Gallagher Premiership Round Seven: Highlights and match reports

The Premiership continued with another cracking weekend of fixtures including Gloucester vs Exeter, Northampton vs Leicester and Harlequins vs Saracens.

By Tim Williams Published: 30 October 2021 - 5.24pm

Here is all you need to know as the Gallagher Premiership continues this weekend with its seventh round of fixtures.

Read on for all the information you need to know about all six games, including how to watch free highlights of each on BT Sport.

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Friday 29 October

Gloucester 13-16 Exeter Chiefs - Watch replay

Exeter Chiefs leapfrogged Gloucester into fifth after a comeback victory at Kingsholm in the Gallagher Premiership.

Two penalties from Harvey Skinner inside six minutes gave the visitors an early edge and a third effort just before the 10-minute mark from 55 yards agonisingly dropped short.

However, Gloucester roared back as their formidable driving maul proved instrumental in setting up their first try of the contest, which was scored by Jack Singleton.

Adam Hastings’ conversion put George Skivington’s men ahead for the first time and another kick from the Scotland international gave the Cherry and Whites a bit of breathing space.  

Rob Baxter’s side would have welcomed half-time and they reduced the deficit shortly after the break as Alec Hepburn drove over following wonderful play down the left from Facundo Cordero and Skinner, although the fly-half’s failure to convert meant Gloucester still led 13-11.

Skinner then wasted a golden opportunity to put the Devon side ahead before Louis Rees-Zammit was dragged into touch to deprive him of his fourth try of the campaign.

After that disappointment, a knock on by the Wales wing deep in his own half following a superb kick by Stuart Hogg gave Exeter the chance to get their noses back in front and they took full advantage, Will Witty touching down from close range before Skinner again skewed the conversion wide.

Gloucester piled on the pressure late on as the noise went up a notch, but Exeter won a priceless late penalty after holding up another driving maul to record their fourth win in five matches. 

Saturday 30 October

Northampton Saints 26-55 Leicester Tigers - Watch replay

Leicester earned their biggest-ever win at Northampton to claim the bragging rights and maintain their 100% start to the season.

Tigers ran in seven tries, to claim their seventh successive win, with George Ford at the heart of everything for the visitors as he aims to return to the England fold.

Saints got back into the game thought Courtnall Skosan’s late first-half try but were only able to rescue a try-scoring bonus point as they were kept at arm’s length by Leicester. 

Bath 17-27 Wasps

Bottom club Bath remain winless as Wasps inflict a sixth defeat of the season on the Blue, Black and Whites already.

The hosts saw Mike Williams red carded for a high shot on Jimmy Gopperth, that ultimately led to the fly-half being stretched off.

And the visitors made the most of the numerical advantage to run in three tries and pick up their third win of the season from six matches.

London Irish 33-45 Bristol Bears

Bristol ran in five tries to claim the bonus-point victory over London Irish, despite having three players sin-binned in a lively first half.

The Bears raced into a 19-0 lead but were pegged back as Matt Rogerson went over for the Exiles to level the scores shortly after the interval.

But two more tries for the visitors saw them come away with the victory and it was much needed, with last season’s table toppers picking up just their second win so far.

Worcester Warriors 27-14 Sale Sharks

British and Irish Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe scored his first two tries for Worcester as they ended their five-match losing streak at Sale’s expense.

The Warriors also saw full-back Jamie Shillcock cross twice to earn the bonus-point victory and end their miserable run.

The Sharks did score twice through Gus Warr and Curtis Langdon but their winless run on the road extended to three with the Sixways reversal.

Sunday 31 October

Harlequins 22-29 Saracens - Watch replay

Saracens clawed back a 10-point half-time deficit to leapfrog London rivals Harlequins into second spot in the Gallagher Premiership. 

Hugh Tizard drove over inside three minutes to put the hosts in front before Alex Lozowski kicked two penalties to put Sarries 6-5 up at the Twickenham Stoop.

A brilliant crossfield pass by Tommaso Allan and a neat offload by Tom Lawday then released Cadan Murley for Quins' second try, before another Lawday assist set Tyrone Green away to send Tabai Matson's men in comfortably ahead of the break.

However, Quins were a man light heading into the second period following Dino Lamb's yellow card for entering a ruck illegally, and Sarries capitalised through Dom Morris' converted score.

A drop goal from Danny Care doubled the margin to six points, but after two more Lozowski penalties had dragged Mark McCall's side level, Jackson Wray crashed over in the corner on 76 minutes for a hard-fought win.