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Two wins from two for Exeter
Posted Sep 15, 2011 by Chris White
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While the attentions of most are currently on the World Cup taking place in New Zealand, the domestic game is still alive and kicking in England, and it’ll be a surprise for those who’ve taken their eye off the ball to see who it is leading the way in the Premiership after the first two games of the season.
Having beaten Leicester in their opening match, Exeter thrashed Newcastle Falcons 32-15 at Sandy Park, securing a bonus point in the process for running in four tries, with Sireli Naqelevuki scoring for the second successive week, leaving the Falcons at the bottom of the table with no points from their opening fixtures.
Wasps occupy second place in the table following their 35-29 win against Leicester, thanks to a hat trick from Christian Wade as the home side came back from behind. Billy Twelvetrees scored all 29 points for the Tigers, with two tries, two conversions and five penalties, but last year’s runners-up remain winless so far in this campaign.
The last of the 100% starters are Harlequins, who currently occupy third spot in the Premiership table thanks to a 26-13 victory against Northampton Saints. Tries from Joe Gray and Ugo Monye put the Londoners on their way to victory, while the boot of Nick Evans as the main difference between the sides, scoring 16 points for his side.
At Kingsholm, Gloucester recorded their first win of the season against newly promoted Worcester. The home side racked up 16 unanswered points in the first-half as they went on to win 29-8 in a scrappy affair.
Champions Saracens came away from their match at Bath with Owen Farrell to thank, scoring the winning points from the last kick of the game as Sarries edged a tight game 28-26. Farrell kicked seven penalties and a conversion in his side’s victory.
In another close encounter, it was Sale who came out victorious by one point at Edgeley Park, narrowly beating London Irish 30-29. Dwayne Peel, left out of the Welsh squad for the World Cup, lead the fightback for the home side, who came from behind in the second half to record their first win of the season.
This weekend’s fixtures (kick-off at 3pm unless stated): Saturday – Harlequins v Gloucester, Northampton v London Irish, Wasps v Sale, Newcastle v Leicester (3.05pm), Bath v Exeter (5.30pm). Sunday – Saracens v Worcester (2.15pm).