Saturday’s Premiership results: Bath 29-27 Bristol Bears, Gloucester 35-30 Northampton Saints, London Irish 43-12 Worcester Warriors, Saracens 34-27 Leicester Tigers; Harlequins beat Newcastle Falcons 24-10 on Friday; Exeter Chiefs hit Sale Sharks on Sunday
Last update: 03/05/22 5:59 p.m.
We recap all the action from Saturday’s four Premiership matches, which included Saracens beating leaders Leicester Tigers, Bath beating Bristol Bears with a stunning comeback and wins for Gloucester and London Irish…
Bath 29-27 Bristol Bears
Bath ended a run of five successive derby defeats against Bristol with one of the most remarkable comebacks ever on the Rec after trailing 21-0 inside the opening 14 minutes.
Tom de Glanville’s winning try came well after the clock had stopped, with referee Luke Pearce awarding the home side a valuable final penalty while sending Theo Strang to the trash for an early tackle.
It was a third yellow card of the game for Bristol, who also had Ratu Naulago sent off in the first half for dangerous play.
Two tries from Harry Thacker and one from Naulago before his red card put Bristol ahead, with Callum Sheedy converting all three and giving two penalties.
But Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Taulupe Faletau and Joe Cokanasiga all tried to put Bath back in contention before de Glanville sealed a memorable victory in the 85th minute.
Gloucester 35-30 Northampton Saints
Louis Rees-Zammit inspired a superb Gloucester fightback as they held firm in the Premiership play-off mix by beating Northampton at Kingsholm.
The Welsh wing had been in place for barely a minute as a second-half substitute when he conjured up a magical solo try that backed up Gloucester’s 27-14 run back adrift. The hosts also claimed a penalty try, and there were touchdowns for prop Harry Elrington, center Tom Seabrook and Santiago Socino, with flyhalf Adam Hastings providing four conversions.
The Saints’ first Premiership win since overthrowing Worcester five weeks ago appeared to be secured with tries from centers Matt Proctor and Fraser Dingwall, along with a brilliant second-half touchdown from winger Tom Collins.
Wales captain Dan Biggar has prepared for next Friday’s Guinness Six Nations fixture with title favorites France by also converting all three scores to 15 points.
But Gloucester was not to be denied, handing the Saints their fourth straight defeat as they continued their impressive resurgence under head coach George Skivington.
London Irish 43-12 Worcester Warriors
Agustin Creevy crossed for two tries as London Irish went wild against unruly Worcester Warriors in a home Premiership win.
The hosts scored seven tries in total, with Lucio Cinti, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Curtis Rona, Paddy Jackson and Ben White also running through the whitewash.
Scotland winger Duhan Van Der Merwe was sent off in the second half for elbowing Kyle Rowe in the head to add to the Warriors’ misery.
Noah Heward crossed for Worcester’s two tries, but they proved little more than consolations for the visitors to Brentford Community Stadium.
Saracens 34-27 Leicester Tigers
Saracens hung on in the face of a determined fightback from Leicester to topple the Premiership leaders at the StoneX Stadium.
Saracens suffered an early setback when Mako Vunipola injured his ankle after a clearance. However, two tries from Tom Woolstencroft and one each from Alex Lewington, Sean Maitland and Vincent Koch sealed victory.
The Tigers trailed 29-13 at the start of the second half, but won again with tries from Nic Dolly and Ollie Chessum to set up a grandstand finish.
Leicester’s play was one-dimensional but effective and Saracens, who were playing in strong winds after the break, fought for their lives in the closing stages of a bonus points win that lifted them into second place in the Premiership.
It ended the Tigers’ winning streak in the Premiership, but they at least managed to secure a losing bonus point.