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Premiership Rugby News

Feb 24

Premiership roundup: Joe Simmonds keeps his nerve to send Exeter top

• Simmonds converts Thomas Waldrom’s last-gasp try for 31-30 win• Northampton had led after tries from Horne, Foden and MallinderJoe Simmonds converted Thomas Waldrom’s last-minute try to cap a dramatic comeback from Exeter, who rallied from 13 points …

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Feb 18

Succession of injuries take shine off Wasps’ victory over Exeter

• Wasps 13-7 Exeter Chiefs• Marcus Watson scores home side’s try as champions are defeatedIt was every bit as tight as last season’s Premiership final between these clubs when the Chiefs triumphed in added time and Wasps had to dig deep to avenge that …

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Feb 17

Matt Toomua’s try turns game Leicester’s way against Harlequins

• Leicester 33-18 Harlequins• Toomua sprinted 25 metres to line after a dummyIt was the 20th anniversary of the sacking of Bob Dwyer as Leicester’s director of rugby and there was a point in the second half when it seemed his compatriot Matt O’Connor w…

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Feb 16

Saracens move to top as Liam Williams scores only try in win at Sale

• Sale 3-13 Saracens; Newcastle 29-12 Bath• Newcastle’s comfortable win over Bath completes doubleSale Sharks 3-13 SaracensSaracens moved to the top of the Aviva Premiership table following a 13-3 triumph over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium. Sarace…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/16/saracens-liam-williams-only-try-win-sale

Jan 14

Premiership’s faltering form in Europe could spell trouble for England | Robert Kitson

Eddie Jones’ side could suffer knock-on effect as Pro14 teams teach wealthier English and French rivals a lesson in the European Rugby Champions CupAmid all the myriad European pool permutations and head-scratching arithmetic it can be easy to lose sig…

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Jan 09

Joe Marler to miss England’s Italy and Wales games after six-week ban

• Harlequins prop punished following red card in defeat at Sale• Suspension to 20 February rules Marler out of two Six Nations gamesJoe Marler has been ruled out of England’s first two Six Nations matches against Italy and Wales after receiving a six-w…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/09/joe-marler-miss-england-italy-wales-six-week-ban

Jan 08

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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Jan 07

Revitalised Northampton give winning start to Alan Gaffney against Gloucester

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester • New coach says victory after 11 defeats means ‘the monkey is off our back’Alan Gaffney’s focus on his first week in charge of a Northampton side that had endured 11 successive defeats in the Premiership and European Cha…

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Jan 07

Newcastle resist late charge to end Exeter’s unbeaten run

• Newcastle 28-20 Exeter• Injury-hit leaders’ second-half rally leads to frantic finaleNewcastle held on to end Aviva Premiership pace-setters Exeter’s seven-match unbeaten league run with a 28-20 victory at Kingston Park.The champions may have been mi…

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Jan 07

Billy Vunipola stars on return as revitalised Saracens see off Wasps

• Wasps 15-38 Saracens• Boost for England as No8 and team-mate Maro Itoje play key roles after injuryEddie Jones reckons it was a “bad gamble” to rush Billy Vunipola back from injury during the last Six Nations but on this evidence the Saracens No8 is …

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Jan 06

Ken Pisa inspires Northampton to sink Gloucester and end losing streak

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester• Alan Gaffney oversees an end to Saints’ 11-match winless runWhen Northampton last played Gloucester they were top of the Premiership but defeat at Kingsholm at the beginning of October marked the start of an 11-match los…

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Jan 06

Sale capitalise on Joe Marler’s latest indiscretion to sink Harlequins

• Sale 30-29 Harlequins• Marler could miss start of Six Nations after red card for late hit on TJ IoaneJoe Marler could miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign next month after his second-half red card led to a costly defeat for Harlequins.The…

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Jan 06

Leicester hold off London Irish as Manu Tuilagi marks 100th appearance with try

• Leicester 19-15 London Irish• Toomua and May also score to help Tigers seal much-needed victoryThe ugly run of defeats is over. Leicester will be as relieved by that as they are by four points in the mid-table scrap. But don’t go thinking their probl…

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Jan 01

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to GloucesterIt was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North in…

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Dec 31

Exeter’s Baxter focuses on future after win over Leicester ends stunning year

• Exeter 30-6 Leicester• Chiefs cut loose in final quarter to inflict sixth straight loss on TigersThe year 2017 has been a truly memorable one for Exeter and here was a last seasonal cherry on the top. The Chiefs are entering the new year with a 10-po…

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Dec 30

Harlequins’ Marcus Smith orchestrates latest hammering of Northampton

• Harlequins 50-21 Northampton• 18-year-old fly-half shines against inept SaintsThe new year cannot come quick enough for Northampton, humiliated again on their second outing to Twickenham this season by a hot-stepping Harlequins, for whom the 18-year-…

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