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Summary

  1. FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish
  2. Exiles now seven points adrift at the bottom
  3. FT: Sale 29-17 Bath
  4. Sharks move about Harlequins into sixth
  5. Use 'Live Coverage' tab to select radio commentary

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By Phil Shepka and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

That just about concludes our coverage of this afternoon's Premiership rugby. Sale Sharks are back into the top six and London Irish are on the brink of relegation.

Click the links below to read more about both of those matches but, until next time, it's goodbye from us!

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FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

FT: Newcastle 13-6 Irish. Devastating defeat for Exiles in a game that never got off the knife edge #bbcrugby

FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

What does that result mean for the league table then? Well, in short, it doesn't look great for London Irish.

The Exiles, bottom of the table, are now seven points adrift of Newcastle Falcons with two rounds remaining.

London Irish face Harlequins and Wasps in their final two matches, while Newcastle take on Saracens and Sale.

FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

It's been a hard season for us, with a young group of guys. We've been giving it 100% every game and some games we come up short, but today we showed our determination as a team.

Nili LatuNewcastle number eight on BT Sport

FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Contrasting reactions at full-time...

Full time: Newcastle 13 London Irish 6. MASSIVE result. Thank you to each and every one of you who supported the boys.

FT: Newcastle Falcons 13-6 London Irish

Full-time

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

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Newcastle Falcons have done it! Wayne Barnes blows the final whistle and, although London Irish aren't mathematically down just yet, they are surely all but after today.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

It doesn't look like it, as an Exiles knock-on leaves the ball in Newcastle hands once more. Sixty seconds remain.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

The visitors have the ball back now though, Sean Maitland making some ground down the right. They're into the Falcons half, is there a late twist in the tale?

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Three minutes left, Newcastle scrum after London Irish knocked on in the tackle. This game edging towards a conclusion.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

We're into the final five minutes and Newcastle are working through some phases of their own now, just inside the London Irish half. They may be just about there...

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

The ball goes forward four metres short of the line, the chance goes begging and, if you're an Exiles fan, I can only apologise for sounding like a broken record.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Here come London Irish once more, back into that 22 again. Newcastle's defence has been incredible, it must be said, but can they hold out for another eight minutes?...

Great defence there from the @FalconsRugby boys and what a tackle from Hammers!

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

But Asaeli Tikoirotuma is penalised for playing the ball on the floor and once again all of London Irish's fine attacking work is undone. The pattern of the match, the pattern of their season.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Alex Lewington
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Am I overstating it to suggest London Irish have 12 minutes to save their Premiership status? I don't think so.

They're on the attack again, this time 22 metres from Newcastle's try line...

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Goodness me - so close! Shane Geraghty chips wide, Andrew Fenby races desperately after it... But the bounce of a rugby ball, nothing more than that, is against him and it bounces out of play. So unlucky.

61: Irish really need to take these chances in attack. Still 13-6 to Newcastle. Fenby with an emphatic break

You said it, London Irish media people.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Still London Irish come forward, into a 20th phase! They're five metres short of the line - can they spread it wide?...

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

One match down, one to go.

We're into the final 20 minutes at Kingston Park and London Irish are looking better and better here. They're back into Newcastle's 22, their handling sure, their breakdown support plentiful, their attacking quick and concise...

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

No! Don't drop it now, Blair Cowan!

More London Irish frustration. Scrum down, Falcons put in.

Full-time

Sale 29-17 Bath

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Peter Stringer drags the ball out of play and Sale have the victory that takes them into the top six of the Premiership.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

London Irish are streaming forward, their best passage of play in this match. This is your moment, Exiles, it has to be...

Try (Easter, con Cipriani)

Sale 29-17 Bath

Out of nowhere, Sale have a bonus-point try!

Sam James breaks through to about four metres out and Mark Easter overlaps to finish off the move.

Cipriani smashes it through the posts to add the extras and some gloss on the scoreline.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Mark Wilson
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Now it's the home side's turn to come forward, Simon Hammersley almost finding a tiny gap down the left-hand side.

They've come back inside now, up to the five-metre line... But London Irish have turned it over and have the penalty! Fantastic defence from the Exiles.

Sale 22-17 Bath

A huge round of applause from both sets of supporters as Kyle Eastmond was taken off, by the way. Eastmond is receiving oxygen on the side of the pitch. Let's hope he's OK.

The action on the pitch is back under way...

Sale 22-17 Bath

The Bath physios are taking their time over Kyle Eastmond. The 26-year-old is being put onto a stretcher and the ambulance staff are readying themselves for action at the side of the pitch.

He is stretchered off the field, all the best to @kyle_eastmond7 - we hope you make a full recovery soon.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

London Irish are back into Newcastle territory now, up to the 22-metre line, but they concede a penalty when a man in a green shirt - I'm not sure who - at the bottom of a pile of bodies fails to release the ball.

Twenty-five minutes to go at Kingston Park.

Sale 22-17 Bath

Worrying scenes at the AJ Bell Stadium with Bath centre Kyle Eastmond needing attention from both sets of club physios following a tackle by Will Addison. 

Addison's challenge was perfectly legal, but the England international is not looking in a particularly good way.

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Scott Steele
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That's more like it from the Exiles, stringing a few phases together and making it up to Newcastle's five-metre line. However, when they spread the ball to the right-hand side it's knocked on and the Falcons are able to clear their lines.

Try (Seymour, missed con Cipriani)

Sale 22-17 Bath

The pressure from Sale has been building and they get a maul right, with David Seymour the man to cross and give the hosts the lead again with just seven minutes remaining.

Now for a bit of controversy. Danny Cipriani's conversion attempt appears to go over in the eyes of the crowd but the linesmen don't lift up their flags. Luke Pearce goes to the TMO, who decides the ball has moved away from the posts, much to the anger of many at the AJ Bell.

That could be a huge call...

Sin-bin (Day)

Sale 17-17 Bath

Bath will have to play out these final few minutes with 14 men. Off the line-out, Sale get a driving maul, win the penalty and Bath lock Dominic Day gets shown a yellow card.

Penalty (Socino)

Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

Having conceded a penalty in the next phase of play, Juan Pablo Socino is tasked with splitting the posts and stretching Newcastle's lead out to seven points.

That's pretty much an eight-point swing after Asaeli Tikoirotuma's aberration with the line at his mercy.

A penny for this man's thoughts?

Tom Coventry
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Sale 17-17 Bath

Sale replacement Brian Mujati makes a great break into the Bath 22, but Amanaki Mafi stops a certain try and wins his side a penalty. Sale get the ball back, win another penalty, and this time Danny Cipriani - possibly on the advice of Steve Diamond - kicks for touch instead of the posts.

Newcastle 10-6 London Irish

And immediately London Irish should be ahead!

Alex Lewington fends off a challenge down the left and tees up Asaeli Tikoirotuma for a 10-metre finish out wide... But some reason the replacement opts to check back and try to pass infield, which goes astray. Why didn't he just take on the man?

Another poor, poor decision by the Exiles in attack.

Missed penalty (Cipriani)

Sale 17-17 Bath

What is going on with the kicking here?! Danny Cipriani now misses another penalty.

No-one wants to win it.

Kick-off

Newcastle 10-6 London Irish

Shane Geraghty, on as a replacement for the injured Greig Tonks, boots the second half back under way.

Missed penalty (Ford)

Sale 17-17 Bath

Bath are on top here and almost break through the Sale defence through Matt Banahan, and despite stopping him, the defence give away a very kickable penalty to George Ford.

Somehow, though, Ford misses it. Bath are doing everything to give this game to Sale...

Missed penalty (Cipriani)

Sale 17-17 Bath

Bath are penalised for not rolling away in their own half. Danny Cipriani thinks he can deal with the gusty wind at the AJ Bell Stadium and kicks for the posts, but despite having the legs, it doesn't have the accuracy.

Could he live to regret the decision to kick for points instead of touch?

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HT: Newcastle 10-6 London Irish

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Penalty (Ford)

Sale 17-17 Bath

Bath are dominating at the the scrum at the moment, and another strong one helps draw them level.

George Ford takes advantage of the dark arts from his forwards and kicks his fourth successful attempt of the match.

Half-time

Newcastle 10-6 London Irish

Marcus Watson
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And that's us for the opening period.

There's not been a huge amount in it in terms of possession and territory, but Newcastle Falcons just look a more dangerous proposition with ball in hand. A better side, to put it bluntly.

Marcus Watson's try has been the difference in terms of points, but it's still all to play for.

Newcastle 10-6 London Irish

My word, what a tackle this is. A try-saving tackle, no less.

Having wriggled their way all the way up to London Irish's five-metre line, wing Alex Tait looks for all the world like he will dot the ball down... Only for Andrew Fenby to brilliantly hold him short and then push him into touch.

Another big moment? We're into the final minute of the half.