Gallagher Premiership Saturday wrap: Leicester, Sale, Gloucester and Saracens victorious
Last Updated: 06/10/18 11:39pm
A look back on Saturday's Gallagher Premiership action, including Leicester beating Northampton at Twickenham, a big win for the Sharks over the Falcons, a super performance from Gloucester at Wasps, and a hard-fought win for Saracens over Harlequins.
Northampton Saints 15-23 Leicester Tigers
Jonny May gave England an injury scare ahead of their autumn series after leaving Leicester's 23-15 Gallagher Premiership victory over Northampton with his right arm in a makeshift sling.
May was hurt during an eighth-minute carry and cut a disconsolate figure as he sat in the Twickenham stands watching the Tigers claim a win built on tries by Ben Youngs and Jordan Olowofela and the kicking of George Ford.
Eddie Jones names his squad for the Tests against the Springboks, New Zealand, Japan and Australia on Thursday week and he will not want to lose England's most effective player during the June tour to South Africa.
Wasps 21-35 Gloucester
Danny Cipriani made a happy return to the Ricoh Arena with a 15-point haul for Gloucester to help defeat his former side Wasps.
Gloucester were deserved 35-21 winners as their forwards controlled long periods of the match with Wasps badly missing their talisman, Joe Launchbury, at the heart of their pack.
Charlie Sharples scored two tries for Gloucester, Ben Vellacott and Lewis Ludlow the others with Cipriani kicking three penalties and three conversions.
Dan Robson, Elliot Daly and Juan De Jongh scored tries for the home side, Billy Searle converting all three.
Sale Sharks 20-7 Newcastle Falcons
Sale moved off the foot of the Gallagher Premiership table following a crucial 20-7 triumph over Newcastle at the AJ Bell Stadium.
It was an atrocious first half and remained locked at 0-0 until AJ MacGinty broke the deadlock with a penalty before Will Welch responded with a try for the visitors just shy of the break.
The second period was also initially low on quality in the early stages but Sale increased the intensity and were rewarded through James Phillips and Bryn Evans tries.
Steve Diamond's men had found their rhythm and confidence and they secured the win when Rohan Janse van Rensburg powered across the whitewash.
Harlequins 20-25 Saracens
Billy Vunipola's try and 20 points from the boot of Owen Farrell gave Saracens a sixth Gallagher Premiership win out of six as they came from behind to beat Harlequins 25-20.
The North Londoners maintained the bragging rights in a cagey game after Danny Care dotted down in the first half and Joe Marchant went over in the second period.
Six penalties and a conversion from Farrell were enough to see them over the line.