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RECAP: Saturday’s Rugby Round-Up

  • Leicester, Saracens and Wasps record wins in the Aviva Premiership
  • Heyneke Meyer linked to Harlequins position
  • Richmond secured promotion to the Championship 
  • Sunwolves suffer embarrassing defeat 

Northampton 24-30 Leicester: Tigers move closer to securing a top-four finish with a narrow victory against Saints
Leicester Tigers have one foot in the Aviva Premiership playoffs after they beat their East Midlands rivals Northampton 30-24 at Franklin’s Gardens.
BATH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Chris Robshaw of Harlequins in action during the Aviva Premiership Match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at The Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015 in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

BATH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Chris Robshaw of Harlequins in action during the Aviva Premiership Match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at The Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015, in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Tries from Harry Thacker and Vereniki Goneva put the Tigers 17-10 up at the break, with Teimana Harrison replying.

Freddie Burns kicked penalties either side of George Pisi’s score, but a penalty from Stephen Myler brought the hosts back to within two points.

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SUPER RUGBY RESULTS
Blues 23-18 Sharks
Waratahs 20-26 Brumbies
Bulls 41-22 Reds
Friday’s Results
Crusaders 32-15 Los Jaguares
Melbourne Rebels 13- 38 Hurricanes
Cheetahs 92-13 Sunwolves

Saracens 22-12 Harlequins: Sarries see off Quins in battle at Wembley
Two first-half tries from Chris Ashton helped league leaders Saracens to a 22-12 victory over Harlequins in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
BATH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Chris Robshaw of Harlequins in action during the Aviva Premiership Match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at The Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015 in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

BATH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Chris Robshaw of Harlequins in action during the Aviva Premiership Match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at The Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015, in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones was not present to see Ashton’s finishing – the England head coach was at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea face Manchester City – but at this current rate the rugby league convert is a certainty to tour Australia in June after missing the Six Nations.

Grand Slam winner George Kruis also added his name to the scoresheet, while all 12 of Quins’ points came from Botica off the tee.

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GUINNESS PRO 12 RESULTS
Scarlets 10-46 Glasgow
Finn Russell was in impressive form as defending Pro12 champions Glasgow Warriors secured a bonus-point 46-10 win over Scarlets.

Fly-half Russell and wing Lee Jones crossed twice each as Glasgow extended their winning run to eight Guinness Pro12 games with a seven-try hammering of Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets.


Zebre 17-47 Ulster
Seven tries in the Parma sunshine were enough to lift Ulster into a playoff position in the Pro12 with two games remaining.

Les Kiss’ side had their bonus point wrapped up by half-time and added three further tries after the break.

Ulster are fourth, two points ahead of the Scarlets and have a week off before facing league leaders Leinster at the Kingspan Stadium.


Connacht 35-14 Munster
Connacht moved level on points with leaders Leinster at the top of the Pro12 table thanks to a bonus-point win over Munster at the Sportsground.

Simon Zebo and James Sherry tries saw Munster lead 14-6 but Niki Adeolokun’s score and a penalty try helped Connacht move ahead 20-14 by the interval.

Adeolokun and Finlay Bealham added touchdowns after the break while Shane O’Leary kicked a total of 15 points.

The result effectively ends Munster’s hopes of a semi-final play-off place.

Friday’s Results
Ospreys 47-10 Treviso
Leinster 30-23 Edinburgh

Worcester 35-54 Wasps: Christian Wade scores six as Wasps win
Six tries from Christian Wade helped Wasps seal a spot in the play-offs after beating Premiership strugglers Worcester.
BATH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Chris Robshaw of Harlequins in action during the Aviva Premiership Match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at The Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015 in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

BATH, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Chris Robshaw of Harlequins in action during the Aviva Premiership Match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at The Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015, in Bath, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

The six-try tally sees him equal Ryan Constable’s record haul for Saracens against Bedford in 2000.

Wade now has 11 tries in the Premiership this season and is two behind Thomas Waldrom at the top of the league’s try-scoring charts.

Despite the home side scoring six tries themselves, a total of eight scored by visitors Wasps saw them seal a 54-35 victory at Sixways.

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Heyneke Meyer linked to Harlequins position
Heyneke Meyer is the latest name to be linked to becoming Harlequins director of rugby after Gregor Townsend publically distanced himself from the position yesterday.

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He led South Africa to a third-place finish at the Rugby World Cup last Autumn, but that campaign will be forever defined by their group stage defeat to Japan.

Nevertheless, there has been no shortage of offers for his services since his resignation, particularly from Japan, and Meyer is currently understood to be weighing up several roles on his game farm in the Free State.

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Sunwolves suffer embarrassing defeat 
Japan’s Sunwolves must “start from scratch” after their humiliating 92-17 Super Rugby defeat to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday; captain Shota Horie has said.

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Hartpury College 29-33 Richmond: Richmond wins promotion to the Championship
Richmond has secured promotion to the Championship with a victory over Hartpury College on Saturday.

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The capital club had champagne on ice in the away dressing room before kick-off. Such was their confidence that they would seal the National One title at the college grounds, they took their hosts on at full tilt from the outset.