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Anglo-Welsh Cup round Up

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Leicester Tigers' 42-3 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons moved them top of their Anglo-Welsh Cup pool.

Tigers followed up the Round One win at Bath with victory over the Welsh region in front of more than 18,750 at Welford Road on Saturday to top Pool 4 heading back into the Aviva Premiership.
Owen Williams, Adam Thompstone, Greg Bateman, Freddie Burns, Ellis Genge and Jack Roberts were the Tigers try-scorers in the bonus-point win. The result leaves Dragons bottom of Pool 1.
With each team in Pool 4 playing each team in Pool 1, Gloucester Rugby are second in Tigers’ group after a 19-13 defeat to Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, despite outscoring the Saints two tries to one.
A try from hooker Charlie Clare and 12 points from Sam Olver proved the difference, with late tries by Ollie Thorley and Dan Thomas earning a losing bonus point for Gloucester.
Northampton, who visit Welford Road when the Anglo-Welsh Cup returns on the final weekend in January, top Pool 1.
Scarlets, the Welsh region in Tigers’ pool, opened their account with a 44-21 bonus-point win over Bath Rugby.
Scarlets fought back from 21-9 down at half-time, scoring 35 unanswered second-half points at Parc y Scarlets to inflict a second successive defeat on Bath, who are third in Pool 1.
Newcastle are bottom of the pool after going down to a 29-18 defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park, their second defeat of the competition. Nick Tompkins, Scott Spurling, Jared Saunders and George Perkins were the Sarries scorers in a bonus-point win that moved them second in Pool 1. Tom Whiteley added three conversions and a penalty.
Opeti Fonua, the former Tigers No8, and late replacement Santiago Socino scored tries for the Falcons, with Brett Connon adding a conversion and two penalties.
Exeter Chiefs top Pool 2 on points difference to Worcester Warriors following their 62-25 win against Cardiff Blues. Exeter scored 10 tries victory, though Cardiff Blues returned from Sandy Park with a try-bonus point after scoring four tries of their own.
Worcester went down to a heavy 62-10 defeat at Wasps, who now lie second in Pool 3 after scoring 10 tries in their win.

Bristol Rugby claimed their first win of the season with a 26-11 victory over Sale Sharks. Jason Woodward, Rhodri Williams and Jack Tovey were the Bristol try-scorers at Ashton Gate.

Harlequins top Pool 3 after easing to their second successive win in the competition, a 15-12 success on the road against Ospreys. Tom O'Flaherty crossed for the hosts but George Naoupu levelled the scores. Dafydd Howells touched down to send Ospreys into the lead but Charlie Matthews restored parity before Tim Swiel kicked five points late on to seal victory for Quins.

The Welsh regions catch up their outstanding fixture this weekend. Scarlets travel to Newport while Cardiff Blues host Ospreys. Both games are Friday evening kick-offs.

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