LITESPORT NICK EASTER (left) scored the late try which secured Harlequins first win of the season, providing a much-needed boost before facing Cardiff in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. Harlequins head coach John Kingston, still struggling after the Bloodgate scandal which cost rugby director Dean Richards his job, said after the 13-11 win over Bath: I was obviously worried. The biggest emotion is admiration for the great fighting spirit this group has. They displayed a wonderful never-say-die spirit. Im very proud of them. I dashed down to see a screen, but I could not actually see if it had been touched down. But Nick confirmed he had scored it and it was a great feeling. Defensively weve been very good so far, but we had guys out of position when they scored a try that could have deflated us. We did not finish second last season for nothing. They made the right decisions under enormous pressure -- watching the game is much worse than being out there! Above all, weve put a line under the first five games because weve got ourselves a win. Id give us three or four out of 10 for what weve achieved so far, but this sends us into the Heineken Cup next week with a terrific lift. LONDON IRISH, who won at Sale on Friday, are still waiting to discover how long they will be without wing Adam Thompstone, who suffered a broken ankle in the 11-8 victory that keeps the team in second place as they prepare to face reigning Heineken champions Leinster in Dublin on Friday night. Thompstone may require a plate and screws to deal with the fractures and will miss the rest of the season. 48 Monday, 5 October 2009 London Lite EasterarriveslatebutHarlequinsthinkitsChristmas Yes, Sarries are going to go right Bok to the future Injured Mitchell out of danger LACHLAN MITCHELL, Wasps Australian full back, was released from Stoke Mandeville Hospital last night after injuring his neck making a try-saving tackle in yesterdays 20-15 win over Northampton. Mitchell, 22, bravely denied Chris Ashton but smashed his cheek against the wingers hip. He lay motionless while an army of medics worked to stabilise him on a stretcher. Though he will continue to monitored by the Wasps medical staff this week, it is believed he did not suffer any serious injury. There is also concern about Danny Cipriani, who damaged a knee after scoring the vital try in a win which keeps Wasps in third place. Cipriani will be assessed by the medical staff today. Tony Hanks, the Wasps director of rugby said: You want to celebrate after a win like that but the first thought of every player was for Lachie. There arent too many braver than Lachlan and that tackle he made at the end was a real try- saving tackle and a big moment for us. It personifies what this team is about. Out for the count: Mitchell is treated HOOKER Schalk Brits has admitted what the rest of us suspected all along: Saracensreallyareattemptingtocreate a Springbok springboard in London. Given that South Africa are currently the World Cup holders, the Tri-Nations champions, the World Sevens winners, conquerors of the Lions and that their Bulls won the last Super 14 title, that might not be such a bad thing. When former Australia coach Eddie Jones left last season, fans expressed fearstheSouthAfricaninvestorswould simplyturntheclubgreenandgoldwhen theybroughtCapeTowndoctorBrendan Venter in as Director of Rugby. But those fears are turning to cheers after a 22-15 victory at Newcastle took Sarries to a perfect five out of five this season -- the only 100 per cent record in the Guinness Premiership. Hooker Brits ensured that record was maintained with a crucial last-minute turnover as Newcastle pressed. After celebrating a win that was achieved without captain Steve Borth- wick--whoshouldbebackfromhiseye injury in a fortnight -- Brits defended theteamskicking-dominatedgame-plan that has brought criticism from their ownfans,whobooedtheirtable-toppers during the win over Gloucester last week. Former Springbok hooker Brits said: SouthAfricahaveshownhowtoplayin theoppositionhalf andif youdoitwell, youre difficult to play against. DidIbelieveatthestartof theseason we would be top after five games? Yes, I did because of the players and coaches we have at this club and everyone has bought into the same vision. Weareallpreparedtomakeasacrifice for this team and that makes it so good. WebeatNewcastlebutknowitwasnt anywhere near our full potential. We played badly but ground out a win and with our kicking game, we can take the pressure off and its about generating momentum.Themoretheteamgels,the more we will attack. Wings Richard Haughton and Chris Wyles plus Derick Hougaard scored the tries as Newcastle werefinally subdued by a Sarries defence that is bedrock of their current success -- allied to astute tactical kicking. Boss Venter added: Some of our real stars were not on fire and the most rewarding thing for me was that we can go out and win when we are really not playing well. BY NEAL COLLINS True Brits: Saracens hooker Schalk Brits is tackled by Newcastles Hall Charlton after Richard Haughtons opening try, below Dans the man: Cipriani goes over to score for Wasps Win at last: Nick Easter GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP SARACENS 5 5 0 0 100 70 0 20 LONDONIRISH 5 4 0 1 149 59 3 19 WASPS 5 4 0 1 102 76 0 16 NORTHAMPTON 5 3 0 2 108 80 3 15 LEICESTER 5 3 1 1 81 64 1 15 WORCESTER 5 2 0 3 85 87 2 10 GLOUCESTER 5 2 0 3 90 101 1 9 BATH 5 1 1 3 76 86 2 8 SALE 5 1 1 3 69 88 2 8 HARLEQUINS 5 1 1 3 63 91 1 7 NEWCASTLE 5 0 3 2 63 79 1 7 LEEDS 5 0 1 4 43 148 0 2 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html