Aviva Premiership Week 6 round Up

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    This was the final round of Premiership action before clubs head into Europe.

    A few club’s will be heading there brimming with confidence while others will be glad of the distraction. Here is the round up from Week 6.

    Harlequins 42-26 Sale
    Sale were once again involved in a high scoring encounter but this time were on the wrong end of the scoreline as they recorded their 10th straight away defeat. Quins young fly half, Marcus Smith, added to his growing reputation with 17 points as the Londoners moved fifth in the table.

    Scotland winger Tim Visser got the score going with a converted try on 12 minutes before a three minute double salvo from Joe Marler and Joe Marchant gave Quins a grip on the game. Smith added two penalties to his three conversions. Sale’s only reply in the first half was a try from fullback Mike Haley brilliantly side stepping his way to the line.

    Visser added his second on 48 minutes as Quins claimed the bonus point before Sale earnt themselves a bonus point with Halani Aulika, Faf De Klerk and Ross Harrison all crossing the whitewash to ensure they took something back north. Quins had the final say though and England winger Marland Yarde continued his impressive start to the season finishing off good work by Smith.

    Bath 29-13 Worcester
    Worcester remain rock bottom of the Aviva Premiership as 14 man Bath recorded the bonus point victory. Freddie Burns was sent of fi the 63rd minute for a tip tackle which seemed harsh but was on recommendation from the video referee.

    It took Bath ten minutes to break the deadlock when discarded England Centre Jonathan Joseph scored a long range try which was converted by Burns. Dean Hammond gave Worcester a one point lead in the 2second minute breaking the tackle of Aled Brew to score. Brew then responded with a try of his own nine minutes later before Ben Tapuai scored on the stroke of half time which Burns converted for a 19-8 half time lead.

    Warriors fly half Jamie Shillcock gave the visitors hope with a try eight minutes into the second half but Brew’s second of the game gave Bath breathing space again. Burns was then given his marching order before Josh Lewis kicked a penalty late on to bring the scoring to the end.

    Exeter 34-24 Newcastle
    Exeter returned to the winners circle with their 11th straight victory at Sandy Park and in the process leapfrog their opponents. They got the bonus point with a penalty try in the 63rd minute when DTH Van Der Merwe collapsed a driving maul.

    Australian duo Nic White and Lachie Turner scored the first two tries of the game with Gareth Steenson converting both and adding a penalty before Newcastle had troubled the scorers. Will Welch got them on the board in the 31st minute powering over from a driving line out. Sam Simmonds then did his England chances no harm at all with a superb 50-metre score before Newcastle got their second in a frantic end to the half as Juan Pablo Socino was the beneficiary of good work from Vereniki Goneva.

    Steenson added his second penalty to stretch the lead to 27-10 early in the second half but the Chiefs couldn’t shake the Falcons and Toby Flood sent Alex Tait over and converted the try. The penalty try knocked the stuffing out of Newcastle a bit but Goneva did get the visitors a try scoring bonus point four minutes from time.

    Gloucester 29-24 Northampton
    Gloucester bounced back from last week’s mauling against Sale but made it hard for themselves. Owen Williams missed five kicks at goal which would have put the Cherry and Whites out of sight. Fortunately Harry Mallinder also missed a couple of kickable penalties on a not so great day for the kickers.

    Henry Trinder continued his fine recent form with a first half brace in the ninth and 40th minute and Gloucester lead 10-7 at the break due to Jamie Gibson replying for Northampton with Mallinder adding a rare successful kick. Mallinder himself had an easy run in to score under the posts three minutes after half time but Gloucester came roaring back and full back Jason Woodward finished off a move that he had started three phases earlier.

    Mallinder then kicked a penalty to give the Saints a two point lead as Williams prolificacy from the tee looked to be proving decisive. The match swung the home sides way with two tries in four minutes from Billy Twelvetrees and Willi Heinz. Williams eventually dissected the posts converting both tries but Mike Haywood’s try and Stephen Myler’s conversion ensured a nervous final ten minutes for the Kingsholm faithful but Gloucester held on.

    London Irish 27-28 Leicester
    Leicester recorded four straight wins on the bounce for the first time since 2015 but Irish ran them very close in a good game at the Madjeski Stadium. It all looked to be pretty easy for the Tigers as Nick Malouf scored three minutes into the game and George Ford added three penalties to give them a 14-0 lead after 27 minutes.

    Tommy Bell replied with a penalty in the 33rd minute after Leicester infringed at the scrum. Will Evans’ converted try gave the Tigers a commanding lead and all Irish could do is kick another penalty. Blair Cowan gave the Irish renewed hope 56 minutes into the contest and Bell converted well from out wide.

    Jonny May then continued his blistering start to his Leicester career scoring his sixth try in six games to seemingly put them out of site but David Paice hit back for the hosts seven minutes later. Winger Alex Lewington ran a superb line to score under the posts to give Irish a deserved bonus point and encourage them for the upcoming games.

    Saracens 38-19 Wasps
    A hat-trick from England Hooker Jamie George was the highlight of a dominant display at Allianz Park from Saracens. Wasps are clearly struggling with injuries but will be encouraged from performances from their youngsters that were thrown in especially Jack Willis who scored a deserved late try on his Premiership debut.

    Chris Wyles won the race to an Alex Goode chip through seven minutes into the game and five minutes later Wasps inexplicably switched off to let George run through the biggest of holes following a quick tap penalty. A break from Josh Bassett helped set up an attacking lineout 25 minutes into the game and Marty Moore was driven over.

    Alex Lozowski added two penalties to his one successful conversion to ensure Sarries lead 18-7 at the break. Wasps could do nothing about the driving maul and George gleefully accepted his two further tries off the back off them with Lozowski adding the extras both times. He also added a further two penalties for a personal haul of 18 points.

    Willis was rewarded for his hard work in the 69th minute before Bassett rounded off the scoring in the final minute having had a try chalked a couple of minutes earlier.