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Summary

  1. FT: Saracens 29-18 Sale Sharks
  2. FT: Exeter Chiefs 36-14 Newcastle Falcons
  3. FT: Northampton Saints 24-14 Worcester Warriors

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By James Law, Andrew Aloia and Alex Winter

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow...

Sunday's Premiership action

Bristol v Bath
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This afternoon may have seen some interesting results in the Premiership, but we're all about looking forward rather than being obsessed with the past.

Sunday brings a mouthwatering derby between Bristol and Bath, while Premiership leaders Wasps take to the field at home to Gloucester.

With kick-offs at 13:00 GMT, it'll be the perfect warm-up for England's Six Nations match against Italy - see you then.

Saints move into top six with Worcester win

Northampton 24-14 Worcester

A win is a win... well, it seems that might be the way Northampton look at their victory over Worcester as it wasn't the most entertaining Premiership fixture. And that is putting it mildly. 

Northampton v Worcester

Northampton 24-14 Worcester

Northampton moved back into the top six of the Premiership with victory over Worcester at Franklin's Gardens.

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Six Nations Sunday

England v Italy (Sun, 15:00 GMT)

Ben Te'o
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But wait, there's MORE!

It's expected to be a formality for England tomorrow afternoon at Twickenham, as they look to make it three wins from three against bottom side Italy.

While it might be seen as a run-of-the-mill match by some, it's sure to be a day to remember for Worcester centre Ben Te'o who makes his first international start.

For team news, commentator's notes, quotes and stats, read our all-encompassing preview of the game here.

Scotland beat Wales for first time in 10 years

Scotland 29-13 Wales

While we are busy looking back at today's action, why not check out what happened in the Six Nations.

Oh, and if you want to continue following the international action, live text commentary of Ireland's match against France is here.

Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour

Scotland 29-13 Wales

Scotland produce a spirited second-half display to defeat Wales at Murrayfield, with Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser the hosts' try-scorers.

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First-timer Simmonds helps Exeter up to second

Exeter 36-14 Newcastle

Twice Newcastle led Exeter in the first half, but the Chiefs proved too strong as a bonus-point win lifts them to second in the table.

It was a particularly memorable day for fly-half Joe Simmonds, who was perfect with the boot in his first Premiership start.

Joe Simmonds

Exeter 36-14 Newcastle

Joe Simmonds kicks 11 points in his first Premiership start to help Exeter move into second with victory over Newcastle.

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Sarries back to winning ways against Sale

Saracens 29-18 Sale

Victory for Saracens ends a mini-drought for for the defending champions, but it is not enough to keep them second in the table...

Saracens v Sale

Saracens 29-18 Sale

Saracens show resilience to pick up their first Premiership win in four against Sale to move within two points of leaders Wasps.

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Full-time

Northampton 24-14 Worcester

Northampton win very easily in the end but it's been a poor game. Saints move back into the top six with a much-needed victory but there's not too much to take from a lacklustre display.

Worcester offered very little and remain in a relegation battle, six points above bottom-club Bristol.

Try (Heem, con Lamb)

Northampton 24-14 Worcester

Worcester have successive penalties close to the Northampton line, eventually Bryce Heem streaks through the defence for a consolation score. Replacement outside half ryan Lamb adds the extras but it's scant consolation for Worcester.

Full-time

Exeter 36-14 Newcastle

And there it is confirmed, Exeter up to second with victory over Newcastle.

Try (Haywood, con Myler)

Northampton 24-7 Worcester

Finally some action as Northampton win a very kickable penalty on the 22 but they decide to kick for the corner to really kill the game. The maul forms 10 yards from the Worcester line and Saints surge forward. 

Mikey Haywood dummies and goes himself off the back of the maul and two phases later Saints think they've scored - but they're held up.

Back for penalty advantage and from a second maul Haywood gets his second try of the afternoon. Myler converts splendidly again.

Try (Short, con missed Hooley)

Exeter 36-14 Newcastle

James Short is over for his fifth try in two games!

And what a finish, getting on the end of a fine Will Hooley grubber kick.

Northampton 17-7 Worcester

Apart from substitutions there is nothing to report from a poor second period at Franklin's Gardens. Neither side can get a grip on the game and gain any territory. 

It's a poor game now, the ground is quiet, and Saints are far enough ahead at the moment to be comfortable.

Try (Skinner, con Simmonds)

Exeter 31-14 Newcastle

A handing error is punished by Exeter.

From mistake to Sam Skinner's try, it took just three phases. Ruthless, that.

And Joe Simmonds lands his fifth kick of the day. Perfect at the tee in his first Premiership start. What a day to remember as could be the win that takes Exeter to second in the table. 

Joe Simmonds
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Full-time

Saracens 29-18 Sale

Mark McCall's side pile forward in search of a fourth try, which would bring a bonus point, but they are made to settle for the win.

Saracens were a wounded animal but, led by the excellent Chris Ashton, have managed to keep Sale at arms' length.

The visitors were plucky and extremely dangerous in parts - they may argue they deserved a losing bonus point.

Northampton 17-7 Worcester

A third Worcester penalty - this time they kick to within 15 yards. Substitute Chris Pennell makes a break off the first phase but again Worcester are wasteful as Michael Paterson forces a turnover. 

Northampton were awful in the second period last week at Newcastle. They aren't too much better here but force a chance as Harry Mallinder puts Ben Foden through on the left wing, he's held up close to the line and Worcester then force a turnover. Twenty minutes to play.


          Ben Foden of Northampton Saints is tackled by Francois Hougaard
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Try (Neild, con missed)

Saracens 29-18 Sale

Crash, bang, wallop.

Pure strength and power sees replacement Cameron Neild shove himself over for Sale's second try.

The conversion from AJ MacGinty, even considering the conditions, is well below-par.

Both sides chasing a bonus point with three minutes to go.

Missed Penalty (Mills)

Northampton 17-7 Worcester

This has been pretty ordinary stuff so far in the second period but Worcester force another penalty, this one almost in front of the sticks, but Ryan Mills hooks it wide! 

Missed Penalty (Mills)

Northampton 17-7 Worcester

Francois Hougaard is more than often all that is good about Worcester and here he works around the fringes well before drawing a penalty at the breakdown.

It's a makeable shot at goal for Ryan Mills but has missed and a early chance for the visitors goes begging.

Try (Penalty, con Simmonds)

Exeter 24-14 Newcastle

Exeter backed themselves all the way there.

Repeat penalties, scrums collapsing, pressure building and three points were begging to be kicked.

Eventually, however, the whistle goes and the penalty try is awarded. Joe Simmonds lands the extras and it is a 10-point lead for the hosts. 

Referee blow for try
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Try (Earle, con missed)

Saracens 29-13 Sale

It'll be Nathan Earle's name going down against that Saracens try, but massive credit must go to Chris Ashton and Brad Barritt.

The duo play the decisive, quick passes to allow the alarmingly quick Earle to cross in the corner.

Kicking from the corner in these winds is incredibly tough, and Alex Lozowski's conversion misses. 

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 24-13 Sale

Penalty to Saracens at the scrum - Alex Lozowski dissects the posts.

Sale have thrown the kitchen sink at the champions, who may now feel that they have weathered the storm.

Just over 15 minutes for Sale to do something about this.

Kick-off

Northampton 17-7 Worcester


          eimana Harrison of Northampton Saints is tackled by Dewald Potgieter of Worcester Warriors
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Back underway at the Gardens and with the home side playing up towards the Bingo Hall.

Saracens 21-13 Sale

Rain lashing, wind swirling.

On a weekend where it would be easy to sit in front of the TV and watch the Six Nations, these fans braving the elements at Allianz Park should be commended.

Sale continue to plug away as we reach the hour mark, winning a penalty at the scrum and slowly gaining territory.

Try (Lund)

Saracens 21-13 Sale

Here we go, ladies and gentleman.

What's that well-worn rugby cliche - tries change games.

Sam James kicks through brilliantly and Magnus Lund does well to touch down - it's Lund's last action as he is replaced after AJ MacGinty's conversion. 

Saracens 21-6 Sale

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

Sale's Halani Aulika drives towards the line, but runs into team-mate Mark Jennings, who is offside.

Careless play from the side managed by Steve Diamond, who continues to serve his touchline ban and must be frustrated.

Kick-off

Exeter 17-14 Newcastle

Don Armand of Exeter Chiefs takes a line out
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Exeter get the second half started, with Newcastle's Chris Harris with the first carry.

Saracens 21-6 Sale

A succession of penalties and line-outs for the visitors, who are really building momentum.

Josh Beaumont trudges down the wing towards the try-line for Sale, but a combination of Chris Ashton and Mike Rhodes excellently force him into touch.

Fifty minutes played.

Half-time

Northampton 17-7 Worcester

Not a great game at the Gardens with two sides short on confidence. Northampton have played the better of what rugby has been played and will feel much better with that score right on the stroke of the break.

It changes the mood in the Worcester dressing-room too, who were nearly heading into the tunnel right in the game. They have much more work to do now to try and get back in this. But they will have Saints' second-half collapse last week firmly in their minds.

Try (Haywood, con Myler)

Northampton 17-7 Worcester

Right on the stroke of half-time Northampton are over for their second try of the day. A superb break from Nic Groom feeds Ken Pisi and his off-load sees Alex Waller certain to score. A huge hit comes in on Waller and frees the ball but Mikey Haywood gleefully picks up to dot down for his sixth try of the season.

Myler simply never misses and Saints have a healthy lead now at the break.

Second half

Saracens 21-6 Sale

Mark McCall
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Alex Lozowski gets the second half started for the hosts at Allianz Park.

Maybe we should've expected this Saracens backlash today - after all, they've gone three Premiership games without a win, and the last time they went four matches without victory was in 2006.

They must complete the job though...

Northampton 10-7 Worcester

No sentiment for Phil Dowson playing against the club he'll be coaching next season. He may have caught Ken Pisi late here. Dowson was trying to charge down a kick and just left a hip in the way of Pisi and there's just a little contact with the Saints centre. Penalty to the home side.

Nothing comes of the penalty but Saints win another from the second line-out and Stephen Myler puts them 10 minutes from the Worcester line. 

But again Saints make nothing of it and it's just a three-point lead with four minutes until half-time.

Half-time

Exeter 17-14 Newcastle

With the last action of the first half, Joe Simmonds lands his third kick and first penalty of the day to give Exeter the lead for the first time.

Penalty (Myler)

Northampton 10-7 Worcester

Ten minutes to play in the first half and Northampton are trying to play a bit. Harry Mallinder with lovely hands feeds Ben Foden in a little space, Ken Pisi provides support on the outside but the final pass that may have put Saints in is loose and the ball goes forward.

But a loose Worcester kick sees the home side win the ball back and a high-tackle gives Stephen Myler the chance to go for goal from just to the left of the posts. He makes no mistake.

Try (Williams, Simmonds)

Exeter 14-14 Newcastle

Harry Williams try
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That was a long while coming.

Harry Williams gets his name on the scoresheet, but the ball went through multiple hands, as Exeter went through a number of phases to cover a huge amount of territory before the prop finished it off from a pick-and-go. 

Half-time

Saracens 21-6 Sale

Saracens v Sale
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That was the final play of the first half.

Saracens had the wind against them, but the force of their 15 men has been stronger.

Duncan Taylor and Chris Ashton have gone over for the home side, and Sale have a lot to do if they are to keep their run going.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 21-6 Sale

Sale concede three more points, but it could've been worse.

The hosts are inches short of the try-line from the maul and Sharks give away a penalty, which Alex Lozowski successfully kicks.

Try (Harrison, con Myler)

Northampton 7-7 Worcester

This time Northampton are over. More phases towards the Worcester line earn a penalty close to the touch-line, so Stephen Myler opts for the corner. 

Clean ball is won off the top of the line-out and Jamie Gibson feeds Teimana Harrison for the score - his first try of the season.

Myler with an straightforward conversion and we're level.

Try (Vickers, con Takulua)

Exeter 7-14 Newcastle

Newcastle reclaim the lead, and that was all Callum Chick's making as the back-rower went on a simply amazing run.

He get Falcons to within a metre.

And from there, Rob Vickers crashes over. Sonatane Takulua adds his second conversion.

Penalty (Lozowski)

Saracens 18-6 Sale

The whistle goes as Rob Webber fails to roll away at the ruck and Saracens, as they so often do, punish their opponents with the resulting penalty.

Alex Lozowski is the kicker and, without seeming to do too much, the hosts are building quite an advantage as we approach half time.

Northampton 0-7 Worcester

Josh Adams
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Worcester have the early lead but Northampton finally get their hands on the ball. Ken Pisi dabs them up inside the Worcester 22. Christian Day then steals the line-out to hand Saints a perfect attacking platform, the forwards drive up towards the line but Worcester hold out. 

And when Saints try to use the backs, Ken Pisi is turned over.