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Gallagher Premiership Rugby: Exeter back on top after Saracens stumble

Exeter Chiefs made their way back to the top of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table thanks to a 14-9 win over Bristol Bears.

While the win will not go down as Exeter’s best performance of the season, they did enough to earn the victory thanks to a try a piece from Santiago Cordero and Sean Lonsdale.

The Chiefs were able to capitalise on Saracens shock loss on Friday.

Second place Saracens fell 24-18 to Sale Sharks, thanks in large part to the boot of Rob Du Preez. The South African fly-half kicked four penalties and one conversion in a convincing victory for the Sharks.

Saracens welcomed back England star Billy Vunipola but it wasn’t enough for the side to win and go clear at the top of the table. The victory pushed Sale up to 4th thanks to their 5th successive league win.

Sale were leapfrogged by Harlequins in the table thanks to a 38-17 win over bottom club Newcastle Falcons.

Quins win never seemed in doubt as they rushed out to a 28-3 lead by half-time. The five try performance, capped by a perfect kicking display from 19-year-old Marcus Smith, saw Quins rise two places in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table as they now sit third.

Leicester made it two home wins in a row thanks to a 34-16 defeat of Gloucester. A brace of tries from winger Jonny May saw Leicester seize victory as May became the current joint top try scorer in the league with nine scores this season.

Worcester Warriors came back from a 19-3 deficit to defeat Bath in the stand-out game of the weekend. Bath had what looked like an insurmountable lead at the break but Worcester charged back in the final 15 minutes of the game.

Bath had Ross Batty red carded as Max Lahiff, Lucas Noguera and Aled Brew were also sent to the sin bin – leaving Bath with just 11-men on the field. A pair of tries from Bryce Heem got Worcester back in striking distance before Duncan Weir kicked the decisive points for the win.

Wasps ended their run of five straight losses in both the league and cup with a win over Northampton Saints. With just one point separating the sides at half-time, Wasps took control of the game in the second half thanks to a try from Willie Le Roux while Lima Sopoaga kicked two penalties to seal a 27-16 win.

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