We’ve taken a look at the best of Saturday’s domestic action involving Heineken Champions Cup clubs, with Saracens’ late-win against Exeter Chiefs the highlight.
Saracens grab late win at Exeter
Heineken Champions Cup Pool A side Saracens maintained their 100% record in this year’s Gallagher Premiership with a late victory over Exeter Chiefs.
Saracens clinched a 22-20 victory at Sandy Park, thanks to Alex Goode’s penalty with the clock in red after a tight contest.
The scores were level at half time, with a try and a penalty apiece as Theo McFarland crossed for the visiting side while 2020 Heineken Champions Cup winners Exeter earned a penalty try.
Accurate kicking from both Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly then gave Sarries a 19-10 lead, but Exeter looked to be on the cusp of a famous win when Jacques Vermeulen’s try in the 70th minute was followed up with a Henry Slade 76th minute penalty, only for Goode to steal the win at the death.
Northampton fall to Bath
Northampton Saints suffered a surprise 27-14 loss to Bath Rugby at the latter’s Recreation Ground in another of Saturday’s Premiership matches.
The Heineken Champions Cup Pool B side were scoreless at the break, 14 points down to Bath, and couldn’t reverse their fortunes in the second 40 despite Tom Collins and Sam Graham crossing for the visitors.
It was Bath’s first win of the season, with accurate kicking from Premiership debutant George Worboys helping his side move off the bottom of the table.
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Leinster claim bonus-point win over rivals
In the United Rugby Championship (URC), Leinster Rugby came out on top against Irish rivals Munster Rugby at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Tries from Scott Penny, Dan Sheehan, Luke McGrath and Rob Russell helped the three-time winners of EPCR’s biggest competition to a bonus-point victory and maintain their position atop the URC standings.
Pool B side Munster felt they had a chance with the game only 7-6 in Leinster’s favour at the break, but Liam Coombes’ early second-half try would not prove enough for the visitors.
Edinburgh win in Italy
In other URC action, Edinburgh claimed a first away win of the season as they defeated Zebre Parma 38-19 to claim a bonus-point win in Italy.
The crowd at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi saw nine tries, six of them for Edinburgh and two of them scored by Adam McBurney.
Jamie Hodgson, Wes Goosen, Henry Immelman and Matt Currie also crossed for the Heineken Champions Cup Pool A side.
Racing win high-scoring affair
Racing 92 defeated Montpellier Hérault Rugby 38-31 in a high scoring affair in the Top 14.
In a Pool A v Pool B clash, the boot of Finn Russell was well worn after he kicked four penalties to give Racing the edge over the visitors, with both teams scoring four tries.
Tui Kamikamica, Francis Saili, Donovan Taofifenua, Juan Imhoff crossed for Racing, while a brace from Thomas Darmon and tries from Ben Lam and Zach Mercer did not do enough to give Montpellier the win.