Round 4 of the Gallagher English Premiership saw some great wins for some of the favourites in the league over the weekend.
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2021 Gallagher English Premiership
Bristol horror start to the season continued over the weekend when Harlequins came from behind to beat them 52-24. If one think that Harlequins was at one stage 21-0 behind and at halftime trailed 24-7 one would never have imagine that thy would beat the Bears in this matter at the end.
First half tries by Joe Joyce, Henry Purdy and Charles Piutau gave them a great lead which shut the home side out in that first half, but two tries by Louis Lynagh helped the champions stage a brilliant comeback at the end.
They came out with tries from Yet Quins came out revived with Lynagh, Andre Esterhuizen, Luke Northmore, Will Collier, Tyrone Green, Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt all scoring 45 unanswered points in the second half.
They just swept Bristol off the field in the second half with brilliant attacking play which saw them lift the trophy last season.
It was a repeat when the two teams met last time in the semi-final when Bristol threw away a 28-point lead as well. It was just a pure pleasure to watch Quins in the match.
Harlequins: Tries – Lynagh (2), Esterhuizen, Northmore, Collier, Green, Smith, Dombrandt Conversions – Smith (6)
Bristol: Tries – Joyce, Purdy, Piutau Conversions – Sheedy(3) Penalties – Sheedy
After two straight losses Exeter got their second win in a row over the weekend when they beat Worcester 42-5 in a one sided affair.
Sam Simmonds in his first match of the season got two tries but it was Dave Ewers who scored first for the home side in what was a scrappy start to the game. Facundo Cordero scored both sides of halftime to see the home side secure the bonus point.
Simmonds got his second try later in the second half before his brother Joe added the sixth try for Exeter. A late consolation try by Justin Clegg was the only points Worcester could manage in the game.
Exeter: Tries – Ewers, S Simmonds(2), Cordero(2), J Simmonds Conversions – Slade(5), J Simmonds
Worcester: Tries – Clegg
Gloucester manage to sneak a win against Sale Sharks on Saturday when Tom Curtin failed to convert the last kick of the match, handed them a 33-32 win. This means that Gloucester have now got two wins after starting the season with two losses.
They led 33-15 with nine minutes to go with two tries great tries by Louis Rees-Zammit but two late tries by Daniel Du Preez and Gus Warr got Sale within six points. With the clock already in injury time it was Tommy Taylor that went over but Curtis could not convert the try to give Sale the win as they came up 1 point short.
Gloucester: Tries – Morgan, Singleton, Rees-Zammit (2) Conversions – Hastings(2) Drop Goals – Hastings
Sale: Tries – Quirke, Reed, D du Preez, Warr, Taylor Conversions – Wilkinson, Curtis Penalties – Wilkinson
The Tigers have kept their winning ways after round 4 after bet8ing London Irish over the weekend in a hard fought 21-16 win which sees them keep their spot on top of the log.
It was the boot of George Ford that saved the Tigers against a huge scare from London Irish. The Tigers trailed 16-12 with 20 minutes to go but Ford edge them in front again with a few penalties that sealed the match for the visitors.
Jackson kicked three penalties for London Irish with a try from Creevy but that was not enough on the day for the homes side.
London Irish: Tries – Creevy Conversions – Jackson Penalties – Jackson(3)
Leicester: Tries – Dolly, Liebenberg Conversions – Ford Penalties – Ford(3)
Saracens got their first home win on Saturday when they beat Newcastle Falcons 37-23 after being down 17-3 down. It was a good comeback from the home side after Mike Brown and Ben Stevenson helped Newcastle to a 17-3 lead but a penalty try just before the break saw Saracens claw back to 17-10.
It was then Jamie George and Mako Vunipola that got over to give Sarries the lead with Billy Vunipola going over in the last minute of the match to give the home side a bonus point.
Owen Farrell controlled the match well as he looked to be back to his best kicking three conversions and three penalties. He was brilliant in controlling the match as well.
This sees Sarries in the middle of the log with two wins from three matches so far.
Saracens: Tries – Penalty, George, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola Conversions – Farrell(3) Penalties – Farrell(3)
Newcastle: Tries – Brown, Stevenson Conversions – Cannon(2) Penalties – Cannon(3)
Wasp ended Northampton perfect start to the season over the weekend when they beat them 26-20 after the two teams where 10-10 at the break.
It was Sam Matavesi who scored the first try to put the Saints ahead but Kibrige levelled it again. Biggar and Umaga traded penalties to end the half all even.
Umaga’s penalty put Wasps ahead for the first time of the match before Robson went over to make it 20-10. Ludlam reduce the lead again but two penalties from Gopperth sealed it for Wasp even with the late score by Fish.
Wasps: Tries – Kibirige, Robson Conversions – Umaga(2) Penalties – Umaga(2), Gopperth(2)
Northampton: Tries – Matavesi, Ludlam, Fish Conversions – Biggar Penalties – Biggar