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Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 20

Christian Wade stole the headlines in round 20 of the Aviva Premiership Rugby as he scored a record-equalling six tries in one game against Worcester Warriors.

Wade, in his 100th appearance for Wasps, helped his side to a 54-35 victory in a game which saw 13 tries and moved his side up to second in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Frank Halai and Alex Lozowski also crossed for Wasps while Worcester secured a try bonus-point as Bryce Heem, Cooper Vuna, Francois Hougaard, Carl Kirwan, Gerrit-Jan van Velze and Andy Symons all picked up tries.

Wasps replace Exeter Chiefs in second place after they lost 16-9 in their West Country derby against Gloucester Rugby on Friday night.

Debutant flyer Ollie Thorley got the game’s only try after a pointless first half while Greig Laidlaw and Gareth Steenson both kicked three penalties.

But with Leicester Tigers overcoming East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints 30-24 at Franklin’s Gardens, the Chiefs’ place in the end of season semi-finals was secured.

Tigers' Harry Thacker scored a superb individual try to light up a previously tight first half before the excellent Teimana Harrison replied for Jim Mallinder's side.

But a loose Luther Burrell off-load handed Vereniki Goneva an interception try that restored Tigers' advantage.

A tighter second-half sprung to life when George Pisi muscled over but Freddie Burns, who scored 20 points in total, sealed victory when he finished a brilliant team move from Tigers.

Richard Cockerill’s side can confirm their own place in the semi-finals, and a likely trip to Saracens, with any kind of victory against Worcester in round 21.

Saracens welcomed Harlequins to Wembley on Saturday and won 22-12 after two tries from in-form England winger Chris Ashton.

Ashton crossed twice in the first half, as did second row George Kruis, with Harlequins’ only reply coming in the form of Ben Botica’s boot.

Charlie Hodgson made his 250th career Premiership appearance in front of 80,650 fans and slotted two conversions.

The fly-half has racked up 39 tries in his 16-year career and is comfortably the top points scorer in Aviva Premiership Rugby history.

At the other end of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, Marcus Watson’s first-half intercept try was all that separated Newcastle Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park.

The Falcons ran out 13-6 winners in front of their biggest crowd of the season with Greig Tonks scoring all of Irish’s points from the tee.

A losing bonus point leaves Irish seven points behind the Falcons at the bottom of the table with two rounds left go.

Finally, Sale Sharks moved back into the top six after a 29-17 bonus-point win over Bath Rugby.

Tries from Vadim Cobilas and Will Addison in the opening 20 minutes put the Sharks 17-3 up but Bath levelled through three George Ford penalties and a second half Semesa Rokoduguni score.

But with Dominic Day seeing yellow in the final ten minutes, a driving maul from the Sharks put David Seymour across before Mark Easter secured the bonus point.
Gloucester Rugby 16 Exeter Chiefs 9
Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Thorley
Conversions: Laidlaw
Penalties: Laidlaw 3
Exeter Chiefs
Penalties: Steenson 3
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Attendance: 13,390
Worcester Warriors 35 Wasps 54
Worcester Warriors
Tries: Hougaard, Vuna, Symons, van Velze, Heem
Penalties: Mills
Conversions: Heathcote
Tries: Halai, Wade (6), Lozowski
Conversions: Daly 3, Jackson 3, Lozowski
Referee: JP Doyle
Saracens 22 Harlequins 12
Tries: Ashton 2, Kruis
Conversions: Hodgson 2
Penalties: Farrell

Penalties: Botica 4

Referee: Greg Garner
Attendance: 80,650

Northampton Saints 24 Leicester Tigers 30
Northampton Saints
Tries: Harrison, G. Pisi
Conv: Myler
Pens: Myler 3, Hanrahan
Leicester Tigers
Tries: Thacker, Goneva, Burns
Conv: Burns 3
Pens: Burns 3
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Attendance: 15,249
Sale Sharks 29 Bath Rugby 17
Sale Sharks
Tries: Cobilas, Addison, Seymour, Easter
Conversions: Cipriani 3
Penalties: Cipriani
Bath Rugby
Tries: Rokoduguni
Penalties: Ford 4
Yellow cards: Day
Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 6,278
Newcastle Falcons 13 London Irish 6
Newcastle Falcons
Tries:  Watson
Conversions: Delany
Penalties: Delany, Socino
London Irish
Penalties: Tonks 2
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Attendance: 7, 756

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