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  1. FT: Exeter 24-3 Wasps - Chiefs move closer to a home semi-final
  2. FT: London Irish 25-32 Harlequins - Irish are relegated to the Championship
  3. FT: Saracens 23-14 Newcastle - Saracens finish top of the Premiership

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By Rob Stevens and Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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I'm afraid that's it from us this evening - thanks for joining us.

It's been a thrilling day of Premiership action, although there were sad scenes at the Madejski Stadium as London Irish were relegated.

We'll be back next weekend with live text coverage of the final round of matches.

Until then, goodbye.


Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

Jacques Burger
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Saracens secured top spot in the Premiership with a second-half comeback at home against Newcastle.

Marcus Watson scored two converted tries to put the visitors 14-3 up at half-time but a brace of tries from Jackson Wray put the hosts back ahead

Maro Itoje's score secured the win to give a victorious send-off to Sarries flanker Jacques Burger, who made his final appearance before retirement.

Newcastle secured their top-flight status for next season despite defeat, as London Irish lost to Harlequins.


London Irish 25-32 Harlequins

Irish v Quins
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London Irish suffered relegation from the Premiership as Harlequins battled to victory at the Madejski Stadium.

Quins ran in three tries in the opening 22 minutes as Charlie Walker crossed twice and Ross Chisholm dotted down.

The Exiles rallied with tries from Luke Narraway and Asaeli Tikoirotuma to only trail 22-15 at half-time.

David Paice's score then levelled matters for Irish before a late try from Quins prop Kyle Sinckler sent Irish down to the Championship.


Exeter 24-3 Wasps

Exeter players celebrate
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Exeter Chiefs won comfortably to sneak back in front of Wasps in the battle to claim second place in the Premiership table and earn a home semi-final.

In stretching Wasps' losing record at Sandy Park, Exeter atoned for their European Cup quarter-final defeat earlier this month with three tries.

Winger Olly Woodburn showed great strength down the left for the opener.

Having led 10-3 at the break, Exeter then scored two more second-half tries through Phil Dollman and Jack Nowell.

FT: Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

The boys have worked hard all year but it went to the wire. We have been disappointed with this year and we shouldn't really be in this position. We hope to be up the table next year.

Will WelchNewcastle captain on BT Sport

FT: Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

Newcastle put up a massive fight and we knew we had to turn it up in the second half. They were hard to beat. We take the games one by one and try and build.

Jackson WraySaracens number eight on BT Sport


Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

Their bid for another score is short-lived as a Saracens knock-on brings the full-time whistle.

Sarries have secured top spot in the Premiership with that victory, while Newcastle have secured their top-flight status following London Irish's defeat.

Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

The clock goes red, but Sarries play on in a bid for a fourth try. They're over half-way.

Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

Newcastle are still probing at the Saracens defence in midfield in a bid to get on the scoreboard again before the end of the match.

At least the Falcons are safe, after London Irish were relegated with defeat this afternoon.

Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

Saracens go in search of their fourth try of the afternoon.

Chris Ashton chases a kick into the corner but Falcons full-back Simon Hammersley shows good composure to wait for the ball to go over his own try-line before touching down.

London Irish relegation

FT: London Irish 25-32 Harlequins

Everyone can be able to point the finger in hindsight but in essence it's one of those things where experience in the Premiership and what is required at certain times in the season is essential, and we've got to try and retain the experience guys in our squad. We've seen teams like Harlequins and Northampton that have gone down and bounced back and that's what we've got to do."

London Irish prop Tom CourtBBC Radio Berkshire

Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

That score from Itoje is Saracens' 1000th Premiership try.

The north London side have some way to go to catch Leicester, who are the all-time top scorers with 1187.

Wasps are second on 1062.

Full-time - London Irish are relegated

London Irish 25-32 Harlequins

Full time. 25-32. A big thank you to all of our supporters who showed their support today. The Club appreciates it more than you know.

Emotion from a number of London Irish players after the final whistle is blown as their efforts today were not enough.

Credit the Exiles for battling back from 19-3 down but it was too little, too late.

Harlequins win with a bonus point takes above Sale into sixth place.

Try (Itoje, missed con Hodgson)

Saracens 23-14 Newcastle

Maro Itoje

And Sarries do get their third try of the afternoon, and it's another special courtesy of their forwards.

It looks like Jackson Wray is going to be then man swerving towards the line, but Maro Itoje takes over at the last moment and dabs down.

Saracens' driving maul has done the damage in the second half.

Hodgson slices the conversion wide of the posts.

Saracens 18-14 Newcastle

Charlie Hodgson launches another fine kick into the corner after Newcastle were penalised at the breakdown.

Sarries looking to close out the game with a third try.

Saracens 18-14 Newcastle

Saracens are exerting more pressure on the Newcastle line, with the visitors struggling for both possession and territory currently.

Eventually there is a knock-on from Sarries and the Falcons get a momentary breather.

London Irish 25-32 Harlequins

Four minutes to go for London Irish to save their Premiership status for at least another week.

They need not only a converted try, but then another score on top of that to prevent them from dropping down.

Missed penalty (Hodgson)

Saracens 18-14 Newcastle

Saracens are now asserting their dominance at the scrum

They pick up anther penalty as the Falcons' front row collapses and Charlie Hodgson gets another shot at goal.

The former England man misses for a second time, as it rebounds off the upright.

London Irish 25-32 Harlequins

Is that the nail in the coffin for London Irish?

A stunning try from a prop as Kyle Sinckler races away and rounds off a slick move for Harlequins that secures their bonus point.

With Newcastle now losing, the Exiles have to win to avoid relegation.

70' Incredible. Sinckler bursts through a tackle from 40m out and goes all the way himself! 25-32

Penalty (Hodgson)

Saracens 18-14 Newcastle

Saracens are awarded another penalty at the scrum, this time just inside the Newcastle half.

Charlie Hodgson opts to go for the posts and adds three points to his, and Saracens', tally.

London Irish 25-25 Harlequins

This is some comeback from London Irish who were 19-3 down at one point.

Theo Brophy-Clews's penalty has gave them the lead for the first time but Nick Evans' penalty has levelled it up for Quins.

Try (Wray, con Hodgson)

Saracens 15-14 Newcastle

And, moments later, Saracens have their second try of the day.

It's a carbon copy of the first, as the hosts gather a line-out and Jackson Wray powers over at the back of a driving maul.

This time Charlie Hodgson adds the extras and gives Sarries the lead.

Newcastle in danger of relegation again.

54min | TRY TIME!! It's @JacksonWray in again for Sarries from a driving maul. The Sarries forwards doing the business in this second half

Saracens 8-14 Newcastle

A Saracens player - Michael Rhodes -  was punching the arm of a Newcastle player who was holding onto the ball at the breakdown.

No foul play there and the original penalty call stands.

Jacques Burger's moment to be replaced has come, and he is applauded off to a standing ovation at Allianz Park.

Jacques Burger
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Saracens 8-14 Newcastle

Saracens' forward pound away at the Newcastle defence once again, with Jackson Wray and Mako Vunipola making headway.

Newcastle win a penalty but there has been a bit of a clash at the breakdown and referee Ian Tempest is going to consult the TMO.

Saracens 8-14 Newcastle

Saracens have been much better in this second half so far, and Newcastle are failing to make any headway into their half.

The hosts have picked up another scrum penalty and Charlie Hodgson has sent the ball to the corner once again.

Try (Wray, con missed Hodgson)

Saracens 8-14 Newcastle

From another line-out, Saracens manage to strike.

Maro Itoje gathers and helps set up a rolling maul.

A few of the backs join in and help Jackson Wray bundle over.

Charlie Hodgson can't add the extras from out wide.

London Irish 22-22 Harlequins

All square now at the Mad Stad with 24 minutes to go.

David Paice has got a third try for the Exiles to level things up and give London Irish hope they can take this relegation fight to the final week.

David Paice
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Saracens 3-14 Newcastle

From the resulting five-metre scrum, Saracens turn up the pressure and win a penalty.

They opt to go for the line-out.

Saracens 3-14 Newcastle

Saracens start to hit their stride and go through the phases.

Chris Ashton sends a kick into the corner and Michael Rhodes helps shove the covering Newcastle defender back over his own line.

Saracens v Newcastle


Saracens 3-14 Newcastle

The second half has started at Allianz Park as Newcastle wing Marcus Watson gets us under way.

Mako Vunipola is on for Sarries.

HT: Saracens 3-14 Newcastle

Saracens have been second best so far this afternoon, with Newcastle impressing.

Fans of the north London club will want an improved performance after the break to give flanker Jacques Burger the send-off he deserves.

Saracens fan
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London Irish 15-22 Harlequins

No scores yet in the second-half at the Madejski Stadium.

The Exiles have conceded a number of penalties but know a converted score gets them right back in this game. 

They need Saracens to turn it around against Newcastle first if they have hope of staying up.


Saracens 3-14 Newcastle

And with the conversion comes the half-time whistle.

It's been a great opening period for Newcastle, who have shown good attacking intent, with Marcus Watson scoring two tries.

The visitors know they can secure their Premiership status today with a victory.

HT. @FalconsRugby playing like side who want to keep destiny in own hands. Deserving 14-3 lead #saracens @BBCLondonSport #bbcrugby


London Irish 15-22 Harlequins

London Irish's biggest 40 minutes of the season.

They have to find a way to win or they will be playing Championship rugby next term.

Try (Watson, con Willis)

Saracens 3-14 Newcastle

But the Falcons are not to be denied for long!

From the resulting line-out they cause more problems for the Saracens defence.

After the ball is recycled Craig Willis sends a grubber kick through and there is Marcus Watson to race on to it, gather, evade a tackle and reach out for the line.

Willis converts to make it 14-3.

TRY FALCONS! Second for Marcus Watson - super kick from Craig Willis in behind the defence. Falcons 12-3 up

Saracens 3-7 Newcastle

Newcastle put pressure on the Saracens scrum and a big tackle off teh back of it sends Jackson Wray back within inches of his own line.

Somehow Richard Wigglesworth snaffles the ball away.

No try

Saracens 3-7 Newcastle

After a brief look at the replay, referee Ian Tempest decides that Taione Vea had knocked the ball on while he was diving for the line under pressure from Jacques Burger.

Mouritz Botha had previously come close to crossing the line before being stopped short.

Newcastle have looked threatening from set pieces so far today.

Try review

Saracens 3-7 Newcastle

Newcastle look like they might have got their second. Up to the TMO we go again...

Saracens 3-7 Newcastle

Maro Itoje

Newcastle gather their line-out and set up a rolling maul, but they are unable to wrestle their way towards the try line.

Eventually Maro Itoje comes in from the side and the Falcons get another penalty. The visitors go for touch again.

Saracens 3-7 Newcastle

Newcastle make more progress from another line-out, with Mark Wilson making a good linebreak.

The Falcons get a penalty about 10 metres out, but opt to kick for the corner rather than take the points.

Their line-out has had some success so far today.