It was a day for the away sides on Friday as Week 7 of the Premiership season got underway, with Exeter Chiefs and Bath both managing victories in unfamiliar territory.
With a whole weekend of action ahead, the outlook of English rugby's hierarchy is bound to change further in the coming days, but that doesn't mean the pair can't revel in their recent triumphs.
Those points now in hand, the race for the playoffs has been affected by recent outings in particular.
Read on for a brief recap of each game as well as an updated, albeit temporary, Premiership table.
|Aviva Premiership Table (as of Friday, Nov. 1)|
|Position||Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points Difference||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
Sale Sharks 16-18 Exeter Chiefs
Venue: Salford City Stadium, Salford
The Chiefs moved up to fourth in the table with a win over Sale Sharks on Friday that was only decided in the final five minutes of the encounter.
Although 21 of the 34 points scored in Salford were recorded in the first half, it was only in the second period that the drama really began for both sides.
Gareth Steenson contributed a man-of-the-match performance against the hosts and managed to send all six of his attempted kicks through the upright, claiming all 18 of Exeter's points in the meantime.
The last of those slotted kicks was scored in the 76th minute, just two minutes before Mark Cueto glided over for the match's only try, which Danny Cipriani was on hand to convert. Despite this late surge, Sale were helpless but to settle for a losing bonus point and remain in seventh.
Worcester Warriors 6-21 Bath Rugby
Venue: Sixways, Worcester
Worcester continue their search for a maiden Premiership win of the season after succumbing to Bath at Sixways this weekend, their seventh consecutive loss of the campaign.
Prop Anthony Perenise and second-half replacement Horacio Agulla took the headlines, crossing over either side of half-time to set the visitors on their way to four points.
Although the conditions took their toll in the end, George Ford also won the battle of the fly-halves, kicking 11 points in total compared to Paul Warwick's six.
With that win under their belts, Bath move up to second place in the table ahead of what could be a make-or-break November period for the club.
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