Aviva Premiership round-up: Saracens move to the top; Newcastle Falcons also win

Saracens and Newcastle Falcons picked up Aviva Premiership victories on Friday, while Sale and Bath suffered defeat.

With the Six Nations taking a break this week, all rugby attentions turn back to the domestic leagues.

Here’s all that happened in the Premiership on Friday…

Sale 3-13 Saracens

Saracens moved to the top of the Aviva Premiership table following a 13-3 triumph over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Londoners controlled the majority of the first half and moved 10-3 ahead thanks to Liam Williams’ converted try and Ben Spencer’s penalty.

Faf de Klerk provided the Sharks’ response in the opening period but the hosts continued to struggle after the interval.

Although the home side created a few opportunities, Sarries were the better team and sealed the win through Spencer, who kicked the only points of the second 40 minutes.

Newcastle Falcons 29-12 Bath

Elsewhere, Newcastle completed an Aviva Premiership double over Bath with a 29-12 victory at Kingston Park.

The Falcons, who gained a narrow 33-32 win at the Recreation Ground earlier in the season, bounced back from defeat at Saracens by racking up four tries in a bonus-point victory.

Scores from Sinoti Sinoti, Toby Flood, Kyle Cooper and Niki Goneva booked the victory, with Cooper Vuna and Anthony Perenise on the scoresheet for Bath.

Newcastle have not lost at home since the end of November and are in the Anglo Welsh Cup semi-finals as well as the European Challenge Cup last eight.