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  1. FT: Sale 27-20 Leicester
  2. FT: Newcastle 20-34 Wasps
  3. FT: Northampton 29-23 Harlequins

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By Adam Williams and Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

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How it unfolded

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So, three fantastic games for your Easter Day there with implications right through the table.

In case you missed them, here's how they finished:

Thanks for being with us, see you next time....

How it stands

Four games left to play and here's what it means to the all important table...

Premiership table after round 18
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FT: Northampton 29-23 Harlequins

The boys pulled together in the second half and really showed the character we had in the first 40 minutes. It's a great five points for us.

Teimana HarrisonNorthampton number eight on BT Sport

FT: Northampton 29-23 Harlequins

Well, that was as breathtaking as Sale v Leicester was earlier.

Five points for Saints which lifts them back into the top four, a losing bonus point for top six chasing Quins.

Losing Nick Evans has killed our season. Botica just nowhere near his level sadly #Quins #bbcrugby


Northampton 29-23 Harlequins

Quins try for the last-ditch clincher, but Tim Wigglesworth the referee penalises them for not releasing on the halfway line and that is that.

Penalty (Botica)

Northampton 29-23 Harlequins

Earlier infringement by Saints amongst all that though and Botica slots over the simple three very quickly...

Still time for Quins?

Northampton 29-20 Harlequins

18 phases of possession for Quins, but they're held a metre short and Mike Brown spills it as he reaches for the try line.

Last 90 seconds...

Northampton 29-20 Harlequins

Final three minutes now and Quins chasing a losing bonus point with a surge forward...

Try (Mallinder, con Myler)

Northampton 29-20 Harlequins

And Northampton have punished Quins for missing those penalties.

It's a bonus-point try and that probably seals the win as well with six minutes to play.

Harry Mallinder off the bench just a few moments ago is the man to finish it off wide right after George Pisi's initial burst through the gain line.

Myler on target with the conversion as well.

Missed penalty (Botica)

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins


Ben Botica was immaculate off the tee until three minutes ago and he misses a second chance to put Quins back ahead.

This time he was dead in front from 30 metres out, but the wind swung his attempt well left.


Newcastle 20-34 Wasps

And that is that at Kingston Park!

Wasps pick up the bonus-point win and deny Newcastle a losing bonus point right at the death.

It wasn't the most convincing performance by Dai Young's side, but they got the job done.

Missed penalty (Botica)

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

And Ben Botica misses his first attempt of the afternoon as the ball hits the corner of the crossbar and the right post.

Bounces into Saints' hands and they boot it back down the park.

11 minutes to play....

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Ooh, getting a bit scrappy off the ball at Franklin's Gardens.

Ben Botica gets the chance for a shot at goal for Quins to retake the lead from 40 metres back....

Try (Young, con Gopperth)

Newcastle 20-34 Wasps

Wasps looks like they have sealed it with just a minute left on the clock.

It was a real forward's try, following sustained pressure and a series of drives at the line.

Thomas Young is the man who manages to push it over and Gopperth converts.

Surely no way back for Newcastle now.

Newcastle 20-27 Wasps

Wasps get given a penalty at the scrum and Jimmy Gopperth has a chance to put in a clearing kick into the Newcastle half.

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Long old deadlock at the scrum in the corner of Quins' 22. 

Eats up around three minutes on the clock before we finally get clear from a Danny Care dart forward.

Newcastle 20-27 Wasps

Just five minutes remain. Wasps have been defending doggedly for the last few minutes in their own half.

It's been a physical second half.

75 mins: Ncastle player receiving treatment. All players taking on fluid, while the rest of us remember to breath and de-shred some nerves!

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Changes aplenty in the front rows from both sides.

Could be a mistake that decides this game with fresh legs and tired legs mixed together.

Northampton lose out on a driving maul within inches of the Quins line and the visitors can reset themselves and go again.

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Newcastle 20-27 Wasps

Sound the Andy Goode klaxon!

The former England fly-half is on for Mike Delany at Kingston Park for his last Newcastle appearances before retirement.

He's given a standing ovation by the crowd.

Can he inspire the Falcons to a comeback? Just under 10 minutes remain.

The moment has arrived. Andy Goode enters the stage for one last time. GOOOOOOOOODE chants the Kingston Park faithful.

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Nervous times for those of a London Irish persuasion keeping an eye on that scoreline at Newcastle.

Meanwhile, into the last quarter at Northampton and it's tough to call how this one will finish.

Saints gunning for a return to the top four.

Try (McGuigan, con Delany)

Newcastle 20-27 Wasps

Perhaps I spoke too soon...

Newcastle hooker George McGuigan barrels over to pull one back following a great off-load from Chris Harris.

The fans at Kingston Park have found a new voice.

Newcastle 13-27 Wasps

Newcastle look like they are heading for a fifth straight defeat.

Just under 15 minutes remain at Kingston Park.

Try (Foden, con Myler)

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Cracking game this. 

Saints sweep forward into Quins territory, Mikey Haywood finds the composed offload from the five-metre line and then Ben Foden does the rest and reaches out over the line with his left arm.

Northampton retake the lead as Stephen Myler kicks from wide left and we have 24 minutes still to play...

Northampton 15-20 Harlequins

Chris Robshaw enters the fray for Harlequins on his return from international duty.

Nick Easter makes way for him. Not a bad change for a side to be able to make...

Northampton 15-20 Harlequins

Northampton seem to have wrestled the momentum in this one just as Wasps look to have done up at Kingston Park against Newcastle.

Couple of stray passes out wide are all that deny Saints from running over for a score to level it up.

Half an hour still to play...

Try (Young, con Gopperth)

Newcastle 13-27 Wasps

And moments later Wasps have their second try in as many minutes, as Thomas Young goes clear following a great break by Gopperth.

Jimmy Gopperth makes no mistake with the conversion this time around.

Penalty (Myler)

Northampton 15-20 Harlequins

Stephen Myler has Lee Dickson holding the ball still for him on the tee as Saints get themselves back to within five points after Quins showed some indiscipline at the breakdown from 30 metres out.

Try (Robson, con missed Gopperth)

Newcastle 13-20 Wasps

After Joe Launchbury is denied from close range, Dan Robson goes low and touches the ball against the protective cushion on the post.

Referee JP Doyle goes to the TMO and awards the try.

Jimmy Gopperth misses the conversion from in front of the posts. Should have nailed that one really.

Northampton 12-20 Harlequins

Sam Dickinson was a half-time replacement for Northampton for Jamie George, but I didn't get the chance to tell you that as Jack Clifford stole in with the try from nowhere.

It's given the visitors an eight-point lead and some visible confidence.

Try (Clifford, con Botica)

Northampton 12-20 Harlequins

Well, Quins aren't hanging around in this one.

Jack Clifford somehow finds himself breaking through the line from 40 metres back, fends off Kieran Brookes and then has the strength to get past Ben Foden as well in the corner.

Botica slots one over right on the left touchline.


Northampton 12-13 Harlequins

Off and running again at Northampton as Ben Botica restarts.

Penalty (Delany)

Newcastle 13-15 Wasps

Falcons fly-half Mike Delany reduces the arrears with a penalty from 10 metres out in front of the posts, which Newcastle won at a scrum.

The hosts have been on top so far in the second half.

We've had a lot of fun with #GoodeSunday this week, but worth noting Mike Delany is doing a cracking job as starting fly-half.

HT: Northampton 12-13 Harlequins

While we await the restart at Northampton, a reminder that Newcastle will be keen to secure points from that game at Kingston Park against Wasps with London Irish four points behind them at the bottom after yesterday's games.

HT: Northampton 12-13 Harlequins

Just to remind you of the tale of the opening 40 minutes at Franklin's Gardens if you're just joining us....

HALF-TIME: Northampton Saints 12-13 Harlequins, Tim Visser's try and Ben Botica's boot giving Quins the slight lead

H/T: 12-13 An entertaining first half at Franklin's Gardens.

H/T: 12-13 An entertaining first half at Franklin's Gardens.

Newcastle 10-15 Wasps

It's been a fairly scrappy start to the second half in Newcastle. Not too much for the supporters to cheer about so far after the break.

6,725 here today. Great support being generated


Newcastle 10-15 Wasps

Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth gets the second half started at Kingston Park.

In case you missed it

Sale 27-20 Leicester

Danny Cipriani
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Our Easter feast of Premiership rugby kicked off at lunchtime up at the AJ Bell.

It had it all that game, including an 11-minute stop in play due to thunder and lightning in the second half.

Danny Cipriani had tricks up his sleeves though to ensure Sale's impressive home record continued.


Northampton 12-13 Harlequins

And as Northampton go in search of a third try before the break, they spill it in contact and referee Tim Wigglesworth sounds his whistle for half-time.

Northampton 12-13 Harlequins

Lovely moment in the closing stages of the half as Nick Easter literally kept a chasing Ben Foden at arms length.

Foden was chasing the kick over the top on the edge of Quins' 22 and Easter put a hand out and held him at bay to clear the threat.

Northampton 12-13 Harlequins

Calm down gentlemen....

Loose hands and fumbling by Saints, then a late swinging arm in the tackle somewhere alongside it all and another Quins knock-on as they try to carry on.

People in the crowd voicing their disapproval, but it's still the same score on the board with less than five minutes until the break.

James Horwill Harlequins
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