- England players in action across Aviva Premiership last weekend
- Care, Ashton, Wood, Strettle and Flutey register tries
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Harlequins and England scrum half Danny Care scored a smart first-half try but Leicester Tigers came from behind to win 17-13 at the Twickenham Stoop and strengthen their position at the top of the Aviva Premiership.
Quins spurned a number of try scoring chances in the first half – with England No.8 Nick Easter denied by the video referee – before Care dived over after a strong run from Ugo Monye.
But the lead was only 10-0 at the break and the visitors stormed back through Alesana Tuilagi and a penalty try, which resulted from a passage of play in which Harlequins were reduced to 13 men as Will Skinner and Mark Lambert both saw yellow.
On 64 minutes both sides had a man send off after England Saxons prop Joe Marler clashed with his opposite number Marcos Ayerza.
England fly half Toby Flood kicked a crucial late penalty to end with seven points, with international colleagues Ben Youngs, Tom Croft, Dan Cole and George Chuter also starting.
Saracens remain three points below Leicester after former England prop Matt Stevens produced a man-of-the-match performance in the 20-9 victory over Bath at Vicarage Road.
England wing David Strettle scored the game’s only try, collecting Stevens’ offload and going over in the corner, with England Saxons full back Alex Goode slotting five penalties.
Bath and England backs Matt Banahan and Shontayne Hape started for the visitors, but had little influence on the outcome.
Ashton and Wood score tries for Northampton
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Chris Ashton and Tom Wood both got on the scoresheet as Northampton Saints recorded their second big win in succession, triumphing 53-24 over Sale at Franklin’s Gardens.
Replacement Phil Dowson also scored a try and Stephen Myler kicked 13 points, with Ben Foden, Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley all starting for the Saints.
England fly half Charlie Hodgson kicked 14 points for the Sharks, who were captained by England wing Mark Cueto.
Third-placed Gloucester Rugby secured a 34-9 victory over struggling Newcastle Falcons, with former England Under 20 back Freddie Burns totalling 13 points with a try, conversion and two penalties.
His former U20 team mate Jonny May also scored to leave Newcastle two points off the bottom, with last placed Leeds Carnegie visiting Kingston Park next Saturday.
Leeds boosted their survival hopes with a 27-22 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Headingley, with England flanker Hendre Fourie scoring the opening try.
England squad members Riki Flutey and Rob Webber scored early tries for London Wasps but London Irish surged back to 25-12 at the Madejski Stadium.
Former England Under 20 wing Tom Homer slotted six penalties for the Exiles, who included Delon and Steffon Armitage in their starting XV.
Tim Payne, Simon Shaw, Dominic Waldouck and Joe Simpson featured from the start for the visitors.
You can see all the results and view the Aviva Premiership league table on RFU.com.