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  1. Wasps go second with 26-12 win at Worcester
  2. Danny Cipriani misses trip with injury
  3. Newcastle move level on points with Harlequins with victory
  4. Falcons run in six tries in 38-32 win, but Quins get two bonus points

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Worcester 12-26 Wasps; Newcastle 38-32 Harlequins

Two highly competitive Premiership matches, with plenty of action and every player leaving the pitch with nothing left in the tank.

Wasps join Saracens and Bath on eight victories from 10, while Newcastle have shot up the table with their impressive triumph.

Thanks for staying with us throughout it all - the next round of fixtures will mark the halfway point of the league season, believe it or not.


FT: Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Dan Robson
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A weakened Wasps side climbed back to within a point of Premiership leaders Saracens thanks to a determined win at relegation-threatened Worcester.

Brendan Macken's converted try after just 54 seconds set Wasps on their way.

Stand-in fly-half Rob Miller then also converted scrum-half Dan Robson's 45th minute try to give Wasps control.

But the rest of a competitive Midlands derby was a kicking contest between Miller and Jamie Shillcock, who each landed four penalties.

Read more from our reporter Ged Scott here.


FT: Newcastle 38-32 Harlequins

Juan Pablo Socino
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Newcastle ran in six tries as they overcame Harlequins in a lively encounter at Kingston Park.

After Michael Young and Quins' Rob Buchanan traded tries, scores from Juan Pablo Socino and Mark Wilson gave the hosts a 21-8 advantage at the break.

Socino's second extended Newcastle's lead but a brace from Karl Dickson brought Quins to within four points.

Tries from Evan Olmstead and Marcus Watson secured victory, but the visitors grabbed two bonus points with Tim Visser's late converted try.

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'We couldn't get a foothold'

FT: Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg on BT Sport:

"I thought the endaevour and energy was fantastic within the group.

"There were elements of the game I was really pleased with, but some of our accuracy let us down.

"Our tackle completion was much better - on the whole we were pretty sound defensively, but we couldn't get a foothold in the game as our line-out was malfunctioning."

'You've got to have a squad'

FT: Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young on BT Sport:

"I've said all year you don't win things with 23 players, you've got to have a squad.

"A lot of players were waiting for opportunities - I said to them 'put up or shut up', and to be fair to them they've put up.

"We knew that we needed a big start - we knew they'd (Worcester) see this game as a massive opportunity."

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'We put down a marker'

FT: Worcester 12-26 Wasps

It was a big effort from the whole squad. Worcester really put us under pressure in the second half but I thought we were outstanding defensively. We put down a marker today.

Dan RobsonWasps scrum-half on BT Sport


Worcester 12-26 Wasps

It was a formality for the last 15 minutes or so, but the referee's whistle confirms it after yet another Warriors ends fruitless.

Brendan Macken sprinted clear within the first minute and Dan Robson showed skill to add a second try, while Worcester eventually ran out of ideas against a gutsy Wasps, who were without the injured Danny Cipriani and 15 others.

Dai Young's side are up to second in the Premiership table.

Try (Visser, con Jackson)

FT: Newcastle 38-32 Harlequins

Tim Visser scores a late consolation for Harlequins right at the death, and allows them to pick up a bonus point for their fourth try of the afternoon.

Ruaridh Jackson adds the extras, so Quins take two points from the match.

With that conversion, full-time is blown at Kingston Park.

Tim Visser

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Wasps are normally the entertainers - even before this match they'd scored more points in the Premiership than anyone else.

But today they've shown they can win by other means - this has been determined, disciplined and equally as impressive.

On the field, the closing stages look like being reasonably uneventful.

Try (Watson, con Delany)

Newcastle 38-25 Harlequins

That must be it now.

Marcus Watson is the man who grabs it in the corner after latching on to a great grubber kick, and Mike Delany adds the extras.

Just three minutes are left. There is surely too much for Quins to do now.

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Wasps are successfully stifling their hosts, strangling any life that would otherwise be left in this match.

They have taken off skipper Matt Mullan, with Ben Harris coming on for his Premiership debut for the side.

If it stays this way Worcester will take positives for sure, but positives don't equal points.

Penalty (Jackson)

Newcastle 31-25 Harlequins

Or will they?

Ruaridh Jackson takes on a penalty from 15 meters inside the touchline just outside the Falcons 22 and bisects the posts.

The visitors are back to within a converted score of Newcastle.

Newcastle 31-22 Harlequins

Just over five minutes left at Kingston Park and it looks like Newcastle will be able to hold on for victory against Harlequins.

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Thomas Young
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Carl Hogg's Worcester side are having all the ball, if not the territory to go with it.

The biggest compliment you could pay Wasps is that they're by no means hanging on to their advantage.

If the home side were to be offered a losing bonus point now, would they take it?

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Another free-flowing Worcester attack, another final pass which lacks the necessary quality.

The Warriors are now regularly knocking on the Wasps door but this time Dan Robson, who is a man of the match candidate, does enough to force Josh Adams into a handling error.

The hosts are two converted scores behind, so we're approaching the 'now or never' stage...

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Will Worcester live to rue that forward pass?

Winger Cooper Vuna sets off on a fantastic weaving run into Wasps' 22, twisting and turning to make ground.

The ball is moved across the field into a try-scoring position, but the killer pass to Alafoti Faosilva is forward, denying the Samoa international what would have been an important score.

Alafoti Faosiliva
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Try (Olmstead, con missed)

Newcastle 31-22 Harlequins

Newcastle hit back with their fifth score of the afternoon.

Evan Olmstead is the man who gets it, after the Falcons spread the play and then the big lock goes over following a line-out.

Will this finally settle it? Just under 15 minutes are left in the north east.

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Jaba Bregvadze
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Neither side is really grabbing this game by the scruff of the neck, which obviously suits Wasps as the team that's ahead.

As we move into the last 20 minutes, there's a feeling that Worcester need to take some risks and do something brave if they're to pull this off.

Try (Dickson, con Jackson)

Newcastle 26-22 Harlequins

Harlequins have their third try of the afternoon and it's Karl Dickson who gets it.

Tim Visser is at the heart of another good passing move from Quins, who take advantage of poor Falcons defending.

Ruaridh Jackson adds the conversion and it's a four-point game.

Less than 20 minutes remain at Kingston Park. The comeback is very much on.

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Worcester 12-26 Wasps

We have a brief interlude as Alapati Leiua receives treatment for a ball to the face from close range - ouch.

As things stand, Wasps will be up into second above Bath - a bonus point would put them level with leaders Saracens.

For Worcester meanwhile, it would leave them well adrift in second bottom - I'm sure news of fellow strugglers Newcastle leading won't be well-received at Sixways.

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

That's not to say that Worcester are done this afternoon - they remain in search of a first try, and Chris Pennell gets as close as they've come before being halted just short of the try line.

The hosts are showing indiscipline however, as referee Craig Maxwell-Keys penalises a neck roll against Sam Lewis - should that have been a yellow card?

Elsewhere, Jamie Shillcock misses his first kick of the afternoon, which isn't helpful for the Warriors.

Try (Dickson, con Jackson)

Newcastle 26-15 Harlequins

Quins pull a try back as they keep the ball alive and go through the phases.

After good work from Jamie Roberts, Karl Dickson spins away from the defence and touches down.

Ruaridh Jackson adds the extras.

Is this the start of a comeback?

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

Piers 'Conor
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That try seems to have taken the edge out of Worcester's play, and the Sixways crowd as well.

It's just what the doctor ordered for Wasps - injuries have hit them hard in recent weeks but they're putting in a really accomplished performance, worthy of a side challenging the likes of Saracens.

Try (Robson, con Miller)

Worcester 12-26 Wasps

When these teams met three weeks ago in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Dan Robson scored two tries and created three more.

He's at the forefront for Wasps again - showing great acceleration and power to make a break and finish sharply.

Worcester aren't able to react, and the gaps are simply too big in their defence.

Dan Robson
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Try (Socino, Hodgson con missed)

Newcastle 26-8 Harlequins

Newcastle start the second half as the ended the third... on top.

Juan Pablo Socino gets his second try of the afternoon and Falcons' fourth, securing a bonus point.

It was good play by WIll Witty, who found Socino to cross about six meters in from the touchline.

Joel Hodgson can't add the extras but the hosts are building a commanding lead.

Worcester 12-19 Wasps

It took Brendan Macken 49 seconds to capitalise on a Worcester error to go over and give Wasps the lead.

There's been no such drama in the opening exchanges of this half, though the Warriors are enjoying yet more success at the scrum.

Chris Pennell
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Second half

Worcester 12-19 Wasps; Newcastle 21-8 Harlequins

Play has restarted in our two games.

Can Worcester turn the tables on Wasps? Can Newcastle hold firm to beat Harlequins and move above them in the table?

All will become clear...

'The 2003 side were much better than we are'

England 37-21 Australia

England are not nearly as good as the side that won the 2003 World Cup despite equalling their record of 14 straight Test wins, says Eddie Jones.

Jones, who has won each of his 13 games in charge, is yet to come up against world champions New Zealand.

"The 2003 side were a much better side than we are at the moment," he said. "They could win any number of ways. They had a very, very consistent scrum and line-out. We don't have that yet."

Read more here.

Martin Johnson
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How England turned things around

England 37-21 Australia

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England would play All Blacks tomorrow - Eddie Jones

A year on from the deflation of the Rugby World Cup, England capped their annus mirabilis by coming from behind to stun Australia 37-21 at Twickenham - equalling the 14-Test winning record of the 2003 vintage.

So how were they able to respond to the Wallaby blitz, and what has set England apart this year?

BBC pundits Matt Dawson and Paul Grayson have given their opinion on what's sparked the turnaround.


Newcastle 21-8 Harlequins

It's also half-time at Kingston Park and Newcastle have a 13-point lead at the break.

Harlequins began the game on top, and scored a brilliant try through Rob Buchanan.

Newcastle then put real pressure on the Quins defence, and hit back through Michael Young, Juan Pablo Socino and Mark Wilson.

Falcons will be leapforgging Quins as it stands.

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HT: Worcester 12-19 Wasps

Worcester have had to survive a scare to make it to the interval within a converted try of Wasps.

South Africa international Ashley Johnson executes a lovely kick and Josh Bassett is on the chase, but Chris Pennell does well in a pressure situation to thwart the danger.

How would I describe that half? Warriors may feel they should be ahead, while Wasps are showing grit with so many players missing.

Sam Lewis
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Penalty (Miller)

Worcester 12-19 Wasps

The visitors mount a proper attack for the first time in a while - Josh Bassett getting the ball out wide after a scrum and surging into the Worcester 22.

On another day it might have been a Wasps try, but the move breaks down and they have to make do with the consolation of three more points, courtesy of Rob Miller's boots.

Penalty (Shillcock)

Worcester 12-16 Wasps

Whatever Rob Miller can do, Worcester's Jamie Shillcock can do too.

Neither are regulars in the fly-half position, but when Wasps are caught offside on the 10-metre line, Shillcock puts Wasps to the sword to earn his side another three points.

This game is becoming all about the kicking.

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Penalty (Miller)

Worcester 9-16 Wasps

Worcester, all your good work in the past 20 minutes is being undone.

Brendan Macken, Tommy Taylor and Alex Reider work well to win another penalty, this time at the breakdown, and Rob Miller is kicking very well indeed.

Wasps are back to a seven-point lead, so the hosts have made no ground since the first minute horror show.

Penalty (Miller)

Worcester 9-13 Wasps

I think they call it 'game management'.

You're away from home, your star man Danny Cipriani is injured and you're under the cosh...

No issue for Wasps - they win a crafty penalty at the ruck and stand-in fly-half Rob Miller's kick goes through off the post, to give the away side some respite, and points.

Try (Wilson, con Hodgson)

Newcastle 21-8 Harlequins

Mark Wilson
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Nwecastle have their third try and a second in the space of a few minutes.

The Falcons get straight back into the Quins 22 after winning a penalty at the restart and teh forwards start driving.

Flanker Mark Wilson powers over from close range and, following a referral to the Television Match Official, referee Ian Tempest awards the try.

The hosts have a commanding lead with the break not far away.

Worcester 9-10 Wasps

From the Wasps restart Worcester come straight back into their 22 - former Australia international Cooper Vuna gets clear, but the visitors force a knock-on.

Dai Young's side surely can't wait for half time - they're down to bare bones and the Warriors are turning the screw.

Cooper Vuna
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Penalty (Shillcock)

Worcester 9-10 Wasps

That's the least Worcester deserved from that spell of dominance.

The home side are given a penalty advantage and Jamie Shillcock shows nerve to kick the points.

I think Wasps now they're in for a right battle this afternoon.

Try (Socino, con Hodgson)

Newcastle 14-8 Harlequins

Newcastle hit the front again after capitalising on a Harlequins error at the breakdown.

Juan Pablo Socino picks up the ball at a ruck and, with no covering defender in the guard position, races through the final 10 metres to touch down.

Joel Hodgson adds the extra two points for a six-point lead with just under 10 minutes to the break.

Worcester 6-10 Wasps

Jonny Arr
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Sixways is as loud as it's been all afternoon as the Warriors give them something to shout about.

On a couple of occasions it looks like it has opened up for the hosts, but Wasps are very disciplined and keep them at arm's length.

Bodies are being put on the line.