Hougaard the hero as Sarries maintain 100 per cent start

HIGH-FLYING Saracens climbed back to the top of the Premiership table after maintaining their impressive 100 per cent start with a 22-15 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.<br /><br />Tries from Richard Haughton, Derick Hougaard and Chris Wyles earned the Sarries a fifth consecutive league win and ensured Brendan Venter&rsquo;s side went into the European break at the Premiership summit.<br /><br />Winger Haughton gave the visitors the perfect start with an interception try but five penalties from Jimmy Gopperth handed winless Falcons a 15-10 lead. <br /><br />But the Sarries found another gear with fly-half Hougaard touching down just before half-time to take his points tally to 12, before winger Wyles crossed the line late on to wrap up victory.<br /><br />Wasps, meanwhile, moved up to third in the table after surviving a brave Northampton fightback, eventually coming through 20-15.<br /><br />The home side were dominant in the first half, surging into a 17-0 lead thanks to four penalties from Dave Walder and a try from stand-in full-back Danny Cipriani. Walder added a drop goal but the Saints hit back through four penalties from Shane Geraghty and one from Bruce Reihana.<br /><br />The match was marred by a horrific injury to Wasps substitute Lachlan Mitchell, who was taken to hospital in a neck brace but later discharged.<br /><br />Elsewhere, England centre Mike Tindall scored one try and created another as Gloucester ended a run of three successive defeats to record a 26-10 victory over bottom club Leeds.