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Summary

  1. FT: Sale 29-23 Harlequins
  2. FT: Gloucester 13-10 Wasps
  3. FT: Bath 25-17 London Irish
  4. FT: Saracens 15-20 Northampton

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By Matt Newsum, Andrew Aloia and Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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It's not over yet...

Having served up a veritable banquet of fixtures for you this afternoon, we've got a treat that will go very nicely with your Sunday roast tomorrow afternoon in the shape of Exeter v Leicester.

The new guard, with genuine title aspirations, up against the old guard, who are synonymous with titles both home and abroad.

Exeter v Leicester, commentary on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Leicester, and of course live text commentary and match report from BBC Sport tomorrow - kick-off in that one is 15:00 GMT.

Why not join us? Until then, thanks and good evening.

Where do we stand?

Well Northampton's win against leaders Saracens lifts the Saints up to fourth, and keeps the champions within Exeter's grasp.

Wasps stay third, just two points above the Saints, while Sale and Gloucester wins give them genuine hope of a top four finish in a tight middle third. Quins' losing bonus point also keeps them in the mix.

Bath ease their fears with a win against a London Irish side whose plight looks tough.

The scores on the doors

So, it's all over in our four games. If you need a reminder of today's Premiership results, here they are:

Sale Sharks 29-23 Harlequins

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

Saracens 15-20 Northampton

Bath 25-17 London Irish

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Bath 25-17 London Irish

Matt Banahan set up Bath's win with two first-half tries, leaving London Irish eight points from safety at the bottom of the table ahead of their 'home' game in New Jersey against Saracens next week.

Alex Lewington's late try put London Irish within the width of the woodwork from earning a losing bonus point. But it wasn't to be.

Full-time

Saracens 15-20 Northampton

Saracens saw their last chance to gain something from this game evaporate when Nils Mordt smashed the ball into touch with seconds to play.

Northampton battled away to get the points and they keep the battle at the top of the Premiership alive, notably with Exeter and Leicester in action tomorrow.

Not a classic, but an important win for Saints, Sarries need to rediscover their early form.

Try (Lewington)

Bath 25-17 London Irish

Staggering finish from London Irish. They build their best attacking threat and show great composure for Alex Lewington to cross.

It was an audacious bid by the visitors to try earn a losing bonus point. Greig Tonks landed a late penalty on his London Irish debut, and from the restart Lewington went in.

However, the conversion from way out wide hits the post. London Irish finish with nothing.

Penalty (Myler)

Saracens 15-20 Northampton

Five to go. Jacques Burger goes jackalling at the ruck and the penalty goes Northampton's way after he loses his feet.

Stephen Myler slots it effortlessly. Five-point gap at the death.

Bath 25-9 London Irish

Into the last three minutes and London Irish are trying to orchestrate a late consolation try. 

They are deep in Bath territory, but more it left or right they cannot get through. Result, come up with possession. Pressure released too easily there.

Penalty (Goode)

Saracens 15-17 Northampton

Eight and half to go. Alex Goode slams a kick between the uprights and we're back to two points.

It's that grindingly anxious a game that I've got a headache. The wind hasn't helped but it's not a fluid game at the moment. Scrappy and disjointed.

Saracens 12-17 Northampton

Even if Northampton do come up with the points here at Allianz Park, one aspect that might temper their excitement is the injury suffered by Courtney Lawes who limped away from the game.

Looked to have hurt his ankle in a tackle, and both England boss Eddie Jones and Jim Mallinder will be nervously awaiting scans to assess the extent of the injury.

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Full-time

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth misses with a last-ditch drop-goal attempt but there's the final whistle.

Gloucester record their first victory over Wasps since September 2012 and the visitors fall to only their second defeat on the road this season.

A vital win for the Cherry and Whites over an out-of-sorts Wasps side who created very little all game. 

MISSED DROP GOAL!!!! ITS OVER. #GLOSvWASPS

Bath 25-9 London Irish

Sean Maitland for London Irish
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Just 10 minutes remain at the Rec.

Bath closing in on a bonus-point win and really not letting up on a London Irish side that are showing signs of being deflated by how little they have got out of this game.

A lot of effort and, as the story has been all season, very little reward. They need a converted try and some more to earn a losing bonus point, at the very least.

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

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The second half has been a bit flat. 

Far too many turnovers and neither side seem to be able to close this game out.

But two minutes left to play here as Wasps have a scrum on their own 10-metre line.

Bath 25-9 London Irish

Not gonna lie, gone a little bit light-headed after that one! #LeeeeeerrrrrrrroooyyyyyyyHhhhoooouuuuuuussssttttonnnnn! @bathrugby

With Bath closing in on just their second win in 10 games, the experience is a little much for some to handle. And Leroy Houston's finish was not even a spectacular one!

Penalty (Myler)

Saracens 12-17 Northampton

Well Sarries were pinged at the scrum for popping up and out, so Stephen Myler slots the penalty goal to nudge Saints further ahead.

Saracens 12-14 Northampton

If anything summed up the state of this game at the moment, then it's a scrum that has taken three minutes plus. THREE MINUTES?!

Just sort it man. Sorry.

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

Greig Laidlaw misses his second penalty of the day and Gloucester's lead stays at three points.

But the Cherry and Whites are persistent and have the ball back in Wasps half. Matt Kvescic with another huge carry, can they find a way through?

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

You can feel the nerves at Kingsholm as Gloucester are clinging onto a three-point lead over the in-form Wasps.

10 minutes to go here as an intricate move by the visitors goes astray and the home side will attack from the half-way line.

Callum Brady dinks the ball in behind but it popped up nicely for Rob Miller and Gloucester will have an attacking line-out.

Saracens 12-14 Northampton

Well we're not even up to the hour mark yet.

There's not a lot of rhythm to the game at the moment, it's awkward, stop-start.

Both these sides have fluency to their game, but they're not showing it currently.

I'd like to see the unforced errors stats for this one, I'm predicting not good reading.

Try (Houston, con missed Priestland)

Bath 25-9 London Irish

That is the try-scoring bonus point in the bag for Bath.

Leroy Houston with a simple finish, with London Irish's defence scattered by a some superb build-up play from the hosts.

It comes at the end of sustained pressure, Matt Banahan with the initial break and Kyle Eastmond makes the final pass.

Penalty (Spencer)

Saracens 12-14 Northampton

Saracens reduce the deficit to two with Ben Spencer's kick. It's the first sign the pendulum might be swinging back to the champions.

Saints back-rower Jamie Gibson then knocks on and Sarries get a scrum.

Bath 20-9 London Irish

Bath want the bonus point today. The hosts have been piling the pressure on and turn away the chance to extend their lead with an easy kick.

Instead, they inch towards the try line.

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Alex Lewington. But hopefully not we need him #bbcrugby

Definitely Quins' Luke Wallace. Great talent and it's only a matter of time before he's called up surely? #bbcrugby

Remember, we want to know who you think England coach Eddie Jones should be keeping his eye one today. In fact, we could add tomorrow's game between Leicester and Exeter too.

For the record, Jones is wrapped up and is watching Saracens v Northampton.

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

It's all about territory here as the ball is pinged back and forth. 

Wasps have been much more competitive but we haven't quite had the excitement of the first half.

But the stretcher is on again and there's another injury for Gloucester as Billy Burns appears to have twisted his knee. 

Saracens 9-14 Northampton

It's all Northampton at the moment, even though Saracens are back to full complement after Ben Spencer's sin-bin stint ended.

The battle at the top is getting tight, Exeter and Leicester play tomorrow of course. Wasps are losing though...

Bath 20-9 London Irish

We have a Premiership return for Scotland international Greig Tonks. The fly-half only made the move to the Exiles from Edinburgh on Monday, and now he joins the fight against relegation, coming off the bench to replace teenager Theo Brophy Clews.

No try

Saracens 9-14 Northampton

Ben Foden
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Sliding move to the left put Ben Foden in out wide but as the Northampton full-back went in for the score, he dropped the ball.

Saracens were on the rack for a moment, that was a big let-off. Foden was airborne when he spilled, looked like he'd done the hard work to stay in touch but no score.

Bath 20-9 London Irish

Now, facing bottom side London Irish is maybe not the best way to distinguish how good you are this season. But how have Bath had such a miserable season? Remember, before today they had taken just one win from nine games.

There have been some sublime moments from the hosts today.The latest offering, a one-handed take from Kyle Eastmond, who breaks away. That was one controlled take away from a real chance for a fourth try.

Try (Dickson, con Myler)

Saracens 9-14 Northampton

Goalline sneak from Lee Dickson! The Northampton scrum-half poked the ball down on the stripe after the Saints had been given the penalty advantage but didn't need it.

Smart move to the short-side and Stephen Myler rattled the kick through the stick with no trouble.

Gloucester 13-10 Wasps

Charlie Sharples with another fine run as Gloucester move towards the Wasps 22-metre line.

But the referee awards the home side a penalty and Greig Laidlaw edges his side in front.

23 minutes to go.

Kick-off

Saracens 9-7 Northampton

Northampton sweeps the ball downfield, Saracens fumble it and it is into touch. Line-out Saints.

Kick-off

Bath 20-9 London Irish

Matt Banahan
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Thumbs up to the guy who grabbed two first-half tries - Bath winger Matt Banahan.

Can London Irish fight their way back into this one and do their relegation battle a world of good? Bath's Rhys Priestland get's the second-half underway and we are about to find out...

Gloucester 10-10 Wasps

Gloucester seemed to have settled and they're well into the Wasps half. Big moments at Kingsholm as Greig Laidlaw puts through an intelligent kick which dribbles into touch just metres from the line. 

A five-metre line-out now to Wasps as Jeremy Thrush receives some treatment.

Full-time

Sale 29-23 Harlequins

Sam Egerton's score came just too late for Harlequins. To be fair to the visitors, they had a go following that late score but Sharks turned the ball over and Peter Stringer gleefully booted it into touch.

Sale's impressive home record continues but Quins pick up what could be a vital losing bonus point.

Try (Egerton, con Botica)

Sale 29-23 Harlequins

Quins are back to within a converted score of victory, but there are only 20 seconds left after scrum-half Sam Egerton darts over from a driving maul and Ben Botica adds the conversion.

Half-time

HT: Saracens 9-7 Northampton

Saracens indiscipline at the scrum costs them a chance to pour pressure on the Saints, with the clock ticking dead before it can be executed.

Northampton have scored the only try of the game so far but their industry has come unstuck for the most part against an aggressive Sarries defence.

The home side have forced errors from their opponents with that tactic, and Ben Spencer has been useful from the tee. Useful until he was banished to the sin-bin for hands in the ruck.

Two-point ball-game at the break.

Try (Wade, con Gopperth)

Gloucester 10-10 Wasps

Christian Wade with a lovely try just minutes after the re-start. 

Sam Jones' missed pass finds Wade on the wing, who gallops over the line with a lovely solo effort. 

Disastrous start to the half for Gloucester and we're all square.

Kick-off

Gloucester 10-3 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth gets the second half underway.

Sale 29-16 Harlequins

Around six minutes to go in the north west and it looks like it's going to be Sale's day. 

Danny Cipriani has landed another penalty for the Sharks and their lead is 13 points.

Penalty (Goode)

Saracens 9-7 Northampton

Goode had no problem with this kick, swatting it between the sticks to restore Saracens lead as we move into the last two minutes of the half.

Bit of an arm-wrestle at the moment.