Saracens stroll past Wasps to bridge the gap

SARACENS cemented their place at the top of the Premiership with a comfortable 22-6 win over Wasps at Vicarage Road.<br /><br />A converted Schalk Brits try and Derick Hougaard&rsquo;s drop-goal, either side of a Dave Walder penalty, made it 10-3 and Saracens led 13-6 at the break.<br /><br />Hougaard added another drop-goal as well as two penalties to help Saracens make it eight from eight &ndash; the best start to a Premiership season since Newcastle in 1997.<br /><br />But for Wasps, this latest league defeat was their third of the season and their biggest ever loss to Saracens in the Premiership.<br /><br />Meanwhile, London Irish tasted their first Premiership loss since the opening day of the season, going down 15-11 to Newcastle.<br /><br />Fly-half Jimmy Gopperth kicked five penalties for the Falcons and despite a Chris Hala&rsquo;ufia try the Exiles were unable to claw themselves back.<br /><br />Elsewhere, Sale mounted a second-half fightback to stun bottom side Leeds 24-17.<br /><br />Leeds were well on their way to a first home Premiership win of the season after converted tries from Lee Blackett and Scott Barrow and a Ceiron Thomas penalty put them 17-3 up early in the second half.<br /><br />But tries from Ben Cohen, Richard Wigglesworth and Carl Fearns completed a remarkable turnaround for Sale.