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Summary

  1. FT: Harlequins 20-9 Northampton
  2. FT: Exeter 27-27 Gloucester
  3. FT: Leicester 34-13 Worcester
  4. FT: Newcastle 19-14 Bristol
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By Emma Thurston and Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's all for this afternoon, thanks for joining us.

But we're only giving you a short rest, we're back tomorrow for Saracens v Wasps (15:00 BST)

Enjoy your evening and we'll see you then!

Full-time

So the full-time whistle has rung around the grounds in the Premiership. 

In case you missed any of the action, here are your full-time scores from this afternoon:

Exeter 27-27 Gloucester

Harlequins 20-9 Northampton

Leicester 34-13 Worcester

Newcastle 19-14 Bristol

'We didn't know what we were doing'

Harlequins 20-9 Norhtampton

Jim Mallinder
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Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder on BT Sport:

"I don't think we controlled the game. Harlequins wanted the play the game fairly loose and they're good at it.

"We were terrible, we looked completely out of sorts. 

"We've taken a step back today and it wasn't acceptable."

'Right from the off we had the intensity'

Harlequins 20-9 Northampton

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Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston talking on BT Sport:

"The performance today was outstanding. There was a real intensity to our game and we didn't get the rewards we probably deserved.

"There were some fairly frank exchanges at the start of the week. We celebrated two weeks ago and we challenged each other after last week against Wasps.

"Adam Jones was not expecting to play loosehead prop or 75 minutes but he did it for the team. He was excellent today."

Busy Saturday

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The finish of the day has to go to Exeter at Sandy Park. 

Gloucester looked like they had the measure of Rob Baxter's side all afternoon. But a brilliant last-play from the Chiefs levelled the scores with seconds on the clock. And although Gareth Steenson's conversion went wide, his kick in the build-up to the try earned his side a share of the points.

Exeter's south-west rivals Bristol almost pulled off a spectacular comeback in Newcastle, but they left themselves too much to do at 19-0 down after 40 minutes and they're still without a win in the Premiership this season.

FT: Harlequins 20-9 Northampton

Harlequins' strong second-half delivered them with another strong home victory. They put a difficult performance against Wasps behind them and the result was led by gutsy individual performances particularly from their forwards

Tim Swiel came on at half-time for the injured Nick Evans and his presence really added to Harlequins in attack as well as showing great accuracy off the tee. 

FT: Newcastle 19-14 Bristol

After a valiant second-half performance, Bristol came close, but not close enough. 

Two second-half tries were not enough to reduce the 19-point deficit and Newcastle held on for victory. 

FT: Leicester 34-13 Worcester

It's finished at Welford Road too.

Worcester with a better second-half performance, but Leicester were too strong and ran out comfortable winners, earning a try bonus-point along the way.

FT: Exeter 27-27 Gloucester

And it's all over at Sandy Park!

Gareth Steenson with an excellent penalty kick to the corner and it's Damian Welch who crosses after a good drive from the line-out.

Exeter almost knicked it at the death but Steenson's conversion goes wide and the game finishes all-square.

Penalty (Swiel)

Harlequins 20-9 Northampton

Tim Swiel adds another penalty to his tally for the half and there are smiles beaming all around the Twickenham Stoop.

Forward domaintion

Harlequins 17-9 Northampton

We're taking a little time to set a scrum on the left-hand side but when it does Northampton are in a pickle. 

Harlequins' forwards coach Graham Rowntree gives a wry smile as his side gain the penalty and the home fans know that their side may just be home and dry now. 

Leicester 34-13 Worcester

Try time for Leicester and they earn themselves a bonus point.

Graham Kitchener with the bonus-point score and Owen Williams with the conversion. T

hree minutes to play, and this one looks like it's all wrapped up.

Jubilant Jones

Harlequins 17-9 Northampton

Adam Jones gains a vital scrum penalty for Harlequins. The rest of the pack pat the big Welshman on the head and Harlequins gain the distance off the kick. Will they find one more score before the full time whistle? They're looking hungry for it. 

Elsewhere in the Premiership

I spoke too soon. Worcester aren't going down without a fight.

Jaba Bregvadze with a try from the line-out drive and Ryan Lamb converts to make it Leicester 27-13 Worcester.

And there are problems for Gloucester too as Exeter have scored. Ian Whitten with his second try of the afternoon and Gareth Steenson with a penalty. So it's Exeter 22-27 Gloucester.

Charlie Sharples, in his 200th game, limps off. A sad end to his day. But can his side close out this game?

And Newcastle still have a narrow lead against Bristol. Joel Hodgson with the opportunity to extend their lead but his attempt drifts wide. Newcastle 19-14 Bristol with 10 minutes to play there.

Penalty (Swiel)

Harlequins 17-9 Northampton

Tim Swiel lines up a pressure penalty and although its trajectory isn't the straightest it does the job. We're into the final ten minutes and that could be the kick that seals the deal for the hosts. 

Sinckler empties the tank

Harlequins 14-9 Northampton

This game is going up a gear with the final ten minutes in sight. Kyle Sinckler's tenth carry of the match is a monstrous one, he's made more metres than Jamie Roberts and Marland Yarde, and the prop receives a standing ovation as he leaves the field.

Harlequins are still on the front foot as they set up the driving maul. 

Around the grounds

Bristol may be within site of Newcastle, but the Worcester comeback was short lived.

Leicester now lead 27-6 at home to the Warriors after a try from Logo Mulipola and Owen Williams' conversion.

The Cherry and Whites still have a good lead at Sandy Park where it's Exeter 14-27 Gloucester with just over 10 minutes to play.

Tense times

Harlequins 14-9 Northampton

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There's less than 15 minutes to go and it could still go either way at The Stoop. 

Harlequins have worked hard to generate comfortable cushions during the game but Stephen Myler's boot keeps on pining them back. The hosts are on the attack again and have another penalty to work from. 

Newcastle 19-14 Bristol

Bristol are making a comeback at Kingston Park.

Having been 19-0 down at half-time, there's now just five points in it.

Mitch Eadie spots the gap and crosses for his side's second try of the half. Adrian Jarvis converts and Bristol are back to within a score.

Penalty (Myler)

Harlequins 14-9 Northampton

Harlequins have worked really hard to develop their lead but as they are penalised at the breakdown abd Stephen Myler keeps them on their toes with another three points.

Exeter 14-27 Gloucester

Ben Morgan
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Gloucester could be on the verge of an upset here as Ben Morgan gets their third try of the afternoon.

David Halaifonua gathers the high ball, draws the last man and findsMorganon the inside. Greig Laidlaw is back on form from the kicking tee this week and he makes it Exeter 14-27 Gloucester.

We're into the final quarter at Sandy Park.

Penalty (Swiel)

Harlequins 14-6 Northampton

The penalty is directly in front of the posts and it's an easy three points for Tim Swiel. We're approaching the final quarter and Harlequins know that they have the opportunity to put this game to bed with a try. Equally Saints realise they need to cut the gap again soon if they're to claw this one back. 

Pressure from Harlequins

Harlequins 11-6 Northampton

Much like the opening quarter Harlequins are dominating the possession and forcing Northampton into full on defensive mode. Paul Hill is penalised for not moving away and the hosts have another chance to extend their lead. 

No try

Harlequins 11-6 Northampton

So, the TMO rules that Tim Visser was ahead of the ball carrier therefore it’s not a try and Northampton Saints get out of jail. 

Try review

Harlequins 11-6 Northampton

The Stoop is rocking as Harlequins are charging through the tackles and making metres.

It starts with Kyle Sincker bursting through the middle and after sensibly building through the phases Tim Swiel makes a sublime long pass wide to Luke Wallace.

It’s a great ball wide but we're heading to the TMO to check if Tim Visser has blocked the final tackler. 

Around the grounds

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Bristol are on the board! 

Jonathan Fisher crosses the whitewash before Adrian Jarvis converts, and it's Newcastle 19-7 Bristol.

Gloucester have extended their lead at Sandy Park, Greig Laidlaw lands a penalty to make it Exeter 14-20 Gloucester.

And at Welford Road, Leicester are still in front against Worcester, 20-6.

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Exeter 14-20 Gloucester

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But, you can still listen live to the Exeter v Gloucester game via BBC Radio Gloucestershire, by selecting the appropriate commentary via the 'Live Coverage' tab above.

Bonjour Mr Picamoles

Harlequins 11-6 Northampton

Louis Picamoles was outstanding last weekend against Exeter and he enters the field for Calum Clark who takes a worrying knock. 

Picamoles is one of the best in the business, what impact can he have on this match? 

Dickson v Dickson

Harlequins 11-6 Northampton

At we set up the scrum it's time for Dickson versus Dickson as Lee Dickson comes on in place of Nic Groom for Northampton. With Karl Dickson taking the reins at scrum half for Harlequins we're expecting a little bit of 'friendly banter' while they're both on the field.

Leicester 20-6 Worcester

Leicester v Worcester
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And they're at it again! Worcester have their second penalty in quick succession, as Ryan Lamb doubles his sides' point tally from 35 metres out.

A much better start to the half from the Warriors.

Penalty (Sweil)

Harlequins 11-6 Northampton

As Northampton are pinged at the breakdown Tim Sweil has the opening scoring opportunity of the half. He connects sweetly with the ball and puts it straight through the middle of the uprights. 

Super Sweil

Harlequins 8-6 Northampton

It's a bright start for Harlequins as Tim Sweil spots an opportunity for Tim Visser out wide. 

Sweil's pass is on the money and the Scotland international charges up field only to be pulled down by Nic Groom. It's a tremendous cover tackle from the scrum-half and one that has stopped a certain try.

Around the grounds

And having said Worcester need a miracle, they've started in the right way. Ryan Lamb gets their first points of the afternoon, it's Leicester 20-3 Worcester.

We're back under way at Sandy Park and Kingston Park too but no scores there so far in the second period.

Penny for your thoughts?

Harlequins 8-6 Northampton

Eddie Jones
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After watching last night's action at The Recreation Ground what will England's head coach Eddie Jones have thought about that opening half?

Back in action

Harlequins 8-6 Northampton

We're back under way at The Twickenham Stoop and Harlequins have been forced into a change at half-time. Nick Evans won't return for the second half and instead Tim Sweil will take the reins at fly-half.

HT: Newcastle 19-0 Bristol

Newcastle Falcons
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Bottom side Bristol, without a win since their promotion to the Premiership, look unlikely to earn their first victory of the season this afternoon.

Newcastle have been utterly dominant in the first 40 with three tries from Juan Pablo Socino, Will Welch and Joel Hodgson.

HT: Leicester 20-0 Worcester

Telusa Veainu
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Leicester, as expected, have been utterly dominant at Welford Road so far this afternoon.

Two penalties from Owen Williams, and tries from Tom Brady and Telusa Veainu have given them a strong lead.

Worcester need a miracle in the second half to bring this one back.

HT: Harlequins 8-6 Northampton

Luther Burrell
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In the Twickenham sunshine it's been a physical and intense opening half. Harlequins will be thinking that they should be further ahead given the possession and metres that they have had but opportunities haven't stuck.

Both Nick Evans and Stephen Myler are a little rusty off the kicking tee and as a result the match is precariously poised with forty to go. 

HT: Exeter 14-17 Gloucester

Exeter v Gloucester
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Gloucester have surprised a few people this afternoon with their first-half efforts.

It's two tries apiece at Sandy Park but the Cherry and Whites go into the break with a narrow lead courtesy of Billy Twelvetrees' penalty. 

They've been very physical one-on-one and the away supporters will be the happier after 40 minutes.

Analysis

HT: Harlequins 8-6 Northampton

Jamie Hill

BBC Radio London commentator

Both sides have certainly not found their kicking boots in the first half.

Harlequins flew out of the traps but were hanging on for dear life at the end. They've become rather nervous in their play.