Bath smash Exiles

Butch James, Michael Claassens, and Luke Watson featured in Bath’s 35-22 win over London Irish in Reading.

Since James’s return from knee reconstruction last weekend, Bath have secured  a couple of comprehensive wins. Bath raced to a 25-6 lead over the Exiles at the break, and despite a second half revival from the hosts, Faan Rautenbach’s yellow card for a ruck infringement ended their charge.

In the day’s other fixtures, Leicester went to the top of the Premiership with a 14-9 win over Leeds, who had captain Marco Wentzel and Hendre Fourie in their side. Danny Cipriani kicked 17 points in Wasps’ 22-16 win over Sale.