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Aviva Premiership 2013: Updated Table After Saturday's Results

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Tom Palmer of London Wasps catches the ball from the line out during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and London Wasps at Kingsholm Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Gloucester, England  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Christopher AtkinsContributor INovember 3, 2013

The Aviva Premiership continued apace on Saturday with two hard-fought encounters between Gloucester and Wasps at Kingsholm, and Leicester and Harlequins at Welford Road.

In the absence of international players, the standard of rugby remained high and spectators were treated to two sensational encounters.

In Gloucester, the hosts fell to a narrow 30-32 defeat to visitors Wasps, while Harlequins also recorded an impressive 23-16 win over Leicester.

The results leave the league table as follows:

Aviva Premiership Table
TeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesPoints ForPoints AgainstBonus PointsTotal
1 Saracens 6 5 0 1 178 114 3 23
2 Bath 7 5 0 2 147 107 2 22
3 Northampton 6 4 1 1 168 96 4 22
4 Exeter 7 5 0 2 166 142 1 21
5 Harlequins 7 4 0 3 131 100 3 19
6 Leicester 7 3 1 3 151 121 4 18
7 London Wasps 7 3 0 4 161 149 6 18
8 Sale 7 3 0 4 114 141 2 14
9 Newcastle 6 3 0 3 66 110 1 13
10 Gloucester 7 2 0 5 131 182 4 12
11 London Irish 6 2 0 4 110 148 2 10
12 Worcester 7 0 0 7 85 198 2 2
BBC Sport

 

Gloucester 30-32 Wasps, Kingsholm

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Christian Wade of London Wasps scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and London Wasps at Kingsholm Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Gloucester, England  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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The Cherry and Whites' poor start to the current season continues, albeit with a narrow defeat to their London-based rivals.

Gloucester had looked to have put themselves in a good position to go on and win the game, having trailed at half-time. However, a brace from England winger Christian Wade was to prove decisive.

Rob Cook crossed at the end for Nigel Davies' side, securing a losing bonus point, but it will be scant consolation to a side that have now won twice in seven games despite a wealth of options in the back-line.

Questions have been raised over the performance of the club's front five this season and Saturday's clash will have done little to dampen those concerns.

 

Leicester 16-23 Harlequins, Welford Road

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 2:  Tom Guest of Harlequins crunches into Logovii Mulipola and Graham Kitchener of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at Welford Road on November 2, 2013 in Leicester,
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Harlequins inflicted a second straight defeat on a Leicester side missing a total of 13 players to injury and international duty, putting in a convincing performance at Welford Road.

A late penalty try for the hosts ensured Richard Cockerill's side escaped with a bonus point for their woes, but they were comfortably second best to a Nick Evans-inspired Quins side.

Evans was lethal with the boot all afternoon to contribute 13 points to his side's cause, while Nick Easter and Matt Hopper both crossed for the visitors.

The result moves Quins up to within touching distance of the playoff places, moving one place ahead of Leicester.

Regardless of Leicester's current selection concerns, it was a fine win by the visitors and should give them much-needed momentum heading into the difficult winter months. 

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