Sport Kelly Brown dives over to score Saracens’ second try against Northampton

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.

Owen Farrell converts a penalty during Saracens' victory over London Wasps

Saracens 19 London Wasps 12 match report: Sarries maintain their place at the top with victory in London derby

A Will Fraser try and points from England duo Alex Goode and Will Fraser sees off valiant Wasps with captain Chris Bell going over twice

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Chris Ashton recognises the benefit of the “mental rest” he gained by missing the summer tours by the Lions and England – he was not selected and rested respectively – even if the rejection upset the Saracens wing. Now it has taken a new season in which his club cannot stop winning for him to enjoy his rugby again.

James Johnston of Saracens is congratulated by his team-mate Neil De Kock

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Nick Wood was sent off after just eight minutes when Gloucester faced Saracens

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Saracens beat Gloucester 44-12 at the weekend

Saracens 44 Gloucester 12 match report: 14-man Gloucester sink to the bottom after Wood’s early rush of blood

There is not much love around the English club game right now: hard words are being spoken on the vexed subject of European rugby – Nigel Wray, the Saracens chairman, poured an entire pipeline’s worth of petrol on the flames consuming the Heineken Cup on Sunday by declaring that the Premiership teams would be “quite crazy” to stay in the tournament  beyond the end of the season – and even harder lessons are being learnt by sides who let their discipline slip. Ask Gloucester, who really copped it in London yesterday and find themselves at the foot of the table as a consequence.

Matt Kvesic takes the blind side flank for Gloucester on Saturday

Weekend Preview: Ben Morgan out of the pack as Gloucester reshuffle cards for Saracens game

Statistically speaking, there is as much chance of Gloucester prevailing on their first visit to Saracens’ all-weather Allianz Park tomorrow as there is of Private Eye being nice to Michael Gove, throwing its  unqualified support behind Boris Johnson or deciding that the sweetheart deals between big business and the British tax authorities are perfectly fair and reasonable after all.

Leicester’s Tom Croft grimaces against Worcester on Sunday

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London Irish 20 Saracens 42 match report: Saracens inspired by Jamie George as the Irish struggle begins

There are those who think that these two teams will finish the Aviva Premiership at opposite ends of the table, and yesterday at a sun-dappled Twickenham may have confirmed that. Saracens eased away without playing particularly well, though they had to wait until the final move of the match before securing the bonus-point try.

Vunipola brothers get Saracens season off to flying start

London Irish 20 Saracens 42

The Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown will be playing at Harlequins until at least 2016 after signing a new contract to remain at The Stoop

Harlequins' delight as 'hungrier and hungrier' Mike Brown agrees new contract

Conor O'Shea and his fellow members of the Harlequins hierarchy were not exactly in party mood when they lost the prop James Johnston to Saracens at the end of last season: they knew instantly that, without the supersized Samoan's scrummaging strength, their chances of regaining the Premiership title over the next eight months would be less than brilliant.

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