There were wins for Harlequins, Bristol and Scarlets in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday night.
Scarlets 44-21 Bath
Bath scored all three their tries in the first half for a commanding 21-9 lead at the break, but Scarlets launched a great comeback in the second half to clinch a 44-21 victory.
Max Lahiff was the unlikely source of two tries in the space of five minutes before Jeff Williams added a third five minutes before the break for a 21-9 lead, the only reply from Scarlets coming from the boot of Dan Jones.
The hosts scored all five their tries in the second half, all of them converted, to give Scarlets a stunning win in front of their home crowd.
Tries: Macleod, T Phillips, E Phillips, Condy 2
Cons: Jones 4, McBryde
Pens: Jones 3
Tries: Lahiff 2, Williams
Cons: Priestland 3
Scarlets: 15 Tom Williams, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Gareth Owen, 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Morgan Allen, 7 Josh Macleod, 6 Jack Condy, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Peter Edwards, 2 Emyr Phillips (c), 1 Dylan Evans,
Replacements: 16 Taylor Davies, 17 Luke Garrett, 18 Nicky Thomas, 19 Josh Helps, 20 Tom Phillips, 21 Declan Smith, 22 Jack Maynard, 23 Billy McBryde
Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Paul Grant, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 6 Zach Mercer, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Matt Garvey, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Alex Humfrey, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Will Homer, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Rory Jennings
Referee: Christophe Ridley (England)
Assistant Referees: Neil Jones (Wales), Richard Hughes (Wales)
Ospreys 12-15 Harlequins
The hosts scored as early as the second minute when Tom O’Flaherty went over for the first five-pointer. Quins hit back through George Naoupu before Dafydd Howells added a second to give Scarlets a 12-5 lead going into the second half. A converted Charlie Matthews try and a penalty by Tim Swiel gave Quins the win in the second half as Scarlets failed to add points.
Tries: O’Flaherty, Howells
Tries: Naoupu, Matthews
Ospreys: 15 Dafydd Howells, 14 Tom Grabham, 13 Joe Thomas, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Luke Price, 9 Matthew Aubrey, 8 Dan Baker, 7 Joe Tomalin-Reeves, 6 Rob McCusker (c), 5 Rory Thornton, 4 James Ratti, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Scott Otten, 1 Gareth Thomas
Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Rowan Jenkins, 18 Dan Suter, 19 Rhys Jones, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Phil Jones, 22 Kieran Williams, 23 Jay Baker
Harlequins: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 James Lang, 11 Henry Cheeseman, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Luc Jones, 8 George Naoupu, 7 Dave Ward (c), 6 James Chisholm,, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 Stan South, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Owen Evans
Replacements: 16 Charlie Piper, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Archie White, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Gabriel Ibitoye
Referee: Mike Hudson (England)
Assistant Referees: Chris Williams (Wales), Neil Perkins (Wales)
Bristol 26-11 Sale Sharks
Tries from Jason Woordward and Rhodri Williams and a penalty from Billy Searle gave Bristol a 13-3 lead at half time after Sale could only respond through a penalty from Dan Mugford.
Halani Aulika brought the visitors back into the game when he scored just after the break, but Jack Tovey restored Bristol’s lead five minutes later with a try of his own.
Searle and Adrian Jarvis added a penalty each in the second 40 to seal the game with Sale’s only response coming from a Tom Arscott penalty.
Tries: Woodward, Williams, Tovey
Pens: Searle 2, Jarvis
For Sale Sharks:
Pens: Mugford, Arscott
Bristol: 15 Jack Wallace, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Jason Woodward, 12 Will Hurrell, 11 Jack Tovey, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Jordan Crane (c), 7 Nick Fenton-Wells, 6 Mitch Eadie, 5 Mark Sorenson, 4 Ian Evans, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Kyle Traynor,
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Soane Tonga’uiha, 18 James Hall, 19 James Phillips, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Will Cliff, 21 Adrian Jarvis, 23 Luke Arscott
Sale Sharks: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Charlie Ingall, 13 Sam Bedlow, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 James Mitchell, 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Ben Curry, 5 Lou Reed, 4 George Nott, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Rob Webber, 1 James Flynn
Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 Jake Pope, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 TJ Ioane, 20 David Seymour, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Sam Tuitupou, 23 Josh Charnley
Referee: Greg Macdonald (England)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce (England), John Meredith (England)
TMO: Keith Lewis (England)
Saracens, Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints registered solid home victories in the second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday.
Saracens put last weekend’s opening round loss to Gloucester behin them as they outscored Newcastle by four tries to two on their way to a 29-18 win at Allianz Park.
Newcastle dominated proceedings during the opening half and raced into a 10-0 lead thanks to accurate goalkicking from Brett Connon and an Opeti Fonua try but Sarries struck back by a try from Nick Tompkins and a penalty and a conversion from Tom Whiteley.
Connon added a penalty shortly after the break but Sarries pulled away thanks to tries from Scott Spurling, Jared Saunders and George Perkins before Santiago Socino scored a consolation try for the visitors.
Tries: Tompkins, Spurling, Saunders, Perkins
Cons: Whiteley 3
Tries: Fonua, Socin
Pens: Connon 2
Saracens: 15 Andrew Fenby, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Tom Griffiths, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Tom Whiteley, 9 Henry Taylor, 8 Samu Vunisa, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 6 Joel Conlon, 5 Mark Flanagan, 4 Nick Iwiekwe, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Scott Spurling, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 18 Billy Walker, 19 Jack Nay, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Matt Gallagher, 23 George Perkins
Newcastle: 15 Brett Connon, 14 Dan Marshall, 13 Fred Burdon (c), 12 Craig Willis, 11 Adam Radwan, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Sam Egerton, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Joshua Chisanga, 5 Glen Young, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Scott Wilson, 2 David Nelson, 1 Alex Rogers
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Harrison Orr, 20 Daniel Temm, 21 Ruaridh Dawson, 22 Ben Stevenson, 23 Tom Ffitch
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Simon McConnell (England), Nigel Carrick (England)
Leicester 42-3 Dragons
Leicester had too much ammunition for their hapless visitors, outscoring the Welsh outfit by six tries to none in a 42-3 demolition at Welford Road.
Freddie Burns was the Tigers’ hero as finished with a 15-point haul thanks to a try, two conversions and two penalties.
Burns’ try and further five-pointers from Owen Williams, Adam Thompstone and Greg Bateman helped Leicester to a 27-3 lead at half-time with Dragons only points coming via a Geraint Rhys Jones penalty.
The hosts continued to dominate after the interval and sealed their win thanks to tries from Ellis Genge and Jack Roberts.
Tries: Williams, Thompstone, Bateman, Burns, Genge, Roberts
Cons: Burns 2, Worth
Pens: Burns 2
Leicester: 15 George Worth, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Jack Roberts, 12 Owen Williams, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison (c), 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Will Evans, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Greg Bateman, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Brendon O’Connor, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Oli Bryant, 23 Mathew Ta
Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Jack Dixon (c), 11 Ashton Hewitt, 10 Geraint Rhys Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Harri Keddie, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 James Thomas, 5 Matthew Screech, 4 Joe Davies, 3 Craig Mitchell, 2 Darran Harris, 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Robson Blake, 20 Josh Skinner, 21 Owen Davies, 22 Arwel Robson, 23 Will Talbot-Davies
Referee: Andrew Jackson (England)
Assistant Referees: Steve Lee (England), Darryl Chapman (England)
Northampton 19-13 Gloucester
Northampton staved off a late fightback from the Cherry and Whites to secure their second successive victory in the competition.
Gloucester opened the scoring via a Billy Burns penalty before Sam Olver slotted two penalties of his own to give the Saints a 6-3 lead by the half-hour mark.
Charlie Clare crossed for a try in the 37th minute which meant Saints held a 13-3 lead at the interval and they increased their lead when Olver added two further penalties shortly after the restart.
The visitors finished strongly, however, thanks to late tries from Ollie Thorley and Dan Thomas but the Saints did enough to hold on for the win in the end.
Pen: Olver 4
Tries: Thorley, D Thomas
Northampton: 15 James Wilson, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Tom Kessell, 8 Sam Dickinson (c), 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 James Craig, 4 Jordan Onojaife, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Charlie Clare, 1 Ethan Waller
Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Matt Beesley, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Michael Paterson, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Ben Nutley, 22 Lee Dickson, 23 Ben Foden
Gloucester: 15 Lloyd Evans, 14 Mat Protheroe, 13 Henry Purdy, 12 Elliott Creed, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Lewis Ludlow (c), 5 Joe Latta, 4 Joe Batley, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Henry Walker, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Joe Mullis, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Ciaran Knight, 19 Charlie Beckett, 20 Freddie Clarke, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Tom Hudson, 23 Will Safe
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace (England), Wayne Falla (England)
Sunday’s action saw both Exeter and Wasps put 60 points past Cardiff and Worcester Warriors respectively.
Exeter Chiefs 62-25 Cardiff Blues
Surprisingly, it was Cardiff who took an early lead 10-0 lead inside three minutes after a James Sheeey try was converted by Jarrod Evans after Evans got the game rolling with a penalty in the first minute.
Exeter hit back immediately with a try from Shaun Malton before a penalty try gave the hosts the lead which they never surrendered.
Michele Campagnaro, Damian Welch and Sam Simmonds added further tries in the first half for a 31-10 lead. Tom Hendrickson was first on the scoresheet after the break before James Beale pulled one back for the visitors.
Further tries for Exeter from Tom Hendrickson, Stuart Townsend, Tom Johnson, Jack Innard and Tom Lawday in the second half sealed the result as they ran away with the game.
Tries: Malton, Penalty Try, Campagnaro, Welch, S Simmonds, Hendrickson, Townsend, Johnson, Innard, Lawday
Cons: Simmonds 6
Tries: Sheekey, Beale, Williams 2
Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Max Bodilly, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Tom Hendrickson, 11 Ian Whitten, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Will Chudley, 8 Tom Johnson (c), 7 Sam Simmonds, 6 Ben White, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Ollie Atkins, 3 Jack Owlett, 2 Shaun Malton, 1 Billy Keast
Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Will Norton, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Josh Caulfield, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Stuart Townsend, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Harry Strong
Cardiff: 15 Rhun Williams, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Harri Millard, 12 Garyn Smith (c), 11 James Beal, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Dane Blacker, 8 James Sheekey, 7 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 6 Seb Davies, 5 Jack Davies, 4 James Down, 3 Dillon Lewis 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Brad Thyer
Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 Hemi Barnes, 20 Morgan Sienawski, 21 Rhodri Davies, 22 Ben Jones, 23 Owen Lane
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant Referees: Matthew O’Grady (England), Clare Daniels (England)
TMO: Geoff Warren (England)
London Wasps 62-10 Worcester Warriors
Tom Cruse opened the scoring in the 18th minute when ge crossed the whitewash for Wasps. But the Warriors hit back straight away through a brace from Josh Adams five minutes apart which temporarily gave the visitors the lead.
But it was one-way traffic after that as tries from Thomas Young and Jack Willis wrestled back the lead for the hosts as they went into the second half.
A brace by Dan Robson and Jacob Umaga as well as tries from Brendan Macken, Tom Howe and Piers O’Conor ensured an emphatic victory for Wasps in front of their home crowd.
Tries: Cruse, Young, Willis, Robson 2, Macken, Howe, Umaga 2, O’Connor
Cons: Eastgate 4, James 2
Tries: Adams 2
Wasps: 15 Piers O’Conor, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Alapati Leiua, 12 Brendan Macken, 11 Guy Armitage, 10 Connor Eastgate, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Alex Rieder, 7 Thomas Young, 6 James Gaskell, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Marcus Garratt, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Tom West
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jack Willis, 20 Sam Harry, 21 Dan Robson 22 Owain James, 23 Jacob Umaga
Worcester: 15 Josh Adams, 14 Afeafe Haisila Lokotui, 13 Andy Short, 12 Max Stelling , 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote (c), 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Matt Cox, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 Sam Betty, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 3 Mike Daniels, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Derrick Appiah
Replacements: 16 Matti Williams, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Justin Clegg, 20 Sam Ripper-Smith, 21 Huw Taylor, 22 George de Cothi, 23 Alex Hearle
Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton (England), Andy Watson (England)