Leicester hammer Worcester
PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Leicester powered to their fifth successive English Premiership win with a 48-3 thrashing of Worcester at Sixways at the weekend.
The Tigers sit top of the table after their best start to a Premiership campaign since the competition began in 1997.
They opened up a seven-point gap on nearest rivals Harlequins, with Worcester being the latest team to witness at first hand Leicester’s continued resurgence under head coach Steve Borthwick.
The Tigers were home and dry by the interval following tries for wing Harry Potter, centre Matias Moroni and hooker Julian Montoya.
Flyhalf George Ford underlined his claims for an England recall in Eddie Jones’ squad that will be announced on Monday, impressing throughout and kicking a penalty and three conversions.
Former England scrumhalf Richard Wigglesworth scored a bonus-point try midway through the second period.
Hooker Nic Dolly claimed his fifth try of the season as Leicester ensured no let-up during the closing minutes, then wing Nemani Nadolo powered over, Freddie Burns crossed and added two conversions.
Worcester, beaten 42-5 by Exeter last weekend, slumped to a fourth successive Premiership defeat.
Newcastle Falcons battled to a 13-5 win over Bristol.
Two missed kicks from Bristol’s Ioan Lloyd proved costly as Newcastle’s Brett Connon slotted two late penalties to secure the victory.
Exeter grabbed a third consecutive victory with a hard-earned 27-23 success against injury-ravaged Wasps.
Henry Slade and Facundo Cordero put Exeter in the driving seat before Wasps hit back through Dan Frost and Thomas Young.
Jimmy Gopperth stretched the advantage to 23-15 with 20 minutes left.
Sam Simmonds crossed over before Jonny Hill’s bonus point try sealed the win.
Scores and scorers
Sale 28-22 Harlequins
For Sale Sharks
Tries: Quirke 2, Ross
Cons: Wilkinson 2
Pens: Wilkinson 2, Curtis
Tries: Care, Green, Northmore
Cons: Smith 2
Newcastle Falcons 13-5 Bristol
Pens: Connon 2
Wasps 23-27 Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Frost, Young
Cons: Gopperth 2
Pens: Gopperth 3
For Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Slade, Cordero, Simmonds, Hill
Cons: Slade 2
Worcester Warriors 3-48 Leicester Tigers
Tries: Potter, Moroni, Montoya, Wigglesworth, Dolly, Nadolo, Burns
Cons: Ford 3, Burns 2