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

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Bristol steal late win as Ian Madigan’s last-gasp penalty sinks Saracens

• Bristol 23-21 Saracens• Weakened Saracens surrender lead after resting several playersWhere to start? First, Bristol joined the trend of clubs piling the pressure on Newcastle, a last-minute penalty by Ian Madigan clinching an invaluable win over the…

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Danny Cipriani makes difference for Gloucester in frenetic Bath derby

• Gloucester 27-23 Bath• Outside-half sees off rivals’ bid to silence the ShedBath had won their previous five Premiership matches here and quickly set about silencing the Shed again. Freddie Burns, who started his career at Gloucester, had a rare star…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga injured while scoring try in defeat of Bristol

• Bath 26-19 Bristol• England wing’s try one of four that boost Bath’s play-off hopesJoe Cokanasiga endured a mixed return to Twickenham as Bath clinched a rare bonus-point victory over their West Country rivals Bristol. The 21-year-old hulking wing sc…

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Bath’s Dave Attwood focused on beating Bristol before reunion

• Lock will return to Bristol next season, where his career began• Both teams chasing place in Premiership top sixThe Bath lock Dave Attwood has insisted there will be no split loyalties when he lines up against his future employers at Twickenham on Sa…

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Bristol chasing Europe not just safety in Twickenham ‘Clash’ with Bath

Pat Lam is adamant his players’ positive intent will not waver even if they are dragged back down into a relegation dogfight but he is looking upWhen Bath opted to shift their home fixture against Bristol to Twickenham and market it as “the Clash” they…

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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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Bristol beat Gloucester in dramatic finish to boost their survival hopes

• Bristol 28-24 Gloucester• Outstanding long-range effort from Ian Madigan seals winBristol’s first victory over Gloucester in the Premiership for 11 years could hardly have materialised at a more opportune moment. This breathless win, their first leag…

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Ben Morgan’s late try gives Gloucester space to see off Exeter Chiefs

• Gloucester 24-17 Exeter• Bristol 22-29 WaspsGloucester beat the league leaders, Exeter, at Kingsholm thanks to a Ben Morgan try three minutes from time on Friday night.Jason Woodward and Willi Heinz scored Gloucester’s other tries while Billy Twelvet…

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Sean Lonsdale try helps Exeter Chiefs return to the top of Premiership

• Exeter 14-9 Bristol• Bears make Exeter scrap for victoryExeter returned to the top of the table, but this was not a match to be deposited in memory banks. It yielded four points for Exeter and a rare one away for the Bears who, on this evidence, shou…

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Tom Pincus snatches late try to lift Bristol and floor Newcastle

• Bristol 35-28 Newcastle• Bristol’s second-half comeback leaves Newcastle rock bottomNewcastle go into the new year at the bottom of the table after finishing an oscillating game in the seasonally generous mood that they started it. If Bristol’s openi…

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Steven Luatua commits to Bristol and draws line under All Blacks career

• Back rower extends contract to 2021• ‘There are no guarantees in international rugby’Steven Luatua has given up any hope of playing again for the All Blacks by signing a two-year contract extension with Bristol in the belief that the Bears will soon …

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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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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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Leicester must play ‘million times better’ after Bristol loss, says Spencer

• Tigers lock Will Spencer says display was ‘not good enough’• ‘We did not show up as a team or do things we worked on’The Leicester lock Will Spencer pulled no punches after the Tigers found themselves drawn into the midst of the Premiership’s relegat…

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Kyle Eastmond sees red as hapless Leicester crash to defeat at Bristol

• Bristol 41-10 Leicester• Tigers are humbled at Ashton GateLeicester were champions five years ago but a slow, gradual descent is gathering speed. They dropped into the bottom half of the table after a feeble, disjointed display against promoted Brist…