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Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17: Round-Up

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Nothing changes for Wasps, according to director of rugby Dai Young, despite surrendering their Aviva Premiership Rugby unbeaten record at home.

Saracens became the first side to topple Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in the league with a 26-17 victory, but the visitors didn’t have it all their own way.

Eye-catching tries from Christian Wade and Elliot Daly before the break had Sarries on the back foot, before Jackson Wray and Chris Wyles scored to turn things around – with the help of Alex Goode’s boot.

The result leaves Wasps in sixth – three points from the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four – but Young insists they are still on track to complete a successful campaign.

"Nothing changes as a result of today, we are still a work in progress and we are still aiming for a place in the top six,” he said.

"We will address what went wrong today for our set-piece didn't function as well as we would have liked and we lacked a bit of control in the second half.

“However, we do have individual players who can lighten up any stadium as you saw in the first 20 minutes."

Meanwhile, in Sunday’s other game, Tommy Bell’s late try earned Leicester Tigers victory at Kingston Park.

Scott Lawson and Sinoti Sinoti crossed over for Newcastle Falcons, who made life difficult for their hosts, and Leicester boss Richard Cockerill was pleased to escape with the points.

He said: "That we managed to find a way to win having been on the back foot for large parts of the game is credit to the boys and a lot of credit also goes to Newcastle – they played really well."

On Saturday, it took a last-gasp Samu Manoa try and Stephen Myler conversion for league leaders Northampton Saints to snatch a 33-33 draw away to Gloucester Rugby.

Charlie Sharples and Richard Hibbard crossed in the first period for Gloucester but James Wilson’s try double either side of a third cherry and whites try through Dan Murphy brought Northampton back into it before Manoa made the telling contribution.

Exeter Chiefs moved up to second in the table as they trounced winless London Welsh 74-19 at Sandy Park.

Chiefs ran in ten tries, including two more from the league’s top try scorer Thomas Waldrom, as they set themselves up perfectly for a crucial trip to Leicester Tigers next weekend.

At the Twickenham Stoop, Harlequins brought their five-match losing streak to an end as they held on for a 26-20 win against tenth-placed London Irish.

James Short and Tom Fowlie dotted down for Irish but Danny Care and Matt Hopper scored a try each while Nick Evans kicked 16 points as Quins kept their incredibly slim play-off hopes alive.

And on Friday night, Bath Rugby ended their recent run of poor results by battling their way to a hard-fought 12-3 victory over Sale Sharks and the Rec.

Coming into the game, Bath had picked up just ten points from their six league games since Christmas with only London Welsh scoring fewer in the same time frame.

But in tricky conditions, recent signing from London Irish, Tom Homer, kicked all 12 of their points as England fly-half Danny Cipriani added a solitary kick for the visitors.

And while it wasn’t pretty, head coach Mike Ford admitted he was just relieved to get their play-off push back on track.

“Sale are a tough side, they're difficult to beat home or away,” explained Ford. “The way they compete at the breakdown, they're tough to play against and I think you probably saw that.

“It was three defeats on the spin before this game and it was all about just getting back on the horse – we have a break now in the league after this win.

“The internationals will be over by then, we'll have everyone back and then it's case of seeing what the rest of the season holds for us.”

 
SUNDAY
 
Newcastle Falcons 12 Leicester Tigers 16
 
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Lawson, Sinoti
Conversions: Catterick
 
Leicester Tigers
Tries: Bell
Conversions: Burns
Penalties: Burns 3
 
Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 9,019
 
Wasps 17 Saracens 26
 
Wasps
Tries: Wade, Daly
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Goode
 
Saracens
Tries: Wray, Wyles
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Goode 4
 
Referee: Matt Carley
Attendance: 5,437
 
SATURDAY
 
Exeter Chiefs 74 London Welsh 19
 
Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Chudley, James, Yeandle, Jess, Waldrom 2, Slade, penalty 2, Whitten
Conversions: Slade 5, Steenson 4
Penalties: Slade 2
 
London Welsh
Tries: Trevett, Stegmann 2
Conversions: Roberts, Davies
 
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Attendance: 8,721
 
Harlequins 26 London Irish 20
 
Harlequins
Tries: Care, Hopper
Conversions: Evans 2
Penalties: Evans 4
 
London Irish
Tries: Short, Fowlie
Conversions: Geraghty 2
Penalties: Geraghty 2
 
Referee: JP Doyle
Attendance: 14,800
 
Gloucester Rugby 33 Northampton Saints 33
 
Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Sharples, Hibbard, Murphy
Conversions: Laidlaw 3
Penalties: Laidlaw 4
 
Northampton Saints
Tries: Wilson 2, Manoa
Conversions: Myler 3
Penalties: Myler 4
 
Referee: Greg Garner
Attendance: 14,857
 
FRIDAY
 
Bath Rugby 12 Sale Sharks 3
 
Bath Rugby
Penalties: Homer 4
 
Sale Sharks
Penalties: Cipriani
 

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