Saracens, Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints registered solid home victories in the second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday.
Saracens put last weekend's opening round loss to Gloucester behin them as they outscored Newcastle by four tries to two on their way to a 29-18 win at Allianz Park.
Newcastle dominated proceedings during the opening half and raced into a 10-0 lead thanks to accurate goalkicking from Brett Connon and an Opeti Fonua try but Sarries struck back by a try from Nick Tompkins and a penalty and a conversion from Tom Whiteley.
Connon added a penalty shortly after the break but Sarries pulled away thanks to tries from Scott Spurling, Jared Saunders and George Perkins before Santiago Socino scored a consolation try for the visitors.
Tries: Tompkins, Spurling, Saunders, Perkins
Cons: Whiteley 3
Tries: Fonua, Socin
Pens: Connon 2
Saracens: 15 Andrew Fenby, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Tom Griffiths, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Tom Whiteley, 9 Henry Taylor, 8 Samu Vunisa, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 6 Joel Conlon, 5 Mark Flanagan, 4 Nick Iwiekwe, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Scott Spurling, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 18 Billy Walker, 19 Jack Nay, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Matt Gallagher, 23 George Perkins
Newcastle: 15 Brett Connon, 14 Dan Marshall, 13 Fred Burdon (c), 12 Craig Willis, 11 Adam Radwan, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Sam Egerton, 8 Opeti Fonua, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Joshua Chisanga, 5 Glen Young, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Scott Wilson, 2 David Nelson, 1 Alex Rogers
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Harrison Orr, 20 Daniel Temm, 21 Ruaridh Dawson, 22 Ben Stevenson, 23 Tom Ffitch
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Simon McConnell (England), Nigel Carrick (England)
Leicester 42-3 Dragons
Leicester had too much ammunition for their hapless visitors, outscoring the Welsh outfit by six tries to none in a 42-3 demolition at Welford Road.
Freddie Burns was the Tigers' hero as finished with a 15-point haul thanks to a try, two conversions and two penalties.
Burns' try and further five-pointers from Owen Williams, Adam Thompstone and Greg Bateman helped Leicester to a 27-3 lead at half-time with Dragons only points coming via a Geraint Rhys Jones penalty.
The hosts continued to dominate after the interval and sealed their win thanks to tries from Ellis Genge and Jack Roberts.
Tries: Williams, Thompstone, Bateman, Burns, Genge, Roberts
Cons: Burns 2, Worth
Pens: Burns 2
Leicester: 15 George Worth, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Jack Roberts, 12 Owen Williams, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison (c), 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Will Evans, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Greg Bateman, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Brendon O'Connor, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Oli Bryant, 23 Mathew Ta
Dragons: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Jack Dixon (c), 11 Ashton Hewitt, 10 Geraint Rhys Jones, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Harri Keddie, 7 Nic Cudd, 6 James Thomas, 5 Matthew Screech, 4 Joe Davies, 3 Craig Mitchell, 2 Darran Harris, 1 Phil Price
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Robson Blake, 20 Josh Skinner, 21 Owen Davies, 22 Arwel Robson, 23 Will Talbot-Davies
Referee: Andrew Jackson (England)
Assistant Referees: Steve Lee (England), Darryl Chapman (England)
Northampton 19-13 Gloucester
Northampton staved off a late fightback from the Cherry and Whites to secure their second successive victory in the competition.
Gloucester opened the scoring via a Billy Burns penalty before Sam Olver slotted two penalties of his own to give the Saints a 6-3 lead by the half-hour mark.
Charlie Clare crossed for a try in the 37th minute which meant Saints held a 13-3 lead at the interval and they increased their lead when Olver added two further penalties shortly after the restart.
The visitors finished strongly, however, thanks to late tries from Ollie Thorley and Dan Thomas but the Saints did enough to hold on for the win in the end.
Pen: Olver 4
Tries: Thorley, D Thomas
Northampton: 15 James Wilson, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Sam Olver, 9 Tom Kessell, 8 Sam Dickinson (c), 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 James Craig, 4 Jordan Onojaife, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Charlie Clare, 1 Ethan Waller
Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Matt Beesley, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Michael Paterson, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Ben Nutley, 22 Lee Dickson, 23 Ben Foden
Gloucester: 15 Lloyd Evans, 14 Mat Protheroe, 13 Henry Purdy, 12 Elliott Creed, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Callum Braley, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Lewis Ludlow (c), 5 Joe Latta, 4 Joe Batley, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Henry Walker, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Joe Mullis, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Ciaran Knight, 19 Charlie Beckett, 20 Freddie Clarke, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Tom Hudson, 23 Will Safe
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace (England), Wayne Falla (England)