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Summary

  1. Exeter go top with 32-17 win over Newcastle
  2. Wasps beat Leicester 36-24 to go third
  3. Northampton go fourth with 26-11 win over Sale
  4. Worcester beat Gloucester 28-20 for back-to-back wins
  5. London Irish face Saracens in New Jersey later (20:00 GMT)

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum, Ged Scott and Brent Pilnick

All times stated are UK

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So, for the time being at least, Exeter Chiefs are top of the Premiership.

Saracens will have a say about whether they stay there later this evening.

We're off for a lie down, but as I say, we'll be back later for that battle in the Big Apple. Until there, cheerio.

Today's Premiership scores

We'll be back at around 19:30 GMT for that one. In the mean time, here's a reminder of today's scores on the doors and the match reports, if you want to find out a bit more:

Wasps 36-24 Leicester

Northampton 26-11 Sale

Worcester 28-20 Gloucester

Exeter 32-17 Newcastle

Battle in the Big Apple

London Irish v Saracens (20:00 GMT)

Not since The Clash brought Times Square to a stand-still in 1981 has a bunch of blokes from across the Atlantic prompted such curiosity and interest in New York.

The sight of London Irish players promoting tonight's Premiership Rugby match at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey was unusual - far from the usual pre-match build up.

Reporter Adam Williams has been out in America covering the trip - see his piece here.

You can follow the game with BBC Sport later, with live radio and text commentary.

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Still to come...

That's not all we have for you in the Premiership today, though.

There's the matter of another game later which will see English rugby's top flight break new ground.

All over in the Premiership

Phew, what an afternoon it's been in the Premiership, full of tries and late drama.

Hopefully, there's plenty more of that to follow in the second 40 minutes at Twickenham.

England lead Wales 16-0 at half-time and you can follow the second half here.

Full-time

FT: Exeter Chiefs 32-17 Newcastle Falcons

A flattering look to the full-time score at Sandy Park after a rollercoaster of an afternoon.

The first-half was turgid but the second exploded in a shower of points.

Falcons held their way until the last quarter when the Chiefs showed their title mettle to run in two late scores.

The bonus point makes it a two-point gap on Saracens at the top - though their game against London Irish comes later.

Try (Taione, con Steenson)

Exeter Chiefs 32-17 Newcastle Falcons

Elvis Taione just got the ball down after a big scramble. That's the bonus point.

79 TRY Chiefs!! @ElvisTaione goes over to get the bonus point try

79 TRY Chiefs!! @ElvisTaione goes over to get the bonus point try

Exeter Chiefs 25-17 Newcastle Falcons

Ollie Woodburn unable to bring in a bobbling ball that would have given the Chiefs a try bonus point.

He doesn't though but with three and bit minutes to go it's game over at Sandy Park.

Try (Hill)

Exeter Chiefs 25-17 Newcastle Falcons

Sam Hill sends Exeter to the top of the Premiership at least for just a couple of hours with a try to deflate Newcastle.

It's cruel on Newcastle who have fronted up throughout. But this is the kind of ruthless edge that will make the Chiefs genuine title contenders.

Penalty (Steenson)

Exeter Chiefs 20-17 Newcastle Falcons

Cool, calm, collected, kicked it.

Gareth Steenson again, edges Exeter ahead. The way this game has gone though, it's not over yet.

10 to play.

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

When the game is so open, exciting and enjoyable to watch I do wonder why teams opt for the kick-tennis nonsense.

Yes it's tactical but it's also tedious.

Nothing wrong with a fine kick into the corner but full-back to full-back punting...

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

Exeter fumble at the ruck when in another promising position and you feel they need to capitalise on their man advantage.

How long can the Falcons keep up this effort for? It's been unreal stamina so far.

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

Huge defensive effort shuts down the Exeter maul as it rumbled ominously close to the goal-line.

Falcons down to 14 after Will Welch was dispatched to the sin-bin, but they belied the disadvantage to stem the Chiefs advance.

Brilliant effort. Exeter miss out on further points. Could they have taken the penalty goal there?

Sin-bin (Welch)

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

Penalty for Exeter in the Falcons 22. Ball goes to touch. Here comes the drive...

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

53 By adding the two extras @steeno10 now holds the record for @ExeterChiefs league points Legend

53 By adding the two extras @steeno10 now holds the record for @ExeterChiefs league points Legend

Congrats to Gareth Steenson. One of the most consistent halves in the Premiership.

Try (Latu, con Delany)

Exeter Chiefs 17-17 Newcastle Falcons

Big phases on the Exeter line take their toll on the hosts rearguard and Newcastle have a second try through Nili Latu.

The big Tongan rumbled over on the back of good work by Sonatane Takulua. Mike Delany slots the simple conversion. Parity once again.

Exeter Chiefs 17-10 Newcastle Falcons

After a first half that barely warranted an entry in this live text, I haven't been able to take a breath in the second.

It's been a flood of points. Trading tries.

Juan Pablo Socino was fingertips away from an intercept try a second ago. Falcons bang in the 22 now.

Try (Dollman, con Steenson)

Exeter Chiefs 17-10 Newcastle Falcons

Phil Dollman celebrates
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Phil Dollman slides across the stripe for Exeter who played some brilliant rugby in the build-up.

Will Chudley against his former club, Gareth Steenson and Dollman all combined to shred the Falcons cover.

Steenson landed the conversion.

Try (Takulua, con Delany)

Exeter 10-10 Newcastle Falcons

WIthin minutes Newcastle have worked their way across, largely down to the quick-thinking of loose-forward Nili Latu.

He crept away from the base of a good attacking scrum and fed Sonatane Takulua who powered over.

Mike Delany levelled it up with his successful kick.

Neither side can take his game by the scruff of the neck at the moment.

Try (Waldrom, con Steenson)

Exeter 10-3 Newcastle Falcons

Dean Richards will be banging his head against a wall after this try for the veteran Thomas Waldrom.

First Mike Delany had his line-ball pocketed by Don Armand who sprinted for the line but fell short.

Chris Harris looked to hook the ball clear from his own in-goal but could only punt the ball straight to former Leicester back-rower Waldrom who touched down.

Kick-off

Exeter Chiefs 3-3 Newcastle Falcons

Back underway at a very sunny Sandy Park.

No such drama here like there is down the road at the football club...

BBC Sport has the details of the incident at St James Park.

Recap

The Six Nations might capture the imagination but the Premiership stood up to show its very best wares today...

Here's what has happened so far.

FT: Wasps 36-24 Leicester Tigers

FT: Worcester Warriors 28-20 Gloucester

FT: Northampton Saints 26-11 Sale Sharks

HT: Exeter Chiefs 3-3 Newcastle Falcons

Six Nations: England v Wales (16:00 GMT)

Although there's plenty to whet the appetite in the Premiership this afternoon, eyes will no doubt be cast on events at Twickenham in the Six Nations - England versus Wales.

There have been plenty of mind-games from both sides, with Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland vocal in the build up.

You can follow that one by clicking here.

Billy Vunipola, Dylan Hartley, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau
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Full-time

Northampton 26-11 Sale

JJ Hanrahan's late try secures a bonus point for the Saints as they come back from 11-0 down to beat Sale and move up to fifth in the Premiership. 

Full-time

Wasps 36-24 Leicester Tigers

Wow. What a finish. Leicester bang on the door from all angles, all the heavy artillery up but eventually they run aground and the ball is recycled and banged out by Wasps to bring an end to a thriller.

Super tries, super play, bit of niggle, injury, a big, noisy crowd. All the ingredients for a cracker which is exactly what we got.

Wasps go above Leicester, get the four-try bonus point. Tigers will be gutted to miss out on any reward after a real effort.

Wasps 36-24 Leicester Tigers

Leicester still going, clock in the red... it's tense and frantic!

Try (Hanrahan)

Northampton 26-11 Sale

JJ Hanrahan dances his way through the Sale defence to put the icing on this Saints comeback and seal a bonus point. Harry Mallinder tries for a quick drop-goal conversion and misses.

Wasps 36-24 Leicester Tigers

Leicester get a penalty with 11 seconds to go in the Wasps 22.

It's a line-out and a chance for that fourth try... scratchy ending!

Half-time

Exeter Chiefs 3-3 Newcastle Falcons

Wasps 36-24 Leicester Tigers

Bit of a scuffle going on after a high-tackle ends with a Leicester touchfinder from the penalty.

Less than two minutes remaining here, Tigers want a try bonus point to go with a losing bonus point.

Can they prise a way through?

Exeter Chiefs 3-3 Newcastle Falcons

Dean Richards
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Somehow it's still 3-3 here. Exeter are being driven to distraction by the Newcastle Falcons' defensive effort.

Dean Richards' Falcons have shown plenty of resolve, important given their Premiership status is at stake.

Warriors win

Worcester 28-20 Gloucester

Worcester hang on at Sixways to claim a second successive Premiership win for the first time in four seasons - and Gloucester were also the team they beat last time that happened in 2012.

Victory in the M5 Derby against his old side for Dean Ryan's men significantly eases the Warriors' fears of going straight down. As things stand, they now have a 13-point advantage over bottom club London Irish, who meet Saracens across the pond in New Jersey tonight.

Try (Goneva, con Burns)

Wasps 36-24 Leicester Tigers

Leicester get a little hint of a bonus point when Vereniki Goneva goes over on the left.

Wasps might have their feet up but Tigers really worked the left short-side nicely.

Freddie Burns tacks on the two. Tiger want a consolation losing bonus point.

Wasps 36-17 Leicester Tigers

This is a well-deserved bonus point win for Wasps, who have really grabbed the Six Nations weekends by the scruff of the neck with victories against Saracens and now Tigers.

Charles Piutau will leave some big boots to fill in 2016-17... let's just enjoy watching him while we can.

Tom Arscott is hurt

Northampton 21-11 Sale

Sale's Tom Arscott looks in a bad way as he goes down with what looks like a serious knee injury. The players around him from both teams immediately call for medical help and the game is halted. 

Wasps 36-17 Leicester Tigers

Gallivanting stuff from Tom Croft, who looked to gallop down the left before he was cut down by a swarm of Wasps cover tacklers.

Has lit this game up a bit, just as it started to slip toward game over territory.

Leicester playing the lively rugby at the moment and Croft might have had a second bite of the cherry but failed to take the ball in.

It's been a real treat to watch for the most part.

Exeter Chiefs 3-3 Newcastle Falcons

I'd only just written the last post about Exeter's tight hold on this game when Mike Delany slotted over for the Falcons to draw level.

Exeter will rue their inability to convert chances, it's been hard going to break the line.

Exeter Chiefs 3-0 Newcastle Falcons

Frustrating first quarter for Exeter who do have the advantage on the scoreboard but have also failed to break the will of their visitors.

They've had field position and tried to stretch the Falcons left and right but so far have just a Gareth Steenson penalty goal to show for it. 

Penalty (Heathcote)

Worcester 28-20 Gloucester

Breathing space again for the Warriors as a third Tom Heathcote penalty takes the home side two scores clear again with just nine minutes left. A second successive home win now looking likely. It would also be a third in four Premiership games for former Gloucester coach Dean Ryan's side.