Derby wins for Harlequins and Gloucester while Tigers remain top dogs
Leicester Tigers claimed their third win from three matches to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership Rugby Under 18 Academy League Northern Conference to eight points in Round 3.
The reigning champions once again demonstrated their strength with a commanding win against Wasps in another enthralling round of action.
In the south, Harlequins maintained their 100 per cent record with victory over Saracens while Gloucester Rugby won a tight encounter with Bath Rugby to stay unbeaten.
Leicester Tigers continued their quest to retain the Premiership Rugby Under 18 Academy League title with a convincing 34-7 victory over Wasps.
An early try from Sam Edwards put the reigning champions ahead before Tom Bacon levelled up after ten minutes.
But Harry Glynn’s penalty restored the Tigers’ lead and they showed their class, putting four more tries on the scoreboard — Sam Costelow, Ronnie Du Randt, Joe Browning and Leo Gilliland left the result beyond doubt.
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Northampton Saints defeated Midlands rivals Worcester Warriors 24-19 in a hard-fought encounter at Sixways on Monday.
The Saints stormed into a 19-0 lead with tries from Louis Martin, Bradley Crane and Ollie Newman, and despite a Warriors fightback — Will Higgins, Tom Matthews and Morgan Monks crossing the whitewash — Martin’s second try secured a bonus point win.
With Sale Sharks not playing, Yorkshire Carnegie were unable to keep pace with the Tigers.
They fell to a 22-14 defeat against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park, with the hosts moving fifth thanks to their bonus point win.
Harlequins’ perfect start to the new season continued with a 26-12 victory against Saracens at Allianz Park.
Jack Reid capitalised on a loose pass and released Lennox Anyanwu before Saracens pulled back, but Patrick Green forced Quins back in front.
Saracens were adjudged offside when intercepting a try-scoring pass from Louis Lynagh’s quick break, handing the Conference leaders a penalty try.
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Captain Sam Riley found a way through a resilient Saracens defence and added to the lead after a quick recycle, with a late Saracens try only a consolation.
Gloucester were unable to pick up a bonus point in a 23-22 win over rivals Bath, and trail Quins by a point — with the two sides facing each other next weekend.
It was a nail-biter at Gillman’s Ground as Orlando Bailey’s conversion attempt fell just short and wide in the final moment of the game to keep Bath from picking up their second win.
Gloucester led from their fourth minute penalty and never fell behind, with tries from Oli Parmar, captain Joe Howard and Isaac Marsh putting pressure on the visitors.
But Diego Periel and Will Hendy ensured Bath kept pace before Frankie Read’s try in the 70th minute set up the gripping finale.
Exeter Chiefs got their first win of the season, beating Bristol 21-17 at North Bristol RFC – keeping the hosts winless this season.
Josh Thorne and Troy Sixton scored first half tries and captain Jake Bond dotted down in the second to move the Chiefs up to fifth.