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Round 19 wrap-up

A win for Wasps over Northampton Saints edged them closer to the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals and guaranteed Saracens’ berth in the post-season showdowns.

A man-of-the-match performance from Wasps full-back Rob Miller, including a brace of tries, led the home side to a comfortable 28-6 win over semi-final chasing Saints.

Jamie Stevenson also came off the bench to score his first try for Wasps as Saints, who slipped out of the top four, could only muster two Stephen Myler penalties.

Saracens did their part in confirming a semi-final spot with a convincing bonus-point win over Bath at the Rec on Friday night.

Winger Chris Ashton went over for two tries on his return from suspension with Will Fraser and Mike Ellery also touching down.

Owen Farrell converted two of the tries and added two penalties of his own as Bath could not handle the league leaders.

The home side saw full-back Anthony Watson sent off for taking out Alex Goode in the air and a sole try from replacement Leroy Houston was in vain as Sarries ran out 30-10 winners.

Exeter Chiefs kept up the pressure on Saracens at the top of the table with a comprehensive 50-12 win over Worcester Warriors at Sandy Park.

Thomas Waldrom and Olly Woodburn sparkled for the home side, each notching a hat-trick of tries as Warriors, who came into the game having gone through March unbeaten, could not handle the Chiefs attack.

Ollie Atkins and James Short also crossed for the home side with Andy Symons and Cooper Vuna notching consolation tries for Dean Ryan’s Worcester.

Leicester Tigers took advantage of rivals Saints’ loss as a second-half blitz saw them complete a comeback victory over Gloucester at Welford Road.

Tigers director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, would not have been happy at half-time of his side’s game as the visitors led 27-13.

The home side had started well with two tries in four minutes from Telusa Veainu and Manu Tuilagi but Gloucester hit back through Steve McColl, Henry Trinder and Paddy McAllister tries, as well as the boot of Greig
Laidlaw, to lead at the break.

Second half tries from Tuilagi, Peter Betham and Vereniki Goneva were enough to earn Tigers the win though, and the all-important bonus point.

Harlequins held onto the final Champion’s Cup qualifying spot with a 46-25 home win against Newcastle Falcons at the Twickenham Stoop.

A brace for Tim Visser and a try apiece for Marland Yarde, Joe Marchant, Joe Gray and Jack Clifford saw the home side ease to victory.

Ben Botica added five conversions and two penalties as Falcons could not do enough to challenge Quins.
Nili Latu scored two tries for the visitors and Marcus Watson also crossed the whitewash but they remain one place off the bottom of the table.

Sale Sharks made sure they remained within striking distance of the top six with two late tries to put London Irish to the sword.

Irish backs Sean Maitland and Johnny Williams both scored tries but a first-half effort from Mike Haley and tries in the last 15 minutes from TJ Ioane and Danny Cipriani were enough to seal the win.

Sharks remain in seventh place, four points behind Quins with three rounds to play.

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