EPCR Challenge Cup hopefuls Saracens enjoyed a memorable day on Sunday, with the three-time European champions notching a crucial domestic victory, before their England internationals impressed in a comfortable Six Nations success in Italy.

Tries from Tom Woolstencroft and Sean Maitland plus three penalties from Alex Lozowski steered Saracens to a 19-10 home win over London rivals Harlequins and strengthened their grip on second place in the Gallagher Premiership.

Shortly afterwards in Rome, Jamie George scored two tries and Elliot Daly one, while Max Malins provided assists for England’s two other tries.

Sarries still have work to do to qualify for the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup, though, when it resumes in April. They currently lie third with a game to play in Pool C, level with CA Brive on six points and one ahead of Section Paloise.

Brive notched a shock 27-20 home victory over Heineken Champions Cup contenders ASM Clermont Auvergne in the TOP 14 on Saturday, with Enzo Hervé kicking 12 points.

There was another win for a Challenge Cup side over Heineken Champions Cup opposition at RC Toulon, who defeated Union Bordeaux Bègles 21-18.

Meanwhile in the Gallagher Premiership, Wasps triumphed 41-24 at Coventry Building Society Arena in the tussle between two teams who have dropped into the Challenge Cup from the Heineken Champions Cup.

Two tries apiece from Paolo Odogwu and Alfie Barbeary plus one each from Rob Miller, Biyi Alo and Elliott Stooke secured the bonus-point victory that lifted the 2003 Challenge Cup winners into fifth spot. Tom Prydie, Taulupe Faletau and Ben Spencer crossed for Bath.