We round-up last weekend’s action in the Aviva Premiership ahead of this weekend’s exciting clashes….
Harlequin’s send Wasps off winning track
Wasps’s 20-game unbeaten run at the Ricoh arena was smashed by Harlequins, with 18-year-old-fly-half Marcus Smith putting in a very impressive performance and taking home man of the match credits. The match ended in a 24-21 win.
Saracens victors Philadelphia
Owen Farrell plays his trump kicking card, proving how good he is once again and sealing the 29-7 win for Saracens over in Philadelphia with 5 penalties and a conversion. This was only the second game to be played outside of the UK and players have said of the game that it was so hot it felt like playing in the rain.
Exeter Chiefs on top form
Defending champions Exeter Chiefs put down their second victory of the season, seeing off Worcester Warriors at Sixways thanks to flanker Sam Simmonds who scored 2 of the 5 Exeter tries. Exeter head coach Ali Hepher: “I am chuffed to bits with the attitude we are showing. We are in the right frame of mind to go and attack teams, which is really pleasing and what we wanted. The final score was 41-10.
Northampton Saints dominate against Bath
It wasn’t a great day for Bath at Franklin Gardens as they put in a less than impressive performance in front of Eddie Jones who was sitting in the stands. Sam Underhill drew the most attention on the pitch for Bath, making more tackles than any the player on the field and Saints’ Courtney Lawes was described as ‘leading by example – every single impact he does something positive whether it’s his carried or his defence or getting his timing right on opposition tens’ – Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder.
Sale Sharks sweep up 36-7 victory against London Irish
Denny Solonoma was instrumental in securing Sale Sharks their first win of the campaign, showing impressive teamwork with teammate Faf de Klerk, who Steve Diamond described as ‘lifting the team’.
Nick Kennedy, director of rugby at London Irish said his side will ‘learn from this loss, take it on the chin and move on to next week’s game’.
Leicester soar back after consecutive losses to win first match of the season
Having not yet won a match, Leicester Tigers were hungry for a win on Saturday and achieved just that over Gloucester at Welford Road. The 24-10 result places Leicester one place above Tigers in the league table – the Cherry and Whites have only won a single game away from home in the past year and will need to up their game to stay in the race for the title.