On Friday night, Newcastle Falcons pulled off a spectacular comeback to defeat Bath 24-22. After taking the lead through a converted Gonvea try, Bath built a healthy lead via a double from Rokoduguni, in addition to Ford’s try, 2 conversations and a penalty to lead 22-10 with minutes left. However, the Falcons never gave up and, with both Wilson and Harris barging over after good pressure, Hodgeson converted both to give them the 24-22 victory and move them up to sixth.
Northampton made it three premiership wins in a row against a Bristol team full of confidence and looking to add to their recent victories. In a real bruising encounter, both teams were even at 26 all going into the final stages. Although Saints had scored tries through Picamoles, Haywood, Wood and Hanrahan, Myler had failed to convert, only hitting the mark with two penalties, while for the opposition, Jason Woodward had converted a try for Fenton-Wells as well as his own, in addition to 4 penalties. With a draw looking likely, the Saints finally nudged ahead with another Myler penalty followed by a Mallinder Drop goal to seal the win 33-26.
Saracens finished the round in top spot after drawing with Exeter, despite having prop Richard Barrington sent off for a high tackle after 10 minutes. With Exeter taking a 10-3 halftime lead through a Steenson penalty, followed by a converted try by Nowell, Saracens never gave up and, after Lozowski converted Lomositele’s try, both kickers exchanged penalties to share the points with 13-13 draw.
Denny Solomona’s 2 tries wasn’t enough to help Sale Sharks defeat Harlequins at the Stoop, for who substitute Tim Swiel starred. He scored for 24 of Harlequins points with a try, 2 conversations and 5 penalties, to add to the try scored by Charlie Walker. Along with Solomona’s 2 tries, Sale replied through a McGuigan try and the boot of Will Addison, who landed the conversion and 3 penalties to make the final score line 29-26 to the Quins.
The day’s biggest scorers were Gloucester, who took Worcester to the cleaners, scoring 7 tries in the process. Their points came from May, Scott x2, Rowan, Sharples, Hohneck and Afoa, with Twelvetrees and Laidlow converting them all to add to the penalty each Laidlow and Burns scored. For 11th placed Worcester, Vuna, Cavubati and Fa’oisilva replied with Mills converting two of them.