NEW London Irish signing James O’Connor’s Aviva Premiership debut ended in a 19-14 defeat to Northampton Saints.
The Australia back set up the Exiles’ only try, scored by Sailosi Tagicakibau, but 14 points from the boot of Stephen Myler earned victory for the Saints.
Meanwhile, Saracens inflicted a 40-3 defeat on Newcastle Falcons, Harlequins triumphed over reigning champions Leicester Tigers 23-16 and, at Kingsholm, London Wasps edged a thriller with Gloucester 32-30.
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