Swiel boots Harlequins to victory

Tim Swiel kicked five penalties as Harlequins beat the struggling Newcastle Falcons 15-7 at the Stoop on Saturday.

Swiel, who joined Harlequins last month on a four-month loan deal, was making his first start in the Premiership. Trailing 7-3 at the break, Swiel produced a perfect performance with the boot, slotting four second-half penalties to lift Harlequins to seventh on the table.

In other results on Saturday, Northampton Saints edged the Leicester Tigers in a thrilling encounter at the Copthall Stadium. England hooker Dylan Hartley saw red for an elbow after just 17 minutes, but Northampton somehow managed to keep themselves in the game, with Jamie Elliott's 77th minute try giving them a memorable win.

Elsewhere, Saracens ran in 11 tries against bottom-of-the-table London Welsh, Danny Cipriani starred as Sale edged Exeter 18-11 and George Ford scored 24 points as Bath kept up the pressure at the top of the table with a 39-16 victory over Gloucester.

Finally, in Sunday's only match Andy Goode claimed a record 33-point haul as Wasps defeated London Irish 48-16 in their first match at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Round 10 results:

Wasps 48 London Irish 16
Gloucester 16 Bath 39
Northampton Saints 23 Leicester Tigers 19
Harlequins 15 Newcastle Falcons 7
Saracens 78 London Welsh 7
Sale Sharks 18 Exeter Chiefs 11

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