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  1. Wasps secure bonus-point before half-time against Bristol
  2. Hosts run in ten tries at the Ricoh Arena
  3. FT: Wasps 70-22 Bristol
  4. FT: Newcastle 13-14 Leicester
  5. Falcons' Joel Hodgson misses late drop-goal attempt

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By James Law and Louise Gwilliam

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That's all from us

One thumping victory? Check. One nail biting finish? Check.

We could hardly have had two more contrasting games this afternoon but both were equally absorbing, which I guess is why we all love rugby so much.

Give it five days and we'll hopefully have more of the same from round four of the Premiership, which starts with a tasty-looking south west derby between Bristol and Exeter on Friday night.

Until then, goodbye.

'Today's performance was reasonable'

FT: Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Dean Richards
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Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards speaking on BT Sport:

"The performance was ok. We butchered a number of opportunities and if we'd taken our chances we would've been home and dry.

"The boys decided to go for the drop-goal and you support them on that.

"There were a few times we could've got a penalty in the final scrum but JP Doyle is never going to make a decision there."

Recap: Leicester squeeze past Newcastle

FT: Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Vereniki Goneva
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Leicester edged a close encounter with Newcastle at Kingston Park as they secured their second win of the season.

Newcastle took an early 10-0 lead courtesy of Juan Pablo Socino's finish and a Mike Delany penalty.

But Mike Fitzgerald scored his first Premiership try and Freddie Burns' slotted three penalties either side of the break to put the Tigers ahead.

Joel Hodgson made it a one-point game with 10 to play but missed a late drop-goal as Leicester held on for victory.

You can read the full report here.

'We were lucky today'

FT: Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

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Leicester Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill talking on BT Sport:

"It was very disappointing from our point of view and we're lucky to go away with the points.

"There's no lack of effort but we need to make smarter decisions.

"Our ball control was poor today and the scrum was a mess all day."

As it stands...

So what does today's action mean for the Premiership table?

Well Wasps, unsurprisingly after this afternoon, are now the league's highest scorers but are below Bath and Saracens on points difference at the top.

Bristol are bottom with just one point from their opening three games, while Leicester's dramatic triumph at Newcastle lifts Aaron Mauger's side up to fourth.

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Recap: Dazzling Wasps hammer Bristol

FT: Wasps 70-22 Bristol

Christian Wade
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Wasps scored 10 tries, five in each half, as they dismantled newly-promoted Bristol to make it three Premiership wins from three.

Christian Wade, Eliot Daly and Ashley Johnson went over twice apiece, while Danny Cipriani grabbed his first try since returning to the club this summer.

You can read our full match report here.

FT: Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Well, after a fairly uninspiring half of rugby, the game finally came alive once the clock was on red.

Newcastle unable to win it at the end as Joel Hodgson's drop-goal attempt flew wide from what looked an easy position.

Not fluid, running rugby but a proper contest and Leicester came out on top having been 10-0 down in the first half.

Juan Pablo Socino's try and Delany's penalty put Newcastle ahead but Tigers reeled them in through a Mike Fitzgerald try and the boot of Freddie Burns.


Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

What a finish!

Newcastle do go for the drop goal, the ball is given to Joel Hodgson, but he's far too close and he smashes the attempt wide.

Leicester edge it by a point.

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Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Newcastle secure the ball and their forwards are battling away. Will they go for a drop goal?

Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Time is up, but it's not over yet!

This hasn't been the prettiest of rugby contests, and it's all on this final scrum.

JP Doyle calls for a reset as players stand up, but should it have been a penalty there?

Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

The clock's on red and Newcastle have one last opportunity. They're five metres out but there's a nasty head injury and JP Doyle has to halt play.

We will go back for a scrum once the injured Freddie Burns has received treatment.

What drama at the end of this game.

Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Some more sound advice from JP Doyle, as his spat with Tom Youngs continues.

'That's the call Tom, get over it.'

Meanwhile, Newcastle have the feed at the scrum, and they secure the ball but it's lost forward in the tackle.

Time is running out for the Falcons as they have to reset from their own half.

Three minutes to play.

Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

So Leicester will have to protect their one point lead with only 14 men on the field.

Peter Betham saw yellow for never getting back into an onside position, but can Newcastle find a way through?

Dominic Waldouck of Newcastle off loads the ball to team mate Mark Wilson
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Penalty (Hodgson)

Newcastle 13-14 Leicester

Falcons finally take flight as Vereniki Goneva sets off through the Tigers defence.

Daniel Temm receives the ball on the wing and he dives for the line, but we go to the TMO and his foot is in touch.

JP Doyle goes back for the penalty, Betham is sent to the bin, and Hodgson slots an easy penalty.

One point in it with nine minutes to play...

Penalty (Burns)

Newcastle 10-14 Leicester

Freddie Burns corrects his mistake and this one flies over.

Newcastle will have to produce something special now, but they've only been in the Leicester half on two or three occasions.

Missed penalty (Burns)

Newcastle 10-11 Leicester

Leicester miss the chance to extend their lead to four points, and it looks like it's going to go to the wire as we enter the last 15 minutes.

In other news, the referee's mic is bringing much more excitement than the actual rugby as JP Doyle gets into an argument with Tigers replacement hooker Tom Youngs.

'Tom, you're not the referee.' A gentle reminder.

Newcastle 10-11 Leicester

And now we've entered into a kicking competition. Some ropey ones in there but Newcastle fair better and start to move the ball wide.

They draw the penalty as JP Doyle pulls Leicester for taking the man out in the air. A borderline call at best.

But swings and roundabouts as they lose their own lineout.

Newcastle 10-11 Leicester

Well it's not been a fluid start to the second half, a distinct lack of silky skills on display here.

Newcastle are failing to put any real attacks together as Socino punts the ball straight out on the full. Oh dear.

Evan Olmstead of Newcastle is tackled by George McGuigan
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Wasps 70-22 Bristol

We had 13 tries, 10 of which went to the hosts, and Wasps have sent out a real statement to the rest of the Premiership here.

It's three wins from three for Dai Young's side and they join Bath and Saracens on 14 points.

FT: @WaspsRugby 70-22 @Bristol_RFC - ten tries for the home side in a scintillating display #AvivaPrem

FT: @WaspsRugby 70-22 @Bristol_RFC - ten tries for the home side in a scintillating display #AvivaPrem

Penalty (Burns)

Newcastle 10-11 Leicester

And Leicester take the lead for the first time in this game off the boot of Freddie Burns.

10 minutes played in the second half.

Try (Daly, con Gopperth)

Wasps 70-22 Bristol

That's the tenth try for Wasps.

Kyle Eastmond, who's come off the bench, shows great footwork to feed Elliot Daly for his second of the afternoon.

Five minutes to go.

74 mins: TRY WASPS! Kyle Eastmond with brilliant feet on the left opens up the defence, the ball is reloaded and Daly scores our 10th! 68-22

Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

Leicester have started with great intensity in this second period. Richard Cockerill must've had some stern words in that changing room at half-time.

But his frustration shows once again as Leicester lose the ball and Falcons clear their lines.

Tigers have to be more clinical.

Richard Cockerill
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Try (Cortes, con Jarvis)

Wasps 63-22 Bristol

Bristol have certainly been better this second half and they're now only one score from a bonus point.

They're patient in attack and Gaston Cortes just about gets the ball down from close range and the try is given after it's referred to the TMO.


Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

We're back underway at Kingston Park. 

We've got a fair way to go to catch up with Wasps against Bristol, but it's a much closer affair here.

Just two points in it with 40 to play.

Try (Johnson, con Gopperth)

Wasps 63-15 Bristol

It's a second try for replacement Ashley Johnson, and a ninth of the game for Wasps.

It's been a good afternoon for the Wasps hookers, and Johnson crashes through and scrambles over to touch down.

Still 11 minutes remaining at the Ricoh Arena - can the hosts reach double figures in terms of tries?

Wasps 56-15 Bristol

Finally, an update which doesn't involve a try.

While Bristol need two more scores for a bonus point, if Wasps can extend their lead by another 15 points they will sit top of the Premiership tonight.

So still incentives for both sides even though the result is beyond doubt.

Try (Eadie, con Pisi)

Wasps 56-15 Bristol

Can I have that towel back?

From the set-piece Wasps were caught unawares, and Mitch Eadie spots the gap and dives over to make the most of the lapse in concentration.

Bristol are into double figures and may be eyeing a bonus point - they need two more tries to secure that.

Mitch Eadie
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Try (Cipriani, conversion missed)

Wasps 56-8 Bristol

Golden boy Danny Cipriani has his first try since returning to Wasps this summer.

The England international does some great work down the flank and runs all the way in from 50 metres to get an eighth try for the home side after just 56 minutes.

Can Bristol not just throw the towel in? 


Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

Slightly surprisingly, Newcastle go into the break with a narrow lead. 

They went up 10-0 courtesy of Juan Pablo Socino's early try and Mike Delany's penalty, but Mike Fitzergerald grabbed his first try for Leicester to bring them back into the game and Burns slotted three points.

Not quite the shedding of points going on at the Ricoh but a quality game nonetheless.

Stay tuned for the second half.

Telusa Veainu of Leicester is tackled by Simon Hammersley
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Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

Leicester are dominating Newcastle at the breakdown now as they cause chaos once again.

Ben Youngs feeds the ball into the scrum but Burns' flat pass finds Veainu on the touchline and he's bundled into touch.

Clock is on red but Newcastle will take the line-out.

Try (Johnson, con Gopperth)

Wasps 51-8 Bristol

From the back of a driving lineout, replacement hooker Ashley Johnson gets his first Premiership try.

If you remember, the man he replaced, Tommy Taylor, got the first try of the afternoon.

"Bristol aren't in the same league as Wasps," say BBC Radio Bristol - on this showing, they're not wrong.

51 mins: TRY WASPS! Ashley Johnson who gets the score from the back of a solid Wasps maul! Gopperth converts. 51-8

Missed penalty (Delany)

Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

Delany misses his second penalty of the match as his strike hits the post. A let off for Leicester just before the break.

Try (Wade, con Gopperth)

Wasps 44-8 Bristol

That was fine individual play from Christian Wade, who looks a shoo-in for man of the match.

The Wasps lineout doesn't go according to plan but the England international picks up the ball and shows audacious skill to find a gap and score try number six.

Jimmy Gopperth finds the middle of the posts with the conversion.

Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

Waldouck went off to celebrate there. Having put in the graft for the first try, he thought he'd grabbed one of his own.

Delany with a beautiful chip over the top which was plucked out of the air by Socino, and Waldouck scrambled over the line.

But referee JP Doyle pulls him for a double movement.

Try (Lam, conversion missed)

Wasps 37-8 Bristol

Bristol have their first try of the game three minutes into the second half.

Captain Jack Lam squeezes over from close range but Samoan Tusi Pisi's conversion hits the post and comes out.

They'll need plenty more of this if they're to trouble Wasps.  

Jack Lam

Second half

Wasps 37-3 Bristol

Jenna Hawkey

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"It's been hard to keep up!

"Wasps are bringing the pace, and they're exploiting the massive gaps the Bristol defence.

"They have a 34 point lead... if my maths is right, they need to stretch that to 56 points to go top.

"The visitors need to regain some composure if they want to get back into the game."

Incidentally, we're back underway at the Ricoh Arena.

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Penalty (Burns)

Newcastle 10-8 Leicester

Tigers are right back in this game.

Freddie Burns knocks over the simplest of kicks from in front of the posts.

Newcastle 10-5 Leicester

Leicester have finally woken up and they're showing flashes of good rugby.

JP Pietersen explodes through a gap and kicks ahead for Peter Betham to collect.

But the momentum is lost as the ball spills out from the ruck. Poor presentation there costing Leicester.

Ben Youngs
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Try (Fitzgerald, missed con Burns)

Newcastle 10-5 Leicester

It was only a matter of time really.

Newcastle concede two penalties in a row and Ben Youngs offloads to Mike Fitzgerald down the blind side for their first try of the afternoon.

Freddie Burns with a difficult kick for the conversion and he pushes it wide.

Penalty (Delany)

Newcastle 10-0 Leicester

But he's accurate with this one and Newcastle are building a healthy lead at Kingston Park.

This time Delany nails it, Falcons 10 Tigers 0, and what a start!