Sarries thrash disappointing Sale
Sale’s total scoreline of nine points came in the first half at Edgeley Park on Friday night but a rampant Saracens side denied any chance of victory for the hosts.
Chris Wyles got the scoreboard rolling for Saracens after fifteen minutes and from there on in they didn’t stop scoring. Ernst Joubert crossed the line following a Hodgson penalty and it left Sarries leading by 18 points to 9 over a dejected looking Sale side at half time.
Two early penalty goals from fly-half Hodgson put Saracens in an even stronger position at the start of the second half and young full-back Alex Goode crossed under the posts just before the hour mark. Tagicakibau bashed his way over in the corner for the visitors and Hugh Vyvyan rounded it off with a final try at the end to give Saracens a huge 45-9 victory. Sale coach Tony Hanks resigned the next day.
Late Exeter try seals win over Gloucester
Beautiful weather welcomed these sides to Kingsholm on Saturday and after a slow start, both teams eventually got the ball rolling.
Craig Mitchell crossed the line from an attack sparked by Ignacio Mieres, who committed his future to Exeter last week. Winger Matt Matt Jess pelted past the corner flag for Exeter’s second and after two penalties from young fly-half Freddie Burns for Gloucester and one from Mieres, the half time score was 15-3 to the visitors.
After what must have been a serious team talk from Bryan Redpath at half time, Gloucester returned to the field a changed side. Three mesmerising tries in the space of handful of minutes were what sparked an incredible comeback for the home team. Gloucester legend James Simpson-Daniel crossed on the 54 minute mark; Nick Runciman did the same shortly after following a break from Simpson-Daniel and some clever handling skills from Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu.
But the try of the game came from ever-improving Burns after a stunning chip and one-handed catch which allowed him to dive under the posts and convert his own try. Gloucester thought they had sealed the deal but with minutes to go Muldowney crashed over the line under a tangle of players for the Chiefs and it was crucially left to Video Referee Tony Spreadbury to make the decision. The try was given and Gareth Steenson kicked an easy conversion to give Exeter a 28-27 victory.
Fa’asavalu try gives Quins victory over Bath
With both sides looking for a victory to help their Heineken Cup qualification and play-off chances, it made for a tense encounter at the Stoop and it took until the 73rd minute before its conclusion. Early penalty exchanges between Nick Evans and Tom Heathcote tied the scores up at 3-3. But Bath gained a small upper hand in the first half when Heathcote kicked a second penalty just after the half hour mark.
Two penalties from Evans 60 minutes in saw the hosts edge into a narrow 9-6 lead but with 20 minutes remaining someone had to come up with something. Quins power-house Fa’asavalu was the man to do so for the hosts with a late try that rounded off a nail biting battle with a 14-9 win for Quins over Bath.
Other results saw London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons fail to win in their bids for Premiership survival and London Irish lost to on-form Leicester Tigers by 32 points to 41.
Scarlets beat Cardiff in Welsh derby
Two tries from winger Adam Fenby assisted the Scarlets in beating local rivals Cardiff in a Welsh derby in the Pro 12. The first half consisted of little more than a try from Fenby for the Scarlets after the winger crossed four minutes before the break. He did the same four minutes after the break as well. Aled Thomas converted both and the Scarlets gained a healthy 14-0 lead.
Converted tries from Wales’ wing sensation Alex Cuthbert and Casey Laulala for the hosts got Cardiff back on equal terms. But a try from Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies and one more late in the game from Dom Day meant the visitors returned home the 26-14 victors. In other Pro 12 results Connacht missed out on victory over Munster at the Sportsground, Ulster travelled to Italy and beat Treviso, Ospreys narrowly beat Leinster, Edinburgh slumped to a defeat against Newport at Murrayfield and Glasgow beat Aironi 29-6.
Try of the Weekend goes to Freddie Burns of Gloucester for his incredible chip and catch against Exeter.
The Hero of the weekend is Maurie Fa’asavalu for his match-winning try against Bath for Harlequins.
This weekend’s Villain is Ben Youngs of Leicester for his cynical knee drop and punches on Jamie Gibson. The citing commissioner will be on the phone.
by Sam Durham