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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Saracens' Maro Itoje (right) tries to barge his way past Bath's Horacio Agulla at Allianz Park on Saturday

England coach Eddie Jones believes Maro Itoje delivered his best performance for Saracens in Saturday’s record fightback against Bath.

Hampstead's Dan Wigley had a try disallowed against HAC on Saturday. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead coach Peter Breen fears his side may have thrown away their chance of a top-four finish after a third consecutive defeat in London North-West Division Two.

Paul Geraghty (left) scored Hendon's first try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon finished the first stage of their Herts/Middlesex Division Two campaign with a 22-12 home win over Thamesians, leaving them third in the table as the league splits into two sections.

Dave O'Dwyer scored UCS Old Boys' try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

A depleted UCS Old Boys squad suffered a heavy 60-7 defeat away against Old Streetonians – and they have now lost their last four games in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Belsize Park's Ben Parker crosses the try-line against Hackney. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park have increased their cushion inside the two promotion places to 19 points after triumphing 25-15 away against their nearest pursuers, Hackney, on Saturday.

Colm McMahon finishes off a maul to score Belsize Park's fourth try against Grasshoppers and secure a bonus point. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain George Hazlett says Belsize Park’s 14-point lead over Hackney will count for little when they visit their closest pursuers in the promotion battle at the weekend.

Saracens' Juan Figallo. Pic: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Saracens prop Juan Figallo has extended his stay at Allianz Park after signing a contract extension.

Nathaniel Breakwell scored UCS Old Boys' try. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys’ winter blues continued as a 26-5 home defeat against ninth-placed Royston condemned them to their third defeat in a row in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Hampstead prop Chris Groves was sent off inside the first quarter of an hour. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Head coach Peter Breen was frustrated by poor refereeing decisions and a lack of composure from his players as Hampstead suffered their third defeat in four games – and he says there is “now no margin for error” as the club chase a top-four finish.

Derry O'Connor (right) scored Hendon's only points of the game with a penalty kick. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon lost their top-of-the-table clash away at Saracens Amateurs, slipping nine points behind the leaders, who have won all of their 10 games in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Saracens' Jamie George (right) goes past Ulster's Paddy Jackson at Allianz Park. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos.co.uk

Hooker Jamie George hailed an “outstanding” performance from Saracens after the north Londoners beat Ulster at Allianz Park on Saturday, booking a home quarter-final in the European Champions Cup.

Laurent Stephenson scored the Old Boys' second-half try. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys began 2016 with a 25-7 defeat at Cheshunt in Herts/Middlesex Division One despite a strong start to the second half and a try from Laurent Stephenson.

Max Moncrieff scored Hampstead's try against league leaders Old Haberdashers on Saturday. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen says his side were beaten fair and square by the league leaders – but he remains positive about the club’s progress and is “desperate” for a top-four finish.

Belsize Park captain George Hazlett:

Captain George Hazlett says Belsize Park are determined to avoid last season’s heartbreak and win the London North-West Division Three title after securing their seventh successive victory.

Cian Hines

Cian Hynes was the Hendon hero with a 16-point haul – including a vital late conversion – to seal a dramatic late 31-29 win against north London rivals Haringey Rhinos.

Schalk Burger in action for South Africa

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall believes the club have signed one of the best players in the world after agreeing a deal to bring South Africa flanker Schalk Burger to Allianz Park.

Saracens' Petrus du Plessis. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos.co.uk

Saracens forward Petrus du Plessis believes January will be a key month in the Premiership and in Europe – starting with Saturday’s showdown against Leicester at Allianz Park.

Joe Woolley reaches out to score UCS Old Boys' late fourth try and earn his team a bonus point. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys were unable to halt runaway leaders Kilburn as the Cosmos maintained their perfect league record – but they scored four tries against the pacesetters to earn a bonus point in their 31-22 defeat.

Olufemi Ajayi (left) scored Hampstead's try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead suffered a heartbreaking 17-13 defeat against title rivals Hammersmith & Fulham in London North-West Division Two as victory turned into defeat with just 90 seconds left.

Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall. Pic: PA

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall has warned the rest of Europe that his in-form side still have room for improvement as they head into their fourth Champions Cup group clash at home against French side Oyonnax.

Dan Stewart kicked two penalties for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys’ three-match winning run came to an end as they twice lost the lead and were held to a 6-6 draw away against London French - but that was enough to take them up into fourth place in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Mark Liebling scored three tries for Belsize Park and was named the man of the match. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Mark Liebling and Jeremy Burton both scored hat-tricks as Belsize Park ran in 12 tries in a crushing 72-7 home win over Hitchin, remaining level on points with league leaders London Nigerian in London North-West Division Three.

Mike Evans-Jones reaches over the try-line to score for Hendon. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon finished the calendar year with their seventh win from eight league games and remain second in the table – although they missed out on a bonus point.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead’s head coach Peter Breen says his side are discovering the challenges of being title contenders after they came from behind to win 29-11 at Tabard and moved up to second place in London North-West Division Two.

Stefan Filip scored for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys completed a hat-trick of league victories in Herts/Middlesex Division One and leapfrogged Hillingdon Abbots to advance into fifth spot after beating them 15-12 at home.

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