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Summary

  1. Worcester boost survival hopes with win over Bristol
  2. FT: Worcester 41-24 Bristol
  3. Warriors now seven points ahead of rock-bottom Bristol
  4. Saracens secure bonus-point win at Newcastle
  5. FT: Newcastle 27-35 Saracens
  6. Alex Lozowski scores brace but Falcons rally late on
  7. England number eight Billy Vunipola returns for Sarries

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By James Law

All times stated are UK

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Done and dusted

Sunday's Premiership action

Worcester
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The joy on the faces of the Worcester players says it all.

A gigantic victory against bottom side Bristol ends the weekend's Premiership action, on a day where Saracens showed they're still well in the race for a top-two finish by winning at Newcastle.

Thanks for joining us along the way.

'We're not throwing towel in'

FT: Worcester 41-24 Bristol

Interim Bristol head coach Mark Tainton told BT Sport:

"We let ourselves down a lot today - we didn't play to our potential.

"We had a poor start and it got worse from there.

"It makes it more difficult [to stay up] but we're not going to throw the towel in - we've got to get a win against Gloucester, it's as simple as that."

Worcester beat Bristol to boost survival hopes

FT: Worcester 41-24 Bristol

Bryce Heem
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Bryce Heem scored two tries as Worcester boosted their hopes of Premiership survival with an emphatic win over relegation rivals Bristol.

The full match report will appear here shortly.

Billy Vunipola returns as Sarries win

FT: Newcastle 27-35 Saracens

Billy Vunipola
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England number eight Billy Vunipola returned from injury as Saracens secured a bonus-point win at Newcastle.

Tries from Michael Rhodes, Alex Lozowski and Chris Ashton put Sarries 23-6 up early in the second half before Dominic Waldouck replied for the hosts.

Lozowski's second and Nathan Earle's score made it 35-13 but Newcastle rallied late on, with converted tries from Vereniki Goneva and Mark Wilson.

Read our report here.

'We fixed small mistakes'

FT: Worcester 41-24 Bristol

Francois Hougaard
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Worcester Warriors scrum-half Francois Hougaard told BT Sport:

"We worked hard this week to fix the small mistakes we've made, as teams have played off our mistakes.

"It wasn't perfect today but at least we got the five points.

"I try to turn the pressure into positive energy and work with it."

Full-time

Worcester 41-24 Bristol

Jubilation at Sixways as Worcester unceremoniously thump the ball out of play to end this match.

It's a hugely significant triumph for the home side, who move seven points ahead of bottom side Bristol, who now need a minor miracle to stay up.

Six tries in all for the victors.

Worcester 41-24 Bristol

Now that's a more convincing-looking scoreline for Warriors.

A Bristol move breaks down in the middle and former South Africa international Wynand Olivier is the man to punish the visitors.

He's the quickest to a kick forward and scores the try, while Ryan Mills is off-target with his conversion attempt.

Try (Olivier)

Worcester 41-24 Bristol

Worcester 36-24 Bristol

Francois Hougaard
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The hosts aren't giving Bristol a sniff, and are running down the clock effectively.

Bristol now have the ball, something's got to happen now for them.

Worcester 36-24 Bristol

Warriors are doing their utmost to kill this match, and ensure their relegation rivals leave Sixways empty-handed.

After a spell of possession and territory, the hosts knock on and Bristol have a scrum in their own 22.

There's still a lot riding on the closing stages here, if not the result.

Worcester 36-24 Bristol

There's a reason why Tom Varndell is the Premiership's all-time leading try-scorer.

He's extremely quick, and after intercepting a pass near his own 22 he races almost the length of the pitch to score.

Bryce Heem starts to catch him but does not quite make it, and Jason Woodward converts.

One more converted try and Bristol have two bonus points, which would certainly soften the blow of defeat.

Try (Varndell)

Worcester 36-22 Bristol

Worcester 36-17 Bristol

At long last, the visitors have their first points of the second half.

Jason Woodward gets to within two metres of the line and Max Crumpton does the rest, bulldozing his way over to touch down.

It goes to the TMO but there's nothing wrong with that try, and Woodward converts.

Try (Crumpton)

Worcester 36-15 Bristol

Worcester 36-10 Bristol

Worcester v Bristol
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Bristol had shown promise prior to that sucker-punch, but surely even a losing bonus point is out of reach for them now.

With 14 minutes to go it looks like being about pride, and how much fight they have left.

Mark Tainton's side are deep in the Worcester half once more, but that hasn't resulted in points often enough.

Worcester 36-10 Bristol

Warriors have sealed the five-point victory.

Bryce Heem is firstly stopped inches short of the line by Bristol's Tom Varndell but Worcester rebuild and Josh Adams throws wide to Heem, who cannot be stopped this time.

It's his second try of the afternoon and although Ryan Mills misses the conversion, the visitors are taking off some of their key players which tells you all you need to know.

Try (Heem)

Worcester 36-10 Bristol

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

Dangerous winger Tom Varndell is eventually given the ball out wide, but he's in a cul-de-sac as several Warriors players swarm over him and get him into touch.

The hosts almost lose the resulting lineout but regain their composure and give themselves some temporary respite from Bristol's pressure.

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

This is Bristol's best period of pressure at Sixways, but still there has been no score in the second half.

Tom Varndell is forced out of play by Bryce Heem as he closes on the try-line, while Nick Schonert puts in a big challenge to stop another wave of attack from the visitors.

Remember, Bristol are bottom and risk being cut adrift if they can't salvage something from this game.

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

Chris Pennell gets in a promising position out wide for the hosts, but can't quite keep the ball out of touch.

Welshman Josh Adams then goes on a run for Warriors, who are looking comfortable here.

Gavin Henson kicks another Bristol penalty into touch, just outside the Worcester 22 - can they make something of it this time?

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

Gary Gold
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Worcester may have a 21-point lead with the clock ticking, but director of rugby Gary Gold won't be counting his chickens yet.

The visitors are getting some joy, and Gavin Henson kicks his latest penalty to touch deep in the Warriors half.

This venture forward needs to end with some points for Bristol.

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

The opening exchanges of the second half have seen numerous scrums and several penalties awarded to either side.

Warriors look to spread the play and build a try-scoring chance, but Bristol's defence seems to be a bit stronger than before the interval.

Marco Mama looks particularly menacing for the hosts with ball in hand.

Kick-off

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

Worcester v Bristol
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The action has restarted at Sixways and the picture is quite clear.

Bristol, realistically, have 40 minutes to save their Premiership status.

Mark Tainton is not messing around, making two changes - Tusi Pisi is on for Will Hurrell and Jamal Ford-Robinson replaces Gaston Cortes.

FT: Newcastle 27-35 Saracens

The final play of the game earns great applause from the Kingston Park faithful.

Vereniki Goneva uses his power to try and manufacture a try, which would've brought both a losing bonus point and four-try bonus for Falcons.

Much like the overall result though, Newcastle come up just short - though they pushed Saracens reasonably close in the end.

Full-time

Newcastle 27-35 Saracens

Newcastle 27-35 Saracens

Falcons keep running the ball and Saracens continue to give away penalties with the clock past 80 minutes.

The visitors have the victory but can Newcastle pick up a valuable bonus point at the death?

It's certainly been a strong finish from them.

Newcastle 27-35 Saracens

Newcastle get their third try right at the end as  Mark Wilson crashes over.

The extras are added and they could yet get a bonus point

Less than a minute remains.

Try (Wilson)

Newcastle 25-35 Saracens

Newcastle have another try right at the death....

Half-time

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

Worcester v Bristol
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Many predicted that this relegation battle would be all about the kicking, and Bristol are probably hoping it had been that way.

Worcester have four tries and the bonus point in the bag, which looks like moving them seven points clear of bottom side Bristol in the Premiership table.

The visitors have a long, long way to come back from this.

Newcastle 20-35 Saracens

Right towards the end, Newcastle have their second try of the afternoon and 

Vereniki Goneva picks up the ball from a ruck and races away to score.

The conversion is added by Mike Delany, but only three minutes are left.

Try (Goneva)

Newcastle 18-35 Saracens

Worcester 31-10 Bristol

Warriors have the bonus-point try before the interval.

Bryce Heem, who earlier spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin, collects a pass from the excellent Francois Hougaard and shows great finishing ability to get the ball over the try-line.

Ryan Mills converts and the hosts are in real command now.

Try (Heem)

Worcester 29-10 Bristol

Newcastle 13-35 Saracens

Billy Vunipola's afternoon is over. The England man is repalced by Mark Flanagan in the 72nd minute.

The England man has put in a good shift today, and could be back in Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad before long.

Billy Vunipola
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Worcester 24-10 Bristol

Mark Tainton
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What will be going through the mind of Bristol's interim head coach Mark Tainton?

His side have been playing catch-up since the very first minute and are now two converted tries behind, approaching half time.

If it stays like this Worcester will open up a six-point gap over their opponents in the table.

Newcastle 13-35 Saracens

Saracens are making sure of victory at Kingston Park.

More poor passing from Newcastle gave the hosts problems, and Nathan Earle finishes off a passing move after a line break by Brad Barritt.

Saracens have been clinical with their chances this afternoon.

Alex Lozowksi can't add the conversion from out wide on the right.

Worcester 24-10 Bristol

A third try of the afternoon for the hosts, who have their pack to thank for creating the opportunity.

From a five-metre lineout, the massive Will Spencer crashes and bundles his way over after good build-up play from Joe Taufete'e and Bryce Heem.

Ryan Mills, continuing despite pain in his right leg, kicks the conversion.

Try (Earle)

Newcastle 13-35 Saracens

Try (Spencer)

Worcester 22-10 Bristol

Newcastle 13-30 Saracens

Saracens have their fourth try of the day and a valuable bonus point.

It's another interception try as Alex Lozowski slips into the Newcastle line - while remaining onside - and plucks Joel Hodgson's loose pass out of the air to cross the Falcons line.

Lozowski adds the conversion to his second try, and Saracens are in firm control.

A quarter of an hour remains.