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Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 10: Round-up

The Aviva Premiership Rugby weekend belonged to Andy Goode as records tumbled at the Ricoh Arena where the Wasps fly-half produced a Christmas cracker to remember.

In front of a record Aviva Premiership home crowd of 28,254, Goode collected a competition record 33 points as Wasps beat London Irish 48-16 to mark their arrival in Coventry on Sunday.

Joe Simpson, Goode, Elliot Daly and Andrea Masi dotted down to secure maximum points at the Ricoh, while the man-of-the-match also kicked eight penalties and a pair of conversions.

“Christmas has come early,” said Goode. “I’ll have a big Christmas dinner as well but it’s amazing.

“The boys put in some hard work up front – Ed Shervington, James Haskell – to get me some penalties to kick and then we’ve got the bonus point at the end, which makes it even more special.

“What a spectacle. To have 28,500 people, the people of Coventry have come out to support us and we’re delighted with it.

“This is my second year at the club but there are guys who have been here years and years – backroom staff, kit men and all the fans as well – and we have seen some tough times over the last few years.

“We were 20 minutes away from going bust and to see the effort that everyone off the field has put in to get to today, it just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.”

On Saturday, Saracens re-discovered their clinical edge as a Richard Wigglesworth hat-trick led them to a 78-7 thrashing of bottom club London Welsh.

Sarries ran in 11 tries in total – all but one converted by Owen Farrell – and Exiles boss Justin Burnell admitted they have no option but to produce a meaningful response next weekend.

“We've got to pick up three wins out of the next 12 games and obviously you want to hope that teams around you don't pick theirs up,” he said.

“We've got to get something out of the (London Irish) game and pick some others up. It's a huge game, and it's a game that we'll be going into to get a result and they're no different to us.”

Bath Rugby pulled one over their local rivals Gloucester as Matt Garvey crossed over twice to help inflict a 39-16 victory over the Cherry and Whites at Kingsholm.

Northampton Saints battled their way to a derby victory against Leicester Tigers, despite captain Dylan Hartley’s first-half red card – Jamie Elliott flying over late on to win it 23-19 in dramatic fashion.

Fly-half Tim Swiel kicked five penalties as Harlequins saw off a plucky Newcastle Falcons side 15-7 at the Stoop, impressing director of rugby Conor O’Shea as he went.

“I thought that Matt Hopper and George Lowe in the midfield were just brilliant,” said O’Shea. “They just worked their socks off. I'm very lucky that we have got Tim Swiel down here.

“He can kick. He's a fella who I hope will have a great experience for four months and I wouldn't mind seeing a lot more of him after Super Rugby, he can play a multitude of positions and is a very talented English-qualified player.”

And the only Friday night fixture saw Sale Sharks send high-flying Exeter Chiefs back to the South West with only a losing bonus point, after Danny Cipriani and Mark Cueto each crossed the whitewash.
 
SUNDAY
 
Wasps 48 London Irish 16
 
Wasps
Tries: Simpson, Goode, Daly, Masi
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Goode 8
 
London Irish
Tries: Cross
Conversions: Homer
Penalties: Homer 3
 
Referee: Tom Foley
Attendance: 28,254
 
SATURDAY
 
Gloucester Rugby 16 Bath Rugby 39
 
Gloucester Rugby
Try: Robson
Conversion: Hook
Penalties: Laidlaw 3
 
Bath Rugby
Tries: Penalty, Garvey 2
Conversions: Ford 3
Penalties: Ford 6
 
Referee: Greg Garner
Attendance: 15,780
 
Northampton Saints 23 Leicester Tigers 19
 
Northampton Saints
Tries: Waller, Foden, Elliott
Conversions: Myler
Penalties: Myler 2
 
Leicester Tigers
Tries: Penalty, Goneva 2
Conversions: Williams, Burns
 
Referee: JP Doyle
Attendance: 13,591
 
Saracens 78 London Welsh 7
 
Saracens
Tries: Vunipola 2, Sharman, Kruis, Ashton, Wray, Wigglesworth 3, Barrington, Ransom,
Conversions: Farrell 10
Penalties: Farrell
 
London Welsh
Tries: Kear
Conversions: Robinson
 
Referee: Ian Tempest
Attendance: 8,037
 
Harlequins 15 Newcastle Falcons 7
 
Harlequins
Penalties: Swiel 5
 
Newcastle
Tries: Al Tuilagi
Conversions: Socino
 
Referee: Matthew Carley
Attendance: 13,658
 
FRIDAY
 
Sale Sharks 18 Exeter Chiefs 11
 
Sale Sharks
Tries: Cueto, Cipriani
Conversions: Cipriani
Penalties: Cipriani 2
 
Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Waldrom
Penalties: Steenson 2
 
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Attendance: 5,266
 
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