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  1. Wasps go five points clear at top of Premiership
  2. FT: Bath 3-24 Wasps
  3. Last-gasp Lang penalty gives Quins win over 14-man Gloucester
  4. FT: Gloucester 27-30 Harlequins

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By Matt Newsum and Andrew Aloia

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Four games down, two to go in round 17 of the Premiership.

Five more rounds remain after that in the battle for the top four, top six and the battle against the drop.

Newcastle and Saracens - with their own separate ambitions - meet at Kingston Park and at the bottom end of the table, the biggest game of the weekend arguably between Worcester and Bristol.

Both those games can be followed here on BBC Sport. Why not join us again? Until then, thank you and good evening!

Drama and excitement

Well, what a day in the Premiership.

Bath v Wasps wasn't quite the humdinger we were expecting on paper, although we saw signs from the visitors that they are the real deal. In Kurtley Beale, Christian Wade, Danny Cipriani and the reliable Jimmy Gopperth they have sheer quality.

The true drama came at Gloucester v Harlequins, where the excitement stretched the full 80 minutes.

You can read both reports on the BBC Sport website right now.


Bath 3-24 Wasps

Wasps have enough in the tank to keep Bath scoreless in the second half and extend their own lead in the match to 24-3, which is how it finished.

Two tries from expensively acquired import Kurtley Beale showcased his talents, while Christian Wade's fantastic score on the back of a sliding move got Wasps on the way.

Big four points for Wasps, who go five clear of Exeter at the top.

Bath stay in the top four, but their pursuit of the top three looks a little tougher than before.

What will concern Todd Blackadder is their inability to crack Wasps' defence. Tom Homer's penalty was all they had to show for it.

Kurtley Beale
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Gloucester 27-30 Harlequins

          Charlie Mulchrone of Harlequins celebrates with his teammates after scoring a try during the Aviva Premiership
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There it is! With 15 points in the last eight minutes, Harlequins overcome Gloucester in a dramatic match at Kingsholm.

Bath 3-24 Wasps

Little of note to mention in the closing stages here. Certainly none of the excitement of Kingsholm!

Time ticking away, going through the motions. Big four points for Wasps.

Penalty (Lang)

Gloucester 27-30 Harlequins

James Lang kicks it! Four seconds remaining on the clock and James Lang holds his nerve.

That is the game all but won. WOW.

Try (R Chisholm, con missed Lang)

Gloucester 27-27 Harlequins

And it is all level now with five minutes remaining as Ross Chisholm scoots over for Harlequins.

What. A. Comeback!

Again some slick passing is at the heart of Quins' score and Chisholm gets on the end of a Alofa Alofa pass to go over. Enthralling stuff. 

Bath 3-24 Wasps

Bath's fight is creditable, they haven't stopped competing every breakdown, every ruck, every loose-ball and every set-piece.

However, Wasps are doing just enough. The revolving door of replacements isn't helping the flow here in the last five and a bit minutes.

That said, this game is won.

Try (Chisholm, con Lang)

Gloucester 27-22 Harlequins

Harlequins make their one man advantage count almost immediately as James Chisholm goes under the posts. 

James Lang gets it converted in a flash and it is going to be a tense final eight minutes at Kingsholm now.

Sin-bin (Hibbard)

Gloucester 27-15 Harlequins

It is a long way from being over at Kingsholm as Gloucester will finish this match with 14 men after Richard Hibbard is sin-binned.

Bath 3-24 Wasps

Big lad isn't he? Old (young) Guy Armitage. Some name to have to live up to as well!

He'll come into the Wasps side that are cooking nicely.

Ben Tapuai smothers Christian Wade in midfield with a thunderous hit but crucially the winger clings on and Wasps retain the ball. Though the ball is popped into touch.

Wasps come up with it off the line out...

Gloucester 27-15 Harlequins

There is 13 minutes remaining at Kingsholm and both sides will rue missed chances of sorts in recent minutes.

Harlequins had a second-half try ruled out for a forward pass and Gloucester have simply hit a brick wall in the form of Quins' defence.

A bonus-point win for the hosts will be huge for Gloucester's top six ambitions. 

Can they do it? They are certainly pressing for it.

Bath 3-24 Wasps

You get the feeling that is it for Bath. Wasps playing with a bit of pomp again now as Christian Wade forces a 22 drop out with a scything run and kick in behind.

Wasps definitely targeting the bonus point, they need another try to achieve that feat.

Bath - damage limitation?

Conversion (Gopperth)

Bath 3-24 Wasps

Utterly sublime move from Wasps, built upon teak-tough attack from the forwards.

Pick and gos softened Bath up, sucked in defenders and forced the scramble.

Lying in wait were the backs and the ball was shifted left with pace and skill, leaving an easy finish for a diving Kurtley Beale.

Try (Beale)

Bath 3-22 Wasps

Bath 3-17 Wasps

Brilliant chase down of Semesa Rokoduguni by Ashley Johnson, forced an error.

Wasps scrum within five of the line...

Bath 3-17 Wasps

Scruffy turnover by Wasps there. Christian Wade presented the ball at the ruck but Bath were breathing down and forced an error.

The flow of the game is much more equal now but crucially it's Wasps who are in total control on the scoreboard.

Bath 3-17 Wasps

Flurry of changes, noticable mainly because of the cleanliness of the kits, including snipey half-back Dan Robson coming on for his 50th appearance.

Luke Charteris makes way for Bath too, the big Wales international has done well in particular at the set-piece.

Penalty (Burns)

Gloucester 27-15 Harlequins

Bills Burns with more points off the boot as Gloucester build a nice lead now.

And while Harlequins have the chance to pull the three points back straight away, Tim Swiel misses his penalty.

And before all that kicking good fun, there was a huge hit from David Halaifonua on Tim Visser. 

Sure, Halaifonua got a pretty important try for the hosts, but the incredibly well timed shot makes the highlight reel! 

David Halaifonua
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Bath 3-17 Wasps

Best position for Bath of the game, Max Lahiff shoving from the catch and drive. David Denton has a bash. Chris Cook has a bash. Wasps just about sliding across to cover.

Home crowd senses something special is brewing but Bath then give away the penalty. Wasps gulp in the oxygen and pump it to touch.

Bath 3-17 Wasps

If anyone can arrest the relative slumber* that this second half has fallen into, then it's Wasps playmaker Danny Cipriani.

Give credit to Bath, they've not handed over the positions or ball to Wasps in which to do so in the second period.

However, some front foot ball in this man's hands would lift the tempo again.

*Compared to the high octane first-half.

Danny Cipriani
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Bath 3-17 Wasps

The most beautiful touchline skimming kick from Christian Wade has Bath scrambling back in panic.

Wasps look like they're going for the jugular but then hand over to Bath with a penalty. The clinical execution from Dai Young's side of the first half an hour is lacking at the moment.

Try (Sharples, con Burns)

Gloucester 24-15 Harlequins

Two tries in three minutes and Gloucester are on FIRE!

Strong work from the pack opens things up for Charlie Sharples to dash over for his second try of the game. 

Billy Burns with the extras again and Gloucester lead by nine points after 53 minutes.

Penalty (Gopperth)

Bath 3-17 Wasps

Bath can't buy a point at the moment. Meanwhile, Wasps get a penalty after Ashley Johnson was shepherded off the ball.

Rather than boot to touch, Jimmy Gopperth smacks one off the tee to exceed 200 points in the Premiership. No mistake.

Try (Halaifonua, con Burns)

Gloucester 17-15 Harlequins

Things get a little scrappy and Gloucester have the try to level things up at Kingsholm.

Mat Luamanu lost the ball for Harlequins and the ball is hack back up field and Gloucester win the chase to claim possession close to the try line.

David Halaifonua  is there to finish it. 

Billy Burns with a great conversion to edge the Cherry and Whites back ahead.

Bath 3-14 Wasps

Bath went for a huge shift to the right with Semesa Rokoduguni, it came to nothing in the end, but did win the hosts a scrum.

JP Doyle is having a bit of chat with the two packs here, where it's been a grind.

Bath 3-14 Wasps

Kurtley Beale rattled one into touch on the full and Bath get the ball back in a bright position.

Good break by Anthony Watson was shut down and from the subsequent phase, Wasps turn over.

It's all flared up on the back of it, but simmered down again quickly.

Bath 3-14 Wasps

Wasps won the line-out too. Really isn't going Bath's way but they do turn the ball over again.

Scrappy start to the half.


Bath 3-14 Wasps

Wonder what Todd Blackadder has been saying in the Bath sheds at half-time?

Anyway, Wasps have us back underway and Bath are already on the back foot as Chris Cook's kick is charged down...

Gloucester 10-15 Harlequins

The second half has not started so great for Harlequins as Charlie Mulchrone is helped off the field after suffering a left leg injury.

The scrum-half is replaced by Luc Jones.


Gloucester 10-15 Harlequins

And we are back under way at Kingsholm.

RFU scrap Championship play-offs

Bristol win promotion from Championship
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Right, now for a change of pace as we look to a bit of off-field news.

There was a hugely significant Premiership development on Friday, as the RFU announced that there will be automatic promotion to the top-flight from 2018 from the Championship.

What does that mean... well, a few things actually.

The Championship promotion play-offs have been binned. Some (and by some, I mean many) will say that is a good thing. Just ask Bristol, they were promoted via the play-offs at the end of last season, but they actually topped the table in five of the seven seasons in the second tier.

Oh, and it must be said that promotion is dependent on clubs meeting criteria to play in the Premiership.

There is also the added good news of a new multi-million pound deal struck between the RFU and Premiership Rugby to finance the second, and England's only other professional rugby union competition.


Bath 3-14 Wasps

Wasps in control at the break, having limited Bath's opportunities and taken a couple of their own.

Two forwards laid the platform for the two scores, with Alex Rieder breaking for the first and big Tommy Taylor (below) cracking the line for the second.

Of course, it was the X-factor pair of Christian Wade and Kurtley Beale who got the tries.

Tom Homer made something of Bath's best chance when he took a shot at goal from the tee after a Wasps knock-on.

However, they'll need much more field position if they're to have any chance of wresting this game from Wasps.

Tommy Taylor
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Penalty (Homer)

Bath 3-14 Wasps

After a couple of reset scrums, Bath eventually opt for a kick at goal having failed to go in at the corner.

Tom Homer clips it though. On the board.

Bath 0-14 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth's spill under no pressure has given Bath a platform here, on the cusp of Wasps' 22...

Scrum to come with the clock in the red...


Gloucester 10-15 Harlequins

Tim Visser
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Well, an early Gloucester try had the home fans in fine voice, but Harlequins battled back with moments of magic.

The sight of Tim Visser taking flight above is the split second that Quins got a foothold back into this match. And from there, they have simply built a lead with little fuss.

Bath 0-14 Wasps

Wasps are fallible after all. Danny Cipriani tried to switch the play but Ashley Johnson on his 100th appearance failed to draw the ball in cleanly.

Blow for Dai Young, who sees James Gaskell limp off injured and Will Rowlands comes on. Looks a painful knee injury.

Bath have another set-piece midway inside their own half, which is where I imagine their heat map would be largely situated in this first 40.

Penalty (Swiel)

Gloucester 10-15 Harlequins

Gloucester just go and gift Harlequins three points there, conceding a penalty at the scrum inside their own 22!

Tim Swiel is on the mark with less than 30 second remaining of the first half.

Bath 0-14 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth is down receiving a bit of treatment. His knee is heavily strapped already. Concern for Wasps.

Bath have beefed up their pack this afternoon but at the moment, field position is killing them. If you don't get the ball in the right areas of the pitch then it is so difficult to clear your lines. 

In turn, Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni have had little space to blast away, largely down to the suffocating Wasps defence.

No try

Bath 0-14 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth thinks he's streaking over for a third Wasps try after turning Bath over in midfield, but the pass to the Kiwi was ruled forward after a Television Match Official review.

Another close shave for Bath. Going forward Wasps do look pretty irresistible. Not quite executing there though.