Six Nations Rugby | Six Nations stars to compete in 2021-22 Premiership Rugby second round
Genge was one of four try-scorers while Ford converted two conversions and three penalties, in a fierce 33-26 win over Gloucester, who collected a losing bonus point.
“It was neck and neck, wasn’t it?” What a battle, âsaid Genge.
âWe knew we weren’t going to have an easy win and I thought they were really good.
âLast season we would have lost those games, especially away from home, but the fans were amazing and supported us throughout the game.
Meanwhile, defending champions Harlequins have yet to taste defeat after winning 35-29 in a thrilling game against the Worcester Warriors.
England scrum-half Danny Care and mainstay Joe Marler won’t hurt their international chances as they were part of a Quins side that comfortably led 21-3 at halftime after scoring three tries.
This included a Louis Lynagh freshly called up to the England training squad by Eddie Jones for the upcoming autumn internationals.
The Warriors, who fielded another England international to Ollie Lawrence, fought back valiantly and had the best of the game in the second half, but narrowly failed in the end.
After a pass in the first round, the Wasps began their Premiership campaign with a dominant display against the Bristol Bears.
The wasps went wild in a 44-8 win over last year’s play-off semi-finalists with six tries, including two from Ali Crossdale in his debut, and 28 unanswered second-half points .
Although Wales opening half Callum Sheedy put the Bears on the scoreboard with a penalty, the loss leaves them winless in their first two games.
The Exeter Chiefs, who have yet to taste victory this season, lost 26-24 at home to the Northampton Saints.
A Chiefs side with England’s Henry Slade led 21-17 at halftime, although a last-breath penalty of
George Furbank watched the Saints snatch victory in the dying moments of the contest.
Elsewhere, three Newcastle Falcons first-half tries were enough to help them beat Bath 20-13.
Although they failed to score in the second half, tries from Adam Radwan, Iwan Stephens and George
McGuigan in the first 40 minutes saw the Falcons claim their first victory of the campaign.
The final match of the second round saw the London Irish and Sale Sharks meet in a 31-31 draw in a thrilling game at Brentford Community Stadium.
Sale led 31-14 at half-time, helped by a try from former England winger Marland Yarde, but a late score from Curtis Rona helped the London Irish seal a remarkable comeback in the second half.