Anglo-Welsh Cup: Stories from the weekend

  • The top stories from the latest Anglo-Welsh round of fixtures 
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With the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals set to be an all-English affair this year, here are all the top stories from the latest round of fixtures. 

Whiteley seals home semi-final for Saracens

Saracens had just enough in the tank to seal a home semi-final in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as they survived a spirited Leicester Tigers fightback.

The home side won 29-20, booking their place inside an all-English semi-final line-up, with Tigers, Exeter and Harlequins all progressing.

Tries from Richard Barrington, Nathan Earle and Nick Tompkins saw Saracens open up a handsome lead against Tigers in their Sunday clash.

However, the visitors hit back through Luke Hamilton and George McGuigan, alongside some smart kicking from fly-half Freddie Burns.

Saracens tensely held on, but Tom Whiteley sealed the win with a try in the last action of the game.

Chiefs put Bristol to the sword 

Exeter Chiefs eased to a 35-7 victory over Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate to take their place in the semi-finals.

Shaun Malton, Henry Slade and Max Bodilly scored for Exeter, who were also awarded two penalty tries.

Jamal Ford-Robinson replied for the hosts eight minutes from time, but Rob Baxter’s side sealed a convincing win.

Ospreys miss out  

Exeter’s place in the semi-finals came at the expense of Ospreys, who defeated Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

Jay Baker went over twice for Ospreys, with Kieron Fonotia and Hanno Dirksen also crossing. Luke Price added four conversions out of four and a penalty for the Welsh side.

Brendan Macken scored twice and Guy Armitage once for a below-par Wasps.

However, despite the victory, Ospreys exited the competition despite their impressive display.

Quins through despite disappointment 

Harlequins lost 13-10 at Twickenham Stoop against Sale Sharks under the Friday night lights and missed out on a home semi-final.

With the final set to take place at the Stoop, Harlequins squandered the chance to give themselves an excellent chance of reaching the final on home turf.

A late Will Addison penalty separated the sides, and consigned Harlequins to only their second home loss in all competitions all season.

Neil Briggs had earlier crossed for Sale, while Harlequins scored through a penalty try and travel to Sandy Park in the semi-finals.

Eight is enough for Saints 

In the other Friday clash, Northampton Saints ran in eight tries as they romped to a 50-10 victory over Scarlets.

Ben Foden and James Fish grabbed braces for the Saints, who also crossed through Jamie Gibson, Michael Paterson, Harry Mallinder and Ken Pisi.

Stephen Myler added five conversions for the home side.

Scarlets’ only consolation came through wing Tom Williams, who touched over for their only try of the encounter.

Worcester win thrilling encounter 

In Cardiff, 13 tries were scored in an astonishing encounter between Cardiff Blues and Worcester Warriors.

Warriors ran out 53-38 winners in south Wales, with eight of the 13 scores being at the Cardiff end.

Josh Adams and Wynand Olivier bagged braces, while Val Rapava Ruskin, Sam Lewis, Bryce Heem and Francois Hougaard also touched over.

Harri Milard (2), Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans and Cam Dolan replied in vain for the hosts.

Gloucester and Newcastle finish on high notes

Elsewhere, Gloucester Rugby ended their Anglo-Welsh campaign on a high with a 24-13 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

Scores from Cameron Orr, Henry Trinder and replacement Ben Vellacott proved to be enough for the hosts, despite two tries from lock Matthew Screech for the Welsh side.

Meanwhile Jack Wilson and Will Homer tries were not enough for Bath Rugby as they were edged out 16-15 at Newcastle Falcons.

Zach Kiribige crossed for the home side, with Craig Willis adding a telling 13 points with the boot.