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What you might have missed: Aviva Premiership Rugby Round Two

What you might have missed: Aviva Premiership Rugby Round Two

The 2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby season is now two rounds old after all 12 teams returned to action over the weekend.

There were momentums to maintain, scores to settle and reputations to restore following the thrills and spills of Round One at the start of the month.

So in case you missed anything at all, here’s our rundown of all the key points.

Sale Sharks 12 Newcastle Falcons 13

Newcastle Falcons jetted off for their Stateside showdown with Saracens in Philadelphia on Saturday after pulling a fast one at Sale Sharks on Friday night.

Falcons made it two wins from two by edging out Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium with a last-gasp penalty try and there are promising signs for Dean Richards’ men, who haven’t begun an Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign with back-to-back victories since 2004.

The returning Toby Flood and fellow summer signigns Maxime Mermoz have also yet to feature, although the latter is expected to take to the field in the United States next weekend.

Bath 31 Saracens 21

Semesa Rokoduguni has proven before that he can be one of the championship’s deadliest finishers and in the latter stages of Bath’s first home game of the season, he exploded into life to put Saracens to the sword.

The two-time England international scored a brace of late tries to help Bath to a victory over the reigning European champions.

Saracens had looked on-track for their seventh victory at The Rec in nine Aviva Premiership Rugby visits but Rokoduguni came to the fore at the death to hand Todd Blackadder’s troops a second successive victory.

Harlequins 28 Gloucester 17

Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after he temporarily stopped breathing during Harlequins’ win over Gloucester Rugby on Saturday.

The 28-year-old, a summer signing from Montpellier, was struck on the throat by a shoulder in the 13th minute and required oxygen before he was taken off on a stretcher but the South African does not require surgery.

His replacement, 18-year-old Marcus Smith, went on to rack up 10 points and guide Harlequins to their first success of the season.

Exeter Chiefs 37 London Irish 7

After a dramatic defeat at the hands of Gloucester in Round One, defending champions Exeter Chiefs got their 2017-18 campaign off the ground by beating newly-promoted London Irish.

As Chiefs dominated proceedings at Sandy Park, flanker Don Armand made his mark on the contest with a fine two-try showing.

Exeter’s defence barely gave Irish a sniff all game – save for Alex Lewington’s try – and, as always, Rob Baxter’s side look like they’ll be a fearsome proposition at Sandy Park this season.

Northampton Saints 24 Leicester Tigers 11

Northampton Saints bounced back from their humbling 55-24 defeat at the hands of Saracens at Twickenham in Round One in assured fashion.

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A first victory over East Midlands rivals Leicester for the first time since December 2014 at Franklin’s Gardens was just the tonic.

Saints’ Luther Burrell, who scored one of his side’s two first-half tries, revealed that he and his teammates had been chewed out by Jim Mallinder following their miserable display at Rugby HQ on September 2, so would have been thrilled to see Northampton respond so emphatically.

Worcester Warriors 10 Wasps 24

Worcester Warriors will be far from happy to find themselves bottom of the pile following the first two rounds of the season but injury worries will perhaps be a bigger concern to director of rugby Gary Gold.

They lost Nick Schonert to a suspected broken ankle in their 24-10 home defeat to Wasps on Sunday, leaving them with two fit fly-halves.

British & Irish Lion Ben Te’o was also once again forced off with an ongoing arm injury and likely won’t be the only Warrior wrapped in cotton wool ahead of Worcester’s Round Three clash with Exeter at Sixways on Friday night.

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