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  1. FT: Leicester 35-30 Gloucester
  2. FT: Exeter 50-12 Worcester
  3. FT: Harlequins 46-25 Newcastle
  4. FT: London Irish 15-30 Sale

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By Andrew Aloia and Emma Thurston

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Over and out for another day

FT: Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Leicester fight back against Gloucester to move back to fourth in the Premiership table in a game defined by a brand of adventurous attacking play.

All the excitement was largely instigated by Gloucester when they produced three tries in nine first-half minutes to stun the hosts.

However, Leicester responded in kind. The end product, one of the most thrilling 80 minutes of open rugby this term.

For now, Tigers occupy the last play-off spot, but Northampton have a chance to go above them again tomorrow when they travel to Coventry to face Wasps (15:00 BST).

You can of course follow all of the action here on BBC Sport.

Until then, goodbye.


Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Manu Tuilagi
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Leicester Tigers produced a superb second-half comeback to beat Gloucester and keep their hopes of reaching the Premiership play-offs alive.

Telusa Veainu and England centre Manu Tuilagi both crossed in the opening 11 minutes to give Tigers an early lead.

But tries from Stephen McColl, Henry Trinder and Paddy McAllister left Gloucester 27-13 in front at the break.

Tuilagi added his second soon after half-time before Peter Betham and Niki Goneva completed a dramatic fightback.


Harlequins 46-25 Newcastle

Harlequins' Tim Visser
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Harlequins kept their play-off hopes alive with a bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons, who slipped to their sixth straight defeat. 

Tries from Tim Visser, Jack Clifford and Joe Gray gave the home side a 21-6 half-time lead.

Newcastle surged back with two Nili Latu tries and one from Marcus Watson, but Sean Robinson's sin-binning was costly for the visitors.

Ben Botica's kicking accuracy for Quins, and further tries from Visser and Marland Yarde ensured a the comfortable win.


Exeter 50-12 Worcester

James Short
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Exeter Chiefs secured a bonus-point win over Worcester Warriors to narrow the gap on Premiership leaders Saracens.

Second-placed Exeter, who are now three points behind Sarries, were 17-0 ahead inside 25 minutes, with Thomas Waldrom, James Short and Olly Woodburn crossing.

Tries from Cooper Vuna and Andy Symons then cut the deficit to five points.

But Ollie Atkins sealed the bonus point after the break and Waldrom and Woodburn both completed hat-tricks to end Worcester's four-match winning run.


London Irish 15-30 Sale

Danny Cipriani
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Sale secured their first victory at the Madjeski Stadium since October 2006 to leave London Irish four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership.

Danny Cipriani's penalty put Sharks ahead before Greig Tonks levelled and Sean Maitland's score made it 8-3.

But Sharks replied through Cipriani and Mike Haley to lead 13-8 at the break.

Cipriani extended Sharks' lead before Johnny Williams' score gave Irish hope, but tries for TJ Ioane and Cipriani maintained Sale's top six push.

FT: Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Leicester Tigers try scorer Peter Betham told BT Sport: "There were a few expletives at half-time. He [boss Richard Cockerill] got what he needed to get out. 

"That is what we needed, a kick up the backside."


Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Penalty to Leicester. Game over, Tigers hold on.

The hosts produce a stunning second-half fightback to triumph. Vereniki Goneva with the decisive try for Tigers.

Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Fourteen phases and the ball is still alive. Two metres out.

Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Time is up, Gloucester with possession.

They drive and drive closer to the line...

Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

A minute to go.

Gloucester's attack peters out, but play is brought back for a penalty.

Line-out to come... Gloucester have their chance here.

Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Tense and scrappy few minutes at Welford Road.

Gloucester with a scrum feed deep in Leicester territory. Can they they snatch victory, just as Leicester seemed to have done so themselves?

Two minutes remaining.

Try (Goneva, con Williams)

Leicester 35-30 Gloucester

Niki Goneva
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Vereniki Goneva with the easy finish down the left edge, but that try to edge Leicester back ahead was all about how the Tigers kept the ball alive on the right.

Rattle off the names, Mathew Tait, Brendon O'Connor, Tom Croft, Greg Bateman - they were all involved.

Leicester 28-30 Gloucester

James Hook tries to edge Gloucester further ahead and hits the post with a drop-goal attempt.

And we still have 10 minutes to go. He's gone early there.


London Irish 15-30 Sale

London Irish's survival hopes have taken a significant blow with a home defeat by Sale.


Harlequins 46-25 Newcastle

Harlequins survive a second-half wobble to secure a bonus-point win over struggling Newcastle.

Try (Betham, con missed Williams)

Leicester 28-30 Gloucester

Leicester v Gloucester
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Leicester's Dom Barrow comes up the steal at the line-out  on the left and in a flash Peter Betham has the ball in his grasp on the right and he is over to make this a two-point game with 12 minutes to go.

The final pass to Betham was from Tuilagi, but it the ball zipped through a few sets of hands to get there. Special mention for long pass from Harry Thacker to open it up.

Penalty (Laidlaw)

Leicester 23-30 Gloucester

Gloucester's Ben Morgan with a bustling run down the left and the Cherry and Whites make territory in a hurry all of a sudden.

Eventually the visitors are awarded a penalty and Greig Laidlaw slots their first points of the second half.

Around the grounds

Harlequins v Newcastle
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At The Twickenham Stoop Tim Visser continues to show the home fans his box of tricks as he adds his second of the afternoon and Harlequins finally have this game in the bag. 

It's hotting up in Reading as London Irish's young sensation Johnny Williams scores their second try of the afternoon but it's been cancelled out by TJ Ioane. 

Back at Sandy Park there's been another try and guess who it is? Thomas Waldrom has added his hat-trick score and the Chiefs' afternoon is looking very rosy. 

Leicester 23-27 Gloucester

Leicester are allowing an error to many into their attacking game right now.

They manage to recover after a wild pass out wide from Owen Williams, but as Graham Kitchener punches through the middle, the ball is spilled.

They are close to pinning Gloucester back, but are overcooking their attempts a little at times. Just 17 minutes remain.

Leicester 23-27 Gloucester

Gloucester's Ben Morgan is stopped just short and Jacob Rowan tries to burrow over.

Huge defensive effort by Leicester to keep the Cherry and Whites out.

The television match official has a good look at what transpired and Gloucester hooker Darren Dawidiuk is penalised for an infringement at the breakdown. 

Leicester clear up field. Danger averted for the hosts.

Leicester 23-27 Gloucester

Manu Tuilagi
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This game is wide open, both sets of players showing great confidence to run the ball and force the issue.

For the first time since the interval, Gloucester are edging up field and looking to add to their lead.

And there is a line-out close to Leicester's line.

Penalty (Williams)

Leicester 23-27 Gloucester

After a period of sustained pressure, Leicester eventually opt to go for the sticks to chip away at Gloucester's lead.

Owen Williams slots the kick, and that is 10 unanswered points in the opening 15 minutes of the second half for the hosts.

Around the grounds

Points, points and more points!

Harlequins wrapped up their bonus point on 47 minutes but since then Newcastle have taken back all of the momentum and are in the ascendancy. Two tries from Nili Latu and one from Marcus Watson means that we've got a game on our hands.

At Sandy Park the try-scoring machine Thomas Waldrom has added another to his tally and Sale have just extended their lead over London Irish with another Danny Cipriani penalty. 

Leicester 20-27 Gloucester

There have been some true magic moments in this game, none better than Owen Williams' chip kick over the top of Gloucester's defence which was collected by Manu Tuilagi at full speed.

Leicester continue to rush forward and Will Evans with a sublime little flick pass out the back. That from a flanker on his Premiership debut.

Shame that passage of play didn't end with a try. Exciting stuff.

Try (Tuilagi, con Williams)

Leicester 20-27 Gloucester

Manu Tuilagi
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Need a man to ignite your hopes? Presenting, Manu Tuilagi. The man for every occasion. 

The England centre takes a pass from Owen Williams and shrugs off two tackles to cross for his second try of the game. Vital score.

Leicester 13-27 Gloucester

The first foray forward comes to nothing. But, just as quickly as the ball is cleared, Leicester are on the attack again.

Telusa Veainu almost sends Adam Thompstone through, but the winger spills the ball.

Leicester 13-27 Gloucester

BOOOOOOMMM! That is how you get the home crowd behind you as you try fight back, Telusa Veainu with a damaging run through the middle. 

Gloucester's defence in the form of Henry Trinder was simply a hump in the road for this man.


Leicester 13-27 Gloucester

Hosts Leicester Tigers get the second half under way.

Can Gloucester keep up their first half efforts, or will the Tigers recover?

Around the grounds

Thomas Waldrom
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Rob Baxter's team talk must have been a big one as Exeter secure the bonus point within 60 seconds of the restart.

In London it takes Harlequins a little longer to gain their bonus-point, but it arrives nonetheless. Joe Marchant finishes the job but the Falcons immediately score one back down the right-hand wing. 

It's a little quieter on the points front at the Madejski Stadium as neither side have added to their half-time tallies and Sale's five-point advantage remains.

What does it all mean?

HT: Leicester 13-27 Gloucester

If things stay as they are, Gloucester will do their top six hopes a huge favour.

For Leicester, their prospects of reaching a 12th successive play-off campaign begins to look shaky. And director of rugby Richard Cockerill insisted they would make the top four just days ago.

I guess, it was hard to expect a Gloucester - who had lost its previous three games - would be so dynamic today.

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And, just as the first half draws to a close at Welford Road, all three of our early kick-offs are back under way.


Leicester 13-27 Gloucester

Steve McColl
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Three tries in nine minutes from Gloucester sees them lead comfortably at the break.

A penalty from Owen Williams with the final play of the first-half sees the Leicester reduce the arrears, but the Cherry and Whites were irrepressible at the end of the half.

Around the grounds


It's half-time in our 15:00 BST kick-offs and there's been plenty of action!

At The Twickenham Stoop Harlequins are in control against Newcastle Falcons, Conor O'Shea's men are three to the good and will be eyeing the bonus point early in the second half. 

Thomas Waldrom, Olly Woodburn and James Short gave Exeter a comfortable 17-0 lead but scores from Cooper Vuna and Andy Symons have pushed Worcester right back into the game at Sandy Park. 

And in Berkshire Sale Sharks are five points ahead of London Irish. There will be a lot being said in the home dressing room by Tom Coventry because we all know how important this game is in the context of their season.

Try (McAllister, con Laidlaw)

Leicester 10-27 Gloucester

Three defender, three metres to make. HA. Paddy McAllister powers over from a pick and drive for Gloucester's third try.

Matt Kvesic was first to eye up the line, only for Leicester's Will Evans - on his Premiership debut - to dump the flanker with a great tackle. 

But there is still huge pressure on Tigers' line, and McAllister makes the breakthrough just a few minutes before the break.

Leicester 10-20 Gloucester

Gloucester players dance on the spot, ball in one hand looking for the pass. From the breakdown, they are finding the extra pass.

There is an inside look, a step, play switches back in field. 

It's looking like Sevens rugby by Gloucester at times, and Leicester simply can not deal with the ingenuity of it all.

Try (Trinder, con Laidlaw)

Leicester 10-20 Gloucester

Henry Trinder spots a space. Henry Trinder changes direction. Henry Trinder dives over for Gloucester second try. Great stuff.

There was room to exploit out on the right edge, but it was a powerful run from Gareth Evans on the left that worked Gloucester into such a good position.

Around the grounds

Exeter v Worcester
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After waiting a while for the first points of the afternoon there's now plenty arriving at Sandy Park... Exeter Chiefs add two tries in two minutes before Worcester strike back!  

In Reading Steve Diamond's Sale Sharks have nudged their noses in front with a Danny Cipriani penalty and a converted try. In between Greig Tonks had a penalty attempt but that missed and Irish need a response quickly.

Back in South West London Harlequins' Joe Gray snatches an opportunistic try thanks to his quick reactions and Ben Botica sweetly adds the extras!

Try (McColl, con Laidlaw)

Leicester 10-13 Gloucester

One intercept come to nothing. The next leads to a try for Gloucester.

James Hook comes up with the ball and pumps those legs... as he begins to be reeled in by Leicester's cover defence, Steve McColl is on his outside to run in the score.

Leicester 10-6 Gloucester

Leicester v Gloucester
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Leicester always seem to make something of nothing.

Vereniki Goneva is tied up, but swings around to make room for the pass. Leicester almost go in, a forward pass is a free run at the line after Owen Williams is taken high.

Leicester regain the ball and Logovi'i Mulipola almost charges over. Gloucester almost come away with an intercept break through Henry Trinder. It's all happening.