Gallagher Premiership Round 9: Highlights and reports of every match

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

By Tim Williams Published: 14 February 2021 - 6.27pm

After an enforced coronavirus hiatus in January, the Gallagher Premiership is back in full swing.

Read on, or jump to the game of your choice, for highlights and a report of the five matches played this weekend.

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Friday 12 February

Gloucester 17-18 Bristol Bears

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Bristol Bears defeated Gloucester 18-17 a nail-biting West Country derby to extend their lead at the summit of the Gallagher Premiership.

Bryan Byrne went over for the opening try for Bears but two Gloucester answered with two Santiago Carreras interception tries.

Jake Heenan finished off a lovely Bears move to level but Ollie Thorley put the hosts ahead 13 minutes into the second half.

It was left to Ioan Lloyd’s boot to secure the victory as the Bears fly-half kicked two crucial penalties and Pat Lam’s men hung on to record a huge win.

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Sale Sharks 22-27 Bath Rugby

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Bath earned a surprise victory away at Sale as the visitors ended a run of four successive defeats to hand Sharks their first loss in five.

Tom de Glanville’s try inside the second minute was followed up by Tom Dunn and Josh Bayliss scores as Bath held a 24-10 lead at the interval with Jono Ross the lone try in response for Sale.

Dan du Preeze scored early in the second half to make things interesting for Sale but they didn’t add a third until Cameron Neild’s score in added time.

Saturday 13 February

Harlequins 37-24 Leicester Tigers

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Marcus Smith celebrated his new deal at Twickenham Stoop with 22 points against Leicester Tigers as a resurgent Harlequins won their third straight game in the Gallagher Premiership.

Leicester took the lead through Cyle Brink, but tries from Mike Brown and Smith turned the game around.

Andre Esterhuizen’s score gave the hosts a 30-17 half-time lead and they comfortably held the visitors at arm’s lengths in the second period despite Louis Lynagh’s consolation try.

Exeter Chiefs 26-3 London Irish

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Champions Exeter were in control throughout against London Irish, running out 26-3 winners at Sandy Park, reducing the gap at the top of the league to two points.

Sam Simmonds scored yet again for the Chiefs in their third successive league victory, with Dan Ewers and Alex Cuthbert also going over before Irish’s Motu Matu’u was sent off for a high tackle.

Leading try scorer Simmonds went over once more in the second period to secure the victory for Rob Baxter’s side who came into this fixture having lost just twice in their past 10 league matches.

Northampton Saints P-P Newcastle Falcons

Premiership Rugby confirmed that Newcastle Falcons’ Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Northampton Saints, scheduled for Saturday 13 February has been called off.

Newcastle Falcons returned positive tests in the latest round of PCR testing. In consultation with Public Health England and the Professional Rugby Testing Oversight Group, the match has been called off and the Newcastle Falcons training ground closed, with the next round of testing on Monday 15 February.

Sunday 14 February

Worcester Warriors 13-17 Wasps

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Wasps survived a second-half fightback to claim a vital victory at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The result ensured Wasps ended their run of back-to-back losses while Lee Blackett's men extended their winning run over Worcester to 13 straight games.

Worcester boss Jonathan Thomas will be pleased with the spirit his side showed after the interval and Warrior's endeavour was rewarded with a losing bonus point when Nick David pounced to score late on.