• Second-half tries from front rowers Carl Rimmer and Moray Low lift Exeter Chiefs to victory at Sandy Park
  • Ben Spencer kicks all of Saracens’ points as they also maintain a perfect start
  • Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers also pick up second victories of the competition

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Scarlets 7 Northampton Saints 24

Northampton Saints maintained their 100% start to this season's LV= Cup as second-half tries from Lee Dickson and Calum Clark cemented a 24-7 victory over Scarlets. Saints had disposed of Newcastle Falcons 37-23 last weekend but were tied 7-7 at half time at Parc y Scarlets as Steffan Evans try cancelled out Howard Packman's effort. But last year's defeated finalists stepped it up in the second-half as England duo Dickson and Clark both stepped off the bench to cross the whitewash, with Will Hooley also calming the nerves with nine points from the tee.

Scarlets Northampton Saints
Tries: Evans Tries: Packman, Dickson, Clark
Conversions: Shingler Conversions: Hooley 3
Penalties: n/a Penalties: Hooley

 

Ospreys 9 Saracens 21

Saracens skills coach Joe Shaw is confident Ben Spencer is on track for an extended run in the first team after the scrum-half booted his side to LV= Cup victory over Ospreys. In torrential rain at the Gnoll, Spencer landed seven penalties from nine attempts, scoring all the points as Saracens became only the second team to beat Ospreys this season in all competitions. Veteran fly-half Nils Mordt proved the perfect foil as the half-back pairing pulled the strings behind a youthful Saracens pack that also exerted their dominance over the hosts. The result makes it back-to-back wins for the Aviva Premiership Rugby side in this year's LV= Cup, with Spencer also impressing in last weekend's 25-20 victory over Harlequins.

Ospreys Saracens
Penalties: Davies 3   Penalties: Spencer 7

 

Harlequins 31 Newport Gwent Dragons 21

Harlequins produced a memorable second-half fight back as tries from Ollie Lindsay-Hague and a double from James Chisholm saw them down a below-par Newport Gwent Dragons at the Twickenham Stoop. The Welsh side had led 21-8 at half-time but Conor O'Shea's men took full advantage of a yellow card to Newport's Elliot Dee just minutes after the break to claim a much needed LV= Cup win thanks largely to 16 points from the boot of Tim Swiel. 

Harlequins Dragons
Tries: Lindsay-Hague, Chisolm 2  Tries: Evans, Thomas
Conversions: Swiel 2 Conversions: D Jones
Penalties: Swiel 4 Penalties: D Jones 3

 

Newcastle 21 Cardiff Blues 22

Newcastle Falcons search for a win in this season's LV= Cup continues as Cardiff Blues stunned them with a second-half comeback to snatch a narrow victory at Kingston Park. The Falcons had burst out of the traps with tries from Adam Powell, Ruki Tipuna and Rob Vickers inside 28 minutes handing them a 21-7 half-time lead. However Tipuna's yellow card at the start of the second 40 turned the game on its head with the Ellis Jenkins and Rory Watts-Jones adding to Harry Davies' first half try to leave the Blues in with a sniff of victory. Simon Humberstone's penalty then nudged them in front but there was still time for drama as first Juan Pablo Socino and Rory Clegg then missed late penalties to win it for Newcastle.

Newcastle Falcons Cardiff Blues
Tries: Powell, Tipuna, Vickers  Tries: Davies, Jenkins, Watts-Jones
Conversions: Socino 3 Conversions: Humberstone 2
Penalties: n/a Penalties: Humberstone

 

Exeter Chiefs 18 Bath Rugby 6

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter insists a tough test was exactly what the doctor ordered after his side battled their way past west country rivals Bath Rugby in the LV= Cup. After a low-scoring first half, replacement props Carl Rimmer and Moray Low were the surprise heroes as they notched a try each in the second-half to earn an 18-6 victory. The Chiefs have now opened their defence of the LV= Cup with two wins from two and a record Sandy Park crowd of 11,785 witnessed Saturday's triumph.
 

Exeter Chiefs Bath Rugby
Tries: Rimmer, Low Tries: n/a
Conversions: Steenson  Conversions: n/a
Penalties: Steenson 2 Penalties: Henson 2

 

Wasps 43 London Irish 22

Alex Lozowski pulled the strings as Wasps bounced back from a dramatic defeat to Sale Sharks last weekend with an impressive bonus-point victory over London Irish in the LV= Cup. The 21-year-old fly-half kicked 23 points, converting all four of his side's tries as Simon McIntyre, Josh Bassett, Guy Thompson and Elliot Daly touched down for the hosts at Adams Park.

Wasps London Irish
Tries: McIntyre, Bassett, Thompson, Daly  Tries:Halavatau
Conversions: Lozowski 4 Conversions: Dorrian
Penalties: Lozowski 5 Penalties: Dorrian 5

 

London Welsh 9 Gloucester Rugby 18

Aled Thomas kicked all the points for a young Gloucester Rugby side as they condemned London Welsh to their tenth straight defeat in a hard-fought LV= Cup group match at the Kassam Stadium. This was a must win game for both sides to retain any hope of qualifying for the semi-finals after respective defeats at Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs last week, but no tries were scored in an error-strewn affair. Nothing separated the teams at half-time with three kicks apiece from fly-halves Will Robinson and Thomas - but Thomas' second-half penalties were enough to seal the victory.
 

Lonson Welsh Gloucester
Penalties: Robinson 3  Penalties: A Thomas 6

 

Leicester Tigers 29 Sale Sharks 19

After seeing a young Leicester Tigers side produce a stirring second-half fight back to secure victory over Sale Sharks in the LV= Cup, fly-half Freddie Burns is confident the belief is back at Welford Road.

An experienced Sale pack displayed their set-piece dominance as they established a 13-3 half-time lead through lock Michael Paterson's converted try and two Nick Macleod penalties. Yet the hosts showed renewed ambition after the interval, matching the Sharks at the scrum and providing the platform for Miles Benjamin to cross over twice, with Matt Smith and Harry Thacker also touching down.

Leicester Tigers Sale Sharks
Tries: Thacker, Smith, Benjamin 2  Tries: Paterson
Conversions: Burns 3 Conversions: Macleod
Penalties: Burns Penalties: Macleod 2