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Summary

  1. FT Worcester 12-6 London Irish
  2. FT: Gloucester 12-17 Bath
  3. FT: Saracens 36-18 Exeter
  4. Saracens leapfrog Exeter to go top of the Premiership
  5. Use 'Live Coverage' tab to select radio commentary

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By Rob Stevens and Andrew Aloia

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Saracens are back at the top of the Premiership, London Irish are further away from safety at the bottom of the table and Bath get the better of Gloucester at Kingsholm in the West Country derby.

It's been an eventful Easter Saturday of Premiership rugby action.

Remember, chocolate is not the only thing to gorge on tomorrow as we are back for another paced day of live text commentaries from 14:45 GMT.

Until then, goodnight.

Still to come...

Following today's fun and games, we've got three more matches from the top flight to bring you tomorrow afternoon...

  • Sale v Leicester (13:00 GMT)
  • Newcastle v Wasps (15:00 GMT)
  • Northampton v Harlequins (15:15 GMT)

And, as always, we'll have live text and radio commentary on every single one for you to tuck into from around 14:45 GMT.

Recap

FT: Worcester 12-6 London Irish

Tom Heathcote
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Worcester Warriors all but ended their Premiership relegation fears with an uninspiring victory over error-strewn bottom-of-the-table side London Irish.

Two Tom Heathcote penalties gave Warriors an interval lead as the Exiles wasted several promising situations.

The pattern continued after the break with Blair Cowan and Ciaran Hearn dropping the ball when set to cross.

Heathcote added two kicks but Irish, who lost Topsy Ojo to injury, earned a losing bonus point through Greig Tonks.

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Recap

FT: Gloucester 12-17 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni
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Two second-half tries gave Bath a narrow victory over local rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Three penalties from Greig Laidlaw put the Cherry and Whites 9-7 ahead at the break, with Chris Cook replying with a converted try for the visitors.

Semesa Rokoduguni's great finish put Bath in front before Laidlaw levelled the scores with his fourth penalty.

George Ford missed a penalty to put the visitors ahead, but Levi Douglas' late score secured a hard-fought win.

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Recap

FT: Saracens 36-18 Exeter

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England's Owen Farrell led Saracens back to the top of the Premiership with a masterful display in a bonus-point victory over pre-match leaders Exeter.

Despite facing a strong wind, a Sarries side boosted by five returning England stars bossed the first half, with Alex Goode and Billy Vunipola crossing.

Two Gareth Steenson penalties made it 12-6 at the break.

But Farrell's fine try and scores by Jackson Wray and Chris Wyles sealed the win despite Thomas Waldrom's two tries.

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Full-time

Worcester 12-6 London Irish

Worcester come up with their fourth successive Premiership win and that is a record for this club in their 10 campaigns at this level.

London Irish simply did everything to lose it, Blair Cowan and Ciaran Hearn were most guilty as they fumbled two huge chances. A losing bonus point is scant consolation.

FULL-TIME: Warriors 12-6 London Irish #WeAreWarriors #4InARow

FULL-TIME: Warriors 12-6 London Irish #WeAreWarriors #4InARow

Penalty (Tonks)

Worcester 12-6 London Irish

London Irish want something from this game and with their next penalty, Greig Tonks quickly points to the sticks.

And he lands it. Losing bonus point back on the table for the league's bottom side.

Penalty (Heathcote)

Worcester 12-3 London Irish

Tom Heathcote with his fourth penalty for Worcester and that does no more than take the losing bonus point away from London Irish.

Cruel, that with less that four minutes remaining.

Worcester 9-3 London Irish

Huge push from Worcester, the rolling maul comes short, but they edge closer.

Penalty for Worcester. Decision to be made. Go for the sticks or kick for the corner?

Full-time

Gloucester 12-17 Bath

The full-time whistle goes and Bath see out the victory in the West Country derby at Kingsholm.

Full Time @gloucesterrugby 12-17 @bathrugby

Full Time @gloucesterrugby 12-17 @bathrugby

Worcester 9-3 London Irish

Naughty, naughty chaps.

Worcester's Francois Hougaard is bumped into the advertising boards pitchside by Blair Cowan. 

Anything really in it? Not really, just a bit of bravado and push and shove. Referee blows for the penalty, no cards.

Try (Douglas, con missed Ford)

Gloucester 12-17 Bath

Bath get a scrum five metres out from the Gloucester line.

A bundle of bodies is driven over the line and Levi Douglas is given the credit for the try after a great run from Semesa Rokoduguni.

George Ford misses the conversion. It has not been his day from the boot.

Just three minutes remain at Kingsholm.

The second scrum is also a mess, but Rokoduguni gets hold of the ball and barrels against the grain of the home defence. BATH TRY!

Penalty (Tonks)

Worcester 9-3 London Irish

Greig Tonks lands the points at the end of the most controlled passage of play from London Irish.

Fluid attack from the Exiles starts down the left through Sean Maitland and Theo Brophy Clews.

Patiently, yes patiently, they go through the phases and Ciaran Hearn comes up with a elusive step inside before being taken down. Penalty.

Worcester 9-0 London Irish

Following a stray pass on the right edge - and after mopping up in defence once Francois Hougaard set Worcester off on a break - the ball criss-crosses the field as London Irish try to get something going from deep in their own territory. 

It doesn't come. Greg Tonks punts up field, and territory is gained that way.

Missed penalty (Ford)

Gloucester 12-12 Bath

Points have been hard to come by in the second half but Bath get an opportunity after winning a penalty at the scrum.

George Ford, having already missed a penalty and a conversion today, backs himself.

He's five metres in from the touchline and about 30 metres out from goal.

But the England man doesn't have the distance as his effort falls short of the posts.

There are about nine minutes remaining at Kingsholm.

Worcester 9-0 London Irish

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Feisty are scum-halves. Warriors' Francois Hougaard forces the turn over after harassing Scott Steele.

The set-piece breaks up and the scrum is set again with the Warriors feeding the ball.

Worcester 9-0 London Irish

Run Chris Pennell, run.

The Worcester full-back pumps those speedy little legs and has the home crowd in full voice. Great break, this game may have a try in it yet.

Oh wait, no. No, dropped ball and the attack is over. 

Dazzling stuff, it must be said as the hosts dash 70 metres down field.

Worcester 9-0 London Irish

London Irish in that oh so familiar position. With guts and determination that move to within sight of the try line.

Toot, penalty. Pressure off and Worcester set the scrum. As you were, one and all.

Gloucester 12-12 Bath

Less than 20 minutes to go in the West Country and Bath have blown a good attacking opportunity.

Their line-out throw just outside the Gloucester 22 is not straight and they concede a scrum.

It's fairly nervy at Kingsholm.

Penalty (Heathcote)

Worcester 9-0 London Irish

Tom Heathcote
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Defeat by a thousand lashes, this.

Tom Heathcote lands his third penalty of the game for Worcester.

Those missed chances for London Irish looking increasingly grizzly.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Worcester aren't having to do much to make themselves look the slicker of these two sides.

Huge kick from Francois Hougaard sends the hosts up field, ball is won back and they have London Irish's defence scrambling.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Right, so London Irish have regained some composure as the game is slowed down and they have repeat phases following a line-out.

They are genuinely building something inside the 22m

And then... penalty. 

No points for Irish. Result for Worcester.

Penalty (Laidlaw)

Gloucester 12-12 Bath

Gloucester v Bath
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We're level at Kingsholm after another successful kick from Gloucester scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.

Gloucester have been piling the pressure on in the last five minutes, but only have three points to show for their troubles.  

Gloucester 9-12 Bath

Gloucester have been piling the pressure on Bath but the Blue, Black and Whites have been standing firm in their own 22.

The visitors have been warned after a number of infringements and moments ago scrum-half Chris Cook was forced to touch down behind his own try-line.

We're 15 minutes into the second period.

Worcester 6-0 Worcester

Tom Cruse
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Seriously. London Irish are their own worst enemy.

The Exiles are off in a flash, but like a rock the ball is dropped on the right edge by Ciaran Hearn. Butchered golden chance. Criminal.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

The broken record that is London Irish's attack is not going to he hitting the top of any charts.

The ball is moved at pace, there is space, a break and then the ball goes to ground. It seemed like it was all opening up for Blair Cowan to run through for the game's first try.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Oh behave Worcester, behave.

Warriors full-back Chris Pennell with the no-look pass out wide, Bryce Heem with superb footwork to hack the ball up field. Notch that up as a highlight in an otherwise dour game.

Kick-off

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Second half is under way. Big 40 minutes for London Irish to salvage something.

Try (Rokoduguni, con missed Ford)

Gloucester 9-12 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni
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Bath have their second try of the afternoon and it's Semesa Rokoduguni.

It's a great finish from the winger, stepping inside his man to dab down.

The England man has had a solid game so far this afternoon.

George Ford misses the conversion from out wide, to the delight of the Shed.

As it stands...

HT: Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Worcester Warriors boss Dean Ryan has been banging on about his side's need to look forward, rather than concern themselves with the relegation scrap.

As it stands, they could move above Bath, who trail Gloucester at half-time.

The picture for London Irish is grim. They are bottom with increasingly slim hopes of avoiding the drop if they don't come out on top.

A monster 40 minutes of rugby to come...

Kick-off

Gloucester 9-7 Bath

We are back under way at Kingsholm.

The rain is lashing down in the West Country.

HT: Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Here's what BBC Radio Berkshire's man at Sixways made of the first 40 minutes...

HT: Worcester 6-0 Irish. Very little in it, some great moments of individualism, resolute defence and some poor handling #bbcrugby

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So then, after a frantic but error-strewn opening 40 at Kingsholm and Sixways, where do we see these second halves going?

Can Gloucester hold on to secure a memorable win over their West Country rivals? Can London Irish turn things around for a vital victory at the bottom of the table?

Let us know what you reckon by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

HT: Gloucester 9-7 Bath

MATCH ACTION I A late penalty miss from Bath means Gloucester keep their 9-7 lead going into the break. #GLOSvBATH

MATCH ACTION I A late penalty miss from Bath means Gloucester keep their 9-7 lead going into the break. #GLOSvBATH

Half-time

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Two Tom Heathcote's penalties for Worcester is the difference against London Irish, who have simply lacked polish at the end of a number of promising forays forward.

To make it worse for the Exiles, Topsy Ojo is helped off the field clutching his left arm. The winger has been in the wars so far, his day seems almost certainly done now.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Line-out taken and to the short side they go. Stopped.

Back inside, and the ball is lost, Worcester clear and London Irish are easily repelled.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Into the final four minutes of the first half and I salute London Irish.

They have had chances to go for the sticks, but they want the try, they want and need the win.

Greig Tonks kicks to touch, we have a line-out. London Irish are as close to the try line as they have been all afternoon.

Half-time

Gloucester 9-7 Bath

Greig Laidlaw
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The first half is over at Kingsholm and Gloucester have a narrow lead.

Bath fly-half George Ford missed with a penalty attempt on the brink of half-time.

His kick from out wide drifted marginally wide of the right-hand upright.

A couple of minutes ago Semesa Rokoduguni came close to scoring Bath's second try of the game after a great break and chip into the Gloucester 22.

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

There is so much about London Irish that you can admire, as they throw themselves into every exchange - no matter how desperate.

A charge down by Matt Symons on an attempted Ryan Mills kick puts the hosts under some pressure deep in their own territory.

But, as the ball is shifted wide, it goes to ground and the attack is over in a blink.

Penalty (Heathcote)

Worcester 6-0 London Irish

Tom Heathcote
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Tom Heathcote quickly lines up a second penalty and the hosts suddenly have the scoreboard ticking over after a slow start.