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Summary

  1. FT: Saracens 53-10 Bath
  2. Champions Saracens run in eight tries
  3. FT: Wasps 40-33
  4. Wade crosses twice for Wasps
  5. Worcester have Heem sent off

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By Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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FT: Saracens 53-10 Bath, Wasps 40-26 Worcester

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RECAP: Wasps 40-26 Worcester

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In the other game of the day, leaders Wasps battled past Worcester at Ricoh Arena.

The Warriors took two bonus points from the game as they had Bryce Heem sent off, while Christian Wade scored twice for the men in black.

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Wasps 40-33 Worcester

Christian Wade scores two tries as leaders Wasps move five points clear with a bonus-point win over 14-man Worcester.

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FT: Saracens 53-10 Bath

Saracens captain Brad Barritt told BT Sport: "I think it was tighter than the scoreline reflected.

"We're really pleased with how the team kicked on and get the momentum in the second half.

"Our half-backs put us in the right position and how we adapted to the conditions.

Full-time

Saracens 53-10 Bath

A rout. Power, precision, points.

The champions absolutely blew a Bath side away in that second half to send out an ominous message to the rest of the league with eight tries. 

The biggest defeat for Bath in the Premiership for 15 years, what does that do for their top four hopes?

Saracens 53-10 Bath

As Bath try and put the squeeze on at the scrum, the concede a penalty.

Time for another, Saracens?

Try (Ashton, con Farrell)

Saracens 53-10 Bath

A second for Chris Ashton , an eighth for Saracens.

Again the Bath defence is nowhere to be seen as the wideman cruises in and is able to do another dive over the line - how much of a loss will he be when he moves to Toulon?

50 up for the champions who are being so clinical.

Try (B Vunipola, con Farrell)

Saracens 46-10 Bath

Bath have downed tools here.

Saracens are being at their most ruthless but they are being helped by a weakening and tiring defence.

A quick tap and go from a penalty and Billy Vunipola gets a seventh try from close range - an easy conversion for Owen Farrell.

Try (Ashton, con Farrell)

Saracens 39-10 Bath

The 'Ash Splash' is back as Chris Ashton takes a chest pass from Schalk Brits out wide and has time to line up a big jump for the line.

This is turning into a bit of a thumping for Bath who have now conceded six tries.

A blood stained Owen Farrell slots a superb conversion from the touchline.

Saracens 32-10 Bath

Bath are trying to run the ball whenever they can but the Saracens defence is so good they're not having much joy.

Both teams unloading their benches to try and bring some fresh impetus into the game.

Full-time

Wasps 40-33 Worcester

I make that 11 tries, a red card and a yellow - a quite fabulous match.

That was much more of a contest than many were expecting, but it is Wasps who open up that five-point lea at the top of the Premiership again.

Try (Willison, con Mills)

Wasps 40-33 Worcester

You've got to give it to Warriors, who have played most of the second half with 14 men and managed to salvage two points away at the leaders.

Jackson Willison scores a try with the last play of the game and Ryan Mills bisects the posts to get the losing bonus point as well as the point for scoring four tries.

Try (Barritt)

Saracens 32-10 Bath

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With a tiring Bath defence, Saracens are breaking the line at will now.

A bit of smart handling works out to Brad Barritt on the right wing and the Saracens captain shrugs of the attentions of Matt Banahan to score.

Owen Farrell has to tape his head up because of the blood coming from it before his head and is unable to slot the conversion. 

Try (Alo)

Wasps 40-26 Worcester

...And Warriors have a much-deserved bonus point try.

It's not going to be enough to salvage anything, with just three minutes to go, but prop Biyi Alo dashes over from short range to score.

Ryan Mills successfully kicks the conversion for the visitors.

Sin-bin (Mullan)

Wasps 40-19 Worcester

Former Worcester Warriors man Matt Mullan is sent to the sin bin for Wasps...

Try (Brits, con Farrell)

Saracens 27-10 Bath

I did say their driving maul was a thing of beauty right? (see 52 mins)

Saracens as clinical as ever from five metres out with a line-out, set the maul and replacement hooker Schalk Brits crosses for what seems the inevitable score and secure a try bonus point.

He's all smiles as Owen Farrell slots another kick. Bath need something magical to get back into this game now.

Try (Macken)

Wasps 40-19 Worcester

It's taken a while for the extra man to count, but Wasps are now feeding off every Warriors mistake.

Ryan Mills has his kick chased down and Kurtley Beale feeds Brendan Macken to score a try.

Saracens 20-10 Bath

Back-row forwards are rightly praised for their jackling work but Bath scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i gets in a brilliant position just as Saracens were getting up some steam close to their line.

A couple of replacements made and Bath eventually kick out of their territory through George Ford.

Saracens 20-10 Bath

Rugby is not considered a beautiful sport to many, but to me, the Saracens driving maul is a thing of beauty. Powerful, well drilled and it seems to always make metres.

Eventually Luke Chateris does enough to stop it though and Bath have themselves a scrum just inside the Saracens half.

Try (Bassett, con Gopperth)

Wasps 33-19 Worcester

The officials took rather a long time to give it the green light, but Josh Bassett is finally awarded the try for Wasps.

After some expert handling, Bassett reaches out to squeeze his way over the line for his side's fifth try of the game.

Jimmy Gopperth kicks to add another two points and the leaders are heading towards victory.

Saracens 20-10 Bath

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George Ford had a couple of wobbly moments in the first half, especially from the tee, but a couple of masterful kicks get Bath deep into Sarries territory.

Can he get this Bath backline firing? We haven't seen much of them today so far.

Wasps 26-19 Worcester

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The hosts possibly get away with one here...

Try-scorer Alapati Leiua appears to accidentally catch Worcester's Chris Pennell with a swinging arm.

Pennell is off for a head injury assessment, while Leiua's only punishment is to concede a penalty.

Around 17 minutes left.

Penalty (Farrell)

Saracens 20-10 Bath

No problems with the wind for Owen Farrell who is successful with his first kick of the second half.

It's a lead into double figures now for the English and European champions.

Saracens 17-10 Bath

Maro Itoje
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A couple of bruising hits to start the second half. Both these teams have come out with some purpose.

Kick-off

Saracens 17-10 Bath

We're back underway at Allianz Park through George Ford.

Try (Leiua)

Wasps 26-19 Worcester

Warriors seem safe, but get turned over and before you know it  Alapati Leiua has powered over for a Wasps bonus point try.

The Samoa international has a team-mate outside him but goes it alone, diving over in style.

Jimmy Gopperth converts and Worcester must surely be looking at emptying their bench now.

Wasps 19-19 Worcester

Warriors have not won away at Wasps since New Year's Day 2011 - given they've had Bryce Heem sent off, it seems unlikely to happen again today despite their efforts.

Having said that the visitors are still pushing forward at the Ricoh Arena, and they win a penalty at the maul.

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Wasps 19-19 Worcester

Warriors have more than half an hour to survive with just 14 men now.

Meanwhile Wasps took off England international James Haskell ahead of the second half, with Guy Thompson taking his place.

No word on whether it's an injury that forced Haskell off.

Half-time

Saracens 17-10 Bath

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With Saracens three tries to the good and having more of the wind in the second half, they look well set for a win.

Bath have been impressive in glimpses but they will need a lot more after the break if they're to come away with four points.

Try (Maitland)

Saracens 17-10 Bath

Sean Maitland
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The television match official is happy with all of the things that could've ruled this out. 

Sean Maitland just about pushes the ball down before the dead ball line as he latches onto Alex Goode's clever grubber kick - Owen Farrell misses his conversion.

Red card (Heem)

Wasps 19-19 Worcester

Red card
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He's already scored a try and had one disallowed, and now Worcester's Bryce Heem has been sent off after taking Willie le Roux out of the air.

It was accidental and may seem harsh, but by the letter of the law referee Luke Pearce had no choice.

Le Roux is back on his feet after receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch.

Try review (Maitland)

Saracens 12-10 Bath

Lots to check here for the TMO, but it looks, on first viewing, that Sean Maitland has Saracens' third try.  

Missed penalty (Ford)

Saracens 12-10 Bath

Bath miss the chance to take the lead for the first time in this game as George Ford horribly pulls his kick wide.

His strike never seemed clean and, on this evidence, you can see why Owen Farrell is England's preferred goal kicker.

Second half

Wasps 19-19 Worcester

Danny Cirpiani gets things underway again at the Ricoh Arena for Wasps.

His restart is poor and Worcester get the scrum - a sign of things to come?

Saracens 12-10 Bath

This is not a decision of international quality from Sean Maitland.

The Scotland wing is chasing back a Matt Banahan kick through and instead of waiting it to bounce over the try line and dot down for a 22 drop out, he carries it over and now Bath have a scrum five metres away.

I'm not sure Maitland will be too popular with the Saracens pack right now.

Saracens 12-10 Bath

Marcelo Bosch
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Saracens are back on the attack again in response to that Bath try but nothing comes of it.

A couple of reset scrums just takes the pace out of the game.

Try (Watson, con Ford)

Saracens 12-10 Bath

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They didn't score off first phase from the scrum, but this is a classy score from Bath.

Jonathan Joseph just holds onto the ball for an extra half second to create a hole for Anthony Watson to burst through, and the England winger sprints into the gap to cross with a couple of tacklers on him.

George Ford knocks over his second kick and it is game on when it looked like Saracens might blow Bath away at the start.

Saracens 12-3 Bath

Bath beginning to grow into this game as Jonathan Joseph's kick and chase allows Anthony Watson to drag Richard Wigglesworth back over his own line to give the visitors a five metre scrum.

Really attacking platform this for Bath to get a first try.

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Saracens 12-3 Bath

Austin on Twitter: Just brilliant from Saracens. Team try of the year. Boring Saracens? Not a chance.

Half-time

Wasps 19-19 Worcester

That was a whirlwind, topsy-turvy 40 minutes of rugby.

Josh Adams scored two tries for Worcester and Christian Wade has done likewise for the leaders.

Will Rowlands has also gone over for Wasps, with Bryce Heem going over to complete the scoring.