Saracens battle to victory over Newcastle

Premiership leaders Saracens claimed a 23-18 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.



Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon with a bonus-point 32-23 victory over provincial rivals Connacht.


Wasps seized the initiative in the battle for European qualification after sweeping Gloucester aside with a 38-30.


Edinburgh's European Rugby Champions Cup hopes suffered a major blow as they suffered a surprise 26-13 defeat to Zebre in Italy.


Sale kept a grip on sixth place in the Premiership with a 55-12 victory over Exeter at Sandy Park.


Bath left it until the 77th minute to claim the four-try bonus point as they overcame Worcester 32-20 at the Rec.


The Stormers ended a five-match losing streak in Super Rugby with an 18-3 victory over the Lions in Cape Town.


A late try from flanker Jean Deysel ensured the Sharks ground out a 19-8 win over the Cheetahs.


The Waratahs ended an eight-match losing streak against the Bulls with a 19-12 win over the South African outfit at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.


Mike Brown's decisive try continued Harlequins' late charge for a place in the play-offs with a 24-20 win over Leicester.


Israel Folau marked his return from a three-week injury lay-off with a try as the Waratahs claimed a 19-12 win over the Bulls.


Waikato Chiefs flyhalf Gareth Anscombe failed with a last minute penalty as the Canterbury Crusaders hung on for a 18-17 win.


The Melbourne Rebels ended the Western Force's winning run with a 22-16 home win in their all-Australian Super Rugby clash.


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has all but ruled Christian Wade out of England's summer tour to New Zealand.


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