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Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 14: Round-Up

Harlequins cannot afford to be beaten by Exeter Chiefs next weekend, according to director of rugby Conor O’Shea, after a dispiriting defeat at Wasps on Sunday.

Quins managed just two Nick Evans penalties while two Wasps penalty tries added to scores from Tom Varndell and Elliot Daly to secure maximum points for the hosts at the Ricoh Arena.

And O’Shea, who is without a handful of experienced players during the international period, is demanding a swift improvement at the Stoop next weekend.

"Some young players are learning some harsh lessons at present and our confidence is brittle at the moment," O'Shea said.

"It's a tough unforgiving league but we will keep fighting. Next week's game against Exeter is a must win for us."

Elsewhere on Sunday, Sale Sharks ran in eight tries to beat London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium, with wingers Will Addison and Tom Arscott each grabbing a double – as did hooker Tommy Taylor.

And Bath missed out on a losing bonus point at Allianz Park, despite a Semesa Rokoduguni double and a try for Olly Woodburn.

Chris Wyles, Jamie George and Chris Ashton scored for the hosts, while Alex Goode amassed 16 points from the tee, and Bath head coach Mike Ford was left frustrated.

"I was pleased with the way we came back and if anything in that last ten minutes,” he said. “I thought we had the momentum and could have got a draw there but again our ill discipline let us down.

"We have a huge game next week against Northampton so we will lick our wounds, pick out the positives from this game and come back stronger."

Exeter Chiefs won the only Aviva Premiership Rugby clash on Saturday, five different try-scorers crossing over to lead them to a 46-17 triumph over Newcastle Falcons.

London Irish ran league-leaders Northampton Saints close at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night, courtesy of three Shane Geraghty penalties.

But Ken Pisi and Sam Dickinson each dotted down to ensure the Exiles left with just a losing bonus point.

"We have done well, but we can't be satisfied,” reflected London Irish interim boss Glenn Delaney. “We had the winning of the game in our hands, but we didn't execute it.

“It is as tough as it gets here. We pride ourselves on our forward play and this is the acid test coming here.”

And Freddie Burns booted Leicester Tigers to an 18-15 victory over his former side Gloucester Rugby, the England fly-half’s six penalties better than opposite number James Hook’s five.
 
SUNDAY
 
Wasps 37 Harlequins 6
 
Wasps
Tries: Varndell, Daly, Penalty Try 2
Conversions: Goode 3, Lozowski
Penalties: Goode 3
 
Harlequins
Penalties: Evans 2
 
Referee: Greg Garner
Attendance: 16,116
 
Saracens 34 Bath Rugby 24
 
Saracens
Tries: Wyles, George, Ashton
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Hodgson, Goode 4
 
Bath
Tries: Rokoduguni 2, Woodburn
Conversions: Homer 3
Penalties: Homer
 
Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 9,225
 
London Welsh 12 Sale Sharks 52
 
London Welsh
Tries: R Lewis, Fonua
Conversions: Jewell
 
Sale Sharks
Tries: Haley, Taylor 2, Addison 2, Arscott 2, Cueto
Conversions: Macleod 5, Ford
 
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Attendance: 2,200
 
SATURDAY
 
Exeter Chiefs 46 Newcastle Falcons 17
 
Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Nowell, Slade, Penalty, Waldrom, Dollman, Thomas
Conversions: Slade 4, Steenson
Penalties: Slade 2
 
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Tipuna, Welch
Conversions: Catterick 2
Penalties: Catterick
 
Referee: Thomas Foley
Attendance: 7,218
 
FRIDAY
 
Northampton Saints 15 London Irish 9
 
Northampton Saints
Tries: K Pisi, Dickinson
Conversions: Myler
Penalties: Myler
 
London Irish
Penalties: Geraghty 3
 
Referee: Andrew Small
Attendance: 13,362
 
Leicester Tigers 18 Gloucester Rugby 15
 
Leicester Tigers
Penalties: Burns 6
 
Gloucester Rugby
Penalties: Hook 5
 
Referee: JP Doyle
Attendance: 20,298
 
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