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Misery Continues For Tigers
Quins still lead but Champions triumph at Welford Road
Posted Sep 28, 2011 by Chris White
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With so many of their top players currently in New Zealand, the struggles go on for Leicester Tigers in this year’s Premiership, going down to another defeat – against the team that beat them in the Final back in May.
Saracens came to Welford Road and inflicted Leicester’s heaviest ever Premiership defeat, running in six tries in a 50-25 victory with Ernst Joubert crossing twice for the Champions. Leicester have now lost three of their opening four matches and are suffering without 12 of their international stars and a number of injuries among those who remain at home.
Harlequins have held onto top spot in the table, edging a narrow encounter away to Worcester. The current leaders scored two tries in the final 20 minutes through Sam Smith and then standoff Nick Evans to win 17-15.
Third placed Exeter continued their fine start to the season, coming from 6-5 down at the break to beat Wasps 21-11. Tom Johnson and Chris Budgen crossed for the Chiefs, with Jack Wallace scoring a late consolation.
Sale beat Northampton 29-21 at Edgeley Park thanks to three tries in an action-packed second half. Trailing 12-6 at half time, Saints pulled out a 9-point lead just before the hour mark, but Mark Easter touched won for Sale, followed by Dwayne Peel and then David Seymour turned the match around. All 21 points for Saints came courtesy of the boot of Stephen Myler, with seven penalties.
At the Madejski Stadium, London Irish thumped Newcastle Falcons 46-29 thanks to 26 points from the boot of Tom Homer, converting four penalties – including two from Jonathan Joseph – and six penalties.
Tries from Darren Dawidiuk and Charlie Sharples sparked a comeback from Gloucester, who beat Bath in a West Country derby at Kingsholm. Sam Vesty put the visitors 6-0 up before the home side took charge, going in at the break 10-6 ahead and coming out even stronger in the second half to ensure victory.