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Joe Latta, Thomas Waldrom, Vereneki Goneva, Christian Wade and Josh Beaumont lead the Opta ratings

Christian Wade led Bristol Rugby on a merry dance as Wasps fell just one point short of Aviva Premiership Rugby history in a remarkable 70-22 demolition at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

Wasps have previously only bettered 70 points twice in the Premiership – they managed 71 against London Welsh (2014) and West Hartlepool (1998).

Wade starred for the hosts, scoring twice, contributing 102m of the team’s 745 metres gained in the match – 183 more than any other side according to Opta’s statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Elsewhere, Leicester Tigers edged past Newcastle Falcons 14-13 as Joel Hodgson missed a dramatic, last-minute drop goal allowing the Tigers to sneak an away victory.

In defeat Vereniki Goneva was the star attraction, the former Tiger gained 150 metres with ball in hand against his ex-teammates but Falcons fell just short.

Leicester have now won 12 out of their last 13 games against Newcastle, including seven games away from Welford Road.

Despite trailing 6-17 at half time, Bath Rugby showed magnificent fighting spirit to overcome Worcester Warriors 37-22.

Worcester have not won at the Recreation Ground since 2011 and have now lost the last eight matches to Bath, and all 11 to them in the top flight.

Gloucester Rugby became the first side to win at Sale Sharks since the start of the season in a 26-13 triumph.

Two first-half tries from John Afoa and Charlie Sharples helped the Cherry & Whites stretch the lead to nine points at the break and Cameron Neild’s 21 carries were not enough to avoid Sale’s heaviest defeat at home since 2011.

Saracens proved too strong for Northampton Saints after a powerful second-half showing. The Saints failed to score a try in the match and relied heavily on the boot of Stephen Myler.

The last three Premiership meetings between the teams have now seen at least one side fail to score a try.

Exeter Chiefs continued their dominance over Harlequins, notching up their fifth consecutive win, including the last three at home.

Thomas Waldrom had yet another impressive match with ball in hand, completing 21 carries, bringing his tally to 60 in Aviva Premiership Rugby this term.

Front-rower Luke Cowan-Dickie scored a hat-trick to round off a complete performance for Chiefs.

 

Tackles

Joe Latta (Gloucester) – 17

Tom Savage (Gloucester), Alex Reider (Wasps), Julian Salvi (Exeter) – 16

 

Carries

Thomas Waldrom (Exeter), Cameron Neild (Sale) – 21

Mitch Eadie (Bristol) – 17

 

Metres made

Vereneki Goneva (Newcastle) – 150

Simon Hammersley (Newcastle) – 122

Alex Goode (Saracens) , Olly Woodburn (Exeter Chiefs) – 106

 

Defenders beaten

Paolo Odogwu (Sale), Christian Wade (Wasps) – 5

Marland Yarde (Harlequins) – 4

 

Offloads

Ollie Woodburn (Exeter) – 4

Will Welch (Newcastle), Thretton Palamo (Bristol), Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle), Joel Hodgson (Newcastle), Thomas Waldrom (Exeter), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Jonathon Mills (Sale), Vereniki Goneva (Newcastle) – 3

 

Lineouts won

Josh Beaumont (Sale) – 8

Calum Green (Newcastle), Graham Kitchener (Leicester), Michael Rhodes (Saracens), Damian Welch (Exeter), Joe Latta (Gloucester) – 6

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