With the Six Nations on a break this weekend, all focus went on the local competitions and we had some great matches in the Gallagher English Premiership.
Harlequins 24-12 Sale Sharks
Harlequins win over Sale has given them the third spot in the Premiership as Sale slipped down.
Sale pilled on the pressure early on but two tries by Marchant gave the host a good lead in the match.
Dombrandt scored there third try before Sal Du Preez was send to the bin at the end of the first half of the match.
The Sharks did came back in the second half with tries by Langdon and du Preez but that was not enough to stop Quins recording their fourth straight win.
It was a great performance from Quins which also saw Springbok Lood de Jager coming on for Sale in the second half after a long injury layoff.
|Harlequins (21) 24|
|Tries: Marchant 2, Dombrandt Cons: Smith 3 Pen: Smith|
|Sale (0) 12|
|Tries: Langdon, R du Preez Con: R du Preez|
Bath 16-14 Gloucester
Priestland’s late penalty saw Bath getting a narrow win over Gloucester in a scrappy derby which saw both sides ending the game with 14-men.
Rapava-Ruskin was shown a red card after a high challenge on Bayliss with Williams sent off for a high tackle on full-back Kyle Moyle.
Ludlow try in the 75th minute looked like it sealed the win for the visitors but Priestland’s penalty stole the win away from the cherry and whites.
Even with one player less, Gloucester enjoyed plenty of possession and territory and two penalties from Twelvetrees have them a 6-0 lead.
But Faletau got over for his try after a great inside pass from Jospeh to De Glanville to give bath a 7-6 lead at the break.
Priestland extend the lead with a penalty but the Williams was sent off for a high tackle on Moyle.
Bath did however pulled further ahead with another penalty from Priestland before Gloucester fought their way back with Twelvetrees also landed a penalty nine minutes before the end.
Gloucester saw Rees-Zammit getting a break and put Harris in space with Ludlow scoring in the corner. Most fans would have thought that that was the win for the visitors but Twelvetrees missed the conversion and Priestland getting his penalty over in the 78th minute to secure a dramatic win.
|Bath: (7) 16|
|Try: Faletau Con: Priestland Pens: Priestland 3|
|Gloucester: (6) 14|
|Try: Ludlow Pens: Twelvetrees 3|
Exeter 12-13 Northampton
Exeter suffered a second home defeat over the weekend against the Saints loosing 12-13.
Sam Skinner scored with minutes remaining which left Simmonds to win the game with the conversion which he failed to even get the ball off the ground.
He was ruled by the referee to have started his run-up which allowed the Saints to sprint and kick the ball into touch. This must have been one of the weirdest things you will have ever seen in the game.
Adendorff and Yeandle both score tries but at the end it was Francis boot that won it for the Saints.
Saints got two penalties over in the final quarter to lead by 13-7 before that last try and miss conversion.
It was a night of missed opportunities for Exeter and maybe the right result at the end.
|Exeter (7) 12|
|Tries: Yeandle, S Skinner Con: H Skinner|
|Northampton (7) 13|
|Try: Adendorff Con: Francis Pens: Francis 2|
Leicester 27-8 Wasp
Leicester was simply too good for Wasp as they beat them 27-8 after three players was send off during the game.
The Tigers pack dominated proceedings and gave pushover tries for Wiese, Montoya and Reffell.
Wiese however was red carded after a dangerous clear-out at the ruck which was really not very clever play from the South African.
Just after halftime Brookes was send also send off. The Tigers win sees them leapfrogged Wasp into sixth place on the log.
With Brookes also with a shoulder charge both teams where down to 14-men for most of the second half. The Tigers controlled the match but failed to get that bonus point.
At the end they ended up playing with only 13 men
|Leicester (14) 27|
|Tries: Wiese, Montoya, Reffell Pens: Henry 4|
|Wasps (3) 8|
|Try: Cruse Pen: Gopperth|
Worcester Warriors 28-0 Newcastle
Worcester Warriors have been awarded four points and Newcastle two after Saturday’s Premiership game was cancelled because of coronavirus cases.
The Falcons returned several positive Covid-19 results in the latest round of testing, leading to the game being called off on Wednesday.
A Premiership Rugby panel determined the distribution of the points for the match at Sixways.
The Newcastle squad will be tested for the virus again on Monday.