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Summary

  1. FULL-TIME: Leicester Tigers & Saracens reach the play-offs
  2. FULL-TIME: Exeter Chiefs miss out despite beating Sale Sharks
  3. FULL-TIME: Wasps draw at London Irish to secure sixth spot
  4. Use the 'Live Coverage' tab to select your commentary

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By Brendon Mitchell, Gary Smee, Nathan Middleton and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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A final day to remember

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That just about concludes our coverage of the final day of the Premiership season. The four of us are all off for a long lie down.

Today's results mean next Saturday's play-off semi-finals are looking like this...

  • Northampton Saints v Saracens (14:00 BST)
  • Bath v Leicester Tigers (17:00 BST)

And we'll have live text commentary of both of those matches too!

We'll see you then.

Recap

Newcastle 37-21 Harlequins

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Harlequins' poor campaign came to an end with defeat at second-bottom Newcastle Falcons.

The hosts ran in five tries as they turned around a first-half deficit at Kingston Park.

This time last year Quins were preparing for a play-off semi-final against Saracens after finishing fourth, but in 2014-15 they will have to settle for eighth and no European Champions Cup place.

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Bath 50-30 Gloucester

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Although there was little riding on the game in terms of league standings, there was no shortage of drama in a West Country derby which saw 80 points racked up and 11 tries scored.

Bath finished a point behind Northampton in second, while Gloucester will have to regroup after finishing a disappointing ninth.

Next up for Mike Ford's men will be Leicester in the play-off semi-finals. He will be hoping history repeats itself after the Blue, Black and Whites ran out

45-0 winners at The Rec in September.

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London Irish 40-40 Wasps

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Wasps secured the two points they needed to guarantee their top-six finish ahead of Sale Sharks with a draw against London Irish. Trailing at the break, they scored five tries in total with the Premiership's golden boot winner Andy Goode slotting six kicks.

Winger James Short went over twice as London Irish also crossed five times at the Madejski Stadium.

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London Welsh 17-68 Saracens

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Saracens knew they had to score some serious points against London Welsh to reach the top four -

just as they did earlier in the season.

And, having led only 26-17 at the break, Mark McCall's side duly ran riot in the second half as they touched down 10 times, including four for winger Chris Ashton, who broke the record for the fastest-ever Premiership hat-trick.

London Welsh played their final game of a miserable season where they finish bottom with just one point picked up over 22 games. They conceded more than 1,000 points across those fixtures.

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Josh Bolam: Great result for Newcastle, that win has been coming over the last few weeks. Great send off for Mike Blair

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Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

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It was a case of so near, yet so far for Exeter Chiefs. Knowing they had to better Saracens' result at London Welsh, they ran in seven tries against Sale Sharks in the sunshine at Sandy Park, but they missed out on a top four place by 20 points.

Sale's slim top-six hopes were let down by indiscipline - Ross Harrison was sent off late on for throwing punches to the head, while Jonny Leota and Mark Cueto were both sin binned.

Former England winger Cueto ended his career in the sin bin, having been yellow-carded with 10 minutes left.

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Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

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In a typically fiery East Midlands derby, Leicester Tigers did their bit to confirm a top-four place for the 11th year running against a Northampton Saints side who rested a number of key players.

Jordan Crane and Niall Morris were the try-scorers for the Tigers as they finished third in the table.

How it finished

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Before we have a wee look back at how the final day unfolded, here's confirmation of how the Premiership table ended up.

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BT Sport: "I'm not sure I enjoyed it too much. Saints made us work really hard, we probably didn't play as well as we would have liked but it was job done.

"We delete that from our minds now and we prepare for Bath. We'll regroup, we'll freshen up and all the pressure is on them. They've had a good season, they're a great side.

"We've had a poor season by many standards but we're in the mix now and it's just one-off games."

Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BT Sport: "We've got a fantastic season ahead next year, the Premiership is a great competition, getting better all the time. We're back in the top tier of the European competition."

Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BT Sport: "In the second half today we were a very good side. The key for us is making sure that's how we stay when it gets tough and it gets tight.

"Sometimes when we go within ourselves that's our challenge, that's the battle."

London Welsh 17-68 Saracens

Saracens wing Chris Ashton on Sarries' tie against Northampton Saints in the play-off semi-finals: "I think they're in the position we were in last year, all the pressure is on them, we've come fourth.

"We know the task we've got to do, we've had a good couple of games between ourselves and them so we're looking forward to it."

London Welsh 17-68 Saracens

Saracens wing Chris Ashton told BT Sport: "Welsh have done well all season against the big teams, they've scored two tries generally before half-time. We tried to stop that but we couldn't.

"We stayed calm as much as we could, I thought we had the fitness over them to get them at the end."

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So what did you bunch make of that? Leicester Tigers and Saracens have done the business, as they always seem to, but it's heartbreak on the final day for Exeter Chiefs.

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Who is your Premiership player of the season?

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The results are in, have been checked and verified and the Bath boys have done rather well!

George Ford is your Premiership player of the season with 29.6% of the vote, while Jonathan Joseph came second with 29.2%.

'Other' did pretty well too, coming third with 13.5% of the vote.

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Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

Exeter Chiefs on Twitter: Fantastic season. Fifth in the league. LV= finalists. European Challenge Cup semi-finalists. Exeter Chiefs just keep on giving.

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole told BT Sport: "We knew it was going to be difficult, whatever side Saints bring they were coming here to spoil the party and put us out.

"That's the rivalry, it's a local game, a local derby.

"We knew it would take 80 minutes to win the game and it did."

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole told BT Sport: "It's massive. It's why we play the game, we've got a great history of reaching the play-offs.

"This year it's been a bit sticky in parts but we've come through. It's taken until the last day of the season but we're in it and that's what matters."

Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

Exeter Chiefs winger Matt Jess told BT Sport: "The work ethic that the new boys and the academy players brings in always makes us better."

Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

Exeter Chiefs winger Matt Jess told BT Sport: "As disappointed as we are, I'm pleased with the win. We'll learn from this experience and I think we'll make top four next year, definitely."

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Leicester Tigers and Saracens have qualified for the Premiership play-offs, while Exeter Chiefs finish fifth.

Wasps have pipped Sale Sharks to the final European Champions Cup place.

Full-time

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

Leicester are into the play-offs for the 12th season in a row after a hard-fought victory over their East Midlands' rivals Northampton Saints.

Tigers came out a different side in the second-half after trailing at the break, but were helped by Saints being reduced to 13 men early on.

Tom Stephenson's late try for the visitors made it a nervy final five minutes, but Leicester held on.

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

Northampton are pushing once again. They are inside the Tigers' 22 with 10 seconds to go.

But it's a penalty to Leicester and this game is as good as over...

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

Leicester are winding the clock down as Tommy Bell kicks a penalty to the corner.

Line-out to Tigers. Just 90 seconds to go.

Full-time: Around the grounds

We have now reached full-time everywhere apart from at Welford Road - and Saracens have won 68-17 at London Welsh.

We already know Bath beat Gloucester 50-30 at The Rec, and Newcastle Falcons have also beaten Harlequins 37-21, as Andy Saull scores a late try for the hosts.

Elsewhere, London Irish scored a late try though James Short to draw 40-40 with Wasps.

Full-time

Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

No play-off place for Exeter at the moment despite running in seven tries in the sunshine at Sandy Park.

They've got to hope that Northampton can do them a favour at Welford Road, as the Saints are just six points behind in the closing stages.

Try (Stephenson, missed con Oliver, 76 mins)

Leicester Tigers 22-14 Northampton Saints

That came from absolutely nowhere. Northampton burst forward and work the ball out wide to Tom Stephenson, who darts around a couple of tackles and crosses the try-line.

Sam Oliver misses the conversion, but that try has given Exeter some hope.

They need Northampton to win to move back into the top four.

Try (McGuigan, missed con Steenson, 78 mins)

Exeter Chiefs 44-16 Sale Sharks

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With both sides not up to their full compliment of XV, Exeter spread the play this way and that.

The hosts spin it to the right-hand touchline, where Byron McGuian is in acres of space to place down with no one near him.

Red card (Harrison)

Exeter Chiefs 39-16 Sale Sharks

Sale's season is not ending well. Substitute prop Ross Harrison is sent off for throwing punches to the head of Alex Brown.

The pair became involved in the scuffle after Brown had a hold of Harrison's shirt, but the Sharks prop launches a couple of blows to his head.

Brown, for his part, is sent to the sin-bin so 13 plays 14 to end the game.

Leicester Tigers 22-9 Northampton Saints

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The Welford Road faithful are certainly much happier in this half and in fine voice.

They know their side have virtually sealed a play-off spot for the 12th season in a row.

The game is a much more even contest now Saints have both their sin-binned men back.

Around the grounds

Scrum-half Dan Robson scores a converted try for Gloucester at The Rec, but Bath respond with a try of their own, from Horacio Agulla, and the Blue, Black and Whites win the West Country derby 50-30.

Meanwhile, Wasps go back in front at London Irish thanks to a converted James Haskell try. It's 40-35 in that absolute thriller.

Elsewhere, Newcastle Falcons are now 32-21 up against Harlequins.

And Charlie Hodgson adds a great solo try for Saracens, who now lead 68-17 at London Welsh.

Penalty (Bell)

Leicester Tigers 22-9 Northampton Saints

Moments after coming on to replace Freddie Burns, Tommy Bell has a penalty to contend with.

However, it's no problem and he kicks it calmly from the tee to extend Leicester's lead to 13 points.

Leicester Tigers 19-9 Northampton Saints

Dylan Hartley is now on the pitch. A number of substitutions for both sides. It also looks as though Freddie Burns is injured and he comes off too.

That is not good news if Leicester make the play-offs, which it looks as though they will do now with just under 15 minutes left.

Northampton are also back up to their full quota of 15.

Into the final 15 minutes

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We're well into the final quarter of each of our matches. As things stand, Leicester Tigers and Saracens are heading for the play-offs and Exeter Chiefs, despite beating Sale Sharks, look to be heading for final-day heartbreak.

Wasps have a pretty firm grip on a spot in next season's European Champions Cup.

Sin-bin (Cueto)

Exeter Chiefs 39-16 Sale Sharks

This not how you want to end a glittering career. Mark Cueto, who is retiring after this game, is sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on.

With less than 10 minutes to go, the Premiership's record try scorer will end his 14-year stint unfortunately sat on the bench.

The Chiefs fans do give him a standing ovation as he walks off and he responds by clapping all around the packed Sandy Park.

Exeter Chiefs 39-16 Sale Sharks

Sale are back up to their full XV, but are struggling to contain wave after wave of Exeter attacks.

The message looks to have come through that they need points, but Saracens have an 18-point advantage as it stands because of their 61-17 lead at London Welsh.

Leicester Tigers 19-9 Northampton Saints

That was a bit strange. Saints' captain Dylan Hartley, on the bench today, wanders onto the pitch as if he going to come on, but then comes straight back off.

Not sure what happened there to be honest. If I find out I'll let you know!

Around the grounds

Chris Ashton has his fourth try of the day and Saracens now lead by 44 points, 61-17, at London Welsh.

And Wasps are now losing 35-33 at London Irish after a Shane Geraghty kick.

Leicester Tigers 19-9 Northampton Saints

Despite being down to 13 men, Northampton are enjoying their best spell of pressure of the second half as they approach the Leicester 22.

However, the move breaks down, Tigers are awarded a penalty and are back on the attack.