There was much for Wasps fans to celebrate as they announced themselves in Coventry in style on Sunday – none more so than Andy Goode who put himself in the records books on an historic day at the Ricoh Arena.
Wasps welcomed London Irish to their new home and quickly went about marking their territory, missing just four tackles in downing the Exiles 48-16, their largest-ever victory over their opponents.
And with a try, two conversions and eight penalties, veteran fly-half Goode amassed a personal haul of 33 points, a new Aviva Premiership Rugby record for any individual in a single match.
There was also plenty for Richard Wigglesworth to shout about at Allianz Park as he bagged his first hat-trick in a 78-7 demolition of London Welsh.
Wigglesworth became just the second player to score three tries from the replacements’ bench this year after Shane Monahan scored three for Gloucester Rugby against London Irish in May. Before that, the last instance of this occurring came via Nick Easter in April 2009.
The game saw Saracens score more than 70 points for the first time; however London Welsh are no strangers to such a scoreline, becoming the first team to concede 70-plus points in two Aviva Premiership Games in a season since West Hartlepool in the 1998/99 campaign.
There was also a largest-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Gloucester for Bath Rugby at Kingsholm in round ten as they beat their West Country rivals 39-16.
But despite making more than twice as many clean breaks as Gloucester in this game – nine to four – Bath missed more tackles (19) than their hosts (13).
Newcastle Falcons’ wingers Alesana Tuilagi and Sinoti Sinoti were certainly flying on Saturday, each beating eight Harlequins’ defenders – only twice before this season has a player managed more.
However it wasn’t enough to secure victory, Quins winning 15-7 to record a 12th straight home win over Newcastle, this game seeing fewer points scored than any previous meeting between these sides at the Stoop.
In fact this is becoming an all-too familiar outcome for Falcons as they have made 10-plus clean breaks in three matches this season, but have lost two of these encounters.
Elsewhere, Thomas Waldrom took his tally of Aviva Premiership Rugby tries to ten this calendar year as Exeter Chiefs lost 18-11 to Sale Sharks – between 2010 and 2013 he scored 11 in total.
Sale have now won their last four home matches in the league, their best run since 2009, and after losing their first five matches against the Chiefs the Sharks have won three of the last four clashes.
And Northampton Saints also claimed local bragging rights by beating Leicester Tigers 23-19 at Franklin’s Gardens – doing so despite Dylan Hartley seeing red in the first half.
In fact, a Northampton player has been sent off in each of their last two games against Leicester, but the Saints won both of those matches.
Selected statistics from Opta:
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) 24
Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) 20
Julian Salvi (Leicester Tigers) 19
Francois Louw (Bath Rugby) 18
Jack Clifford (Harlequins) 18
Sione Kalamafoni (Gloucester Rugby) 18
Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints) 16
Alessana Tuilagi (Newcastle Falcons) 16
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) 15
Chris Ashton (Saracens) 145
Ben Ransom (Saracens) 138
Christian Wade (London Wasps) 132
Alessana Tuilagi (Newcastle Falcons) 129
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) 11
George Kruis (Saracens) 9
James Gaskell (Wasps) 7
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) 6
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 14
Andy Goode (Wasps) 14
George Ford (Bath Rugby) 12
Kahn Fotuali’i (Northampton Saints) 11