Tigers enjoy Sandy success
A review of the weekend's action in the Aviva Premiership.
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Leicester moved into the Aviva Premiership's top three as they beat battling Exeter 21-9 at Sandy Park on Sunday.
The home side found themselves with a mountain to climb after tries from scrum-half Ben Youngs and centre Niki Goneva plus a penalty and conversion from fly-half Toby Flood put Leicester 15-0 up at the break.
Home fly-half Gareth Steenson landed three penalties after the break to reduce the arrears to just six points but Flood left the Chiefs without even a losing bonus point for their efforts as he booted two more penalties to seal the win.
Gloucester ended their six-year wait for a victory at Kingston Park as they edged out Newcastle 22-16.
Rob Cook and Jonny May both scored for the travelling Cherry and Whites while fly-half Freddie Burns kicked four penalties as Gloucester came from 10-0 down to seal their second win of the campaign and their first in the north east since 2007.
Bath scored five tries before half-time to set up a bonus-point victory over London Irish at the Recreation Ground - even though they failed to add even a penalty in the second half.
Irish battled back gamely but never recovered from conceding an early try to Jonathan Joseph, the England centre who left them for Bath during the summer.
Flanker Guy Mercer added two more and Rob Webber another but the man of the match was fly-half George Ford, who fittingly scored the try of the match from his own half and also added four conversions.
England wing Chris Ashton crossed as Saracens picked apart Aviva Premiership title rivals Harlequins in a dominant second half at the Twickenham Stoop to continue their perfect start to the season.
Ashton rounded off an eye-catching move for his second try of the campaign and Owen Farrell kicked five penalties and a conversion to help the north London club to a fourth successive victory.
It was the first time the Premiership's only unbeaten team had failed to claim a try-scoring bonus point, but the manner in which they crushed a major rival in a one-sided second half sounded an ominous warning to the rest of the league.
Following a run of 10 consecutive defeats since February, Wasps finally secured a league victory with a bonus-point success against struggling Worcester.
The first half, punctuated by ill-discipline, was evenly contested but tries from Christian Wade and Jake Cooper-Woolley soon after the restart took the game away from Worcester, who went down to their fourth consecutive defeat to leave them stranded at the foot of the table.
A late try from Guy Thompson gave Wasps their bonus point and had Andy Goode not missed with all four conversion attempts, Worcester's defeat would be even greater.
George North scored his first try for Northampton as Saints ensured they kept pace with their rivals towards the top of the table.
The British Lions winger was one of five try-scorers for Northampton as powered past Sale 33-14 despite suffering the only yellow card of the game.
Luther Burrell, George Pisi, Lee Dickson and Phil Dowson also touched down and Stephen Myler kicked four conversions for the hosts. Mark Cueto and Marc Jones scored tries for Sale.