Quins win while Saints climb to third
There were New Year's Eve wins for Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins and Bath, who move up to third.
Newcastle 14-32 Northampton
Northampton moved up to third place in the Aviva Premiership with a 32-14 win against beleaguered Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.
Giant prop Soane Tonga'uiha was driven over for the visitors' third while former Falcons man Tom May delivered the fourth try - and the bonus point - four minutes from time with his first touch after coming on as a late replacement. Suka Hufanga scored a first-half try for Newcastle.
Exeter 9-11 Harlequins
Harlequins bounced back from defeat by Saracens to go into 2012 at the top of the Aviva Premiership table following a narrow 11-9 win at Exeter.
The play was far from textbook but Quins had enough to do the double over the Chiefs in front of a sell-out crowd of 10.602 at Sandy Park.
The visitors had gone in to the break 8-6 in front, with Danny Care crossing for a try, but replacement fly-half Gareth Steenson looked to have sealed the game six minutes from time with a 40-metre penalty.
But England Saxons fly-half Rory Clegg, who had a nightmare of an afternoon with his kicking as he missed the target with four penalty attempts and a conversion, landed his second penalty to clinch the game three minutes from time.