Gloucester beaten by Exeter
A review of the weekend's action in the Aviva Premiership.
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Exeter Chiefs became the second team to win at Kingsholm this season as they overcame Gloucester 29-12 on Sunday.
The visitors could even afford for fly-half Gareth Steenson to miss three of his first four shots at goal as they cruised home.
Steenson ended with a 19-point haul from five penalties and conversions of tries in each half by flanker Ben White and skipper Dean Mumm, leaving Gloucester in disarray as they prepare for next week's Heineken Cup opener against Perpignan.
The home side mustered touchdowns for full-back Martyn Thomas and substitute back Jonny May, while fly-half Freddie Burns slotted one conversion, but it was a performance that fell way below Gloucester's normal standards.
On Saturday, Saracens maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with their fifth straight victory.
But Wasps, who ended their run of 11 successive defeats with a win over bottom-of-the-table Worcester last weekend, made them battle all the way as the hosts prevailed 19-12.
England full-back Alex Goode had edged the leaders ahead with a first-half penalty, but they took a grip on the game in the second half, with flanker Will Fraser scoring their only try. Second-half replacement Owen Farrell converted before landing three late penalties to make the result safe.
Wasps captain Chris Bell replied with two second-half tries, with replacement fly-half Andy Goode landing the last-kick conversion which secured the visitors a deserved losing bonus point.
Champions Leicester pulled a draw out of the fire with a fabulous try at the end of a titanic east Midlands derby at home to Northampton.
Trailing 19-12 with just four minutes left, Leicester lock Ed Slater scored a try from close range which was converted by Toby Flood to salvage two points after the Tigers looked like losing at home to their rivals for the first time since February 2007.
Flood finished with 14 points, as did his opposite number Stephen Myler, who converted a try by Alex Corbisiero and kicked four penalties in the 19-19 draw.
Harlequins continued their disappointing start to the season by going down to their third defeat in five starts as they lost 18-13 to London Irish.
For the first 60 minutes, Quins were marginally the better side but a huge tackling effort from Irish prevented them from developing their customary free flowing game as the visitors too often gave the ball away. In addition there were three penalty misses from the Quins which cost them dear.
The game turned on its head as Irish scored two tries in quick succession through Blair Cowan and Alex Lewington and despite a solo effort from Danny Care, the Irish were able to hang on for a morale-boosting victory.
Worcester slumped to their 10th successive defeat stretching back more than seven months as Newcastle sunk them 16-11 at Sixways.
Former Scotland captain and scrum-half Mike Blair sent Newcastle on their way with an early try as Falcons claimed a first victory at Worcester since a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired triumph in 2004.
Blair's half-back partner Rory Clegg added a conversion and two penalties, while Phil Godman kicked a late penalty to thwart a Worcester side that managed an Igancio Mieres penalty double and wing David Lemi's late touchdown.
Worcester are left propping up the table with just a couple of losing bonus points from five starts this term heading into a fortnight's break for European action.
Danny Cipriani scored 14 points as Sale Sharks secured their third victory of the season with a 19-13 triumph over Bath at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.
The West Country team had won three out of their first four games going into this encounter, but it was Sale who took a 16-10 lead into half-time.
They had traded tries through Andy Forsyth and Semesa Rokoduguni but it was the kicking of Cipriani which separated them in the opening period, converting three opportunities to George Ford's one.
The second period proved less eventful, with the stand-offs adding a three-pointer each as the Sharks held on for the win.