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Summary

  1. FT: Exeter 19-10 Gloucester
  2. FT: Harlequins 29-23 Saracens
  3. FT: Leicester 30-27 Northampton

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By Rob Stevens, Nabil Hassan and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

Wowzers, what an afternoon of Premiership rugby!

Two epic finishes, at Welford Road and The Stoop, and another eye-catching win for Exeter Chiefs.

We'll be back with more live text and radio commentary of tomorrow's top-flight matches, with the bottom four teams all in action, so we'll see you then!

Recap

FT: Exeter 19-10 Gloucester

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Thomas Waldrom scored two tries as Exeter moved to within three points of Premiership leaders Saracens with victory over Gloucester.

Olly Woodburn also crossed and along with two Gareth Steenson conversions they led 19-0 at the break.

Greig Laidlaw got Gloucester on the board with a penalty before Charlie Sharples went over in the corner for a try, which Billy Burns converted.

Exeter pushed for the bonus point but despite late pressure could not cross but they at least avenged last weekend's loss to Northampton

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Recap

FT: Harlequins 29-23 Saracens

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Saracens suffered defeat for the first time this season, ending with 14 men as Harlequins won an absorbing encounter at The Stoop

Jack Clifford's try gave Quins a 15-14 lead at the break after Neil de Kock and Billy Vunipola crossed for Sarries either side of Rob Buchanan's score.

Owen Farrell kicked three penalties after the break but Ben Botica's boot got Quins back ahead after Sarries prop Rhys Gill was sent off for a tip-tackle.

Lock James Horwill scored late on to confirm an end to Saracens' 15-match unbeaten run.

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FT: Leicester 30-27 Northampton

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Freddie Burns' last-gasp penalty secured victory for Leicester Tigers over East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints at Welford Road.

Leicester led 21-0 after 22 minutes, with Matt Smith, Lachlan McCaffrey and Owen Williams all touching down.

Tries from Teimana Harrison, George North and Jamie Gibson wrestled Saints back into it, before Burns and Stephen Myler traded kicks to make it 27-27.

But Tigers, boosted by the return of Manu Tuilagi, stole it at the death.

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Exeter move to within three points of Saracens at the top of the table while Leicester's last-gasp win over Saints gives them a seven-point cushion over their close rivals.

Saracens suffer first defeat

Saracens may have seen their 15-match unbeaten run come to an end but the north London club are already looking forward to the return fixture on 16 April...

FT | @QuinsRugbyUnion 29 @Saracens 23 - Well done to our London rivals at The Stoop. That was a bruising contest. See you at @wembleystadium

Full-time

Leicester 30-27 Northampton

With the clock already red, it's the last kick of the game and Wayne Barnes brings an epic contest to a close.

Freddie Burns is the hero - and still the Saints are without a win at Welford Road since 2007.

Penalty (Burns)

Leicester 30-27 Northampton

Freddie Burns lands it and Leicester have stolen the points in the East Midlands derby!

Leicester 27-27 Northampton

But it's even better than that for Leicester, as Wayne Barnes awards them the penalty at the breakdown.

Freddie Burns will call for the tee, 25 metres out, right in front of the posts...

Leicester 27-27 Northampton

We're into the final minute, and Leicester fly-half Freddie Burns is back in the pocket and ready for another drop-goal attempt...

Leicester 27-27 Northampton

The clock has ticked past 78 minutes now, as Freddie Burns' long-range drop-goal attempt drifts just wide of the posts.

We're far from done, however, as Leicester win a line-out 25 metres from the Saints line.

Leicester 27-27 Northampton

Right then, with our two 15:00 GMT kick-offs all done and dusted it's all eyes on Welford Road.

And Stephen Myler's penalty has levelled the scores!

Five minutes to go in the wind, rain and mud.

Full-time

Harlequins 29-23 Saracens

And that is full-time.

Saracens suffer their first defeat of the season after going down to 14 men mid-way through the second half.

Harlequins beat their north London rivals for the first time since March 2012.

FT and Harlequins end Saracens unbeaten start to the season with an incredible 29-23 win at The Stoop

FT and Harlequins end Saracens unbeaten start to the season with an incredible 29-23 win at The Stoop

Leicester 27-24 Northampton

Dan Cole is back on the field and we're into the final 10 minutes.

As the rain eases, the intensity most certainly does not. It's end-to-end stuff.

Try (Horwill, con missed Botica)

Harlequins 29-23 Saracens

And from the resulting line-out, James Horwill crosses to seal a massive victory for Harlequins against 14-man Saracens.

Ben Botica misses the conversion.

What a finish! 

Harlequins 24-23 Saracens

Sarries set up an attacking platform after winning a penalty at the scrum on the Harelquins put-in and Farrell kicks for touch.

Saracens go through the phases but Quins flanker Chris Robshaw hacks away at the breakdown and the home side break away.

Alex Good concedes a penalty and Quins, with time running down, have a chance to see the game through in the Sarries 22....

Try (Gibson, con Myler)

Leicester 27-24 Northampton

It just had to be Jamie Gibson, didn't it?

The former Leicester man, who said this week he was expecting to be targeted in today's contest, has wriggled clear around the base of a ruck and slid over the line belly first for Northampton.

Stephen Myler, recently on for JJ Hanrahan, converts and they're back to within striking distance.

Leicester 27-17 Northampton

This East Midlands derby is now taking place in conditions that can be best described as treacherous.

The rain is absolutely pounding down and the pitch is becoming an absolute mud bath.

Fifteen minutes to go and Leicester's lead is still 10, despite having Dan Cole currently plonked on the sin bin step.

Harlequins 24-23 Saracens

Two more penalties from Ben Botica and Harlequins have a narrow lead.

Just under 10 minutes to go, the rain is falling hard in south-west London and the Quins fans at The Stoop have found their voice.

Is Saracens' unbeaten start about to come to an end?

72' PENALTY Quins and with the wind in his face Botica kicks it from 37m out! Harlequins lead 24-23!

Full-time

Exeter 19-10 Gloucester

Despite late pressure Exeter fail to get the bonus point they wanted as they seal a three-try victory over Gloucester, whose only try came from Charlie Sharples. 

Sin-bin (Cole)

Leicester 27-17 Northampton

A second penalty from Freddie Burns stretches Leicester's lead to 10 points, but from the restart Dan Cole has been penalised and then sent to the sin bin.

The Saints just aren't going away...

Will see how good Tigers are now down to 14.

Red card (Gill)

Harlequins 18-23 Saracens

Tempers flare up at The Stoop moments after Owen Farrell restores the visitor's five-point lead with another penalty,

Rhys Gill was sent to the sin bin by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys following a tip-tackle, driving a Harlequins' George Lowe into the ground head-first.

But the referee reviews the footage with the TMO, overturns his decision and shows Gill red instead.

Can Quins take advantage?

Leicester 24-17 Northampton

This is some game at Welford Road, as replacement Freddie Burns lands a penalty from the far touchline to extend the gap to seven points.

Twenty-five minutes to go.

Exeter 19-10 Gloucester

It looks like more bad news for England head coach Eddie Jones with Exeter wing Jack Nowell going off with a twisted knee. It's not been a good day on the injury front for England's new chief. 

No try (Hill)

Leicester 21-17 Northampton

Northampton's players aren't impressed, but Luther Burrell's high tackle on halfway has denied them the try that would've completed a remarkable comeback.

All the while, a certain someone is on the field, coming on for Matt Smith at centre...

(I'm talking about Manu Tuilagi, if you hadn't guessed)

Harlequins 18-20 Saracens

Harlequins win a penalty following a scrum in the Saracens half, after a long kick from Mike Ellery went dead.

Ben Botica, on for Nick Evans, bisects the posts to bring Quins back to within two points of the Premiership leaders.

We've got 20 minutes left at The Stoop.

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Try review (Hill)

Leicester 21-17 Northampton

But do we have another Northampton try against the run of play? Paul Hill is over - but we're heading to the TMO to check a high tackle...

Leicester 21-17 Northampton

It all sounds a bit subdued at Welford Road now, the home support stunned by that interception try from George North.

But their team do, at least, have the ball in hand and are in enemy territory.

Try (Sharples, con Burns)

Exeter 19-10 Gloucester

Charlie Sharples goes over in the corner after a 5m scrum was recycled by Gloucester and the wing went over for their first try. Billy Burns sends over a super conversion to reduce the deficit to nine points. 

Harlequins 15-20 Saracens

Following consultation with the TMO, Saracens are denied their third try of the afternoon.

The grounding looks ok but referee Craig Maxwell-Keys decides to take the play back for a penalty for Harlequins for a crossing incident in the build-up.

Owen Farrell kicked a second penalty for Sarries a few minutes ago, so the north Londoners now lead by five points.

Exeter 19-3 Gloucester

Not much happening at Sandy Park in this second half but that's not ruining the atmosphere. 

The Tomahawk Chop is circling the ground. Good noise!

Try (North, con Hanrahan)

Leicester 21-17 Northampton

Leicester have made a strong old start to this second period, working through 18, 19, 20 phases of play... But what have they done here?!

Eventually they spill the ball as their attack begins to go backwards, it's picked up by Wales wing George North and he shows some serious wheels to sprint clear and dot the ball down beneath the posts.

JJ Hanrahan converts and it really is game on at Welford Road.

Kick-off

Leicester 21-10 Northampton

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Right then, let's get cracking. Which way is this East Midlands derby heading? The second 40 minutes is under way...

Harlequins 15-17 Saracens

Owen Farrell puts Saracens back ahead from the penalty tee after Quins were penalised for being off their feet at the breakdown.

Farrell then has a nervous moment as Craig Maxwell-Keys goes to the television match official for a tackle on Mike Brown, but the referee decides to take no action.

Kick-off

Harlequins 15-14 Saracens

Sarries fly-half Owen Farrell gets the second half under way in the London derby.

The sold-out crowd at The Stoop has been treated to a great encounter so far.

Will the second half match the excitement of the first period?

Good news from Saracens that George Kruis is up and about in the changing room after the lock took an early knock to the head.

Match Shot: Incredible support from the 14,800 in attendance at The Stoop so far today!

Match Shot: Incredible support from the 14,800 in attendance at The Stoop so far today!

Half-time

Leicester 21-10 Northampton

That's been a decent watch, has that first 40 minutes.

Leicester sprinted into a 21-0 lead thanks to tries from Matt Smith, Lachlan McCaffrey and Owen Williams - but that touchdown by Teimana Harrison moments before the break has kept Northampton within touching distance.

Borthwick watching on at The Stoop

Harlequins 15-14 Saracens

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Former Saracens captain Steve Borthwick, who recently joined the England coaching staff under Eddie Jones, is watching on from the stands at The Stoop this afternoon

Sarries lock Maro Itoje has impressed since coming on while number eight Jack Clifford has got on the scoresheet for Quins.

Could they be named in the next England squad?

Kick-off

Exeter 19-0 Gloucester

Gloucester, with the wind behind them this half, get the game back under way through the boot of James Hook.

Try (Harrison, con Hanrahan)

Leicester 21-10 Northampton

We have a game on our hands in the East Midlands derby!

It's similar fare to Lachlan McCaffrey's try for Leicester earlier in the contest - a kick to the corner, a catch and drive and a score for Teimana Harrison to reduce the deficit.

JJ Hanrahan lands the conversion and the Saints are marching once more.