All of the top three were in action on Sunday in the Premiership as Saracens won the big clash of the day, while Newcastle Falcons impressively defeated leaders Exeter Chiefs.
Wasps 15-38 Saracens
Alex Goode touched down twice as Saracens made it three successive Premiership victories following a 38-15 win over Wasps.
Mark McCall’s men were absolutely superb in the opening half-an-hour, touching down three times via Chris Wyles, Goode and Schalk Burger.
Owen Farrell surprisingly struggled from the tee, however, and missed all three conversions, but did kick a penalty to take Sarries 18-3 in front.
Danny Cipriani responded for the hosts from the tee before the match turned on its head five minutes shy of the interval.
With Dai Young’s side rumbling towards the line from a driving maul, Burger came in from an offside position, which led to a yellow card and penalty try.
Farrell was also sin-binned for a high shot on Dan Robson and, with the visitors down to 13, Wasps immediately benefited as Willie le Roux touched down.
To their credit, despite the two-man disadvantage, Saracens initially maintained their lead and then increased their buffer when the players returned through a second three-pointer by Farrell.
The Londoners had regained their composure and Goode and Ben Spencer completed the win with late tries.
Tries: Penalty try, Le Roux
Tries: Wyles, Goode 2, Burger, Spencer
Cons: Farrell 2
Pens: Farrell 3
Yellow Cards: Burger, Farrell
Newcastle Falcons 28-20 Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs’ lead at the top of the Premiership was cut after Newcastle Falcons produced an outstanding display to earn a 28-20 triumph.
Although Toby Flood and Gareth Steenson traded early penalties, the first half was all about the Falcons as they went into the break with a 22-point buffer.
Exeter, usually so assured, were put under pressure and they struggled to retain the ball. Turnovers significantly hampered the visitors and, with Vereniki Goneva and Sinoti Sinoti on the wings, the Tynesiders were always going to be a threat.
The Pacific Island duo both touched down to move Newcastle 15-3 in front before Joel Hodgson added a penalty and Kyle Cooper scored their third try.
Rob Baxter’s men improved in the second period and reduced the arrears via Sam Simmonds’ close range burst.
They continued to press and closed the gap further via Olly Woodburn and Toby Salmon, but Hodgson’s late three-pointer completed the win for the Falcons and denied the Chiefs a losing-point.
Tries: Sinoti, Goneva, Cooper
Cons: Hodgson 2
Pens: Flood, Hodgson 2
Tries: S Simmonds, Woodburn, Salmon