Premiership: Six stories from round six

New leaders for a third week in the row in the Aviva Premiership, an England and Lions hooker getting a hat-trick and some stunning individual scores.

Here are six stories from the weekend of round six.

George's three of the best 

England hooker Jamie George crossed for a hat-trick of tries as Saracens moved to the top of the Premiership table with a bonus-point win over Wasps at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Chris Wyles and George both crossed in a quick start from the hosts against an injury-depleted Wasps.

Marty Moore did go over for Dai Young’s side in the first half but the boot of Alex Lozowski, against his old club, kept the Sarries scoreboard ticking over.

After the break the hosts’ set-piece really got to work and George was twice at the back of rolling mauls to complete a treble for himself and secure the bonus-point, on the day captain Brad Barritt celebrated reaching 200 appearances.

Jack Willis and Josh Bassett crossed late on for Wasps’ consolation scores but the visitors have now lost four in a row in the league for the first time since March 2014.

Go Jonny go

England winger Jonny May scored his sixth try in six appearances for Leicester Tigers as they earned a 28-27 victory over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.

Man of the match May was on the end of a long Matt Toomua pass to dot down Tigers’ third try of the afternoon after Nick Malouf and Will Evans had already crossed.

May’s international team-mate George Ford, captain on the day for the Tigers, kicked 13 points to help his side to a fourth straight league victory – the first time they’ve achieved that since March 2015.

However, Alex Lewington went over for London Irish with the final play to earn the newly-promoted side a losing bonus-point, but they’re still winless since the opening day.  

Bath brewing something special

Aled Brew might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Bath wingers but the Welshman reminded everyone of his undoubted talent with a two-try display against Worcester Warriors.

With Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson commanding much of the attention at the Rec, this was a timely reminder of how deep Bath’s squad is as they beat the Warriors 29-13.

Brew scored his first before the break sandwiched between efforts from England centre Jonathan Joseph and Ben Tapuai, but the hosts were made to work hard for their lead by the Warriors.

Dean Hammond and Jamie Shillcock scored tries to keep Worcester in touch before Brew’s second settled it.

Bath’s victory was tainted by Freddie Burns’ red card for a tip tackle and Tapuai’s late injury but boss Todd Blackadder will be delighted with their fourth win of the campaign.

Sam's at it again

Sam Simmonds scored a superb individual try as defending champions Exeter Chiefs overpowered Newcastle Falcons 34-24 at Sandy Park.

The young No 8/ was back from injury that kept him out last week and danced past three defenders after receiving the ball on the left to charge over for his side’s third score.

Australians Nic White and Lachlan Turner also dotted down in the opening period, with a second-half penalty try securing a bonus-point victory for the hosts and defending champions.

Falcons crossed four time themselves through skipper Will Welch, Juan Pablo Socino, Alex Tait and Vereniki Goneva in what was Dean Richards’ 300th match in charge of a Premiership side.

Billy and Henry combine

Billy Twelvetrees produced a dominant performance and Henry Trinder crossed for a double as Gloucester beat Northampton Saints 29-24.

Twelvetrees, who has been capped on 19 occasions by England, timed his run to perfection and bulldozed his way between the posts as the centre scored his second try of the season.

But the twinkling toes of Trinder continued to delight the Kingsholm faithful after a wretched run with injury over the last two years, as the centre crossing for a try in each half as they held on.

Harry Mallinder may have been on the losing side for the Saints but his all-round display was a bright note for the visitors. The 21-year-old, who was selected by Eddie Jones for this summer’s tour of Argentina, impressed with the boot and with ball in hand, dotting down in the second half and kicking two conversions.

Creative class from Care

Danny Care produced a sublime kicking display to lay on two tries for Tim Visser as Harlequins downed Sale Sharks in a nine-try thriller on Friday night.

England scrum half Care took home the man of the match medal as Quins emerged 42-26 victors at the Twickenham Stoop. 

England prop Joe Marler, in his first game back from a rib injury, crossed for his first Premiership try since 2013 while 18-year-old fly half Marcus Smith added 17 points from the kicking tee.

Sale went home with the consolation of a four-try bonus point in defeat as Mike Haley, Halani Aulkia, Sam James and Ross Harrison crossed. 


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