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James Short, Mark Wilson and Alex Reider lead the Opta Statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby

James Short

James Short continued his excellent Aviva Premiership Rugby form by becoming only the third player to make over 150 metres in a match this season, after Jack Nowell and Telusa Veainu.

Short crossed the whitewash as Exeter Chiefs led Saracens at half time at Sandy Park on Sunday, but the league leaders fought back to win 14-11 in what was the lowest scoring match ever between the two sides.

Victory for Saracens ended the Chiefs’ 15-match home winning streak and extended the London club’s lead at the top of the league to five points.

Leicester Tigers recorded their lowest amount of points scored in a home game when they lost 10-3 to Sale Sharks at Welford Road, their only points coming from the boot of Freddie Burns.

Victory for Sale meant they ended an 11-game losing streak to the ten-time champions.

Josh Beaumont’s try and a penalty from Danny Cipriani sealed the win for Steve Diamond’s men, and they were helped by Will Addison making two successful turnovers, according to Opta Statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby.

James Hook kicked Gloucester Rugby to victory over Bath Rugby with five penalties to give the Cherry & Whites their first win at The Rec since 2012, on Friday night.

Matt Kvesic came off the bench and made two turnovers to take his grand total to 15 for the season, making him the leading turnover specialist in this year’s competition.

Bath Rugby lock pairing Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day won seven line-outs each but could not prevent Bath losing their seventh game this season, one more than their entire campaign last year.

After a torrid start to the league season, losing their first nine games, London Irish have now won three in the last five after they beat Worcester Warriors to lift them off the foot of the table.

Centre Ciaran Hearn scored his side’s first try and beat five defenders, made 15 carries and a total of 105 metres, and winger Topsy Ojo made his 250th appearance for the club.

Elsewhere, Northampton Saints beat Harlequins for the fifth time in a row with a 27-23 victory at The Stoop, with Nick Easter making 15 carries for Quins and Tito Tebaldi topping this week’s turnover chart with three.

Ben Foden and Luther Burrell were particularly impressive in the victory, Foden scored the last-gasp winning try and ran for 93m in total – beating five defenders – while Burrell made 73m and three offloads. 

Finally, Wasps and Newcastle Falcons played out their lowest scoring game ever at the Ricoh Arena where three penalties by Jimmy Gopperth gave Dai Young’s men a 9-8 win.

Tackles

Alex Rieder (Wasps) 18

Jack Yeandle (Exeter Chiefs) 16

Julian Salvi (Exeter Chiefs) 15

Phil Dowson (Worcester Warriors) 15

Rob McCusker (London Irish) 15

Carries

Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) 16

Nick Easter (Harlequins) 15

Jackson Wray (Saracens) 15

Ciaran Hearn (London Irish) 15

Ben Ransom (Saracens) 15

Metres

James Short (Exeter Chiefs) 159

Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors) 113

Wynand Olivier (Worcester Warriors) 109

Rob Miller (Wasps) 105

Ciaran Hearn (London Irish) 105

Breaks

Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) 4

Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) 3

Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) 2

James Short (Exeter Chiefs) 2

Turnovers won

Tito Tebaldi (Harlequins) 3

Taione Vea (Newcastle Falcons) 3

Christian Day (Northampton Saints) 3

Jamie Gibson (Northampton Saints) 2

Will Addison (Sale Sharks) 2

Defenders beaten

Billy Meakes (Gloucester Rugby) 5

Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints) 5

Ciaran Hearn (London Irish) 5

Marland Yarde (Harlequins) 5

Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) 5

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