Strange day for Bristol

 

English Premiership: Bristol's Jason Strange punished a woeful Leicester performance by kicking them to a Premiership 15-0 defeat at the Memorial Stadium yesterday. Strange booted five first-half penalties as Bristol recorded their fifth Premiership win since regaining top-flight status this season.

They should have won even more convincingly against an understrength Tigers outfit - skipper Martin Corry and full back Geordan Murphy were among those rested - who spent most of the day chasing Bristol shadows, such was the home side's dominance.

Meanwhile, Matt Burke's flawless kicking display proved the difference as Newcastle snatched a vital win, 13-10, against Leeds in a relegation battle at Headingley.

Mathew Tait scored Newcastle's try and Burke provided the other points with his unerring accuracy to leave the Falcons looking towards mid-table.

Tykes remained bottom after Gordon Ross missed chances to build on a try from Andre Snyman.

Barry Everitt salvaged a dramatic 20-19 victory for London Irish with the last kick of a hot-tempered Guinness Premiership game at Vicarage Road.

The outhalf fittingly drilled over a 40-metre penalty to finish with 15 points, having also supplied the creative spark for Michael Horak's first-half try.

While Everitt was booting his side into the Premiership's top four, Saracens were left kicking themselves after an error-strewn game they took an hour to get to grips with.

Glen Jackson appeared to have dug them out of a hole a minute from time when he landed his fourth penalty to go with his conversion of Hamish Mitchell's late try. But there was still time for Irish to set up camp at the other end of the field, where Everitt applied the finishing touch.