Winger Courtnall Skosan and No.8 Juarno Augustus both scored twice as Northampton Saints won 40-19 at home to fellow Heineken Champions Cup side Bath Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.
It was the two sides’ final domestic game before their respective European campaigns get under way next weekend, with Northampton at home to Racing 92 on Friday and Bath travelling to Leinster Rugby on Saturday, both in Pool A.
Saints’ Rory Hutchinson and Tommy Freeman went over early on, with Sam Underhill responding for Bath before Augustus crossed twice in ten minutes.
Bath reduced the deficit before half time as Lewis Boyce dotted down, and grabbed the first try of the second half through Will Stuart, but Skosan would later notch his double for Northampton and seal a comfortable victory.
Meanwhile, 2020 Heineken Champions Cup winners Exeter Chiefs beat Saracens 18-15 at Sandy Park thanks to tries from Tom O’Flaherty and Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Wasps mounted a late fightback at Worcester Warriors but went down 32-31 – Vaea Fifita, Dan Frost (2), Sam Wolstenholme and Tom Willis went over for the Heineken Champions Cup outfit.
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In the United Rugby Championship, Stephen Myler kicked 14 points as Ospreys beat Ulster 19-13 at Swansea.com Stadium. Morgan Morris crossed for the hosts, with Ulster’s haul coming through a penalty try and two John Cooney penalties.
Sione Tuipulotu, Kyle Steyn, Jack Dempsey, Ali Price and Jonny Matthews all notched tries as Glasgow Warriors triumphed 33-14 over Dragons at Scotstoun Stadium.
Elsewhere, a Bastien Vergnes-Taillefer try and two penalties apiece from Matthieu Jalibert and Maxime Lucu saw Union Bordeaux-Bègles pick up a 17-7 win at home to last season’s Heineken Champions Cup winners Stade Toulousain in the TOP 14. François Cros scored Toulouse’s solitary try.
Castres Olympique came out on top of another all-Heineken Champions Cup encounter – Geoffrey Palis, Teariki Ben-Nicholas and Julien Dumora all crossed in a 25-3 home win over Racing 92.
Yohan Behergaray scored a hat-trick as ASM Clermont Auvergne thrashed Biarritz Olympique 39-11 at Stade Marcel-Michelin, with further scores coming through Peni Ravai, Damian Penaud and JJ Hanrahan.
Montpellier Hérault Rugby recorded a 30-6 home win over USAP, with Paolo Garbisi tallying 13 points from the tee in addition to scores from Vincent Rattez, Pierre Lucas and Aubin Eymeri.