Bok sees red as Exeter thump Sale
PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Rohan Janse Van Rensburg’s sending off proved decisive and costly for Sale Sharks as they went down 15-25 to Exeter Chiefs at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Sharks began well and opened up a 10-point buffer through Ross Harrison’s try and Rob Du Preez’s penalty.
But Exeter hit back to level the scores at the break as Henry Slade touched down and also added a three-pointer.
Slade then kicked the Chiefs into the lead before the key moment as Rohan Janse Van Rensburg was sent off.
With the man advantage, the Devonians crossed the whitewash twice in quick succession via their England centre and second-row Will Witty.
They could not force the bonus point, however, with Sale having the final word through Ewan Ashman’s late score.
On Friday, Bristol Bears staged a second-half comeback at Ashton Gate to defeat a spirited Bath Rugby and claim their first win of the season.
Two tries from Will Muir and another from Semesa Rokoduguni had given the visitors the lead but a penalty try plus scores from Steven Luatua and Jake Kerr saw Pat Lam’s men claim derby bragging rights.
A late Dan Biggar penalty maintained Northampton Saints’ perfect start to the 2021/22 Premiership Rugby season as they defeated London Irish 23-21 at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
Leicester Tigers continued with their winning steak thanks to a late penalty try against the newly promoted Saracens.
The match was filled with drama as a penalty try at the death saw Leicester Tigers complete a second-half comeback against Saracens – making it three wins from three for Steve Borthwick’s men.
Callum Chick’s last-gasp try snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for 14-man Newcastle Falcons as they overcame Wasps 18-14 in a thriller at Kingston Park.
While, Gloucester recorded their first win over the season with a 31-23 win over Worcester Warriors.
Weekend scores and scorers
Worcester Warriors 23 Gloucester 31
For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Hatherall, Vailanu
Cons: Searle 2
Pens: Williams 2, Searle
Tries: Morgan, Woodward, Harris
Cons: Hastings 2
Pens: Hastings 4
Newcastle Falcons 18 Wasps 14
For Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Fearns, Chick
Pens: Haydon-Wood, Connon
Tries: Cruse, T Willis
Cons: Umaga 2
Leicester Tigers 13 Saracens 12
For Leicester Tigers
Pens: Ford 2
Pens: Farrell 4
Northampton Saints 23 London Irish 21
For Northampton Saints
Tries: Collins, Proctor
Cons: Biggar 2
Pens: Biggar 3
For London Irish
Tries: Creevy, Penalty, Parton
Cons: Jackson 2
Sale Sharks 15 Exeter Chiefs 25
For Sale Sharks
Tries: Harrison, Ashman
Con: R du Preez
Pen: R du Preez
For Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Slade 2, Witty
Cons: Slade 2
Pens: Slade 2
Bristol Bears 25 Bath 20
For Bristol Bears
Tries: Luatua, Kerr, penalty try
Pens: Sheedy 2
Tries: Muir 2, Rokoduguni