Thomas the hero for Wasps

  • Last Updated: November 25 2012, 17:29 GMT

A review of the weekend's action so far in the Aviva Premiership.

Chris Bell of Wasps is halted
Chris Bell of Wasps is halted

Lee Thomas came off the bench at half-time to kick two penalties which secured Wasps a narrow 14-12 victory over Leicester.

Tom Varndell, the Aviva Premiership's leading tryscorer, struck with his eighth of the season against his former club after only three minutes, with fly-half Nick Robinson landing a first half penalty for Wasps.

Wasps were awarded for their bold attacking approach as they maintained their unbeaten record in all competitions at Adams Park this season.

Fly-half George Ford replied with four penalties for the Tigers, who stay fifth in the table.

Exeter recorded their first away win of the Aviva Premiership season in a remarkable game at the Madejski Stadium that saw them edge out London Irish 27-23.

Exeter were leading 21-3 after just 18 minutes and the hosts looked in grave danger of being routed, but the Exiles rallied to build a 23-21 lead midway through the second half.

It fell to Gareth Steenson to score two late penalties and earn victory for Exeter.

Phil Dollman and Luke Arscott notched tries for the Chiefs, with Steenson kicking five penalties and a conversion.

Leo Halavatau and Topsy Ojo crossed the line for the hosts, both converted by Ian Humphreys who also added added three penalties.

Gloucester climbed up to third place as they inflicted the eighth league defeat of the season on bottom side Sale Sharks.

Two tries, one from Akapusi Qera and the other a penalty touchdown, in the last quarter saw them home 29-3 a match which failed to inspire.

Home fly-half Freddie Burns booted five penalties in the opening 24 minutes and converted both tries against a solitary penalty from ex-England ace Danny Cipriani for Sale.

But the win was marred by a serious-looking neck injury to the home side's Australia hooker Huia Edmonds 10 minutes into the second half.

Ryan Lamb inspired Northampton to winning ways with a 23-16 win over London Welsh at Franklin's Gardens

Saints went into the game off the back of three consecutive league defeats, but Ryan Lamb was in sparkling form kicking an impressive 13 points to help them to victory.

The hosts other points came from Ken Pisi's touchdown and a penalty try, while Gordon Ross provided Welsh's response with three penalties and a conversion after a penalty try of their own.

On Friday, Stephen Donald won the duel of the All Black fly-halves to earn Bath a stirring 21-18 victory and inflict a third league defeat of the season on league leaders Harlequins.

Donald turned in his best performance for Bath by kicking seven penalties from eight attempts but it was nip and tuck all the way through against fellow New Zealander Nick Evans, whose boot was also responsible for all his side's points.

Bath's never-say-die spirit was typified by former Scotland number eight Simon Taylor, who led a monumental effort in the loose to blunt Harlequins dynamic attack.

Second-placed Saracens failed to take advantage as they were deservedly beaten 12-3 by a pumped-up Worcester in a poor match at Sixways.

The visitors could have pulled off an unmerited win if Nils Mordt and Sam Stanley had not missed with four routine penalties.

In a game of stout defence, neither side showed enough attacking nous to threaten the tryline but the home pack were the dominant force, which enabled Andy Goode to kick them to victory with three penalties and a drop goal.


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