Gallagher Premiership weekend action – Saturday: Saracens 27-23 Bristol Bears, London Irish 22-42 Northampton Saints, Bath 24-24 Sale Sharks, Wasps 27-24 Newcastle Falcons; Sunday: Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers (3 p.m.); Gloucester v Worcester Warriors canceled
Last update: 26/03/22 18:24
Recap Saturday’s Premiership action as Saracens won again, Northampton and Wasps were also victorious, while Bath and Sale drew.
Saracens 27-23 Bristol Bears
Max Malins scored two tries as Saracens won their third successive Gallagher Premiership game by narrowly beating Bristol Bears 27-23 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The first rugby game at the venue was also the first for Sarries and England captain Owen Farrell in four months after injuries to both ankles and he scored 12 points before being sent off with a blow to the head after 70 minutes .
The result did not come without a dramatic finish, however, as Bristol winger Jack Bates saw what looked like a game-winning try disallowed in the closing stages.
The Bears looked like they had taken the victory at the last minute when captain Joe Joyce made a fantastic run before putting Bates out of harm’s way, but the pass was passed to him and the Saracens held on, just right.
London Irish 22-42 Northampton Saints
Northampton ruined London Irish’s St. Patrick’s Day party with a 42-22 win at Brentford Community Stadium.
Chris Boyd’s side kept their first four hopefuls alive with a six-try performance that helped them leapfrog the reeling Irish in the league table.
The Irish had led 8-0 at the start thanks to a try from Ollie Hassell-Collins and a penalty from Paddy Jackson.
But it was as good as it gets for the home side in front of a big crowd when the Saints activated the style.
Bath 24-24 Dirty Sharks
World Cup-winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk was inches away from securing victory for Sale as they drew 24-24 with Bath at the Recreation Ground.
The visitors had mounted a blistering second-half comeback after trailing 21-7 at half-time against the Premiership’s bottom club and leading 24-21 until Danny Cipriani kicked Bath level with three minutes to play.
De Klerk had a chance to win in the 83rd minute but his kick was narrowly wide.
Wasps 27-24 Newcastle Falcons
Jimmy Gopperth scored a late penalty against his former club as Wasps edged Newcastle with a 27-24 Gallagher Premiership win at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
George McGuigan netted a hat-trick for the visitors but it proved to be in vain as Gopperth’s boot, combined with tries from Dan Robson, Joe Launchbury and Tom West, saw the hosts cross the line.
Despite slipping as he kicked, Gopperth’s effort sailed through the uprights to make it 27-24 for the home side, who were then able to cut time and seal an impressive victory back.
The Wasps remain ninth in the table, the Falcons – who pick up a losing bonus point to the northeast – sit in 12th place.