Saracens kept up the pressure on Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins by securing their fifth win of the season at the expense of Newcastle with a 25-5 success.
Joe Maddock, Alex Goode and James Short crossed for Sarries, with Charlie Hodgson adding two conversions and two penalties, while the Falcons' only points came through Luke Fielden's 17th-minute try.
But the reigning champions trooped off at the end looking dejected at their failure to convert an emphatic percentage of possession and territory into a fourth try and a bonus point.
Bottom club Newcastle never looked capable of springing a surprise, but that did not stop them erecting a defiant barrier during the final quarter.
Tom Homer scored 22 points as London Irish gave Worcester a five-try 42-24 beating at the Madejski Stadium.
The full-back converted four of his side's scores, added a couple of penalties and also crossed for one of those touchdowns himself.
Centre Steve Shingler, number eight Chris Hala'ufia, wing Adam Thompstone and centre Jonathan Joseph also went over for the Exiles while wings Marcel Garvey (2) and Miles Benjamin touched down for the Warriors.
The Exiles' win was all the more impressive as they were without five injured first-teamers
Winger Christian Wade, this season's leading tryscorer, grabbed his sixth of the campaign as Wasps overcame visitors Bath 27-24 at Adams Park.
Former Leicester and England flyer Tom Varndell, on the opposite wing, also touched down for the home side.
Their other 17 points came from the boot of Welsh fly-half Nicky Robinson, who landed five penalties and a conversion on his return from a three-match injury-enforced absence.
Bath replied with tries from 20-year-old prop Kane Palma-Newport and flanker Guy Mercer with 19-year-old fly-half Tom Heathcote marking his first senior start with a 14-point kicking haul.
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