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What you might have missed: Gallagher Premiership Round Nine

What you might have missed: Gallagher Premiership Round Nine

There’s a new side leading the pack at the top of the Gallagher Premiership as Saracens leapt on the opportunity to go two points clear following Exeter Chiefs’ first loss of the season.

A scintillating display from Harlequins ensured they ended a barren streak against the Chiefs by edging out a thriller at the Stoop while Saracens came out on top against Wasps.

Elsewhere, Newcastle Falcons claimed a second victory in succession as Sale Sharks and Bath shared the points in a low-scoring Sunday clash in tough conditions.

Don’t worry if you missed any of the games – we have you covered below:

Quins end Chiefs’ unbeaten streak

Harlequins ended high-flying Exeter’s perfect start to the season in style in a Friday night thriller in Twickenham as a brace from Nathan Earle downed the visitors.

Joe Marchant’s late score proved crucial as Rob Baxter’s side continued to plug away after Ian Whitten’s late converted try set up a nail-biting grandstand finish.

The victory ensured Quins put to bed an eight-game winless streak against the Chiefs to propel them up the league ladder by securing a fourth Gallagher Premiership Rugby victory.

Chiefs’ director of rugby Rob Baxter said after the game he was happy with the two bonus points after resting a fleet of first-team stars ahead of his team’s upcoming Champions Cup clash with Gloucester.

While Paul Gustard was hopeful that the narrow victory would serve as inspiration for the rest of the season.

Saracens ascend to the top

Mark McCall’s men took full advantage of Exeter’s slip-up to go top of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table with a 29-6 victory over Wasps.

Saracens extended their unbeaten start to the season but were made to work hard as Wasps defended resolutely for an hour.

Jamie George eventually broke the deadlock when he scored his eighth career try against Wasps and gave his side a defendable lead.

Elliot Daly’s intercepted pass proved costly as it allowed the men in black to score their second try of the match and deliver the killer blow to Dai Young’s side.

Alex Lozowski finished the game with a perfect record from the tee, kicking two conversions and five penalties.

Thacker at hand to down Tigers

Harry Thacker has five tries in his last two matches after his brace guided Bristol Bears to a 41-10 victory over Leicester Tigers.

Ian Madigan registered 21 points with the boot while Luke Morahan and Harry Randall added second-half tries for Pat Lam’s side as they grabbed a third win of their league campaign and their biggest win ever against the Tigers.

Leicester had been within three points of the Bears after the opening quarter thanks to a try from Manu Tuilagi.

But the visitors added only three more points to their total after Kyle Eastmond was sent off after 25 minutes as they finished well short of the hosts.

Flood’s boot sinks Saints

Newcastle Falcons just love playing at Franklin’s Gardens – they clinched a 16-14 victory over Northampton Saints.

That is now three wins in a row at the East Midlands ground and six Gallagher Premiership Rugby wins over the Saints on the spin.

But they had to do this the hard way, Mark Wilson’s last-gasp score at the base of the post and Toby Flood’s conversion giving them a dramatic comeback win.

Cobus Reinach’s double proved to be in vain for the hosts.

Cherry and Whites up to third

Two bursts of scoring were enough for Gloucester Rugby to seal a comfortable 36-16 victory over Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm.

Early scores from James Hanson and Charlie Sharples gave the hosts the perfect start but three penalties from Duncan Weir cut the deficit to a solitary point.

Gloucester picked themselves back up in the second half, with Ollie Thorley notching twice, Freddie Clarke and Jaco Visagie – who crossed with his first touch of the ball – also among the scorers.

Bryce Heem scored a consolation for the visitors but it wasn’t enough to pose a threat to Gloucester, who went third with their fifth win of the season.

Cokanasiga levels against the Sharks

This game may be remembered much more for the torrential weather rather than the result as Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks played out a 7-7 all draw at the Rec.

In a game where neither side had any points on the board at the break – the first time that’s happened in a Premiership game since April 2016 – Denny Solomona had a try ruled out on the brink of half-time.

But Jean-Luc Du Preez went over from close range for Sale to break the deadlock nine minutes after the restart as Steve Diamond’s side looked to be heading towards a fourth league victory.

But new England star Joe Cokanasiga touched down with seven minutes left to draw Bath level and hand both sides two points in the driving rain.

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