The English Premiership has kicked off over the past weekend for the 2020/2021 season.
A hat-trick from Simmonds gave the champions, Exeter Chiefs the perfect start to the season when they beat Harlequins 33-3.
A brilliant solo effort saw him score in the first half with two more tries in the second half from rolling mauls.
He was joined on the scoresheet by Ewers and Townsend to register a bonus point win over Harlequins in the opening weekend of the new season.
This they manage without seven of the international players.
Harlequins could only register a solitary Marcus Smith penalty which had put them ahead in the first quarter.
|Harlequins (3) 3|
|Exeter (7) 33|
|Tries: S Simmonds 3, Ewers, Townsend Cons: J Simmonds 4|
Sale also had a good start to the season with a bonus point win over Saints. This was not a walkover as Sale had to work for this win on Friday.
Sale raced to a 17-0 lead with tries from Van der Merwe and Dan du Preez but Northampton was not going to lie down easily.
Collins went over for the visitors from a maul but Sale responded with tries from Hammersley and MacGinty after the break to put them 29-13 in the lead.
Although Jono Ross was sin0binned in the last 20 minutes Northampton only manage one more try from Francis.
|Sale (17) 32|
|Tries: Van der Merwe, D du Preez, Hammersley, MacGinty Cons: MacGinty 4 Pens: MacGinty|
|Northampton (7) 23|
|Tries: Collins, Francis Cons: Grayson 2 Pens: Grayson 2, Mallinder|
It was an impressive win for Newcastle over Bath over the weekend as they start the season with a win.
Bath took the lead early on when Redpath send Cokanasiga over to score the first try of the match but Graham scored twice to gave the Falcons a 12-7 lead at the break.
|Bath (7) 12|
|Tries: Cokanasiga, J Matavesi Cons: Priestland|
|Newcastle (12) 19|
|Tries: Graham 2, Stevenson Cons: Connon 2|
It was an impressive start for Leicester Tigers when they beat Gloucester under their new couch over the weekend.
Coach Steve Borthwick could not have asked for a better start as his troops beat Gloucester 38-15.
It was three first half tries from Kobus van Wyk, Tom Youngs and Richard Wigglesworth that gave them a commanding lead. It was ended off with a late try by Charlie Clare.
Gloucester got two tries from Hanson and Simpson. Their discipline did not help their cause with two yellow cards in the match for Hansen and Clarke.
|Leicester (22) 38|
|Tries: Van Wyk, T Youngs, Wigglesworth, Clare Cons: Henry 2, Diaz Bonilla Pens: Henry 3, Diaz Bonilla|
|Gloucester (8) 15|
|Tries: Hanson, Simpson Con: Twelvetrees Pen: Twelvetrees|
In a tight affair Worcester edge out London Irish 11-10 over the weekend. It was a scrappy game with both teams looking rusty.
It was Howe’s try that helped the Warriors to get the win at the end but this was not a game neither teams will want to remember.
At the break the two teams were at 3-all as the host failed to turn their dominance into points.
London Irish took the lead in the second half with Phipps try in the 60th minute of the match.
This was countered wiyh Howe’s try five minutes later. Jakson did missed a late penalty in the match which would have given London Irish the win.
|Worcester: (3) 11|
|Tries: Howe Pens: Searle 2|
|London Irish (3) 10|
|Tries: Phipps Cons: Jackson Pens: Jackson|
They left it till late but Wasps start their new season with a win against Bristol Bears over the weekend winning the game 23-20.
A late try from Willis did it for the host after they led 6-3 at the break. It was three penalties from Gopperth that gave them this halftime lead.
Randall got over to give Bristol the lead Jack Willis put Wasp back in the lead. This was short lived as Piutau got over for Bristol to gave them the lead and a dramatic finish to the game.
With Willis getting his second late in the game, it was all over in a game which came alive in the second half.
|Wasps (6) 23|
|Tries: J Willis, T Willis Con: Gopperth 2 Pens: Gopperth 3|
|Bristol Bears (3) 20|
|Tries: Randall, Piutau Con: Bedlow 2 Pens: Bedlow 2|
This weeks Schedule:
Fri – Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks
Sat- Northampton Saints v Harlequins
Sat – Bristol Bears v Worcester Warriors
Sat – Gloucester v Wasp
Sat – Exeter Chiefs v Bath
Sun – London Irish v Leicester Tigers