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Summary

  1. FT: Saracens 13-13 Exeter Chiefs
  2. Sarries down to 14 after Barrington red card
  3. FT: Gloucester 55-19 Worcester Warriors
  4. FT: Harlequins 29-26 Sale Sharks
  5. FT: Northampton Saints 32-26 Bristol

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By Louise Gwilliam and Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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Unlucky 13?

The number 13 is often said to be unlucky, but for Saracens, who came back to earn a 13-13 draw with Exeter Chiefs, that will remain a myth. They end the day top of the Premiership table.

Exeter, on the other hand, won't look favourably on the number 13, should Saracens have been reduced to 13 men?

Once again the talk of the day will be the new laws surrounding the high tackle.

Thanks for joining us this afternoon as we brought you four nail-biting games.

Enjoy your evening and we'll be back with you tomorrow!

Still to come...

Wasps v Leicester (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

That is another drama-packed day of Premiership action out of the way, but there is still more to come this weekend.

Leicester Tigers, in their first game since director of rugby Richard Cockerill was sacked, travel to the Ricoh Arena to face a Wasps side looking to make an immediate return to the top of the table.

You can follow all the action here on the BBC website from 14:30 GMT.

Quins survive Sale fightback

FT: Harlequins 29-26 Sale

To finish off the entertaining afternoon reads from the Premiership, here is the report from Harlequins' triumph over a Sale Sharks side that suffer a ninth straight defeat in all competitions.

Denny Solomona

Harlequins 29-26 Sale

Harlequins hold on after a second-half comeback from Sale to register their seventh Premiership win of the season.

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FT: Saracens 13-13 Exeter

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Saracens defence and forwards coach Alex Sanderson speaking about Brad Barritt's tackle to BT Sport:  

 "The citing officer is hanging around the changing rooms like the grim reaper so I can only expect repercussions."

'Saracens' forwards controlled the game'

FT: Saracens 13-13 Exeter

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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter on BT Sport:

"You've got to give a great deal of credit to Saracens, they went to 14 men early.

"But their forwards played well and took control of the game"

"We got out of the traps, had good intensity and gave ourselves an opportunity. But after the red card, we didn't take the game by the scruff of the neck.

"In that second half there was a game there for us to take more out of and we didn't."

FT: Saracens 13-13 Exeter

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Saracens player and man-of-the-match Richard Wigglesworth speaking on BT Sport:

"We've come up against a top Exeter team and played most of the game with 14 men but we dig deep and came away worth two points.

"We defended well in the first half, had we gone more than seven points behind it would've been tough for us.

"We're not a fan of the new laws, we understand why they are there though. If we're not careful though we will make the game worse, not better."

Exeter held by 14-man Sarries in a thriller

FT: Saracens 13-13 Exeter

Fourteen-man Saracens show incredible fortitude as they draw with Exeter after having Richard Barrington sent off after 10 minutes.

Richard Barrington sent off

Saracens 13-13 Exeter

Saracens have Richard Barrington sent off but battle to an impressive draw with Exeter to go top of the Premiership.

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Northampton win as Bristol claim vital point

FT: Northampton 32-26 Bristol

Northampton Saints emerge victorious in a terrific Premiership game against a resurgent, bottom-of-the-table Bristol.

MItch Eadie

Northampton 32-26 Bristol

Northampton Saints emerge victorious from a terrific Premiership game against a resurgent, bottom-of-the-table Bristol.

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Seven-try Gloucester thrash Worcester

FT: Gloucester 55-19 Worcester

Gloucester enjoy a big win over over relegation-threatened Worcester Warriors in the Premiership, scoring seven tries at Kingsholm.

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Gloucester 55-19 Worcester

Gloucester enjoy a big win over Worcester Warriors in the Premiership, scoring seven tries at Kingsholm.

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Full-time

Saracens 13-13 Exeter

And in the end, Richard Wigglesworth says we'll take the draw.

That will feel like a win for Saracens who played 70 minutes with 14 men and fought back from 10-0 to take a share of the spoils.

They move back to the top of the Premiership table, above Wasps, play tomorrow against Leicester.

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Saracens 13-13 Exeter

But Saracens have turned the ball over and it will be fascinating to see how they play out this final 30 seconds.

Will they be happy with the draw?

Saracens 13-13 Exeter

We've got a minute left on the clock here at Allianz Park and Exeter are in possession on the half-way line.

They'll be desperate to get themselves into a drop-goal position you'd imagine...

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Harlequins 29-26 Sale

It's all over at The Stoop and it's a win for Harlequins.

Denny Solomona did his best to bring Sale back into the game with two tries, but Sharks will have to make do with a losing bonus point.

Try (Solomona, missed con Addison)

Harlequins 29-26 Sale

It's that man again.

Brilliant thinking from TJ Ioane to do the crossfield kick, and Denny Solomona goes in unopposed for his second try of the game.

Will Addison misses the conversion, though, and Harlequins remain three points ahead.

One minute to play at The Stoop.

Full-time

Northampton 32-26 Bristol

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It is all over in a riveting affair at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton prevail, but that losing bonus point for Bristol is enough to lift them to within one point of Worcester at the bottom of the table.

For a side that lost 10 on the spin to start their league campaign, Bristol are looking a resurgent force after pushing Saints today.

Northampton 32-26 Bristol

There is a break in play just two minutes from the end as Jason Woodward receives treatment on a head injury.

He is out cold.

Eventually, however, he comes around and manages to walk off.

Try (Lamositele, con Lozowski)

Saracens 13-13 Exeter

A man down for all but 10 minutes of this match but Saracens have not rolled over. 

Took a while to work out who dotted that one down but it's gone to Titi Lamositele from the line-out drive.

Alex Lozowski slots his conversion and Sarries have levelled the scores.

Full-time

Gloucester 55-19 Worcester

And it is over at Kingholm in what has been a try bonanza!

Gloucester do it easy against Worcester.

Saracens 6-13 Exeter

And from the drive Saracens win yet another penalty as their forwards power towards the line.

Exeter are pinged for collapsing the maul and the decision once more is for the corner.

Seven minutes left to play...

Saracens 6-13 Exeter

Exactly what Exeter wouldn't have wanted.

They concede the penalty just inside their own half to give Saracens a chance, but the champions ignore the shot at goal and go for the corner.

What a statement from the side who've played with 14 men for the majority of this game.

Drop-goal (Mallinder)

Northampton 32-26 Bristol

Harry Mallinder lands a drop-goal to extend Northampton's lead to six points against Bristol. Seems cruel if Bristol don't get off the bottom of the table today.

Try (Faosiliva, con Mills)

Gloucester 55-19 Worcester

Alafoti Faosiliva comes up with try number three for Worcester.

For a side that really have been second best for much of today, they have come up with moments of quality.

Penalty (Steenson)

Saracens 6-13 Exeter

Exeter have controlled the possession for the last 10 minutes now but they're still without a score in this second period.

Brilliant work from Sarries' Will Skelton in the midfield to hold up the tackler but the decision goes Exeter's way and Gareth Steenson finally puts three points on the board for the Chiefs.

10 minutes to play in this one and Exeter have a seven-point lead.

Try (Hohneck, con Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 55-12 Worcester

And we have a half century for Gloucester at Kingholm against Worcester.

Josh Hohneck is the one to pile the misery on. Billy Twelvetrees converts and there are just four minutes remaining

Penalty (Myler)

Northampton 29-26 Bristol

Stephen Myler edges Northampton back into the lead with a penalty.

Oh, that sets up a nervy finish for Bristol.

Saracens 6-10 Exeter

Exeter finally get some relief.

Schalk Burger is penalised for not rolling away and Gareth Steenson will clear their lines.

Their line-out has looked rattled this afternoon, though, with the departure of Geoff Parling but they've held on to this one.

The question is whether they can also hold on to their lead.

Try (Cavubati, con missed Mills)

Gloucester 48-12 Worcester

There is life. LIFE we tells ya!

Tevita Cavubati's try for Worcester after Ryan Mills collected  a loose ball will very much only be a consolation effort, but it goes some way towards adding some (and I mean only some) respectability to the scoreline.

Northampton 26-26 Bristol

Into the final 10 minutes of Franklin's Gardens and it remains all square.

As it stands, Bristol will move off the bottom of the table for the first time this season.

Saracens 6-10 Exeter

The forwards do all the hard work before the ball is played out to Alex Lozowski.

His chip kick is too long for Chris Wyles but Saracens are completely dominant and it feels like only a matter of time before they find that all-important try.

Exeter desperately need to wrestle back control of this game.

Saracens 6-10 Exeter

Alex Goode is commanding play right now as he puts through a beautiful grubber kick.

Chris Wyles just can't latch onto it and in the end, Exeter win the penalty for a deliberate knock-on.

But Sarries get the ball back and they're coming thick and fast here.

Try (Scott, con Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 48-7 Worcester

Try number six for Gloucester and the second of the day for Matt Scott. 

The centre gets onto a loose ball and goes over. All a little too easy for the hosts against Worcester now.

Penalty (Addison)

Harlequins 26-21 Sale

Harlequins thought they had won the penalty, but after going to the TMO, the decision is reversed.

Tim Swiel is found guilty of a dangerous tackle and Will Addison reduces the gap for Sale.

Missed penalty (Steenson)

Saracens 6-10 Exeter

Maro Itoje thinks he was competing fairly there but the referee pulls him for touching Tom Johnson in the air at the line-out.

It looked a little petty but Exeter finally have an opportunity to extend their lead...and Gareth Steenson pulls it wide.

The Chiefs are looking a little shaky.

Try (Sharples, con Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 39-7 Worcester

Well, this is turning into somewhat of a thrashing for a Worcester side that is heading to the bottom of the Premiership table.

Ben Vellacott with the pass for Charlie Sharples, who steps his man to go over.

Not all going Gloucester's way, as there was some concern for Paddy McAllister who was injured a few minutes before the try. He was up and about again to be replaced.

Saracens 6-10 Exeter

Exeter have been very poor so far this half.

Silly errors have disrupted their attacks and they haven't created anything in this second period.

Strangely, it's 14-man Saracens who look the more comfortable and the more likely to win this game at the moment...

Penalty (Woodward)

Northampton 26-26 Bristol

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There. Is. No. Letting. Up.

Bristol's Jason Woodward with the long-range penalty to level scores at Franklin's Gardens against Northampton.

There are 20 minutes left to play... Plenty of time for more drama.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 6-10 Exeter

Saracens win the penalty from the scrum on the 22 and Alex Lozowksi slots his kick through the uprights.

Sarries back within four points and Exeter need to work harder to deliver a crushing blow here.

Penalty (Swiel)

Harlequins 26-18 Sale

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Danny Care again wins a cheeky penalty for Harlequins when he sees a defender not retreating fast enough. 

Tim Swiel is accurate once again and he stretches his side's lead to eight points.

Try (Hanrahan, missed con Myler)

Northampton 26-23 Bristol

Wowzers!

Straight from kick-off JJ Hanrahan charges down a Bristol kick and goes in to score to restore Northampton's supremacy.

Tospy-turvy game at Franklin's Gardens.

Saracens 3-10 Exeter

Saracens have the ball with their forwards once again and they're making good ground with Jim Hamilton at the head of the ship.

They're plugging away here and are still within one score of the Chiefs despite being a man down.