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Sportal.co.nz     05 Oct 2009     Getty Images

Newcastle went into the game with high hopes but was beaten 15-22 and had to make do without skipper Carl Hayman who continues to have hamstring problems.

Glen Jackson, a high scorer for the Saracens side, did not play, his place being taken by South African first five-eighths Derick Hougaard who scored a try and added two conversions and a penalty goal.

Bruce Reihana kicked a penalty goal for his Northampton side but it was beaten 15-20 by Wasps.

In the Celtic League, Isa Nacewa was at fullback as Leinster ran riot over Munster to record a 30-0 victory which sent out a big warning to rivals ahead of next week's first round of Heineken Cup play.

Former All Black Jerry Collins was sidelined with a dose of the 'flu but his Ospreys side still managed to be Edinburgh 31-10.

Former Northland five-eighths James Arlidge made the most of a break by halfback Danny Lee to score a try in the Dragons' 23-10 win over Connacht.

In French rugby, Castres continued its rise up the Top 14 ladder after a 21-19 win over Toulon. Castres, the home club of Cameron McIntyre, who landed two dropped goals in the win, Chris Masoe and Carl Hoeft, is now sitting in second place on the ladder. McIntyre is well-placed on the individual points table with 60 points. Toulon is seventh.

However, with 14 points for Toulon in the game, Jonny Wilkinson has landed 81 points to date.

Racing Metro is also climbing the ladder after its 17-12 win over Montauban. It is now sitting in ninth place with former All Blacks first five-eighths Andrew Mehrtens landing three penalty goals for the side.