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Fri Apr 25 04:33:27 SAST 2014

Saracens keep pressure on Harlequins

Sapa-AFP | 09 October, 2011 19:060 Comments
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons - AVIVA Premiership
Steve Borthwick of Saracens looks on alongside Carlos Nieto of Saracens during the AVIVA Premiership match between Saracens and Newcastle Falcons at Vicarage Road on October 9, 2011 in Watford, England
Image by: Paul Gilham / Getty Images

Saracens moved back into second place in the Premiership with a 25-5 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to keep the pressure on leaders Harlequins.

Joe Maddock, Alex Goode and James Short scored Saracens’ tries, with Charlie Hodgson adding two conversions and two penalties, while the Falcons’ points came through Luke Fielden’s 17th-minute try.

However, reigning champions Saracens were frustrated not to convert an emphatic percentage of possession and territory into a fourth try and a bonus point.

Tom Homer scored 22 points as London Irish routed Worcester 42-24 at the Madejski Stadium.

Full-back Homer converted four of his side’s scores, added a couple of penalties and also crossed for one of those touchdowns himself.

Centre Steve Shingler, number eight Chris Hala’ufia, wing Adam Thompstone and centre Jonathan Joseph also went over for the Exiles.

Marcel Garvey scored two tries for Worcester and Miles Benjamin also touched down for the Warriors.

Christian Wade claimed his sixth try of the campaign as Wasps defeated Bath 27-24 at Adams Park.

Former Leicester and England flyer Tom Varndell, on the opposite  wing, also touched down for the home side.

Their other 17 points came from the boot of Welsh fly-half Nicky  Robinson, who landed five penalties and a conversion on his return from a three-match injury-enforced absence.

Bath replied with tries from Kane Palma-Newport and Guy Mercer, with 19-year-old fly-half Tom Heathcote marking his first senior start with a 14-point kicking haul.

Leaders Harlequins had maintained their unbeaten record with their first league win at Welford Road since 1997 on Saturday, condemning Leicester to their third consecutive home defeat with a 27-18 victory.

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