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Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Other Tournaments: Guinness weekend round-up

All the week-end's Guinness Premiership action and results.

Sale Sharks survived a late fightback from Bristol to remain top of the Guinness Premiership.

Bristol outscored the league-leaders three tries to one at Edgeley Park, but the boot of Charlie Hodgson proved crucial as he kicked 26 points to claim a narrow 31-29 victory.

Tries from Shaun Perry, Tommy Hayes and David Lemi forced Sale onto the back foot, but a solitary Sililo Martens score proved to be enough thanks to their fly half.

The result means that Wasps stay in second place, despite their comfortable 21-6 triumph over Newcastle Falcons.

A brace from Paul Sackey and a late touchdown from Matt Dawson reflected Wasps' advantage, as they restricted the visitors to just two Matt Burke penalties.

At the bottom of the table, Leeds Tykes gave themselves a real chance of survival after victory over Bath took them to within two points of the West Countrymen.

Chris Bell's early try was added to by Gordon Ross, who kicked 20 points as the Tykes triumphed 25-14. Gareth Delve grabbed Bath's only score.

Northampton Saints gave themselves some breathing space with a hard-fought win at Worcester, although the 15-11 win was tainted by heavy controversy.

Tries from Steve Thompson and Ben Cohen had given Saints a healthy advantage, but after Kai Horstmann had hauled the Warriors back into the match, Aisea Havili had a late try ruled out for a forward pass.

The result left Worcester behind London Irish in the league, as the Exiles also gained a losing bonus point against Leicester Tigers.

Irish could well have beaten the Tigers, but they fell just three points short in a 28-25 thriller at the Madejski Stadium.

Both sides scored a try apiece through Paul Gustard and Sam Vesty respectively, but Andy Goode found an extra penalty as he and Barry Everitt kicked 43 points between them.

Leicester's win took them third, after Gloucester had temporarily leapfrogged the Welford Road outfit with a tight 19-9 win at Saracens.

Peter Richards claimed the crucial score in a gruelling encounter to give the Cherry-and-Whites a deserved victory.

SAT 14.45 Worcester Warriors 11-15 Northampton Saints
SUN 13.30 Saracens 9-19 Gloucester
SUN 14.30 Leeds Tykes 25-14 Bath
SUN 15.00 London Irish 25-28 Leicester Tigers

SUN 15.00 Wasps 21-6 Newcastle Falcons
SUN 15.00 Sale Sharks 31-29 Bristol

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