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Summary

  1. FT: Sale 36-36 Saracens
  2. Late Tom Arscott try earns Sale draw
  3. FT: Northampton 38-18 Worcester
  4. Tom Collins hat-trick as Saints beat Worcester
  5. FT: Gloucester 32-6 Newcastle
  6. Bonus-point win for Gloucester over Falcons

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By Gary Smee, Andrew Aloia and Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

What an absolutely breathtaking afternoon of Premiership rugby we've enjoyed!

A total of 22 tries, a 36-36 draw between Sale and Premiership leaders Saracens and a couple of thumping wins for Gloucester and Northampton.

If you haven't quite had your rugby fix, the small matter of England against Ireland in the Six Nations is under way. You can follow live text and BBC Radio 5 Live commentary of that match here.

We'll be back with more Premiership action on Sunday from 12:45 GMT.

Until then, goodbye and thank you for joining us.

Full-time

Gloucester 32-6 Newcastle

Gloucester had the game won before half time with three tries, James Hook contributing 15 points.

After the break, the going got tough in a defensive slog for both sides. Eventually, however, Tom Savage helped secure a bonus-point win for the Cherry and Whites.

That is now three wins from four games for Gloucester as they move to seventh in the table.

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Gloucester 32-6 Newcastle

Stunning pace from Charlie Sharples and he is off like a rocket. Sinoti Sinoti has no chance as Sharples blows by, a step inside and a fifth try looks on.

Newcastle gather themselves and concede a penalty. The foray forward is stopped

Try (Savage, con Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 32-6 Newcastle

About time!

That has been more than 30 minutes in the making. Replacement lock Tom Savage on the end of it, crashes over and secures a much-deserved bonus-point for the hosts.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

This game has been simmering and the two sides are starting to square up.

Moments earlier Gloucester had sight of a fourth try, Rob Cook was away but  Billy Burns was taken out. Just needed a man following up.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

The sound inside Kingholm is building. Just over 10 minutes remaining and the Cherry and whites are chasing a bonus-point win.

Newcastle holding firm. No change there, frustratingly so.

Gloucester 25- 6 Newcastle

We are into the final 15 minutes at Kingholm. Scores remain 25-6, so no change there since the break.

Full-time

Northampton 38-18 Worcester

A very satisfactory second half for Northampton as they came from behind to secure a convincing bonus-point win.

Worcester were resilient but three tries from Tom Collins took its tole on their defence and they were denied the double over the Saints this season.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

Sinoti Sinoti, a Newcastle marvel. Comes off the bench, provides a highlight. Nice carry and busts the tackle.

Nothing came of it, but the the winger is always worth a mention.

Try (Pisi, con Hanrahan)

Northampton 38-18 Worcester

And this time we do have a try. Ken Pisi touches down in the corner with a minute to go.

JJ Hanrahan adds the extras and Saints look good for a 20-point win with 30 seconds left.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

Oh behave yourselves gentlemen, don't offer up too much in the way of entertainment... yeah, little chance of that, it seems.

Both sides trade knock-ons. Yep, not trading penalties or tries right now. Just errors.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

What is this. A moment of flowing action at Kingsholm.

Gloucester's backs swing the ball among themselves and Henry Purdy drills the ball down field and into Newcastle's 22. I'll take that as a highlight as this half is failing to reach any sort of attacking heights. Defensively, however, impressive from both sides at times.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

Gloucester concede the penalty and allow Newcastle to kick out of trouble. Huge effort from Falcons to keep Gloucester out.

Newcastle on the attack now and win a penalty in the 22. However, they ignore the easy points and kick to the corner. It is a long way back into the game for Newcastle and they are showing that they are up for the fight.

No try

Northampton 31-18 Worcester

Scratch that. Stephen Myler is called for blocking in midfield and the try has been wiped off. 

The gap remains at 13 points.

Try (Pisi)

Northampton 36-18 Worcester

Hold on. We're just checking whether Ken Pisi stepped into touch here...

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

Gloucester have been camped close to Newcastle's line for a few minutes now.

But for as much as they have pressed, Newcastle refuse to buckle.

Newcastle's Mouritz Both is pinged for some handbags and the pressure builds.

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Try (Collins, con Myler)

Northampton 31-18 Worcester

A burst of pace from Jamie Gibson and he finds Tom Collins who slides over for his hat-trick.

Worcester's defence is tiring now and Northampton appear to have closed this one out.

Just under 15 minutes to go at Franklin's Gardens.

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

The noise at Kingsholm peaks for a moment as Billy Twelvetrees gets fingertips to a intercept. That had try time stamped all over it. But the moment is lost.

A spill from Newcastle moments later, however, also invites pressure on the visitors - Lewis Ludlow with the pass to Twelvetrees and Charlie Sharples was eyeing off the corner. Again, nothing to show for Gloucester. But very nearly on two occasions there.

Northampton 24-18 Worcester

Phil Dowson is on for Worcester as he makes his return to Franklin's Gardens.

Warriors will be hoping he can inspire his side as they have 19 minutes to turn this around.

Kick-off

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

Newcastle's Craig Willis gets the action back underway at Kingholm, sending the ball high into the overcast sky.

A few changes for both sides, Mouritz Botha coming on for Newcastle captain Will Welch, while Callum Braley replaces Willi Heinze for Gloucester.

Gloucester v Newcastle
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Try (Dickson, con Myler)

Northampton 24-18 Worcester

Hard to work out who scored that one, but the try has been awarded to Lee Dickson for his fourth try in three games. 

Stephen Myler's kick goes through the middle and Saints have a six-point lead.

Northampton try
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Northampton 17-18 Worcester

And they're at it again. Stephen Myler kicks to touch from a penalty and they secure the ball from their line-out.

Saints need some points here and we've gone upstairs to the TMO.

Did Lee Dickson ground the ball?

So far today...

Missed some of today's action already? Not to worry, catch up on the afternoon's opening game here.

In short, Sale's Danny Cipriani missed a late conversion to win a 10-try thriller between the Sharks and Premiership leaders Saracens at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Sale 36-36 Saracens report
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Penalty (Heathcote)

Northampton 17-18 Worcester

Warriors are battling hard here in a game that most expected Northampton to run away with.

Tom Heathcote slots one over from in front of the posts to give Worcester a one-point lead.

HT: Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

This man has been inspirational in the first half for Gloucester. The international class has been oozing from him.

It could be a long second half for the Falcons.

James Hook
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Northampton 17-15 Worcester

Worcester have regained their composure after a rocky first few minutes in this second half and they're on the attack.

Francois Hougaard is controlling things on the park but that's poor play from Chris Pennell who should have given the pass for a certain score.

Some heroic Saints defence is keeping Worcester out just metres from the line.  

Half-time

Gloucester 25-6 Newcastle

A Craig Willis penalty for Newcastle signals the end of the half.

How Gloucester did not have a man sin-binned in the final minutes is beyond me. The penalty count was ticking over as quick as Newcastle could set their scrum. All the Falcons have to show is a second penalty.

Gloucester in control for much of the contest, but the last 10 minutes a huge statement from a stubborn Newcastle side. 

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Gloucester 25-3 Newcastle

Scrum set. Whistle. Start again.

We are deep into dead time now and nothing giving as Newcastle set themselves up metres from Gloucester's line.

Gloucester 25-3 Newcastle

Gloucester with an immense defensive display in the final minutes of the first half. Newcastle's Scott Lawson is stopped, but the scrum is set and the pressure is piled on the Cherry and Whites.

Only moments away from half-time now.

Gloucester 25-3 Newcastle

Newcastle are huffing and puffing in a big way, with a few successive penalties now.

James Hook, who has done the business in attack, is there to hold the Falcons on the line.

A pause in the action as players from both sides get some attention from medics. 

Try (Collins, missed con Myler)

Northampton 17-15 Worcester

And that has to be one of the passes of the season. 

Luther Burrell with a sublime pass out to Tom Collins on the wing who charges over the line with just two minutes played in the second half.

Stephen Myler's kick just drifts across the face of goal.

Kick-off

Northampton 12-15 Worcester

We're back underway at Franklin's Gardens and Saints have an early penalty. 

Again, they don't take the points and Stephen Myler kicks to the corner.

Try (Moriarty, con missed Hook)

Gloucester 25-3 Newcastle

Gloucester try
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It is on again for Gloucester.

Nice hands Willi Heinz, Mariano Galarza dishes on to to Ross Moriarty and the flanker flies over for the host's third try of the half.

Penalty (Willis)

Gloucester 20-3 Newcastle

After 30 minutes at Kingholm, Newcastle have their first sight at the stick.

It is a long, long range effort but Craig Willis lands it and Falcons are on the board.  

FT: Sale 36-36 Saracens

@Saracens great game from both sides, safe journey home to you all, and good luck for rest of the season!

A great game it certainly was!

Penalty (Hook)

Gloucester 20-0 Newcastle

James Hook tees up... and lands hit 15th point of the day.

All going Gloucester's way right now.

Half-time

Northampton 12-15 Worcester

A thoroughly entertaining first-half as the two sides go blow-for-blow.

Val Rapava-Ruskin scored the first Warriors try before Harry Mallinder replied for Northampton.

Saints then went ahead through Tom Collins but Wynand Olivier ran a great line to score with seconds remaining. 

The home side will need to tighten up in the second half but we've got an interesting 40 to come.

Gloucester 17-0 Newcastle

Newcastle looking a momentary threat through Giovanbattista Venditti, but a knock-on is forced by Gloucester.

After some running repairs for Cherry and Whites prop Paddy McAllister, Jame Hook relieves all pressure with a mammoth kick down field. Bit of wind assistance, but still impressive 

Try (Olivier, con Heathcote)

Northampton 12-15 Worcester

Worcester aren't finished in this half. Wynand Olivier splits the two Saints centres and powers through the gap. 

He makes no mistake this time and Tom Heathcote adds the conversion to give them a three-point half-time lead.

Try (Hook, con Hook)

Gloucester 17-0 Newcastle

There's even more for Laurie Fisher to smile about now. Quick hands from the Gloucester backs and James Hook wriggles his way through.

The Welshman converts his own try to cap the Cherry and Whites' early dominance.