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UCS Old Boys, Hendon and Haringey Rhinos all suffered home defeats in the Herts/Middlesex leagues on Saturday.

Belsize Park suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday as they lost their London Division Two North West showdown with title rivals Old Haberdashers in Regent’s Park.

Jim Hamilton believes the strength of the leadership at Saracens was a key factor as the Premiership pacesetters produced a disciplined display to beat Gloucester at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Haringey Rhinos’ head coach Craig Sweetlove was pleased with his side’s clinical finishing as they thrashed bottom side Uxbridge 98-7 at home in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

It was business as usual for Saracens as they continued their good form in the Premiership on Saturday, beating Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium and leaving themselves three points ahead of second-placed Bath in the table.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen feels Jonty Hallett’s return has helped to bring the best out of winger Olufemi Ajayi, who scored four tries in Saturday’s 52-7 home win over basement boys Stockwood Park in London Division Two North West.

Belsize Park’s first-team coach James Lindsay feels Saturday’s commanding victory over Enfield Ignatians was the “perfect preparation” as his side gears up for successive clashes with their two primary title rivals.

Hendon chairman David Gershlick says changes and developments in the game mean players now have to be fitter than ever to avoid injury.

Saracens’ academy coach Ian Vass will have been pleased with what he saw in Saturday’s home win over Newcastle in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Hampstead Ladies suffered a home defeat against Hammersmith & Fulham on Sunday and were overtaken by their visitors - but the second team secured their first win of the season.

Haringey Rhinos’ ladies got a surprise at their training session when Harlequins hooker Rob Buchanan turned up with a van-load of free medical equipment and supplies.

Head coach Peter Breen says Hampstead’s victory over Harrow on Saturday underlines how far the squad has come in the last two years.

Director of rugby Geoff Boxer says the return of Dan Stewart and some other experienced stars made all the difference as basement boys UCS overcame Old Actonians at the weekend – and he admits the Old Boys would benefit from having more consistency in their line-ups.

Saracens’ defence of the Anglo-Welsh Cup did not get off to the best of starts on Saturday as Gloucester’s last-minute try completed the home side’s unlikely comeback and gave them a 36-32 victory.

Belsize Park edged past Tabard to maintain their unbeaten record in London Division Two North West but they made hard work of it with an “ugly win”.

Hendon suffered an agonising feeling of déjà vu as they missed a decisive late long-range penalty in a 21-20 home defeat to second-placed London French.

Haringey’s three-match winning run was ended by Herts/Middlesex Division Two newcomers Cuffley on Saturday, with the Rhinos giving their hosts too much of a head start before launching their second-half comeback.

Ben Spencer says Saracens’ young guns are raring to go as they begin the defence of their Anglo-Welsh Cup crown against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday, writes Aaron Tillyer.

Division Two new boys Belsize Park have moved to the top of the table as they chase their third promotion in four years – and director of rugby Zach Webb believes the Regent’s Park outfit produced their best ever display on Saturday, while captain George Hazlett has warned there is even more to come.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen says fly-half Will Pettit will continue to be an important figure in the dressing room and on the touchline after breaking his arm in Saturday’s 34-21 home win over Harpenden.

Hendon dropped to seventh place in Herts/Middlesex Division One after a weakened team suffered a chastening 49-19 defeat away against London Welsh ‘Druids’.

Souka Trouiller scored a hat-trick as Hampstead Ladies bounced back from two successive defeats to win 27-10 away against Chesham Ladies in Women’s Championship South East Division Two.

Captain Cian Hynes believes Hendon can adjust their initial target for the season and now aim for a place in the top three or four after Saturday’s victory over Wasps.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen says Pete Wood’s impressive return to the first team underlines the club’s strength in depth after the winger scored twice in Saturday’s victory over London Nigerian.

Belsize Park remain second in the London Division Two North West table and unbeaten after scoring six tries in a commanding 40-7 victory at Stockwood Park.

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