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Thomas Young leads the way in the Opta statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby

The Easter weekend is often a family occasion and Thomas Young will certainly have made his old man happy after a stellar display for Wasps away at Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.

The Welsh back row scored two tries in the 34-20 win over Falcons at Kingston Park, but dad and Wasps’ director of rugby Dai, will have been just as impressed as Young led the way in the tackle count across Aviva Premiership Rugby with 21.
Falcons had a few star performers of their own, not least Nili Latu, who racked up a remarkable 23 carries, while Marcus Watson enjoyed himself with ball in hand, making 130 metres, both league-leading.
With that win Wasps cemented their place in third, and are now looking to try to secure a home semi-final as they closed the gap on Exeter Chiefs, who came away with nothing from their trip to Saracens.
The clash between the top two went the way of the defending champions, 36-18 victors, and it was some of their international stars who made a big impact.
Billy Vunipola was the standout, with nine defenders beaten, two more than anyone else in the league, while he also racked up 107 metres with ball in hand, the most by a forward.
Maro Itoje also chipped in with a couple of lineout steals and a couple of turnovers, while Owen Farrell had a fine all-round game.
At the other end of the table, Worcester Warriors all but guaranteed their survival with a 12-6 win over London Irish. In a tryless affair, Chris Pennell was nevertheless very active with ball in hand, making 129 metres. While Blair Cowan was second in the weekend tackle count with 20.
Sale Sharks are still the only unbeaten side in Europe on their own patch following a 27-20 win over Leicester Tigers. Cameron Neild played his part in the victory, with 16 carries and the first try of the afternoon at the AJ Bell.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Northampton Saints won an entertaining game against Harlequins 29-23 at Franklin’s Gardens.
That pushed them back into the top four, with Teimana Harrison hugely impressive in the back row, including two key turnovers, while Courtney Lawes grabbed a try for Saints as well as one lineout steal.
Finally on Saturday the West Country derby went the way of Bath Rugby, 17-12, with Semesa Rokoduguni the star of the show with two tries.
Thomas Young (Wasps) 21
Blair Cowan (London Irish) 20
Matt Symons (London Irish) 19
Nili Latu (Newcastle Falcons) 23
Mike Brown (Harlequins) 21
Schalk Brits (Saracens) 19
Metres made
Marcus Watson (Newcastle Falcons) 130m
Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors) 129m
Simon Hammersley (Newcastle Falcons) 110m
Defenders beaten
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 9
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) 7
Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens) 6
Turnovers won
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Val Rapava Ruskin (Worcester Warriors), Laurence Pearce (Leicester Tigers), Francois Louw (Bath Rugby) 3
Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons), Magnus Lund (Sale Sharks), Luke Wallace (Harlequins), Taione Vea (Newcastle Falcons), Guy Mercer (Bath Rugby), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints), Billy Meakes (Gloucester Rugby) 2
Clean breaks
Chris Wyles (Saracens), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers), Marcus Watson (Newcastle Falcons) 4
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Alex Goode (Saracens) 3
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps), Dan Robson (Wasps), Tim Visser (Harlequins), Cameron Nield (Sale Sharks), Schalk Brits (Saracens), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Laurence Pearce (Leicester Tigers), Peter Betham (Leicester Tigers), Sam James (Sale Sharks), Tommy Bell (Leicester Tigers) 2

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