Semesa Rokoduguni was Bath’s hero as they beat Saracens while Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins and Northampton also claimed wins on Saturday.
Bath 31-21 Saracens
The Recreation Ground
Both sides came into this game looking to make it two wins from two in the Premiership.
After a barren opening 15 minutes, Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland slotted a drop goal to break the deadlock. Bath continued to press, flanker Francois Louw found himself on the wing, and the Springbok powered over through a pair of Saracens defenders for the first try of the game.
Priestland went on to add six points from the tee, with Saracens failing to register a score in the first 40 minutes.
Heading into the second half, Saracens finally broke their duck after an easy penalty against Matt Garvey left Alex Lozowski with an easy kick for three points. Newly introduced Owen Farrell continued to close the gap with three points of his own.
Bath needed to slow the momentum from Sarries and were given some respite with a second drop goal of the afternoon from Priestland.
Mark McCall’s men eventually scored their first try of the game, a penalty try awarded after Bath collapsed a driving maul, with Taulupe Faletau being sent to the bin.
After another penalty from Farrell, Saracens took the lead on 72 minutes after a two on one was finished off by replacement scrum-half Ben Spencer.
It looked like Saracens would come away with the win, but two moments of magic from Semesa Rokoduguni sealed the win for the hosts, the England man scoring two tries in the final two minutes to secure the win for Todd Blackadder’s side.
Tries: Louw, Rokoduguni 2
Cons: Burns 2
Pens: Priestland 2
Drop goals: Priestland 2
Yellow Card: Faletau
Tries: Penalty try, Spencer
Pens: Lozowski, Farrell 2
Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Clark, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey (c), 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 James Phillips, 20 Paul Grant, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Ben Tapuai
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Nathan Earle, 13 Duncan Taylor, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Michael Rhodes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Liam Williams
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant referees: Adam Leal, Wayne Falla
TMO: Keith Lewis
Exeter Chiefs 37-7 London Irish
Exeter ran in five tries to see off a confident London Irish side at Sandy Park, with Don Armand grabbing a brace.
The champions opened their account on nine minutes with a Gareth Steenson penalty, before Henry Slade dotted down for the first try of the game after a neat break from young number eight Sam Simmonds.
Rob Baxter’s men continued to press and were awarded a penalty try after Irish illegally halted a powerful Chiefs driving maul.
There was time for Exeter to add another try before half-time, Armand finishing off a lovely move from his back-line.
Exeter continued where they left off in the second half, Steenson adding another three points from the tee.
The scoring slowed as the half went on, Irish were the next to add to the scoreboard, a neat move finished by Alex Lewington with nine minutes left on the clock.
The champions eventually secured the bonus point in the final minutes, Olly Woodburn intercepting a loose ball and sprinting in from 65 metres to ensure they would be leaving with the maximum five points.
There was still time for one final score, Armand with his second try of the game, the flanker driving over from close range to seal a comprehensive victory for the Chiefs.
Tries: Slade, Penalty, Armand 2, Woodburn
Cons: Steenson 3
Pens: Steenson 2
For London Irish:
Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Nic White, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Don Armand, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Ben Moon
Replacements: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Stuart Townsend, 22 Max Bodilly, 23 Lachie Turner
London Irish: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Luke McLean, 11 Topsy Ojo, 10 James Marshall, 9 Scott Steele, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Mike Coman, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 David Paice (c), 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
Replacements: 16 Dave Porecki, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Josh McNally, 20 Conor Gilsenan, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Aseli Tikoirotuma
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant referees: Jack Makepeace, Paul Dix
TMO: Geoffrey Warren
Harlequins 28-17 Gloucester
Quins secured their first win of the 2017/18 season with a comprehensive 28-17 win over Gloucester in a torrential downpour at the Stoop.
After their shock win over Exeter, in their opener last week, the Cherry and Whites were brimming with confidence heading into this game.
But was Quins who would open the scoring with a penalty from summer signing Demetri Catrakilis.
David Humphreys’ men levelled the scores a few minutes later with a penalty from Billy Burns.
The crowd had to wait until he halff-hour mark for the first try of the game, Quins flanker Dave Ward powering over and replacement Marcus Smith adding the extras.
John Kingston’s men added to their tally with another try courtesy of speedster Charlie Walker, with the added two points from Smith.
After the break, Gloucester began to work their way back into the game, young number eight Freddie Clarke scoring his sides’ first try after neat play in the Quins 22.
Quins young fly-half Smith continued to look impressive, his penalty a few minutes later establishing a ten-point lead for the hosts. The 18-year-old added another three points as Quins looked to close out the game.
Gloucester’s discipline began to cost them as the half wore on, with the away side conceding five penalties in 15 minutes.
Quins took advantage and scored their third try through Marland Yarde to put the result beyond doubt.
Gloucester did grab a consolation try with the last play of the game through Jacob Rowan, but the score was not enough to bring them back within losing bonus point range.
Tries: Ward, Walker, Yarde
Cons: Smith 2
Pens: Catrakilis, Smith 2
Tries: Clarke, Rowan
Cons: Burns, Twelvetrees
Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Charlie Walker, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Danny Care, 8 Jack Clifford, 7 Dave Ward, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 George Merrick, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Elia Elia, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Will Collier, 19 Ben Glynn, 20 Mat Luamanu, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Winston Stanley
Gloucester: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ollie Thorley, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Andy Symons, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 8 Freddie Clarke, 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Ruan Ackermann, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Tom Savage, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Josh Hohneck
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Val Rapava Ruskin, 18 John Afoa, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Jacob Rowan, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Charlie Sharples
Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Simon McConnell
TMO: David Grashoff
Northampton Saints 24-11 Leicester Tigers
After their poor opening performance at Twickenham last weekend, Northampton were keen to set the record straight in the East Midlands derby.
They started off on the right foot, a wonderful passage of play from the Saints finished off by Luther Burrell, with Harry Mallinder adding the extras.
As the half progressed Leicester began to work their way into the game, but it was Northampton who struck next.
England skipper Dylan Hartley dove over the top of a ruck to dot down for the try, Mallinder converting after TMO David Sainsbury had confirmed the score.
Leicester finally registered their first score of the half on 35 minutes when George Ford slotted a penalty from in front of the posts.
The first half continued well past 45 minutes as Northampton piled on the pressure, with their reward a Mallinder penalty to see them into half-time with a 14-point lead.
Leicester’s fortunes did not improve after the break, Mike Williams shown yellow for a no-arms tackle. Despite being a man down, Ford was able to add his second penalty of the afternoon to reduce Northampton’s lead to 11 points.
Saints had an opportunity to stretch their lead – Mallinder missing the kick from the tee – but they would not be denied. A wonderful break and finish from Tom Collins put the game beyond doubt with ten minutes to go.
A superb solo effort from Jonny May provided a consolation score for the Tigers but that did little to dampen the spirits of the Franklin’s Gardens crowd.
Tries: Burrell, Hartley, Collins
Cons: Mallinder 3
Pens: Ford 2
Northampton: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 George North, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Harry Mallinder, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Jamie Gibson, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 4 Michael Paterson, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Alex Waller
Replacements: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Campese Ma’afu, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 James Grayson, 23 Ben Foden
Leicester: 15 Telusa Veainu, 14 Nick Malouf, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Luke Hamilton, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Dom Barrow, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Greg Bateman, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Mike Williams, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Mathew Tait
Referee: JP Doyle
Assistant referees: Dean Richards, Jonathan Healy
TMO: David Sainsbury