harlequins on Sunday afternoon.
Eastmond was sent off in the 17th minute for a dangerous high challenge on Marcus Smith. It was the second time in a month a Wasps player had been given his marching orders at the Stoop after James Haskell was dismissed in a European Champions Cup clash.
This time around it was Wasps who were the winners as they moved up to third in the Premiership table.
Thomas Young scored two tries for the visitors, with Juan De Jongh, Tom Cruse, Josh Bassett and Willie Le Roux grabbing one apiece.
Danny Cipriani nailed four conversions and kicked two penalties.
Tim Visser, Charlie Matthews and Aaron Morris were Harlequins’ try-scorers, with Smith adding a penalty and two conversions.
Saracens topple Newcastle
Richard Barrington and Max Malins both scored tries as Saracens defeated Newcastle 25-3 at Allianz Park.
The hosts were in control for most of the contest with their superb defence keeping out the Falcons.
With Exeter suffering a surprise home loss to Worcester, European champions Sarries closed to within a point of the top of the table.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall had made wholesale changes to the side that was easily defeated by the Chiefs in the Anglo-Welsh Cup last weekend.
Will Skelton was the only player to retain his place in the team at lock, with Liam Williams coming into the side on the wing having been released by Wales.
Meanwhile Ben Spencer started at scrum-half after Richard Wigglesworth’s England call-up.
Worcester stun Exeter
Worcester pulled off one of the shocks of the Aviva Premiership season by defeating defending champions Exeter 6-5 in a low scoring attritional battle at Sandy Park.
After 11 successive league losses at the hands of Exeter since 2011, Warriors secured a famous away victory over the league leaders thanks to two Chris Pennell penalties with Mitch Lees scoring the only try of the game for Exeter.
Leicester fall to Gloucester
Gloucester entered the Aviva Premiership top three as they ground struggling Leicester to a 24-17 defeat at Kingsholm.
It was Leicester’s fifth defeat in six league games and it was an improved performance, featuring tries from wing Nick Malouf and fly-half Joe Ford, with the No 10 converting both and centre Matt Toomua landing a last kick penalty.
Gloucester missed out on a try bonus-point as centre Henry Trinder crossed twice and replacement Matt Scott added the third try.
Centre Billy Twelvetrees kicked a penalty and three conversions.
Sale survive Irish fightback
Sale Sharks survived a late fightback from London Irish to come away with a narrow 13-9 victory at the Madejski Stadium courtesy of a Josh Strauss try.
The visitors consistently and aggressively bombarded London Irish with pressure in the first-half and their persistence was rewarded when Strauss sprawled over the line to put the visitors 10-3 ahead at the break.
However, the tables turned in the second-half as Sale showed moments of indiscipline and Tommy Bell’s boot kept the Irish on the Sharks’ tail.
The Exiles pushed for the line late on to try and steal a victory but last season’s Championship winners remain without a win in the Premiership since the opening day of the season.