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Ashley Johnson of Wasps is tackled by Mark Wilson of Newcastle
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London Irish fly-half Shane Geraghty kicks the winning penalty
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Alex Goode scores for Saracens
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Full-back has to prove his fitness ahead of autumn internationals

Kyle Eastmond scored one of Bath’s five tries in the club’s record 45-0 victory over Leicester

Bath's Kyle Eastmond reminds England while injuries maul Leicester Tigers

Eastmond excelled for Bath on Saturday

Chris Robshaw makes a break during Harlequins’ win over Wasps on Saturday

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George North scores Saints’ fourth try at Newcastle today
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