Sale Sharks 16-27 Northampton Saints
The bottom of the table and relegation threatened Sale Sharks played host to title contenders, Northampton in the first match of the round on Friday. An impressive first half display saw the Saints leading 27-3 at the interval and Sale was unable to score enough points in the secondhalf to see any changes to the competition standings. Sale remains rock-bottom and six points behind the eleventh placed London Irish. USA Eagles secondrower Samu Manoa did not feature in the November Internationals with the reason being sited as injury. He nonetheless has been constantly featuring for Northapton and he again started this weekend.
Harlequins 22-19 Worcester Warriors
The top of the table and reigning English Champions Harlequins completed a narrow home victory against Worcester in Friday´s other match. Worcester will be happy to have got a bonus point and to have faced the Quins while players were missing to international duty.
Exeter Chiefs 30-23 London Wasps
The Exeter Chiefs continue to be a club largely written off but one who nonetheless achives results. The club´s lattest win sees it move to within one victory of a return to the Top Four while the London Wasps sit two places further back. Former Pumas flyhalf Ignacio Mieres was on the bench for the Chiefs but Goznalo Camacho was left out of the squad after playing three tests for Argentina in November. USA international Paul Emerick did not feature for the London Wasps.
London Welsh 15-9 London Irish
The English Premiership features twelve teams but five of them are London teams and the newcomers to the competition hosted the London Irish Exiles for the first time in Aviva Premiership history on Saturday. The struggling London Irish continue to look like anything other than the team which made the final in 2010 but it welcomed back Canadian international Jebb Sinclair for the first time this season. He made an a appearance from the bench, entering in the 67th minute. Sinclair plaeyd for Canada in November and before that won the Currie Cup with Western Province after having been released by London Irish to play for the Cape Town based team. Canadian bacl Phil MacKenzie did not play for
Leicester Tigers 17-12 Bath
In a match featuring more cards than tries the Leicester Tigers completed a secondhalf come back to defeat Bath on Saturday. It was a key victory due to the non-availability of players involved in the England v New Zealand match on the same day. Since the match was played in December and not November the players did not need to be released but a deal with the RFU meant English internationals would be released for the match. Players from other nations returned to club duty. This saw the Argentine frontrow pairing starting for Leicester. Pumas loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza returned to wear the Leicester 1 shirt after three matches for his country while the Argentine-Italian Martín Castrogiovanni was the starting tighthead prop. Former Tigers winger, Horacio Agulla made his run-on debut for Bath, playing outside centre.
Saracens 28-23 Gloucester
The London based Saracens moved up the Aviva Premiership Standings to now sit in second position. The 2011 English Champions are well placed to really kick on now that the club will welcome back English players from international duty. The win featured a player from the Americas as one of the leading USA Eagles´ players, Chris Wyles started at fullback.
1 Harlequins 33
2 Saracens 31
3 Northampton 31
4 Leicester 30
5 Gloucester 29
6 Exeter 28
7 Bath 25
8 L Wasps 24
9 Worcester 20
10 L Welsh 19
11 L Irish 12
12 Sale 6
* Play-Off´s Places
* Facing Relegation
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors
London Welsh v London Irish
Leicester Tigers v Bath