Bath 17-15 Northampton Saints
Bath edged Northampton Saints 17-15 at the Rec to continue their good run of form, with the teams having gone into the break level at 7-7.
Northampton drew first blood through Cobus Reinach, who scored the first try of the game in the 18th minute after kicking and chasing. Dan Biggar converted.
However, Bath responded in style 10 minutes later when Freddie Burns intercepted a pass just outside his own 22 and ran the length of the field to score and convert.
The hosts came out strongest after the break, with Burns extending their lead through a penalty before the in-form Joe Cokanasiga gave them some breathing space, receiving the ball from Elliott Stooke and going in for the try. Burns added the conversion before Biggar closed the gap with a 72nd minute penalty.
There was to be a late twist afterwards as Tom Collins scored a try six minutes later after being set up by Alex Mitchell’s offload. However, Biggar’s conversion attempt came off the woodwork, giving Bath the narrowest of victories.
Tries: Burns, Cokanasiga
Cons: Burns 2
Tries: Reinach, Collins
Bristol 20-13 Harlequins
Bristol Bears saw off Harlequins 20-13 at Ashton Gate, having led 11-10 at half-time, to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats.
The visitors started the game on the front foot and were rewarded for their early pressure when Danny Care went over for the first try of the game from a pick-and-go in the seventh minute.
A conversion and penalty from James Lang stretched the lead to 10-0, but it was downhill from there for Harlequins for the rest of the first-half.
First, a 19th minute Ian Madigan penalty put the hosts on the board. Then, Ben Tapuai was yellow-carded for a high tackle.
Bristol did not capitalise on their temporary numerical advantage, but momentum was with them and they finally scored their first try through Piers O’Conor in the 35th minute.
Madigan nailed a penalty to put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time and two more shortly after the break, which came after a yellow card to Joe Marler for a high tackle on Andy Uren. Lang responded with a penalty of his own, but the Bristol fly-half then popped over another.
Quins’ indiscipline continued and Paul Lasike was yellow-carded for a no-arms hit in the 78th minute. The visitors were ultimately made to pay for their mistakes, as they were unable to fight back.
Pens: Madigan 5
Pens: Lang 2
Yellow Cards: Tapuai, Marler, Lasike
Sale Sharks 13-31 Wasps
Wasps recovered from a shaky start to beat Sale 31-13 at the AJ Bell Stadium, having led 17-10 at half-time.
The visitors were hit by a yellow card in the first minute of the match, as Nathan Hughes was sin-binned for not rolling away near his own try-line.
Sale immediately capitalised on their early momentum and numerical advantage, as Jono Ross went over for the first try of the game from an attacking line-out in the second minute.
After a conversion and penalty from AJ MacGinty, in addition to a Lima Sopoaga penalty for Wasps, Nizaam Carr finally scored the visitors’ first try in the 34th minute of the game after a lovely pop-pass from Dan Robson, with Sopoaga adding the extras.
Wasps then took the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Michael Le Borgeois’ pass setting Josh Bassett up for the finish. Sopoaga converted from near the touchline.
MacGinty drew first blood after the break from a penalty, but Sale then lost Ben Curry to a yellow card for an early tackle on Willie le Roux. Will Stuart then scored from a pick-and-go from close range in the 52nd minute, with Sopoaga converting.
Hughes then added the cherry on top of the cake, forcing his way over from the back of the Wasps scrum and securing the bonus point try, with Sopoaga adding one last conversion.
For Sale Sharks:
Pens: MacGinty 2
Yellow Cards: B Curry
Tries: Carr, Bassett, Stuart, Hughes
Cons: Sopoaga 4
Yellow Card: Hughes