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Aviva Premiership results: Exeter edge Bath and Leicester stop losing streak


It’s getting interesting at the top of the table after the latest round of results.

Here’s what happened on Sunday in the Aviva Premiership…

EXETER 26-17 BATH
Exeter kept up the pressure on league leaders Saracens with a hard-fought win against Bath at Sandy Park.

The hosts were 16-0 up and firmly in control but two tries from Bath number eight Amanaki Mafi, both converted by Tom Homer, who also added a penalty, saw the visitors rally strongly.

However, a try three minutes from the end by replacement Kai Horstmann saw Chiefs to a deserved victory.

Ian Whitten had earlier scored an excellent try for the hosts with Gareth Steenson converting both tries and kicking four penalties as they narrowed the gap at the top of the table to three points.

It was Bath’s ninth defeat in 13 league games and they now find themselves 11 points behind eighth-placed Sale and with virtually no chance of securing European Champions Cup rugby for next season.

LEICESTER 47-20 LONDON IRISH
Leicester bounced back from three successive defeats by thrashing Premiership strugglers London Irish at Welford Road.

The Tigers got back on track for the top four with a seven-try demolition of the bottom club, who scored three second-half tries in response.

The win meant Leicester avoided the ignominy of four straight defeats for the first time since the World Cup 2003/04 season when boss Dean Richards was sacked.

They dominated the match from first whistle to last, scoring tries through Adam Thompstone (two), Harry Thacker, Lachlan McCaffrey, Jono Kitto, Tom Croft and debutant Jean de Villiers. Freddie Burns kicked five conversions and Tommy Bell one.

Irish have yet to earn a point away from home and replied with tries from David Paice, Joe Trayfoot and Andrew Fenby. Theo Brophy Clews kicked a penalty and Shane Geraghty a conversion.

WASPS 42-10 HARLEQUINS
Wasps made it six Premiership wins on the bounce after this win against Quins at the Ricoh Stadium.

Three tries in each half, alongside a fine kicking display from Jimmy Gopperth, saw the home side continue their momentum in 2016.

Jake Cooper-Woolley, Christian Wade, Thomas Young, Nathan Hughes, Siale Piutau and Brendan Macken crossed for Wasps, with Charlie Walker and Luke Wallace touched down for the visitors.



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