Borthwick injury sparks row as Saracens claim top spot

SARACENS recovered from an injury to captain Steve Borthwick to beat Gloucester and go top of the Premiership.<br /><br />Replacement hooker Schalk Brits scored the pivotal try while fly-half Glen Jackson kicked 14 points as Saracens came from behind at Kingsholm.<br /><br />Victory maintained Sarries&rsquo; 100 per cent start to the season, but the post-match talk centred on England skipper Borthwick&rsquo;s clash with Gloucester hooker Olivier Azam.<br /><br />Borthwick was immediately given five stitches but was taken to Moorfields Eye Hospital for closer examination, and Saracens head coach Mark McCall pointed the finger at Azam.<br /><br />&ldquo;It would appear it may have been a deliberate act of foul play,&rdquo; said McCall. &ldquo;It is more than a cut. His eye is completely closed over and at this stage we don&rsquo;t know how badly damaged it is.&rdquo; Frenchman Azam insisted any contact had been accidental, saying: &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know I did it. Someone twisted my ankle but I didn&rsquo;t know I touched him.&rdquo; <br /><br />Elsewhere, scrum-half Paul Hodgson inspired London Irish to a 28-16 derby win against Wasps in front of England manager Martin Johnson. Two tries from Sailosi Tagicakibau helped Irish climb to second, while defeat ended Wasps&rsquo; 100 per cent start and saw them tumble from first to fourth place.