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A couple of thrilling games kicked the Anglo-Welsh Cup off in fine style as some of the young emerging talent from across England got their chance to shine.
Lang holds nerve in Harlequins success
James Lang showed nerves of steel to slot an injury-time conversion to finish off a sensational comeback for Harlequins to beat Saracens 30-29.
How do you react when you come back from 26-5 down to win the game with a 30-phase try at the death?— BT Sport Rugby (@btsportrugby) November 5, 2017
Amazing scenes for Harlequins! pic.twitter.com/DDYRKvSeVO
Debutant Josh Ibuanokpe got the vital try with the 30th phase of Harlequins possession along with Harry Sloan, Alofa Alofa and Elia Elia getting tries to earn the bonus point.
Nathan Earle, who toured Argentina with England in the summer, scored one of three Saracens tries while U20 international Max Malins scored 14 points.
Curry steps up in Sharks victory
Ben Curry grabbed his chance to shine in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with both hands as he put in a star performance in Sale Sharks’ 24-21 win over Worcester Warriors.
England U20 forward Curry set up one of the Sharks’ three tries and scored another with AJ MacGinty converting every try and adding a crucial penalty.
The Warriors fought back in the second period, with tries from Ollie Lawrence and Tom Howe, to secure a losing bonus point at Sixways.
Falcons and Wasps enjoy try-fest
An incredible 14 tries were shared between Wasps and Newcastle Falcons on Saturday with the latter eventually coming out on top 53-41 at the Ricoh Arena.
Plenty to work on but unbelievable experience making my debut and getting the win with @FalconsRugby! Even better to bag a couple of tries— Simon Uzokwe (@SUzokwe) November 4, 2017
Teenager Adam Radwan demonstrated his pace and finishing prowess with two tries with Simon Uzokwe also grabbing a pair of scores as Falcons ran in eight.
Santiago Socino, Gary Graham, Joel Hodgson and Andrew Davidson all crossed the whitewash for Newcastle who got their Anglo-Welsh campaign off to the perfect start.
Wasps picked up a try bonus point themselves with six tries as Jack Willis, Aaron O’Sullivan, Owain James (2), and Guy Armitage (2) all breached the Falcons defence.
Burns lights up Bath backline
England fly-half Freddie Burns was perfect from the kicking tee as Bath edged out London Irish in their Anglo-Welsh opener at the Madejski Stadium.
Burns kicked 16 points from the tee – and laid on a score for Levi Davis on debut with a perfect cross kick – to round off a fine performance.
And the visitors held on for a 26-22 victory, despite the Exiles out-scoring Bath four tries to two as David Paice and Alex Lewington added to Max Northcote-Green’s first-half double.
Irish could take some consolation from the fact they picked up two bonus points from the defeat.
Captain Ford leads Tigers to win
Captain for the day Joe Ford helped himself to 11 points from the kicking tee as Leicester Tigers edged out Gloucester Rugby in their Anglo-Welsh Cup opener.
The current champions, after their win over Exeter Chiefs in last year’s final, started out well with a well-taken try from Charlie Thacker – brother of Harry.
In a see-saw match the Cherry and Whites took the lead through Paddy McAllister’s try but Ford’s boot gave Leicester a half-time advantage.
Summer signing Jonah Holmes showed a lovely step to score on his Tigers debut and Adam Thompstone marked his return from injury with the final try of the match.
Salmon leaps out in Exeter display
Imposing second row Toby Salmon helped himself to a brace as Exeter Chiefs swept past Northampton Saints in their opening Anglo-Welsh Cup clash.
The Aviva Premiership Rugby champions ran in five first-half tries to take the game away from the Saints who picked up a try bonus point.
Chiefs fly-half Joe Simmonds collected eight points with the boot with Tom O’Flaherty also impressing for the Chiefs; dotting down the sixth of seven tries notched up by the hosts.
Disappointing loss today but awesome to get out there on debut with a great bunch of lads @SaintsRugby ! Thanks for all the support— George Furbank (@GeorgeFurbank) November 4, 2017
Two late tries salvaged some consolation for the Saints as Juan-Pablo Estelles, Rory Hutchinson and George Furbank went over but it was Exeter who ran out 43-28 winners.