Gallagher Premiership Round 11: Highlights and match reports

We’ve got your domestic rugby needs covered once again, as we bring you every second of the action from the English top flight.

By Callum Davis Published: 28 February 2021 - 4.14pm

The Gallagher Premiership continues after an action-packed round 10 full of drama and controversy.

Read on, or jump to the game of your choice, for match reports and highlights from every game, with BT Sport showing all six exclusively.

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Friday 26 February

Sale Sharks 25-20 Exeter Chiefs

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Defending champions Exeter suffered a second successive Premiership defeat as 14-man Chiefs fell 25-20 to Sale Sharks on Friday night.

Sale took the lead through Byron McGuigan’s try but Facundo Cordero and Sean Lonsdale hit back for Chiefs to put the visitors in front.

Exeter captain Jack Yeandle was shown red in the 26th minute, becoming the first Chiefs player to be sent off for an on-field incident for more than four years.

And Sale took advantage before the break when Bevan Rodd went over. Just after the interval Sam Simmonds responded but Curtis Langdon’s try with 10 minutes remaining secured Sharks’ victory.

Saturday 27 February

Bristol Bears 17-3 Leicester Tigers

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Bristol Bears extended their lead at the top a table with a 17-3 win over Leicester Tigers at Ashton Gate.

Pat Lam’s side scored both their tries through Will Capon and Piers O’Connor against 14 men in what was an uncharacteristically lacklustre display from the table-toppers.

Nonetheless, they go six point clear after Exeter’s slip-up on Friday. For Leicester, who could only manage three points through the boot of Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, it was a second defeat in three matches.

Newcastle Falcons 25-22 Harlequins

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Brett Connon kicked a last-gasp penalty to hand Newcastle Falcons victory in their first Premiership match in almost three weeks.

Having seen back-to-back mates abandoned due to coronavirus cases, the Falcons will be delighted they were able to get their season up and running again.

Callum Chick and Logovi'i Mulipola saw the hosts take a 14-0 lead before Stephan Lewies halved the deficit heading into the interval.

Adam Radwan’s score extended the Falcons' lead but a superb double from flying winger Tyrone Green drew the sides level with five minutes remaining.

With the match on the line Connon showed nerves of steel to kick the three points a minute from time and pick up the victory for Dean Richards’ men.

Wasps 10-16 London Irish

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Wasps’ struggles continue as last season’s beaten Premiership finalists suffer a fourth defeat in five at home to London Irish.

Tom Willis gave the hosts the lead late in the first half but Ollie Hassell-Collins struck back for the Exiles who took command after the break.

Three points from the boot of Paddy Jackson added gloss to the victory that leaves Irish seventh, a place above Wasps.

Gloucester 22-14 Worcester Warriors

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Gloucester picked up just their second win of the season to draw level on 15 points with Worcester, but the Cherry and Whites remain at the foot of the table.

The away side drew first blood through Nick David before former England man Billy Twelvetrees’ try drew Gloucester within two at half time.

But two quick scores from Matias Alemanno and Tom Seabrook saw George Skivington’s men take control and it was ultimately enough to earn the victory.

The win was Gloucester’s first since November and boost their hopes of moving above the Warriors as we head into the latter part of the season.

Sunday 28 February

Northampton Saints 22-23 Bath

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Bath overcame a 16-point deficit at Franklin's Gardens to stun Northampton and continue their mid-season resurgence.

The hosts had taken a 12-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes as Tommy Freeman and Tom James both crossed the whitewash to give Saints the perfect start.

But Bath fought their way back into the contest early in the second half as a Zach Mercer try and two penalties from the boot of Rhys Priestland made it a three-point game. 

Piers Francis kicked a 64th-minute penalty to give the hosts a six-point cushion going into the final quarter at Franklin's Gardens but Bath rallied to stage a remarkable comeback.

Mercer bagged his second try of the game to reduce the deficit to one point before captain Priestland kicked the extras to make it 23-22 and seal a third successive victory for Stuart Hooper's side.