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It is to be hoped Phil Godman enjoyed the Doctor Who special on Saturday evening because earlier in the day the Newcastle fly-half’s adventures in space and time had an unhappy ending thanks to the tackling of Courtney Lawes.

Quins await Strettle injury verdict

England wing David Strettle will learn the extent of his third foot injury in little more than a year today after lasting only half of Harlequins' 30-23 Guinness Premiership victory against Worcester at Sixways last night

Harlequins 31 Bristol 13: Care masterminds Quins domination and strengthens claims for England

Care-lessness, two counts of it, were at the root of Bristol's abject performance at the Twickenham Stoop. The first, which was well within the West Country team's control, was their abysmal handling.

All Black glad to change hue for the motley crew

Evans' chances were limited as Kiwis' No 10 but he has no regrets

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Leicester quick to sack Loffreda after poor season

With a haste bordering on the indecent, Leicester yesterday sacked their head coach, Marcelo Loffreda. Had he been manager of Leicester City he would probably have had more time in the job.

Munster 16 Toulouse 13: Munster Cup glory built on base of power before grace

There was nothing shameful about a union aficionado enjoying the way Dean Richards played his rugby, despite the fact that the Great Shambling Bear spent much of his career single-handedly ensuring that the ball never saw the light of day. However, the No 8's own mother might have drawn the line at picking 15 Deanos in the same side, and as Munster, champions of Europe for a second time, give the impression of basing their entire philosophy on the Gospel According to Saint Deano, it cannot be a barrel of laughs watching them every week.

Bath seek home comforts at Kingsholm

It might, under different circumstances, have been the perfect finale: a Premiership title shoot-out at Kingsholm between Gloucester, front-runners all season and proud owners of a golden generation of home-developed backs, and Bath, who have been playing the rugby of the gods just lately. A few seasons ago, the Castle Grim fanzine celebrated derby day with a front-page message for the visiting supporters. "A warm welcome to our friends from the arsehole of the universe," it read. My, it's nice to feel wanted.

Newcastle 28 Leicester 25: May try leaves Leicester and Loffreda teetering on brink

Newcastle might be standing at the crossroads but they gathered their bearings yesterday and turned Kingston Park into a cul-de-sac for Leicester.

Leicester 32 Bristol 14: Mauger try a bonus for Tigers in match played in minor key

Martin Johnson's appointment as England team manager may have vested power over the national side in the county of Leicestershire but at club level life is more of a fret. It was the Tigers who turned the pre-teen "Johnno" on to rugby when his family moved to Market Harborough but, though Leicester remain contenders for the play-offs after this victory over an under-strength Bristol, they need other results to help them along.

Concerns growing over RFU's isolation of Ashton

Brian Ashton has tentative plans to name his England squad for this summer's two-Test trip to New Zealand on 10 May. Sadly for the head coach, not to mention those players who might appreciate a little continuity after coming through the firestorms of a World Cup and a Six Nations Championship with a pair of second-place finishes to their names, there is no guarantee the party will still be his to pick at that juncture, thanks to the Rugby Football Union's apparent determination to hound the 61-year-old Lancastrian out of his job.

Harlequins 15 Newcastle 9: Barry goes late on Tait as Quins grind it out

If he had committed the act on a high street instead of a rugby pitch he would probably have been charged with GBH. As tackles go it was horrendous. The perpetrator was Harlequins' South African centre, De Wet Barry, the victim was the England three-quarter Mathew Tait and the former must have been hugely relieved to see the latter finally stagger to his feet.

Bristol 15 Harlequins 28: Harlequins overcome Jarvis setback to maintain progress

A classy performance by a young Harlequins team took the Londoners up to the business end of the Guinness Premiership and into fourth place with their fifth win in their past half-dozen league matches.

Wasps' fury after Cipriani dropped over nightclub visit

Danny Cipriani, widely acknowledged to be the most exciting rugby talent to have emerged in England since Jonny Wilkinson and the very epitome of a young player in a hurry, was not quite quick enough to avoid the attentions of a lurking photographer as he left a London nightspot in the small hours of yesterday morning, and as a result, he was thrown out of the national team for tomorrow's Calcutta Cup match with Scotland at Murrayfield. It would have been the 20-year-old's first start at Test level. The best he can hope for now is a common or garden league game for his club, Wasps.

Harlequins 30 Gloucester 25: Easter's resilience makes Gloucester bend the knee

Gloucester's back row of Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera and Luke Narraway have won plenty of plaudits this season for their amalgam of bish, bosh and dash, but collectively they lacked one thing Harlequins had on Saturday: a No 8 playing out of his skin on one leg. Step forward, Nick Easter – but be careful while you are at it.

Harlequins 36 Worcester 15: Intensive Care keeps Worcester on brink

Worcester's Welsh coaches, Mike Ruddock and Clive Griffiths, might have hoped for a year's grace, given that their signings from Down Under were not with them until a third of the way through the season. The Premiership does not work like that. The top eight or nine have their eyes on Heineken Cup qualification; the bottom two or three live in constant fear of the drop.

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