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Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

A favourable bounce allowed Morris (pictured) to hold off Tom Homer for a try

Aviva Premiership round-up: Morris double leaves Tigers purring

It looks impressive on paper, but the 31-9 scoreline makes Leicester's victory over London Irish in the Aviva Premiership appear better than it was. Comfortable about covers it. The Tigers did register four tries at the Madejski Stadium, but two of those were awards by the referee, Luke Pearce. Nothing, though, should detract from the two fine tries that Niall Morris scored in the testing conditions, securing the bonus point in the last minute.

Jones bemoans Exiles’ missed opportunities

Worcester 13 London Welsh 6

Dejected Sale Sharks players facing defeat against Toulon on Saturday

Quins fly lonely flag as English clubs face more humiliation in Europe

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Rhys Priestland (on left in picture) was carried off on a stretcher early in the second half after slipping as he ran into contact

Chiefs turn history round in first Heineken Cup win

Scarlets 16 Exeter Chiefs 22

Manu Tuilagi is a contender for one of England’s wing positions

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Stuart Lancaster has not been afraid to wield the axe since succeeding Martin Johnson as England boss, but he has stopped well short of using a chainsaw. Until last night.

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Motorists were urged to take greater care on Britain's roads today after overnight downpours caused some drivers to abandon their vehicles as public highways flooded.

Gonzalo Camacho landed a try after five minutes

Aviva Premiership round-up: Exeter back on song with late flourish

After a tough and unrewarding run, normal service was resumed as Exeter eventually wrapped up a convincing victory over Worcester to remain unbeaten at Sandy Park in the Aviva Premiership this season.

Early Bath: Ben Williams gets first try

Chiefs fight back but Bath hang on

Bath 23 Exeter 15

'Tough afternoon' awaits Irish with visit of Quins

"A thorough examination" awaits London Irish when Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins visit the Madejski Stadium, according to their director of rugby Brian Smith.

Ballydoyle trainer, Aidan O'Brien

Ballydoyle plunge on Kingsbarns for Trophy

While a respectable supporting role is the very least that beckons some of the young jumpers who entered the stage at Exeter yesterday, it may be premature to suppose that all the Flat season's Oscar winners are already in the wings.

Exeter’s Tom Johnson fails to stop Wesley Fofana scoring

French are on different planet as punch-drunk Chiefs left seeing stars

Exeter Chiefs 12 Clermont Auvergne 46

Eyes front: Jonathan Sexton scored the bulk of Leinster's points with his boot

Scarlets have no answer as Sexton kicks Leinster top

Scarlets 13 Leinster 20

Sexton was off target with his first shot at the posts, but converted his second after Hayes, the Exeter captain, had been caught offside

Leinster edge past Chiefs as Mieres misses out

Leinster 9 Exeter Chiefs 6

Jason Shoemark (pictured) scored two of Exeter's five tries, with Brett Sturgess, Ben White and Sireli Naqelevuki scoring the others

Aviva Premiership round-up: Shoemark's double seals Exeter win

It was party time at Exeter as the Chiefs marked their 50th Aviva Premiership match with a 42-28 victory over Harlequins that earned them a try-scoring bonus point and prevented the visitors from going back to the top of the table.

Tourist attraction boss considers suing Met Office over 'pessimistic' weather forecasts

A tourist attraction boss says he is considering legal action against the Met Office after “a series of overly pessimistic” forecasts which he says is threatening to bring the tourist industry to its knees.

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