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Telusa Veainu, Nathan Hughes and Marcus Watson head Opta charts

Telusa Veainu, Nathan Hughes and Marcus Watson head Opta charts

Wasps ended their eight-game losing streak against Saracens and inflicted the league leaders’ third biggest loss in Aviva Premiership Rugby history in the process as they romped to a 64-23 win, with Nathan Hughes scoring twice.

And Hughes’ impressive performance is reflected in his prominence in this week’s Opta statistics – the No.8 not only scored twice but made an impressive 16 carries, two clean breaks and beat seven players.

No-one beat more defenders than Hughes this weekend, while his team-mate Charles Piutau topped the clean breaks tally with three.

This was Wasps’ biggest-ever win against Saracens and man-of-the-match George Smith became the first forward this season to assist more than one try in a game, laying on two scores for his team-mates.

Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs could only close the gap to table-topping Saracens by a single point as they lost on the road to Sale Sharks 23-17.

Cameron Neild made more tackles than anyone else in the league, registering a whopping 24, while Danny Cipriani and Bryn Evans made 17 apiece.

Chiefs No.8 Thomas Waldrom continued to turn heads with his ball-carrying skills as he once again made more successful carries than anyone else playing in Aviva Premiership Rugby this weekend (26), although Phil Dollman did his level best to keep up with his team-mate with 18.

Marcus Watson topped two leaderboards this week, beating seven defenders and winning three turnovers, as he played an influential role in Newcastle Falcons’ first win against Leicester Tigers in the league since 2009.

That was despite an impressive 166 metres made by Leicester’s Telusa Veainu – 50 more than the league’s next best, Amanaki Mafi – from 19 carries

Mafi, making his Bath Rugby debut, beat six defenders along the way as they narrowly edged out Worcester Warriors 16-14 to end a three game losing streak.

Worcester are now without an Aviva Premiership Rugby win in eight matches but the two-point margin is the closest they have been to victory since round four.

And Northampton Saints won consecutive matches for just the second time this season as they romped past London Irish 35-17 and three Dave Ward turnovers couldn’t prevent Harlequins from slipping to a 28-6 defeat at Gloucester Rugby.
 
Tackles
Cameron Neild (Sale Sharks) – 24
Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons) – 18
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks) – 17
Bryn Evans (Sale Sharks) – 17
Jacques Burger (Saracens) – 15
 
Carries
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs) – 26
Amanaki Mafi (Bath Rugby) – 19
Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) – 19
Phil Dollman (Exeter Chiefs) – 18
Nathan Hughes (Wasps Rugby) – 16
 
Metres made
Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) – 166
Amanaki Mafi (Bath Rugby) – 116
Phil Dollman (Exeter Chiefs) – 106
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) – 105
Peter Betham (Leicester Tigers) – 89
 
Defenders beaten
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) – 7
Marcus Watson (Newcastle Falcons) – 7
Simon Hammersley (Newcastle Falcons) – 7
Will Addison (Sale Sharks) – 6
Amanaki Mafi (Bath Rugby) – 6
 
Turnovers won
Marcus Watson (Newcastle Falcons) – 3
Dave Ward (Harlequins) – 3
Rob McCusker (London Irish) – 2
Peter Betham (Leicester Tigers) – 2
Will Fraser (Saracens) – 2
 
Clean breaks
Charles Piutau (Wasps) – 3
James Hook (Gloucester Rugby) – 3
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) – 3
Cooper Vuna (Worcester Warriors) – 3
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) – 2
 

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