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Gloucester power to the top of the English premiership

AFP , LONDON

James Forrester was the star of the show as Gloucester maintained their unbeaten record and went top of the premiership with a 28-7 win against Northampton.

Gloucester flanker Forrester, who is hoping for an England call-up this season, scored an excellent solo try to give his side a 10-7 half-time lead after David Quinlan's try had given the visitors an early lead.

A dispiriting day for North-ampton had started badly when skipper Bruce Reihana was forced off with a knee injury after just 10 minutes.

Ludovic Mercier kicked three penalties to increase the lead before Andy Hazell and Jack Adams crossed the line to put the seal on an emphatic win.

Saints coach Paul Grayson, who fears Reihana may miss the start of the European Cup campaign, said: "Our lineout ball dried up in the second half, and we couldn't keep a foothold in their territory. We made too many basic errors."

too strong

Leicester were too strong for newly-promoted Harlequins as they secured a 21-15 win to leave their opponents rooted to the bottom of the table.

Tigers winger Tom Varndell scored a try in the first minute before three Adrian Jarvis penalties gave Harlequins a surprise lead.

But Scott Bemand's try put Leicester back in front and when Harlequins' Will Skinner was sin-binned the writing was on the wall for the hosts.

Worcester are still searching for their first win this season after being beaten 17-11 at Bath.

Barkley injured

Nick Walshe's try early in the second half put Bath in control after Olly Barkley had kicked two penalties and, when Barkley limped out of the game, Shaun Berne stepped up.

Berne kicked a drop goal and a penalty to ensure there was no chance of a shock result despite Aleki Lutui's late try for Worcester.

Bath's acting head coach Steve Meehan fears Barkley may not be able to take part in England's forthcoming training camp ahead of the November internationals against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

"Olly went in to make a tackle and a boot flicked up into his groin. He's got a personal injury there, and I don't think he'll be doing a lot of running around at the England training session next week," Meehan said.

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