Gallagher Premiership outcomes – Friday: Gloucester 16-19 Saracens; Saturday: Newcastle Falcons 45-26 Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs 35-12 Northampton Saints; Sunday: Harlequins vs Sale Sharks (3pm), London Irish vs Bristol Bears (3pm)
Final Up to date: 07/01/23 6:37pm
A round-up of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership motion as Newcastle Falcons battered Leicester Tigers, whereas Exeter proved too robust for Northampton…
Newcastle Falcons 45-26 Leicester Tigers
Mateo Carreras scored a first-half hat-trick as Newcastle Falcons blitzed Leicester Tigers 45-26 of their first Gallagher Premiership conflict of 2023.
The Argentine’s contribution – together with a Callum Chick attempt – got here in a blistering opening 40 minutes for the north-east aspect, with Ben Youngs’ rating the one shiny level for the blunt guests.
Ollie Chessum went over after the break for the Tigers to scale back the deficit, however a Brett Connon penalty and tries from Jamie Blamire and Matias Moroni ensured a thoroughly-deserved victory for the house aspect regardless of late Jimmy Gopperth and Sean Jansen efforts, which earned a bonus-point for Leicester.
The Tigers, within the post-Steve Borthwick period, have now misplaced closely over the past two weekends: 40-5 at Sale Sharks and 45-26 at Newcastle.
Exeter Chiefs 35-12 Northampton Saints
Exeter bounced again from a five-try drubbing towards Gallagher Premiership leaders Saracens final weekend as they swept Northampton apart 35-12 at Sandy Park.
The Chiefs’ bonus-point success noticed them climb three locations to fifth after first-half tries from No 8 Sam Simmonds, wing Olly Woodburn and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie put them in management.
Cowan-Dickie added a second attempt after the break, though he then gave new England head coach Steve Borthwick an harm scare 4 weeks out from the Six Nations when he limped off after showing to harm his ankle.
Centre Henry Slade additionally scored, whereas fly-half Joe Simmonds kicked 5 conversions, with Saints restricted to tries from Fraser Dingwall and Matt Proctor, plus a George Furbank conversion.
An infinitely harder check awaits Exeter in Pretoria subsequent weekend once they resume Heineken Champions Cup motion towards the Bulls at altitude – with forecast temperatures of 30-plus levels.
However they are going to journey to South Africa on Sunday after placing themselves only one level adrift of the highest 4 and shortly erasing the Saracens consequence from their reminiscence financial institution.
Northampton, although, as soon as once more underlined a power lack of consistency, struggling a complete reversal simply six days after crushing Harlequins 46-17.
It was their fourth defeat from the final 5 video games in all competitions they usually should now regroup for fierce Champions Cup examinations towards Munster and La Rochelle.