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Summary

  1. FT: Saracens 24-10 Leicester
  2. Wyles & Maitland cross for Sarries
  3. B Vunipola extends lead after HT
  4. FT: Harlequins 36-14 Worcester

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By Louise Gwilliam

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FT: Saracens 24-10 Leicester

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Have a read of our match reports before you go on your way.

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Harlequins 36-14 Worcester

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Coming up this weekend

FT: Saracens 24-10 Leicester

After that entertaining afternoon, we have even more Premiership action to look forward to tomorrow

From 14:30 GMT (watch out for those clocks changing tonight) Wasps host Newcastle Falcons.

Then, from 15:00, winless Bristol are at home to Sale Sharks, while there is a heavyweight clash in the south west as Exeter Chiefs entertain in-form Bath at Sandy Park.

Full-time

Harlequins 36-14 Worcester

Harlequins pushed on in the second-half to secure a comprehensive bonus-point victory over Worcester.

Warriors have just one victory in the Premiership this season and sit 11th in the table.

Harlequins meanwhile move up to fifth.

'We front up every week'

FT: Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Michael Rhodes
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Michael Rhodes speaking on BT Sport:

"It was a good result and a nice way to go into the two-week break.

"We knew Tigers would be proactive at the set-piece so we had to work hard on this during the week.

"I might be in the second row for quite a while now until the guys come back from their injuries. It’s tough in the engine room but I have to get used to it.

"Maro Itoje's a bit upset that I’m taking his MOTM awards!"

FT: Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Saracens
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Saracens, despite their injuries, power on regardless with a comfortable victory over Leicester Tigers.

The 2015/16 champions were efficient all afternoon and they'll finish round seven where they began, on top of the table.

The home side got points on the board early and despite Leicester rallying in the second-half, Tigers left themselves too much to do.

Full-time

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Tigers are camped on the Saracens line as we go back for yet another penalty for offside.

Some desperate defence from the Champions in the final few minutes.

Logovi'i Mulipola is carrying hard for Leicester but Ellis Genge loses the ball in the tackle and Alex Lozowski hacks the ball clear.

The story of Leicester's afternoon.

Elsewhere

Harlequins 29-14 Worcester

Harlequins are closing in on victory at the Stoop. Worcester have got around five minutes left to find three scores, which looks very unlikely.

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

The time is up on Mako Vuniploa's sin bin and Saracens are back to their full complement as Leicester launch another challenge.

Some lovely hands in the midfield from Tigers before Matthew Tait dinks his kick into touch.

Leicester have found some opportunities in this final quarter but they've given themselves too much to do.

Five minutes to play...

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Leicester need to fight till the end here. Another converted try and they'll get at least a losing bonus point.

But the set-piece stats do not read well for Richard Cockerill's side. They give away their third penalty of the afternoon at the scrum.

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Yellow Card
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And Leicester are on the attack again. They look a completely different side since Mako Vunipola's sin binning.

They have options here but they need to be patient.

And just on cue, Saracens win the penalty. Logovi'i Mulipola off his feet and in at the side.

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

Tim Streather

Saracens back on BBC Radio London

That's a really good try from Leicester as Catchpole scores in the corner. It was really sharp play from Freddie Burns, making nice yards.

Try (Catchpole, con Williams)

Saracens 24-10 Leicester

The move started way back in their own half and ended with George Catchpole plucking the ball out of the air on the wing to score his first Premiership try.

Owen Williams slots a tough conversion and Leicester finally have something to cheer about.

Freddie Burns' entrance has certainly made a difference to this game.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

But a South-African double-act stops Leicester in their path. 

Schalk Burger holds the man up long enough for Schalk Brits to get over the ball. And Saracens win the penalty.

Sin-bin (M Vunipola)

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

Mako Vunipola
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An easy decision for Wayne Barnes.

Freddie Burns with a chip over the top and Mako Vunipola drops the shoulder to stop Burns' path through. He's sent to the bin for 10 minutes.

And there's a little window here for Leicester.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

But it's a much better defensive set from Leicester and they'll be no fourth try (yet) for Saracens.

Tigers then win the penalty at the scrum and they'll get some welcome relief.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

But it looks more likely to be a Saracens score as they chase the bonus-point try.

Owen Farrell drives the ball hard into the corner and it will be a tough task to stop Saracens from five metres out...

At The Stoop

Harlequins 21-14 Worcester

The Stoop
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Meanwhile, Harlequins have a seven-point lead over Worcester, after moving further ahead through Mike Brown's fine try but then seeing their advantage reduced as Be Te'o crosses for the visitors.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

Freddie Burns is on for Leicester. Can he help their game to come alive?

His side are on the attack as substitute Sam Harrison slowly but surely makes his way towards the 22.

They need to punch through the Saracens line here but the home side are only committing one player to the breakdown.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

And it's another turnover by Saracens from a Leicester line-out.

Having won the penalty, Leicester had the chance to apply the pressure, but they lose it straight away.

Tom Youngs sets up for another throw-in, this time 30 metres down the field.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

Tim Streather

Saracens back on BBC Radio London

Saracens' kicking game is causing all sorts of problems for Leicester.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

It's tough out there for Leicester today. Every mistake is being punished by this clinical Saracens outfit.

And that's without injured Maro Itoje.

The home side have Leicester pinned inside their own half as Ben Youngs launches a huge kick into touch.

Elsewhere

Harlequins 14-7 Worcester

The second half has started well for Harlequins at The Stoop - they now lead Worcester 14-7 after James Horwill's converted try.

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

Another golden chance squandered by Leicester. 

Peter Betham picks a lovely line but as he's wrapped up his offload flies into touch off the hand of Alex Goode.

And Saracens disrupt the resulting line-out to clear their lines.

Saracens drive over

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

Tim Streather

Saracens back on BBC Radio London

That was brutally efficient. It was a great delivery from Jamie George and the boys drive over.

Try (B Vunipola, con Farrell)

Saracens 24-3 Leicester

Owen Farrell
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Saracens win the turnover through older brother Mako Vunipola, Owen Farrell kicks to the corner and the machine rolls on.

Saracens' forward pack with a simple drive over the line, Billy Vunipola touches down and Tigers are dealt an early second-half blow.

Kick-off

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

We're back.

Owen Williams gets the second half under way.

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HT: Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Chris Wyles
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It was billed as the clash of the giants, and Saracens are crushing their opponents so far.

The home side scored early through winger Chris Wyles and Sean Maitland added a second as Farrell came up with a near perfect kicking display.

Leicester got on the scoreboard through Owen Williams but Saracens suffocated their attacks and forced them into sloppy handling errors.

Tigers have 40 minutes to wrestle back control of this one...

Half-time

Harlequins 7-7 Worcester

Meanwhile, the first-half ends with the sides all square at The Stoop.

Tigers have spurned chances

HT: Saracens 17-3 Leicester

George Chuter

Former Saracens, Leicester and England hooker on BBC Radio Leicester

Saracens have been far, far more clinical. That's the difference in the teams today - Leicester have spurned a couple of chances. Saracens have taken their's.

Half-time

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Saracens are firmly in control of this one.

A couple of tries courtesy of their wingers and they have a comfortable lead over Leicester.

Tigers will need a remarkable turnaround to change the outcome in the second half.

Missed penalty

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Two minutes to go to the break and Owen Farrell misses a rare penalty as his effort strikes the post.

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

JP Pietersen take a bow.

He's just rescued his side there. Chris Wyles with a storming run down the wing and his chip ahead is collected superbly by JP Pietersen who launches the ball to safety.

But Ed Slater is penalised at the lineout and Saracens will go for goal.

Elsewhere

Harlequins 7-7 Worcester

It remains 7-7 at the Stoop after early tries from Quins' Danny Care and then Worcester's Jackson Willison, but the hosts' Joe Marler has been sin-binned for collapsing a maul.

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Owen Farrell launches an inch-perfect kick to the corner and Leicester are pinned back in their own 22.

Ben Youngs with a clearing kick but Saracens have four men in the back field and they'll launch another attack.

A rare handling error though by the champions.

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Leicester with a good period of possession here and they're keeping the ball well.

But Saracens' suffocating defence forces the error once again.

Dan Cole with the knock-on after a poor pass from Ben Youngs and their hard work is undone.

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Saracens aren't committing to the breakdown and Leicester just can't find the space to attack.

Ben Youngs tries a chip in behind, but it's a kick to nothing and the ball goes dead.

It could be a long afternoon for the Tigers...

Loose Leicester kicking

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

George Chuter

Former Saracens, Leicester and England hooker on BBC Radio Leicester

It is a bit of a loose, aimless kick from Leicester and, after that, Saracens are ruthless!

Leicester are giving Saracens far too many opportunities to attack in the final third.

Try (Maitland, con Farrell)

Saracens 17-3 Leicester

Sean Maitland (centre)
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Leicester's defence beautifully exploited by the Saracens attack.

The ball is floated out to Sean Maitland on the wing, who does well to finish.The Scotland winger crashes over the line for his side's second of the afternoon.

And, without hesitation, Farrell knocks over the conversion.