- Notable performances from England players in Aviva Premiership at weekend
- Toby Flood, Ben Youngs and Tom Croft star in Leicester win at Bath
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England’s RBS 6 Nations players got over their Grand Slam disappointment in Ireland with a series of scintillating displays in the latest round of Aviva Premiership fixtures.
Toby Flood and Tom Croft led the way for table-topping Leicester Tigers in their five-try 37-6 win over Bath Rugby at the Rec, with the England pair each grabbing a brace of tries.
England fly half Flood finished with 22 points while half-back partner Ben Youngs produced a series of superb line breaks and delivered three try-scoring passes, with prop Dan Cole playing 64 minutes.
Northampton Saints climbed back into the top four as Ben Foden and Chris Ashton scored tries in their 39-3 victory over London Wasps at Franklin's Gardens.
Saints skipper and England hooker Dylan Hartley played 68 minutes, sending prop Brian Mujati over for the game’s opening score and helping force a penalty try with the visiting scrum under pressure.
England forwards Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood played the full game for Northampton; squad members Riki Flutey, Simon Shaw, Tim Payne and Joe Worsley figured for the visitors; and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Josh Lewsey made his return as a 70th minute replacement for Wasps.
Saracens closed the gap on leaders Leicester to three points with a 24-9 home victory over Newcastle Falcons, with David Strettle appearing on the wing and England Under 20 fly half Owen Farrell kicking 11 points.
Former England forwards Matt Stevens and Steve Borthwick started for Sarries and England Saxons pair Alex Goode and Andy Saull also produced impressive performances.
Monye grabs a hat-trick in Quins romp
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Ugo Monye bagged a hat-trick as Harlequins went on the rampage at The Stoop, dismantling Gloucester Rugby 53-15.
Danny Care and Nick Easter were in most of Quins’ best moments in a furiously paced opening to the game, while prop Paul Doran-Jones started for Gloucester, who remain in third place in the standings.
Delon Armitage marked his return from suspension with a try after 39 seconds as London Irish eased to 39-17 victory over Exeter Chiefs at the Madejski Stadium.
The England full back’s brother Steffon Armitage also scored two tries, while prop Alex Corbisiero came on after 48 minutes.
Mark Cueto led Sale Sharks as they edged Leeds Carnegie 15-12 at Edgeley Park on Friday night, thanks to 15 points from the boot of fly half Charlie Hodgson.
Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie both started for the visitors, who remain six points adrift of Newcastle at the foot of the table.