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  1. Leicester 31-17 Worcester
  2. Tigers' win secures play-off spot
  3. Northampton 15-14 Bath
  4. Saints move up to fifth after recovering from 14-0 down

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By Rob Stevens and Emma Thurston

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us this evening - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow for live text commentary on Sunday's three Premiership games.

Here's what's in store:

  • Exeter v Wasps (13:00 BST)
  • London Irish v Harlequins (15:00 BST)
  • Saracens v Newcastle (15:15 BST)

Until then, goodbye.


Northampton 15-14 Bath

Mikey Haysood
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Northampton moved up to fifth in the Premiership table thanks to a second-half comeback against Bath.

Saints dominated possession and territory in the first half but trailed 14-0 at the break through two converted tries from winger Jeff Williams.

After Bath's Chris Cook was sin-binned, Teimana Harrison touched down in the corner and a penalty from Stephen Myler reduced the arrears.

Mikey Haywood powered over late on and Myler converted to seal victory.

Read more here.


Leicester 31-17 Worcester

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Leicester secured their place in the Premiership semi-finals for the 12th successive year with a bonus-point win over Worcester.

The hosts led 21-17 at the break with tries from Vereniki Goneva, Opeti Fonua and Telusa Veainu.

Bryce Heem and Andy Symons went over to keep Worcester in touch but as the weather worsened Leicester's pack gained the ascendency.

Will Evans secured the bonus point for Tigers and booked their play-off spot.

You can read the full report here.

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FT: Northampton 15-14 Bath

What a way to finish the game. It was hard-fought. The fans are our 16th man on the field and Franklin's Gardens is an amazing place to play

Teimana HarrisonNorthampton forward on BT Sport

FT: Northampton 15-14 Bath

Saints left it late there but managed to secure a crucial win, which moves them up to fifth in the Premiership table.

Northampton face Gloucester next weekend at Kingsholm and their destiny is still in their own hands.


Northampton 15-14 Bath

The clock goes red, the ball is worked back to Northampton fly-half Stephen Myler and he dabs into touch.

A great comeback from the hosts to overcome a dogged Bath side.

The Champions Cup dream is still alive for Saints.

FT - Saints 15 Bath 14. A HUGE, HUUUUUUGE comeback win for the men in BG&G. What about the character shown there?!

Northampton 15-14 Bath

But Bath see the line out stolen after Victor Matfield gets a big paw to the ball!

Less than a mintue to go, surely there is no way back for the visitors?

Northampton 15-14 Bath

Northampton are eating up the clock in the Bath half, with replacement scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i controlling the ball and marshalling his troops.

But Bath steal after another handling error with just 90 seconds to go and set-up a line-out on half-way.

Northampton 15-14 Bath

Bath had held out for so long and defended well for most of the game.

Do they have anything left in the tank to provide a sting at the death?

Try (Haywood, con Myler)

Northampton 15-14 Bath

Mikey Haywood
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But there's no denying this one!

From the resulting line-out Northampton show patience to set up the rolling maul and eventually Mikey Haywood breaks off and bundles over.

Stephen Myler adds the extras from the tee to give Saints the lead for the first time this afternoon.

Five minutes remain at Franklin's Gardens.

I have not seen a game like this for a long time. The team that has the possession has been the one that has let the tries in.

Kane Palma-NewportBath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

Northampton 8-14 Bath

Wayne Barnes has another long hard look at the replays with Northampton claiming another try.

Tom Wood powers over the line from two metres out but is held up by Will Homer and Francois Louw.

However Luther Burrell comes in and the bodies roll over once again - but Barnes decides not to award the try.

Great defence from Bath again - but they've conceded another penalty.

Northampton 8-14 Bath

Northampton come again and go close to a second try out on the left flank.

But Bath prop Nick Auterac puts in a big hit on Tiemana Harrison which was high, and stops the number eight in in tracks.

Referee Wayne Barnes decides not to go to the TMO, and just awards a penalty.

Missed penalty (Ford)

Northampton 8-14 Bath

George Ford hasn't been on for long and decides to have a pop at goal from the latest penalty

The England international is five metres in from the left flank on the 10-metre line.

The wind at Franklin's Gardens means Matt Banahan has to lie down and hold the ball on the tee.

Ford's kick doesn't quite have the legs and drops just short. IT was a good effort, from a tricky position.

There are 10 minutes left.


Leicester 31-17 Worcester

As the full time whistle blows Leicester secure a Premiership semi-final place for the twelfth successive season. 

Will Evans' first Premiership try added the bonus-point and their solid defensive work ensured that Worcester didn't add to their own tally after the break. 

Northampton 8-14 Bath

And Willimas is denied a hat-trick by the bounce of the ball!

Francois Louw turns the ball over, Tom Homer puts in a great break and then George Ford chips towards the corner.

But Williams, in space, sees the ball bobble across him and into touch. Bath could have seized control of the scoreboard there.

Northampton 8-14 Bath

Bath have their own spell on the attack and Jeff Williams goes in search of a third try after receiveing a low pass from George Ford, who's on as a replacement.

But Saitns steal the ball well at the break down and clear up to their 10-metre line.

Penalty (Myler)

Northampton 8-14 Bath

This time Stephen Myler opts to kick for goal from in front of the post.

His attempt wobbles a bit but does bisect the posts.

Saints back to within a converted score with 18 minutes to go.

Northampton 5-14 Bath

George North
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Bath show more great and committed defence to thwart another wave of Northampton attacks.

The Saints go through the phases and pound away at the Bath line but the visitors turn the ball over.

However Will Homer's clearing kick is a poor one and Saints get another penalty...

Try (Harrison, con missed Myler)

Northampton 5-14 Bath

Teimana Harrison has the ball down for Saints and they finally have their breakthrough.

Bath looked like they might survive conceding while down to 14 men but Saints do the damage from a line-out five metres out.

Harrison eventually gets hold of the ball and finishes well, holding off Matt Banahan.

Stephen Myler misses the conversion from out wide.

Just over 22 minutes left at Franklin's Gardens.

Leicester are edging closer

Leicester 31-17 Worcester

The second half hasn't quite lived up to the high standard set by the first. 

Positively Leicester's pack have really exerted themselves on their visitors and Owen Williams' boot remains on song. 

On the flip side Worcester will be slightly frustrated that they haven't managed to make their opportunities count, knocking on at key points. 

As the clock ticks down Leicester are edging ever closer to booking their semi-final spot.

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Northampton get another kickable penalty but opt to go for the corner again.

But Bath are strong in defence again and frustrate the hosts once more by winning a scrum, which gives them a chance to eat up some of the clock while they're down to 14 men.

They have just over five more minutes to survive while a man down.

Sin-bin (Cook)

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Northampton finally find their stride and stretch the Bath defence for what feels the first time today.

George North bursts down the left flank and puts the ball back inside.

Bath are starting to look desperate in the tackle and, as Lee Dickson looks to spread the ball at the breakdown, Chris Cook kicks it out of his hands.

The Bath scrum-half is shown yellow - his third and Bath's 19th sin-binning of the season.

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Bath are on the attack but, in one passage of play, there were several loose balls, turnovers of possession and a few players scattered on the ground needing treatment. Scrappy rugby all round.

The visitors came close to their third try of the afternoon through Jeff Williams but what could have been the crucial pass was missed.

At the end of all that, Saints have a scrum in their own 22 for a knock-on.

Try (Evans, con Williams)

Leicester 28-17 Worcester

Will Evans
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With a Leicester lineout 5m short of the Worcester line it's a sight that the Welford Road faithful know well. 

The pack set up their famous driving maul and Will Evans finishes the move and scores his first Premiership try. 

It's an important score in the context of the match as it secures Leicester's bonus point. 

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Bath begin the half with possibly their best spell of possession of the afternoon, reaching five phases.

But then the ball is lost forward in the tackle, and Saints get the scrum just outside their 22.

Handling errors have been rife today despite sunny conditions.


Northampton 0-14 Bath

The second half has started at Franklin's Gardens after Bath's Rhys Priestland gets us under way.

England head coach Eddie Jones is in the stands today.

Off the post

Leicester 21-17 Worcester

Worcester have been threatening Leicester's defensive line for a number of minutes and a penalty given away by Dan Cole, for not rolling away, gives Worcester an easy shot of goal. 

In the conditions Tom Heathcote's kick bounces off the post and heading torwards the final quarter Leicester's lead remains.

April showers

Leicester 21-17 Worcester

Worcester fired out of the changing rooms with purpose but after their initial endeavour both sides are not enjoying the worsening conditions. 

We've gone from spring sunshine to April showers and, like the opening few minutes, the majority of the rugby is being played in the middle of the park. 

April when we left the house this morning, November by the time we kick off the second half! #LEIvWOR


Northampton 0-14 Bath

And that is half-time at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton have been on top in terms of possession and territory but it's been a scrappy display from the home side.

Bath, meanwhile, have been clinical on the counter-attack and have taken their scant chances well to put them ahead at the break.

Surely Saints will be more clinical after the break?

If they can keep their patience and stay on the front foot, this game is far from over

No try

Northampton 0-14 Bath

No try
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George North and Northampton think they have their first try of the afternoon with just a minute to go to the break.

But, referee Wayne Barnes rules it out!

Saints go through the phases and work the ball wide to Harry Mallinder, who offloads to North in contact.

But Barnes asks the television match official to check the footage, with the hint of a forward pass from the full-back.

After several replays, they decide not to award the try, to the displeasure of most of those inside Franklin's Gardens.

Forty to go at Welford Road

Leicester 21-17 Worcester

Both sides are back out on the field and Owen Williams kicks-off what should be an intense second half at Welford Road.

A little weather warning, the rain has just started to fall, will that make a difference? Let's see.

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Teimana Harrison makes a great break down the flank for Northampton, smashing through two tackles.

However he fails to find a team-mate with his off-load and Bath eventually get a scrum for another Saints knock-on.

We've just under five minutes to the break.

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Northampton v Bath
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Saints again put the pressure on following the scrum but Bath regain possession with a penalty at the breakdown as Lee Dickson pulls a neck-roll on Francois Louw.

Northampton have really dominated possession but they are lacking penetration and their penalty count is stacking up.

This is Bath's best away performance for quite some time.

Andrew SheridanBBC Radio Bristol

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Northampton pressure again after Lee Dickson takes a quick tap-and-go penalty.

Saints look to stretch the play but as Mikey Haywood looks to pass wide, Matt Banahan knocks the ball on while going for an interception.

Scrum to the hosts, about 12 metres out...

Half-time at Welford Road

Leicester 21-17 Worcester

Telusa Veainu's score, with just eight seconds of the opening-half remaining, takes Leicester into the changing rooms with a four-point advantage.

Anyone that thought this game would be one-way traffic has been proved wrong because this opening half has been two evenly-matched sides going head-to-head. 

An intriguing second half awaits. 

Leicester v Worcester
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Northampton 0-14 Bath

Northampton have had most of the possession and territory so far but have been let down by poor decision-making and the odd handling error.

Ken Pisi is the latest to err, fumbling a clearing kick from Chris Cook.

Saints haven't quite clicked into gear despite some early pressure. There's about 13 minutes to go until half-time.

Try (Veainu, con Williams)

Leicester 21-17 Worcester

Telusa Veainu's eighth try of the Premiership season is a stellar score. 

Dean Ryan and the Worcester Warriors won't want to watch the tape back with the amount of missed tackles but it's Veainu's awareness, and ability to exploit the smallest amount of space out wide that should catch the eye.

Owen Williams makes the touchline conversion look simple, he hasn't missed yet, and Leicester regain the lead. 

Try (Symons, con Heathcote)

Leicester 14-17 Worcester

Worcester celebrate
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This time it's Worcester that are the patient ones. After a series of pick and go's, in which the forwards get agonisingly close to the line, the backs finish the job. 

Francois Hougaard's quick service out means that Andy Symons caps his 50th appearance for the club in style and Tom Heathcote adds the conversion. 

Try (Williams, con Priestland)

Northampton 0-14 Bath

Wow. What a finish by Jeff Williams.

Northampton are on the attack and looking purposeful, with Teimana Harrison powering through defenders, but Luther Burrell loses the ball in the tackle, allowing Jonathan Joseph to kick forward.

Williams hares over halfway and hacks on the loose ball brilliantly and then leaves Ken Pisi stranded.

The wing showed serious pace and composure there to touch down. Priestland adds the extras again.

Saints don't know what has hit them.

That's an extraordinary counterattack from Bath. From out or nowhere they have got the try.

Graham McKechnieBBC Radio Northampton