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Some of the things that happened in the northern reaches of the capital on Sunday took an awful lot of believing, not least the fact that a rapidly deteriorating Northampton contrived to finish within four points of their hosts, but there was one moment in particular when the crack of 10,000 jawbones hitting the floor bordered on the deafening.

Chris Ashton celebrates as he scores for Saracens against Zebre

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Chris Ashton scores a try for Saracens in their Heineken Cup victory over Zebre

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George Kruis of Saracens tries to break through the Sale defence on Saturday

Saracens 24 Sale 19: Fresh Will Fraser injury mars Saracens’ joy

If someone had beamed down from Mars – or from rugby’s amateur era, which feels even more remote – for the Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens’ 24-19 win over Sale Sharks on Saturday how would they have judged the spectacle? An arena of wonderfully nuanced and contrasting players such as Saracens’ gliding fly-half Charlie Hodgson and cerebral lock Steve Borthwick? Or a base battlefield of mega-muscled gladiators battering each other Rollerball-style with casualties shipped off to hospital on motorised carts for the benefit of the paying public, television viewer and now – as we are told enthusiastically by competing broadcasters – broadband consumers?

George Kruis of Saracens tries to break through the Sale defence

Saracens 24 Sale 19 match report: Saracens bring Danny Cipriani’s full house down with second-half tries

Sarries remain top of the Aviva Premiership as they grind out victory against a valiant Sale side led by the former England fly-half

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Julian Savea scores his first of two tries in New Zealand's win over England

England 22 New Zealand 30 match report: Gallant England seen off by Julian Savea’s killer blow

Hosts fought back from a 14 point deficit to lead but wing Savea bagged two tries to earn gruelling victory

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<b>Mako Vunipola - Saracens</b>
<br/> The England loosehead was at his barnstorming best, carrying nine times and putting in the same number of tackles. His development will be crucial if Sarries are serious about their Heineken Cup chances.

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