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Summary

  1. FT: Northampton 24-30 Leicester
  2. Tigers extend lead over Saints to seven points
  3. FT: Worcester 35-54 Wasps
  4. Christian Wade scores six tries for Wasps
  5. FT: Saracens 22-12 Harlequins
  6. More than 80,000 fans watch leaders Sarries win at Wembley

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By Brendon Mitchell, Rob Stevens and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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FT: Northampton 24-30 Leicester

But that otherwise concludes our coverage of this afternoon's Premiership action. You can click the links below to read more about everything that's happened but, until tomorrow, it's goodbye from us.

FT: Northampton 24-30 Leicester

*Takes a deep breath*

And maybe, just maybe, the biggest game of the weekend is still to come!

Tomorrow, Newcastle Falcons face London Irish in what is certain to be a Premiership relegation decider. Simply put, it's going to be huge.

Sale Sharks and Bath also do battle from 14:30 BST and, as always, you can follow live text and radio commentary on both of those fixtures right on this very website.

FT: Northampton 24-30 Leicester

So what does all of the below mean in terms of the Premiership table? Well, if you're a Northampton fan, it's probably best to look away now.

Leicester Tigers in fourth have now pulled a seven-point gap on the fifth-placed Saints with two matches to play.

Have those play-off spots now been just about decided?

FT: Northampton 24-30 Leicester

I just caught the ball and ran! But seriously, it means a lot to us and it means a lot to the fans to win here.

Harry ThackerLeicester Tigers hooker on his first-half try on BT Sport

FT: Northampton 24-30 Leicester

That was a long last 20 minutes. But credit to the lads, we knew we needed to come here and cement our place in the top four and we've managed to do that. To dog out a win like that against a good Saints team is credit to the boys.

Harry ThackerLeicester Tigers hooker on BT Sport

Full-time

Northampton 24-30 Leicester

But, having switched the ball from left to right, Northampton run out of room and Leicester are celebrating.

The Tigers have done it - but my word they made that a lot harder for themselves than they might've done.

FULL TIME | @SaintsRugby 24-30 @LeicesterTigers #AvivaPrem

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Northampton 24-30 Leicester

They're 10 metres short of the line in the blink of an eye...

Northampton 24-30 Leicester

But Northampton have stolen it! The clock turns red and Saints are running it from halfway...

Northampton 24-30 Leicester

We're into the final minute and Leicester will insert at the scrum. The camera pans to a nervous-looking Richard Cockerill.

"Just hold it steady now, boys."

Northampton 24-30 Leicester

Anyone remember Tom Wood's last-minute try for Northampton in the Premiership play-off semi-final two years ago? This is sort of starting to feel a bit like then...

But not if Leicester have anything to do with it! A thumping challenge from Peter Betham means Northampton knock-on - and that could well be that.

Northampton 24-30 Leicester

The home side have the ball deep inside their own territory, but first Teimana Harrison and then JJ Hanrahan make mini breaks to take them up to halfway. We're in for a grandstand finish, folks...

Penalty (Hanrahan)

Northampton 24-30 Leicester

JJ Hanrahan lands the kick and Northampton have around three and a half minutes to save their season.

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

And yet another Saints penalty - the 16th conceded by Leicester this evening!

This is smack bang in front of the posts and so, in truth, Northampton simply can't afford to turn down these three points...

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

But now a Northampton penalty! JJ Hanrahan smashes the ball long and into touch. This isn't over just yet, but it's now or never for Saints...

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

The scrum, to put it politely, has been a bit of a mess all evening and continues to be so now.

We're onto a third reset...

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

Leicester are into the Northampton half, stringing a few sequences together before knocking on and surrendering possession.

Time is ticking for the home side.

Opeti Fonua
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Northampton 21-30 Leicester

The stats show that the hosts have made more metres, enjoyed more carries and broken the gainline more often than their opponents... Yet they're still nine points in arrears.

And their scrum is continuing to fail them a wee bit too, conceding a penalty and allowing Owen Williams - recently on for Freddie Burns - to kick long and into touch.

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

Tom Croft concedes a penalty for a late challenge on George Pisi though, so Saints are back on the attack again before you know it.

These East Midlands derbies are never dull, are they?

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

But now it's Northampton's turn to attack again - Harry Mallinder dancing, twisting and skipping his way 30 metres upfield.

They're five metres from the line in a flash... But it's turned over and booted clear.

Harry Mallinder
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Try (Burns, con Burns)

Northampton 21-30 Leicester

And Freddie Burns has the simplest of tries out wide! Goodness me, how easy was that for the away side? Too easy, I'd say.

The fly-half, after a bit of afters with Harry Mallinder, picks himself up, dusts himself off and knocks over the extras too.

Could that be the decisive score?

Freddie Burns
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Northampton 21-23 Leicester

This game continues to seesaw, however, and now Leicester are suddenly within five metres of the Saints line thanks to Niki Goneva's tricky, wriggling break...

Penalty (Myler)

Northampton 21-23 Leicester

These two East Midlands neighbours are once again separated by just the two points, thanks to the boot of Stephen Myler.

Any idea which way this is going yet? Nope, me neither.

Northampton 18-23 Leicester

Another knock-on from the restart means another scrum, but this time Northampton come out on top.

Stephen Myler chooses to follow Freddie Burns' lead and go for goal...

Penalty (Burns)

Northampton 18-23 Leicester

Freddie Burns
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Freddie Burns makes no mistake whatsoever and Tigers just stretch that lead back out ever so slightly.

There's never been a huge amount in this game, but Leicester have been ahead ever since the 10th minute and we should all know what good front runners they are by now.

Northampton 18-20 Leicester

There's nothing like a couple of reset scrums to slow the game down. Not that Leicester will be complaining though, as they draw the penalty from pretty much right in front of the posts.

Freddie Burns asks for the tee...

Northampton 18-20 Leicester

Franklin's Gardens
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Where do we go from here then? I wonder if Leicester would actually take a draw if offered now.

Freddie Burns, by the way, is receiving some treatment on what looks an ankle injury. It looks like he'll carry on for now.

Try (G. Pisi, missed con Myler)

Northampton 18-20 Leicester

And, having spread the ball wide, Saints have the try they so desperately needed. Centre George Pisi is the man with it, forcing his way over and just - and I mean just - grounding the ball.

Now can Stephen Myler bring the scores level? Unfortunately for him, the answer is no. His kick hits the right-hand upright.

Northampton 13-20 Leicester

Another Northampton advantage! They're five metres shy of the line, four metres shy of the line...

Teimana Harrison
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Northampton 13-20 Leicester

This looks more promising for Northampton this time, spreading the ball wide with an advantage in their pocket...

But the move breaks down and so we'll head back for the infringement. At what point does the referee lose patience and brandish yellow?

Either way, we're back for another line-out...

Northampton 13-20 Leicester

The rolling maul is exactly that - rolling.

Until it's stopped around five metres short, anyhow, but the Saints pack did at least do just about enough to draw the penalty for not releasing.

Back into touch we pop...

Northampton 13-20 Leicester

Saints steal the ball against the head, and then Tigers concede a 10th penalty of the evening before the 50-minute mark.

Stephen Myler opts for the corner...

Northampton 13-20 Leicester

Ben Youngs will insert at a scrum after Northampton knock-on, with the sun still shining but the Franklin's Gardens pitch now almost fully covered by shade.

"Oh when the Saints go marching in," is the cry from the stands.

Penalty (Burns)

Northampton 13-20 Leicester

Freddie Burns lands the three-pointer and increases the gap to seven points again.

This second half is just simmering at the moment, yet to really burst into life.

Northampton 13-17 Leicester

Saints turn the ball over soon enough, however, and Harry Maillinder puts boot to ball and hoofs it out of play.

He's not too impressed with the touch judge, mind you, claiming his kick landed further upfield than signaled. I'd say there's not much in it.

Nonetheless, Leicester win a penalty at the line-out this time and so it's Freddie Burns who'll kick at goal.

Northampton 13-17 Leicester

But Freddie Burns loses patience and pokes the ball out of play on the far side.

And it looks a decent option too, as Leicester steal the line-out. They're 10 metres out now, knocking on the Northampton door...

Promising possession for Tigers at the start of the half, Fonua & Barrow carrying well, Fitz steals lineout. But Saints holding out #NORvLEI

Northampton 13-17 Leicester

But it's Leicester who've started very much on the front foot, as Manu Tuilagi makes a couple of breaks to get his team moving in the right direction.

They're approaching the 22, into a sixth phase...

Kick-off

Northampton 13-17 Leicester

Stephen Myler's right peg gets the biggest second half of Northampton's season to date up and running.

The Saints desperately need to beat their local rivals if they are to reach the play-offs. It's now or never...

The teams are back out...

HT: Northampton 13-17 Leicester

Now then, the two teams are back out at Franklin's Gardens so let's get this show back on the road...

Recap

FT: Saracens 22-12 Harlequins

Chris Ashton
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Saracens extended their lead at the top of the Premiership with victory over London rivals Harlequins in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Chris Ashton scored twice and England lock George Kruis added another as Sarries led 19-9 at half-time, with Ben Botica kicking all of Quins' points.

Botica and Owen Farrell each landed a penalty in a try-less second period.

Saracens are now four points clear of second-placed Wasps, while Harlequins' play-off hopes look all but over.

Click here to read the full report.

Recap

FT: Worcester 35-54 Wasps

Christian Wade
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Christian Wade equalled the Premiership record for most tries in a game as he scored six against Worcester to lift Wasps to second in the table.

England winger Wade scored four tries in the first half before adding two more from interceptions in the second to seal a play-off place for Wasps.

Worcester scored six tries of their own in a game which totalled 14 at Sixways.

Wade, 24, equalled the previous record set by Saracens' Ryan Constable against Bedford exactly 16 years to the day.

Click here to read the full report.