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George Smith, Teimana Harrison and Jamie Gibson top the latest Opta Statistics

George Smith, Teimana Harrison and Jamie Gibson top the latest Opta Statistics

Leicester Tigers made sure of their place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals with their 12th consecutive win against Worcester Warriors.

Their 31-17 victory means they have picked up a try bonus point in each of their last four home games against Worcester, scoring 20 tries in those games combined.

The stats do not make for happy reading for Worcester Warriors fans – their team have now conceded 20 tries in their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby games after conceding none in the two games prior.

Two tries from Jackson Wray saw Saracens record their 12th consecutive win against Newcastle Falcons, ensuring a home semi-final with a 23-14 success.

Wray now has five tries for the season, equaling his best tally set in 2013/14. Saracens have now come back to win four of the last six league matches in which they’ve trailed at half-time.

Second-placed Exeter Chiefs’ 21-point margin over Wasps was their biggest ever in Aviva Premiership Rugby against the Ricoh Arena outfit.

Jack Nowell spearheaded the 24-3 victory, with 18 carries, the joint most of any back, and only once has he made more in an Aviva Premiership Rugby game (19 v Worcester in April 2016).

In addition, Exeter have now kept their opposition scoreless in the second half of each of their last three home Premiership matches.

Gloucester Rugby became the first opposition team to win at the AJ Bell Stadium in the league this season, making it consecutive wins against Sale Sharks for the first time since 2007.

The Cherry & Whites won for a second time this season without scoring a try, 12-11, no other side has managed that feat more than once this campaign.

In fact, Gloucester have conceded more tries than they have scored in each of their three away wins this season.

Northampton Saints came back to win an Aviva Premiership Rugby match after failing to score a point in the first half for the first time since April 2006 (v Bristol).

Teimana Harrison gained 125 metres in this game, the most of any player at the weekend, and the most by a forward in a game this season as Saints made it 10 without defeat against Bath, recovering from 14-0 down to win 15-14.

London Irish went down 25-32 to Harlequins, but their three tries were the most they had scored against Conor O’Shea’s side since September 2008.

This was only the second time this season that the Madejski Stadium saw 50+ points scored overall.

And Harlequins’ 22-point haul in the first period was their biggest in an Aviva Premiership Rugby match since April 2015.
 
Tackles
George Smith (Wasps) – 16
Charlie Ewels (Bath), Jared Saunders (Saracens), Francois Louw (Bath) – 15
 
Carries
Teimana Harrison (Northampton) – 19
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester), Jack Nowell (Exeter) – 18
 
Metres
Teimana Harrison (Northampton) – 125
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) – 118
Phil Dollman (Exeter) – 110
 
Lineouts won
Jamie Gibson (Northampton) – 11
Bryn Evans (Sale), Tevita Cavubati (Worcester), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) – 6
 
Defenders beaten
Teimana Harrison (Northampton) – 8
Telusa Veainu (Leicester) – 7
Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Jack Nowell (Exeter) – 6
 
Offloads
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester), Sam Twomey (Harlequins), Chris Ashton (Saracens) – 3

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