Curtis Rona’s first-half red card derailed London Irish’s bid to become the first team in 12 matches to defeat Leicester Tigers at Mattioli Woods Welford Road; Saracens see off a spirited Newcastle Falcons side to claim a 36-21 bonus point win

Last Updated: 12/03/22 6:29pm

Leicester Tigers’ Nemani Nadolo scores two tries and was shown a late yellow card in their victory over London Irish

Leicester Tigers scored seven tries in their 47-28 win against London Irish to maintain their lead at the top of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.
Steve Borthwick’s table-toppers were just two points ahead when Curtis Rona’s shoulder connected with Jasper Wiese’s head, resulting in his dismissal shortly before the half-hour mark.With the man advantage, Tigers cashed in as Harry Potter crossed and a penalty try award secured a 10th Premiership try-scoring bonus point of the season. Paddy Jackson’s hat-trick of penalties kept the Exiles in touch before Henry Arundell’s try early in the second half, while his side was temporarily down to 13 men, cut the deficit to five points.But Tommy Reffell’s neat finish, Nemani Nadolo’s second of the encounter and Chris Ashton’s first Tigers score wrapped up an emphatic victory before Matt Cornish grabbed a late consolation try. Sarries secure bonus point winSaracens saw off a spirited Newcastle Falcons side to claim a 36-21 bonus-point win. Hooker Tom Woolstencroft, a penalty try, full-back Elliott Obatoyinbo, winger Rotimi Segun and Alex Goode all went over the whitewash to earn a bonus point victory for the visitors.Hooker George McGuigan scored two tries, while fly-half Will Haydon-Wood kept Falcons in touch until the final 10 minutes when Sarries raced away with the win.Sharks keep top-four spot hopes aliveSale Sharks remain in the hunt for a top-four place after they overcame fellow play-off hopefuls Gloucester 26-24 at the AJ Bell Stadium. In an entertain …