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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at NewcastleThe referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Ro…

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Exeter confirm play-off place with hard-fought victory over Bath

• Exeter 29-10 Bath• Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn and Jack Yeandle score for ChiefsOn and off the field there is absolutely no sign of Exeter’s ambition diminishing. This latest bonus-point victory over Bath not only puts them nine points clear at the t…

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Bath’s Rhys Priestland shows precision with boot to sink Saracens

• Bath 18-9 Saracens• Sale thrash Leicester 32-5 after Kalamafoni dismissalBath’s fly-half, Rhys Priestland, kicked six penalties as his side finally managed to hold on to a lead to topple second-placed Saracens 18-9 in the Gallagher Premiership on Fri…

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Nathan Earle keeps Harlequins’ winning run going with last-gasp try at Bath

• Bath 29-31 Harlequins• Fifth consecutive victory strengthens hold on third placeIt was a fallow weekend in the Six Nations, but there were 11 players in the two squads who had been called up by the England head coach Eddie Jones during the past three…

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Chris Ashton to miss England clash with Wales because of calf injury

• Ashton has returned to Sale for rehab work• Injury opens opportunity for Jack Nowell and Joe CokanasigaEngland wing Chris Ashton will miss Saturday’s Six Nations title clash with Wales because of a calf injury. Ashton started the 44-8 victory over Fr…

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Newcastle remain rock bottom after directionless defeat at Bath

• Bath 30-13 Newcastle• Hosts score four tries in comfortable victoryNewcastle’s hold on the bottom position in the table is becoming that bit securer by the week, but there was little suggestion in their fourth consecutive league defeat that they were…

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Rhys Priestland’s kick snatches victory for Bath from Wasps’ grasp

• Pool 1: Bath 18-16 Wasps• Late penalty edges hosts to first winNeither side had anything to play for, and it showed. An amusing first half deteriorated into a mind-numbing second, where two of English rugby’s fallen giants attempted to outdo each oth…

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Sam Underhill to miss England’s Six Nations campaign after ankle surgery

• Flanker damaged ligaments playing for Bath in December• Underhill ruled out of action for up to three monthsSam Underhill will miss England’s Six Nations campaign after undergoing an ankle operation. Related: Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forg…

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Late Bryce Heem try hands Worcester unlikeliest of wins against 11-man Bath

• Worcester 21-19 Bath• Home side overturn 16-point deficit 20 minutes after timeTwenty minutes after time had elapsed, with Bath down to 11 men, Duncan Weir landed the conversion that has secured Worcester a vital edge in this insane relegation battle…

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Sam Underhill’s injury takes the edge off Bath’s victory over Leicester

• Bath 23-16 Leicester• Back-to-back wins send hosts up to fifthAll of sudden things are looking up for Bath. Back-to-back victories, the latest gutsy but every bit deserved, put them fifth going into the new year and with a spring in their step, even …

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

How long can Worcester allow Ben Te’o to twiddle his thumbs in the stand, could a rare defeat now galvanise Saracens and Sale would surely love Robert du Preez to stay onWorcester’s marquee player, Ben Te’o, got no closer to the pitch than the stand de…

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Freddie Burns orchestrates Bath’s fruitful visit to Wasps

• Wasps 14-24 Bath• Bath achieve only second win in 13 gamesFreddie Burns engineered Bath’s precious 24-14 Gallagher Premiership victory at Wasps to achieve some redemption for his embarrassing blunder against Toulouse. Related: Jonah Holmes helps Leic…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Gloucester dogged by inconsistency, Edinburgh and Glasgow head for the last eight and Leinster have look of championsThe pool of champions has polarised. Leinster, for all Toulouse’s attempts to recapture past glories, are the team in control, even if …

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Leinster strengthen Champions Cup credentials with 27-point win over Bath

• Leinster 42-15 Bath• Jack Conan the first of six different try scorers for LeinsterThe two greatest teams of European rugby, with four titles apiece, go head to head at the top of Pool 1. Leinster remain the favourites, despite trailing Toulouse by t…

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Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster; Kruis back at Saracens

• Graham Kitchener makes return for Leicester• Newcastle ring changes against Edinburgh Related: Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson Continue reading…

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England’s Joe Cokanasiga faces battle to prove Six Nations fitness after knee injury

• Wing damaged medial ligament in loss to Leinster• Eddie Jones due to name squad on 16 JanuaryThe England wing Joe Cokanasiga is set to be out of action until the new year and faces a battle to prove his fitness for the Six Nations after Bath confirme…

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Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson

Saracens apart, English sides are finding success in the Champions and Challenge Cups harder and harder to come by and the reason may lie in the mindWalking through the riot-scarred streets of Paris on Sunday evening was to be reminded Europe has more …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading…

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Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath

• Bath 10-17 Leinster• Sam Underhill shines in Bath’s lost causeBath have been flagging of late, one victory in 10 matches before welcoming the Champions Cup holders, which is maybe why they decided to confiscate 1,500 Leinster flags before the match o…

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Joe Cokanasiga crosses late for Bath to restrict bottom club Sale to draw

• Bath 7-7 Sale• Cokanasiga try in closing stages denies basement club victoryEngland wing Joe Cokanasiga struck late to secure an unlikely 7-7 draw for Bath just when it seemed Gallagher Premiership bottom club Sale would leave a rain-sodden Rec with …