It was another close and exciting round of Gallagher English Premiership this weekend with Gloucester, and Bears registering their first wins of the new season.
The big clash of the weekend between Leicester and Saracens went down to the wire with the Tigers taking the spoils at the end.
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Bristol got their first win of the season after two disappointing results in the first two rounds on Friday when they beat Bath 25-20 at Ashton Gate.
With Will Muir and Semesa Rokodunguni first half tries gave the visitors and early of 15-8 with Luatua getting the try for the home side.
It was Muir that extended the lead for Bath in the second half but Bristol replied with a penalty try with both Tom Dunn and Tom Ellis send to the bin.
It was Jake Kerr got over to complete the Bears comeback for their first win of the season.
Bristol: Tries – Luatua, Kerr, Penalty TRY Conversions Sheedy Penalties – Sheedy
Bath: Tries – Muir(2), Rokoduguni Conversions – Bailey Penalties – Bayley
In another tightly contested match The Saints got a narrow win over London Irish on Saturday when they beat them 23-21 in Franklin Gardens.
They had to content with a spirited London Irish side who came back at them but manage to keep their 100% start to the new season.
It was a late penalty kick from Dan Biggar that sealed it for the home side after the had a handy 17-0 lead in the first half.
Jackson had an chance to snatch the win with a late drop-goal but the kick went wide which gave the home side the win.
Northampton started the match well with two early tries from Collins and Proctor before Creevy got one back. There was also a penalty try for London Irish and another one from Tom Parton but it was not enough to come away with an away win.
Saints: Tries – Collins, Proctor Conversions – Biggar(2) Penalties – Biggar(3)
London Irish: Tries – Creevy, Penalty TRY, Parton Conversions – Jackson(2)
It was a one point thriller that went down to the wire in Welford Road Stadium on Saturday when the Tigers beat Saracens in front of their home crowd with a late penalty try.
It was deep into injury time when Christophe Ridley ruled that the Tigers maul was collapsed by Saracans on the line and awarded the penalty try and send Billy Vanipola to the bin as well, which send the stadium into celebrations.
It was the only try of the match after Owen Farrell and George Ford traded penalties for most parts of the match. Saracens was as expected stunned with the result but pandemonium broke out on the field and in the stands as players and fans celebrated.
Leicester Tigers: Tries – Penalty TRY Penalties – George Ford(2)
Saracens: Penalties – Owen Farrell(4)
Gloucester fans will sleep much better this week after their side got their first win of the season away from home beating Worcester 31-23 on Saturday.
Ben Morgan, Jason Woodward and Chris Harris all scored second half tries to give them the win they so desperately needed after the poor start to the new season.
Adam Hastings was also on song scoring 16 points in the first start for him in the Cherry and Whites.
Worcester tries came from Kyle Hatherell and Sione Vailanu but that was not enough to squeeze out a win for the home side on the day.
Worcester: Tries – Hatherall, Vailanu Conversions – Searle(2) Penalties – Williams(2), Searle
Gloucester: Tries – Morgan, Woodward, Harris Conversions – Adam Hastings(2) Penalties – Adam Hastings(4)
Newcastle with only 14 men on the park in the second half came from behind to beat Wasps in a dramatic match at Kingston Park.
They led 8-0 at halftime after a try form Fearns and a penalty by Haydon-Wood. It was Cruse converted try followed by Penny red card for an alleged finger in the eye that turned the game.
Wasps went over with Willis after a penalty form Connon, but Chick try in the dying minutes of the game with Connon converting it to give the home side a dramatic win.
Newcastle: Tries – Fearns, Chick Conversions – Connon Penalties – Connon, Haydon-Wood
Wasps: Tries – Cruse, Willis Conversions – Umaga(2)
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