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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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Exeter’s Sean Lonsdale fends off Sale as Joe Ford kicks Leicester past Wasps

• Sale 14-20 Exeter; Leicester 19-14 Wasps• Lonsdale comes off bench to seal win for league leadersExeter remain top of the Gallagher Premiership as the Chiefs provided a hammer-blow to Sale Sharks’ top-four ambitions following a 20-14 triumph at the A…

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Sale delight in ensuring Billy Vunipola’s Saracens comeback ends in defeat

• Sale 24-18 Saracens• Faf de Klerk outstanding as hosts get under visitors’ skinPerhaps something is beginning to stir at Sale after all. On a night when the Saracens forward Billy Vunipola marked his comeback from injury with a well-taken opening try…

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Sale delight in ensuring Billy Vunipola’s Saracens comeback ends in defeat

• Sale 24-18 Saracens• Faf de Klerk outstanding as hosts get under visitors’ skinPerhaps something is beginning to stir at Sale after all. On a night when the Saracens forward Billy Vunipola marked his comeback from injury with a well-taken opening try…

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Sale’s Steve Diamond draws line under post-match row with journalist

• Director of rugby says focus is on facing Saracens: ‘We move on’• No RFU probe into fracas as Sam Peters opts not to complainSale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, has drawn a line under his post-match confrontation with a journalist at the weekend…

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Sale’s Steve Diamond avoids hearing over altercation with journalist

• Director of rugby confronted Sam Peters at Gloucester• RFU received no complaint from Sunday Times reporterSteve Diamond will not face a disciplinary hearing after confronting a journalist at the end of Sale’s victory at Gloucester on Saturday and in…

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Sale’s Steve Diamond embroiled in media fracas after win at Gloucester

• Gloucester 15-30 Sale• Diamond invites journalist outside and takes recording deviceNo sooner had he exhorted his charges to their first away win in the Premiership this season, than Steve Diamond became involved in a fracas with a member of the pres…

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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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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 …

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Chris Ashton: ‘Going away to spend the year in France really helped me’

The wing last played for England five seasons ago but could make a comeback against South AfricaFew England players have known such highs and lows as Chris Ashton. Either he is airborne over a try-line somewhere or else wondering why things have gone s…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend action

Joe Cokanasiga will bring bulk to England’s backline and Billy Vunipola does the game a good turnAlready it seems likely Joe Cokanasiga will win his first England cap this autumn and the smart money would be on him doing so against Japan in the third m…

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Kyle Eastmond try helps Leicester pin Sale to the bottom of Premiership

• Leicester 19-15 Sale• George Ford’s kicks prove decisiveLeicester kept Sale Sharks pinned to the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership after claiming an unconvincing victory at Welford Road. The Tigers avoided a third successive league defeat thanks to…

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Sale captain Jono Ross: it’s far too early to talk about relegation

• Bottom side focused on Leicester rather than table• Ross: ‘There are no weak teams in the Premiership’It may be too early in the season to describe Sunday’s meeting of Leicester and Sale at Welford Road as an eight-pointer but with the Manchester clu…

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

Kiwi coaches deliver a very British contest, Joe Marler left to count his blessings, and the amazing jet-set Willie le RouxTwo New Zealand coaches presided over an old-school British game in which the set pieces shaped the outcome. Todd Blackadder is i…

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

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Alex Cuthbert’s first try helps Exeter overcome Sale for best start

• Exeter 35-18 Sale• Chiefs secure third straight try bonus-pointAlex Cuthbert’s first try for Exeter made sure of a third straight bonus-point victory in what is now the Chiefs’ best start to a Premiership season.Tom Lawday added a fifth score late on…

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

Dylan Hartley makes an impact, Brad Shields suffers injury blow and George Smith’s red card proves costly for BristolGeorge Smith’s red card against Saracens has split opinion. Bristol’s Pat Lamis among those to think a yellow card would have sufficed …

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Josh Beaumont and AJ MacGinty steer Sale to nervy win over Worcester

• Sale 21-15 Worcester• Sale raise concern over head injury to visitors’ Nick SchonertFor those busily trying to work out how many millions the Premiership might currently be worth, this was not the Super Sunday fixture to dazzle would-be private equit…

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Josh Beaumont and AJ MacGinty steer Sale to nervy win over Worcester

• Sale 21-15 Worcester• Sale raise concern over head injury to visitors’ Nick SchonertFor those busily trying to work out how many millions the Premiership might currently be worth, this was not the Super Sunday fixture to dazzle would-be private equit…

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

New signings Danny Cipriani and Dan Biggar faced off, Will Skelton impressed for Saracens and Worcester ran Wasps closeThere are plenty of high-profile fixtures heading to Newcastle over the next 12 months, with the city to host this season’s European …