Quins edge out Tigers
England scrum-half Danny Care produced a moment of magic as Harlequins regained top spot in the Aviva Premiership following a hard-fought 25-21 win over Leicester at The Stoop.
Trailing at the break, Care ran half the length of the field from a tap penalty to reignite Quins, with the mercurial Ben Botica adding 20 points from the boot in an impressive kicking performance as Leicester crumbled.
Toby Flood scored 16 points for the Tigers on his return to Premiership action, with Adam Thompstone crossing for a try - but it was not enough.
Saracens celebrated their Premiership debut at Allianz Park by demolishing Exeter 31-11 with a rare four-try victory.
Before this match the 2011 champions had run in only 14 tries in as many games - the lowest number in the league - but Mako Vunipola crossed twice and Charlie Hodgson and Matt Stevens also touched down in a bonus-point win.
Northampton revived their push for the Aviva Premiership play-offs despite seeing England forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes both sin-binned in the 27-18 win over Worcester at Sixways.
Flanker Samu Manoa's 70th-minute try - he was driven over the line by his fellow forwards just seconds after Worcester's former Northampton flanker Neil Best received a yellow card - made the difference before referee Greg Garner awarded Saints a late penalty try.
Bath made it six wins from as many games in all competitions with a 40-16 bonus-point victory against London Irish.
Looking a far more fluent outfit than the side that stuttered through the first half of the season, they saw off the Irish challenge with two tries in the last five minutes, the last coming in the final play of the game from prop Anthony Perenise.
Replacement fly-half Tom Heathcote converted all four tries and also kicked two penalties. The other Bath scores were a Stephen Donald penalty, a penalty try and touchdowns by Nick Abendanon and Nathan Catt.
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