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Christian Wade, Mark Wilson, Alex Goode and Mike Brown lead the Opta charts

Christian Wade, Mark Wilson, Alex Goode and Mike Brown lead the Opta charts

Christian Wade equalled the record for most tries in a Premiership match by scoring six in Wasps’ win over Worcester Warriors on what turned out to be a busy weekend for the statisticians.

Saracens’ Ryan Constable was the last man to bag a double hat-trick in the league, scoring six against Bedford in 2000.

Wade’s tally of seven clean breaks on Saturday is also the most in a Premiership match since Opta began recording this data in the 2008-09 season.

The clash at Sixways saw 89 points scored in total, the highest aggregate this season as Worcester showed real attacking threat as well, Andy Symons their chief weapon with four clean breaks of his own.

Also on Saturday, Charlie Hodgson made his 250th Premiership appearance for Saracens but full-back Alex Goode was the star at Wembley in their 22-12 win over Harlequins.

Goode made the most carries by any player this weekend (20) and ran for 164m in total – only 13m behind the round high total of 177 from Wade. 

However it was Goode’s  opposite number Mike Brown who beat the most defenders (12), twice as many as anyone else this weekend and the joint most by a player this season (Niki Goneva also beat 12 against Wasps in November).

In the East Midlands derby it was Leicester Tigers who emerged on top with a 30-24 win at Franklin’s Gardens. This win ended a run of four defeats in a row on the road for Tigers, their worst such run since 2010.

Saints have now lost 11 of their last 14 games against Leicester, including the last three in a row – but Harry Mallinder’s form was a real plus.

The youngster came on early in the first half and ended up with 149m with ball in hand and beat six defenders in total.

Gloucester Rugby’s 16-9 win over Exeter Chiefs on Friday night kicked off the round and it certainly started slowly.

This was the first time a Premiership game has been scoreless at half-time since Leeds hosted Sale in October 2010.

But it picked up after the break and Ben Morgan impressed with 18 carries in total – second only to Goode.
On Sunday Newcastle Falcons took a huge step towards Premiership safety with a 13-6 win over London Irish.

Mark Wilson made the most tackles by any player this weekend, making 23 in total and missing just one.  Johnny Williams impressed in defeat for the Exiles with 17 carries.

And finally Sale Sharks remain the only unbeaten side at home in the league this season after a bonus-point win over Bath Rugby.

This was Bath’s 12th defeat of the season, the most they have suffered in a campaign since 2011/12.

Winger Will Addison crossed for a try but he also caught the eye in defence, making a round-high three turnovers for the hosts at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) – 23
James Haskell (Wasps) – 17
Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps) – 16
Alex Goode (Saracens) – 20
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) – 18
Johnny Williams (London Irish) – 17
Metres made
Christian Wade (Wasps) – 177m
Alex Goode (Saracens) – 164m
Harry Mallinder (Northampton) – 149m
Defenders beaten
Mike Brown (Harlequins) – 12
Sean Maitland (London Irish), Harry Mallinder (Northampton), Alex Goode (Saracens) – 6
Turnovers won
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Will Addison (Sale Sharks), Val Rapava Ruskin (Worcester Warriors) – 3 
Clean breaks
Christian Wade (Wasps) – 7
Andy Symons (Worcester Warriors) – 4
Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Bryce Heem (Worcester Warriors), Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) – 3   

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