Joel Kpoku scored the decisive try on his Premiership debut as Saracens left it late to go top of the table with a 31-25 victory over Sale Sharks, while Bath and Northampton Saints also claimed wins on Saturday.
Chris Wyles came out of retirement to start for a depleted Sarries side, who were facing a first defeat of the season in all competitions before Kpoku came off the bench to win it at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Byron McGuigan’s score on the stroke of half-time gave Sale a lift and four penalties from Robert du Preez took his tally to 20 points, giving Steve Diamond’s men a four-point lead with 12 minutes to play.
Saracens were not to be denied a seventh Premiership win out of seven, though, teenage lock Kpoku crossing following a driving maul from a lineout with seven minutes remaining, with Spencer converting and landing a penalty right at the end.
? It was just awesome to be back! ???
Oh and it was awesome to have you back @ChrisWyles!
? Final whistle reaction from the winger after a hard-fought win! ? pic.twitter.com/CxsDgZTXFw
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) November 17, 2018
Bath ended a run of seven matches without a win with a 30-13 success over Worcester Warriors at The Rec.
Wasps suffered only their third Premiership defeat of the season, Northampton scoring five tries in a 36-17 victory at Franklin’s Gardens.
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