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Aviva Premiership Rugby round-up: Round 12

Director of rugby Dai Young revealed his surprise at Wasps’ rampant display against Saracens after revealing very little had gone to plan in training two days earlier.

Wasps travelled to Allianz Park and put on a show, running in eight tries to beat the Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders 64-23.

There were try doubles for Nathan Hughes and Dan Robson but Young admits afterwards he was not expecting such a slick display from his side.

"If you'd come to see us train on Friday you wouldn't have seen that performance coming because everything we tried on Friday went wrong, every ball went down,” he said. “Today we did the same moves and every pass stuck so I'm really proud of the players.

"The really pleasing thing is that we didn't let up. We had 80 minutes of real quality across the board and it was very difficult to pick out a poor performance or an aspect of our game that didn't go as well as we talked about.”

On Saturday, Gloucester Rugby completed an impressive 28-6 victory over Harlequins at Kingsholm, James Hook and Ben Morgan with the tries as the Cherry & Whites move to within two points of the top half.

That ensured rivals Bath Rugby wouldn’t move out of ninth position, despite them grinding out a 16-14 win away at Worcester Warriors.

Second-placed Exeter Chiefs could only make up one point on Saracens after they were beaten 23-17 at Sale Sharks but head coach Rob Baxter insisted it wasn’t for a lack of effort.

"We worked extremely hard and I can't fault the lads for the energy they put out on the pitch because we've carried the ball for miles,” he said.

"Ultimately, we've come up a little bit short by being a little bit too error-strewn in the early part of the game, when we did have concerted pressure.”

Northampton Saints picked up maximum points with a five-try, 35-7 victory over London Irish at Franklin’s Gardens, captain and man-of-the-match Lee Dickson among the scorers.

And Newcastle Falcons produced a superb display on Friday night to beat Leicester Tigers 26-14 – Simon Hammersley and Adam Powell crossed over in the first half, while the boot of Andy Goode kept his old side at bay.
Saracens 23 Wasps 64
Tries: Barritt, Hamilton
Conversions: Hodgson 2
Penalties: Hodgson 3
Tries: Piutau 2, Young, Robson 2, Hughes 2, Gopperth
Conversions: Gopperth 6
Penalties: Gopperth 2, Daly, Lozowski
Referee: Ian Tempest
Attendance: 8,742
Worcester Warriors 14 Bath Rugby 16
Worcester Warriors
Tries: Vuna, O'Callaghan
Conversions: Heathcote
Bath Rugby
Tries: Evans
Conversions: Homer 1
Penalties: Homer 3
Referee: JP Doyle
Attendance: 8,618
Sale Sharks 23 Exeter Chiefs 17
Sale Sharks
Tries: Leota, Edwards, Haley
Conversions: Cipriani
Penalties: Cipriani 2
Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Yeandle, Lewis
Conversions: Steenson 2
Penalties: Steenson
Referee: Andrew Small
Attendance: 4,236
Gloucester Rugby 28 Harlequins 6
Tries: Hook, Morgan
Conversions: Hook 2
Penalties: Hook 3
Penalties: Evans 2
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Attendance: 12,782
Northampton Saints 35 London Irish 7
Northampton Saints
Tries: Craig, Penalty, Waller A, Elliott, Dickson
Conversions: Myler 5
London Irish
Tries: Paice
Conversions: Geraghty
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Attendance: 15,227

Newcastle Falcons 26 Leicester Tigers 14
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Hammersley, Powell
Conversions: Goode 2
Penalties: Goode 3, Willis
Leicester Tigers
Tries: Pearce
Penalties: Burns 3
Referee: Greg Garner
Attendance: 6, 207

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