Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks claimed away wins in the Premiership as they beat Northampton and Worcester respectively.
Northampton Saints 22-24 Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle moved up to seventh in the Premiership table as a late converted try from Nili Latu saw them shock Northampton on Friday.
With the Saints looking like picking up the four points, the flanker crossed in the final play and Sonatane Takulua did the rest off the tee.
Newcastle led 14-12 at the break with two tries in a five-minute spell from Sinoti Sinoti and Josh Matavesi showing how deadly their backline can be. Toby Flood converted both, with Matavesi’s try coming from a lethal set-piece move.
Either side of the Falcons’ tries, Northampton scored through Harry Mallinder and a penalty try, with the game well poised at the interval.
Dylan Hartley’s try and a further Piers Francis penalty seemed to put the Saints into a strong position, but Latu struck late on for the win.
Tries: Mallinder, Penalty try, Hartley
Tries: Sinoti, Matavesi, Latu
Cons: Flood 2, Takulua
Yellow Card: Flood
Worcester Warriors 14-18 Sale Sharks
Sale picked up just their fourth win of the Premiership season as they beat Worcester 18-14 at Sixways, despite having a player sent off.
Byron McGuigan was given his marching orders on 66 minutes for a second yellow, but Sale scored a crucial try with 14 men to prevail.
New signing Rohan Janse van Rensburg claimed the opening try of the contest on 14 minutes, but it went unconverted as Sale led 8-0, with AJ MacGinty having kicked a penalty four minutes before the big inside centre’s crossing.
Worcester made it 8-3 when Chris Pennell slotted three points of his own and when wing Josh Adams crossed on 33 minutes, it was 8-8. MacGinty though would have the final say of the first-half as his second penalty made it 11-8.
There was no score in the second-half until Pennell made it 14-11 to Worcester with two penalties, coming in the 62nd and 67th minute.
But Sale, despite being without McGuigan, then crossed in the 70th minute through Mark Jennings, with MacGinty’s extras also added.
Pens: Pennell 3
Tries: Janse van Rensburg, Jennings
Pens: MacGinty 2
Yellow Cards: O’Connor, McGuigan (2)