Premiership round-up: Wins for Northampton, Worcester and Exeter
Northampton powered past Leicester and there were wins in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday for Exeter and Worcester.
New Zealand center Matt Proctor crossed on his first Gallagher Premiership look as Northampton Saints demolished rivals Leicester Tigers at Franklin’s Gardens.
The Saints marched to a win – a derby win over the twist – since Proctor was introduced to Fraser Dingwall, Tom Collins and by Api Ratuniyarawa.
The Northampton backs had a field day since the likes of Rory Hutchinson and George Furbank prospered in the warmth of their East Midlands derby.
Leicester, who’d brought back all of their England World Cup gamers, could respond through Guy Thompson try and eight points from George Ford’s boot.
This means that the Tigers remain second floor, while Northampton are back in the Premiership summit with Bristol still to play on Sunday.
Exeter Chiefs backed their Gallagher Premiership title-favourites tag up as they secured a 38-3 bonus-point victory over struggling Wasps.
Tries out of a superb Tom O’Flaherty effort and Luke Cowan-Dickie, a penalty try, England internationals Ben Moon and a score by an Alec Hepburn explosion saw Rob Baxter’s men banish the ghosts of a shock reduction within this fixture seven months ago.
Leasing lock Jean-Luc Du Preez was shipped as the Sharks crashed to your 20-13 Gallagher Premiership defeat to Worcester at Sixways.
The South African place his shoulder into the face of the Graham Kitchener of Worcester who needed medical treatment.
Sale looked in charge thanks to tries from Chris Ashton and Faf de Klerk but Du Preez’s sending off enabled Worcester to take control with Perry Humphreys along with Ashley Beck scoring tries. Duncan Weir converted both and added two penalties.
AJ MacGinty penalty gave Sale a losing bonus point.