Round-up: Quick-fire Ben Ransom boosts Saracens to subdue Exeter 16-9
Saturday 23 November 2013
Saracens stayed in command of the Aviva Premiership but they had to battle to subdue Exeter 16-9 at Sandy Park after the home side launched a late onslaught.
Exeter were always playing catch-up after Ben Ransom, who came on for Charlie Hodgson after two minutes, went over for a try only two minutes later. Kicks from Alex Goode and Marcelo Bosch kept Saracens on course for a sixth victory of the league season.
Harlequins celebrated the 50th anniversary of playing at the Stoop with an entertaining 27-19 victory over Gloucester, who paid for their indiscipline. The Cherry and Whites lost three men to the sin-bin after a promising start. They were trailing only 6-5 when their scrum-half, Jimmy Cowan, was banished but in his absence they conceded converted tries to Nick Easter and Danny Care. Luke Wallace went over for a third try shortly after the restart.
A try after 50 minutes from the wing Jonny May, which was converted by Freddie Burns, gave Gloucester reason to believe in the chance of clawing something from the game but they were never again in touch despite Billy Twelvetrees adding his second try late on and Burns again converting.
Leicester ended a run of three league games without a victory with a 20-11 win at home to London Irish, who were the architects of their own downfall, conceding a penalty try in each half for collapsing scrums. While Irish will debate the first one the referee, Martin Fox, gave the second after a string of offences by the Exiles as they defended desperately on their own line. Toby Flood converted both and kicked two penalties. James O’Connor kicked two first-half penalties for Irish and Fergus Mulchrone went over for a late try. Irish missed out on a losing bonus point after failing with a conversion and a drop goal attempt late on.
It wasn’t pretty in any way, but Argentina won’t mind. A hard-fought 19-14 victory over Italy at a soggy Olympic stadium in Rome brought to an end their losing streak at eight games. The bulk of those defeats came in the tough arena of the Rugby Championship, where they took on New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, and since then they have lost to England and Wales. Argentina went ahead when Nicolas Sanchez converted a try byJuan Imhoff after 20 minutes and then added three penalties and a drop goal. Michele Campagnaro scored Italy’s try.
Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Why Isco will provide just as great a threat at Anfield as the injured Gareth Bale would have
Angel Di Maria injury: Manchester United sweat over fitness of record signing as he is in danger of missing Chelsea clash
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy has not been arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world