London - Exeter
ended Saracens' 22-game unbeaten record with an emphatic 31-13 win as
they regained top spot in the English Premiership on Saturday.
The bonus-point victory lifted them three clear of their opponents,
who were last defeated by European Champions Cup opponents Leinster on
It was also Saracens' first Premiership reversal for more than nine months, when Exeter beat them.
England front-row forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie and Harry Williams
scored tries, while Exeter also gained a penalty try 12 minutes from
time before number eight Matt Kvesic's touchdown secured a five-point
Flyhalf Gareth Steenson kicked a penalty and two conversions, while
Joe Simmonds added the final conversion to take Exeter past 30 points.
Saracens managed two early Owen Farrell penalties - they led 6-0
midway through the first half - but did not score again until the 76th
minute when scrumhalf Ben Spencer claimed a consolation try that
Elsewhere, Leicester rid themselves of an eight-game losing streak in all
competitions by claiming a 35-24 bonus-point win over Harlequins at
It was Leicester's fourth league win, with tries from wing Jonah
Holmes (two), centre Manu Tuilagi and wing Jonny May, plus 15 points
from the boot of flyhalf George Ford.
Flyhalf Robert du Preez kicked 17 points as Sale secured their
fourth victory of the season with a 27-10 home triumph over Bristol.
Bristol started the match well, going 3-0 in front via Ian Madigan's
effort off the tee, but Denny Solomona's try and three Du Preez
penalties gave the Sharks a 14-3 advantage at the interval.
Sale controlled matters in the final 40 minutes and their stand-off
effectively secured the victory with two more three-pointers.
Steven Luatua touched down in the 70th minute to give Bristol a
glimmer of hope but the Salford-based outfit prevented their opponents
from gaining a losing bonus-point when Will Cliff crossed the whitewash
right at the end.