Fixtures - Top Bar

Aviva Premiership Rugby round-up: Round 8

Under the watchful gaze of new England forwards coach Steve Borthwick, Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw produced a man of the match performance as his side clung on to down Worcester Warriors on Sunday.

Charlie Walker’s try double and a score from Luke Wallace had opened up a 24-3 lead for Quins at Sixways – a ground they have not lost at in 11 years.

But back came the Warriors – Marco Mama, a penalty try and Phil Dowson all crossing to trim the lead to only four points with ten minutes remaining.

Robshaw and his Quins troops rallied however to hold on and the 24-20 victory lifts them to third in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

And the flanker, who captained England during last year’s World Cup, admits his side had to work very hard to hold off the Warriors comeback.

“We always knew it was going to be tough coming up here,” he said.

“We started extremely well, got out the blocks. Having watched the games this weekend we knew that probably not a lot of rugby was going to be played – there would be a lot of focus on territory.

“And especially after last week where we were sloppy, to come here and get four points is tremendous.

“We came under a lot of pressure in that second half but credit to the guys who just about hung in there.

“Credit to them (Worcester), this is always a tough place to come, they are a tough team with a tough crowd who always give you a bit of stick.

“But we came here, did a good job and now all our focus goes to playing Sarries next week, we always enjoy playing them even if we haven’t got the greatest record.”

Quins’ next opponents Saracens are not only top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table but also unbeaten in all competitions this season.

On Saturday they produced a dominant forward display to down Leicester Tigers 26-6 – three penalty tries plus a score from Jamie George securing a bonus point win.

But it was lock George Kruis who really stood out for director of rugby Mark McCall.  

“Going away with England and becoming an international has helped his (Kruis’) confidence grow so much,” he said. 

“He's a real student of the line-out, but he's also magnificent around the park. I think he's a dead cert for a starting position for England.

“If you talk to George, he will tell you that Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard have had a lot of influence on him.

“He's been very lucky with the people he's been associated with over the last five or six seasons.”

Elsewhere on Saturday Newcastle Falcons claimed their first win of the season with a 19-14 win over Bath Rugby at Kingston Park.

Bath had not lost there since 2003 but two late Craig Willis penalties – after Rob Vickers’ first-half try secured the win.

Bath – runners up last season – have now lost five of their eight league games this season and Mike Ford admits concern is starting to creep in.

"Credit to Newcastle – they defended really well but our players really need to have a look at themselves and question whether they were really ready to play," he said.

"It was wet and windy, but then it often is here. We have to look forward but we also have to be truthful and it's all about responsibility and you cannot just expect to turn up and win.

"The players are back in on Tuesday and I expect them to hold up their hands, talk about it and then move on."

Also on Saturday, James Hook masterminded a fine comeback from Gloucester Rugby – kicking 17 points as the Cherry & Whites saw off London Irish 27-14.

Meanwhile, Danny Cipriani kicked all 15 points – including a late drop goal – as Sale Sharks claimed a 15-9 win over Wasps.

And on Friday Northampton Saints halted their recent slide with an 8-3 win over Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens – much to Jim Mallinder’s relief.

"It was a good win for us," he said. "They're a good side who are scoring lots of tries and clearly after last week's defeat at London Irish we needed a bit of a pick-up,” he said.

"Once again our defence was outstanding, our discipline was good, we stopped them getting many penalties and putting us under pressure from their driving maul.”
 
SUNDAY
 
Worcester Warriors 20 Harlequins 24
 
Worcester

Tries: Mama, penalty, Dowson
Conversion: Mills
Penalties: Mills
 
Harlequins
Tries: Walker 2, Wallace
Conversions: Evans 3
Penalties: Evans
 
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Attendance: 9,035
 
SATURDAY
 
Gloucester Rugby 27 London Irish 14
 

Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Kvesic, Burns
Conversions: Hook
Penalties: Hook 5

London Irish
Tries: Hearn, Lewington
Conversions: Noakes

Referee: Tom Foley
Attendance: 16,115
 
Newcastle Falcons 19 Bath Rugby 14
 
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Vickers
Conversion: Willis
Penalties: Willis 4

Bath Rugby
Tries: Mercer
Penalties: Priestland 3

Referee: Matthew Carley
Attendance: 7,075
 
Saracens 26 Leicester Tigers 6

Saracens
Tries: Penalty 3, George 
Conversions: Hodgson 2, Farrell

Leicester Tigers
Penalties: Burns 2

Referee: Greg Garner
Attendance: 10,000
 
Sale Sharks 15 Wasps 9
 
Sale
Penalties:
Cipriani 4
Drop goal: Cipriani

Wasps
Penalties: Gopperth 2
Drop Goal: Daly

Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 7,619

FRIDAY

Northampton Saints 8 Exeter Chiefs 3

Northampton Saints
Tries: Haywood
Penalty: Hanrahan

Exeter Chiefs
Penalty: Steenson

Referee: JP Doyle
Attendance: 15,430

Boxing Day Sale! Click here to grab a bargain with 20% off tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 28 May at Twickenham.

 

Latest News

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…

Match Report: England U20s 17 New Zealand U20s 64

New Zealand ran in ten tries as they overpowered England in the final of the World Rugby Under 20s championship…