Torture for Tykes

Andre Snyman has timed his return to South African rugby perfectly, with the Leeds Tykes set to be relegated from the English Premiership.

Snyman will leave the embattled club at the end of the season as he attempts to play his way into the Springbok World Cup squad.

The Tykes suffered a 17-13 defeat to Saracens, leaving them 10 points adrift at the bottom with only 15 to play for.

Tries from Tom Biggs and Iain Balshaw gave Leeds hope, but Mark Bartholomeusz and Glen Jackson grabbed vital five-pointers to ensure Saracens’ Premiership survival.

Jackson, the former Chiefs flyhalf, controlled the tempo of the game and kicked 12 vital points for his side.

For Leeds, ex-All Black No 9 Justin Marshall was his usual lively self, probing and prompting from the middle of the park.

Other results:

- At Edgeley Park, Jason Robinson kicked a 74th minute drop goal as Sale came from 12 points behind for an 18-15 victory over Gloucester in difficult conditions. The Premiership leaders found themselves 15-3 down early in the second half, but a succession of penalties got them level, before Robinson drilled his winning drop goal between the posts.

- London Irish moved into third place on the log following a hard-fought 12-10 victory over Worcester. First-half tries from Kieran Roche and Shane Geraghty proved decisive for the visitors in a stop-start game.

- Replacement No 8 Mark Easter scored a late try as Northampton kept their play-off hopes alive with a 24-21 victory over Bath at Franklin’s Gardens. Easter scored his second try of the season, taking the ball on the blindside and swatting away Alex Crockett to touch down in the corner, to deny Bath.