CHIEFS AND SARRIES WORRY WASPS

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

EX­ETER and Saracens main­tained the pres­sure on Premier­ship lead­ers Wasps with hard-fought home wins.

The Chiefs re­placed Sarries in sec­ond spot af­ter a 36-14 vic­tory over New­cas­tle at Sandy Park. The bonus-point left them just a point be­hind Wasps, who are at home to Glouces­ter this af­ter­noon.

New­cas­tle led 14-7 but two tries by James Short and one each for Harry Williams and Sam Skin­ner, plus a penalty try, pulled Ex­eter clear.

The Chiefs are a point above Saracens, who bounced back from suc­ces­sive de­feats but fell a try short of a bonus point in their 29-18 vic­tory over Sale.

Dun­can Tay­lor, Chris Ash­ton and Nathan Earle scored Sarries’ tries, while fly-half Alex Lo­zowski kicked 14 points.

Northamp­ton climbed to sixth cour­tesy of their fifth suc­ces­sive home vic­tory. They beat sec­ond-bot­tom Worces­ter 24-14 de­spite fall­ing be­hind to an early Josh Adams try. Saints bounced back with a try from Teimana Har­ri­son and two by hooker Mike Hay­wood.

Bris­tol face Bath in to­day’s other game.

TWO TRIES: James Short

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