Sarries down Sale to return to the summit, Tigers beat Quins

Saracens returned to the top of the Premiership table with a 28-13 defeat of Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

Bath moved to the summit by securing a derby win over Bristol on Friday, but champions Sarries ran in three tries on the road to reclaim top spot.

Mark McCall's men led 13-7 at the break courtesy of a Marcelo Bosch try, assisted by the outstanding Schalk Brits, and eight points from Alex Lozowski's boot.

Captain Josh Beaumont had put Sale in front with a converted try just five minutes before Bosch crossed, but the European champions were too strong for Steve Diamond's side. 

Matt Gallagher scored his first Sarries try after from more great work from Brits before Lozowski and Brad Barritt were involved in an attack which was rounded off by the academy graduate.

Sale could only muster two AJ MacGinty penalties in a second half which saw the try of the game from Ben Spencer, who ran from deep inside his own half to dive over in the right corner after Lozowski showed great awareness to feed the flyer.

Freddie Burns scored 20 points from the tee in a 25-6 win for Leicester Tigers over Harlequins at Welford Road which moved them up to fourth.

The Tigers ran away with it in the second half after edging into a 9-6 lead at the break, with Owen Williams scoring the only try of the game and Burns clinical with the boot in a third successive Premiership win for Leicester.

To rub further salt in the wounds, Quins lock James Horwill had to be replaced in the 71st minute after suffering a gruesome finger injury.

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