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  1. FT: Sale 36-26 Worcester; Newcastle 16-14 Gloucester
  2. Joel Hodgson converts penalty with last kick to win game for Falcons
  3. Sam James scores two tries in Sale win over Worcester
  4. Worcester also pick up bonus point for four tries

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By Andrew Aloia

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FT: Newcastle 16-14 Gloucester; Sale 36-26 Worcester.

So Friday night under lights draws to a close... but let's face it, the weekend's Premiership party hasn't even started yet!

Join us again tomorrow for a London blockbuster as Saracens and Harlequins do battle at Wembley Stadium. Very fancy of them!

The day of rugby revelry in the capital starts with Bath taking on Leicester at Twickenham (14:00 BST) - the home of English rugby, but not the home of either of these two sides. Still, big crowds expected.

Oh, and wedged in between the early and late London kick-offs is bottom side Bristol's trip to Sandy Park to face high-flying Exeter.

Like I said, tons to look forward to.

Until then, good night.

As it stands...

FT: Newcastle 16-14 Gloucester; Sale 36-26 Worcester.

Right, now a look a the table.

Crucially, at the foot of the ladder Worcester are now 10 points clear of bottom side Bristol after collecting a bonus point at Sale.

Premiership safety is looking increasingly likely for Worcester now.

Newcastle remain ninth, despite overcoming Gloucester in dramatic circumstances at Kingston Park. However, they are now just a point adrift of the Cherry and Whites.

Premiership table

'We have to be hard on ourselves'

FT: Sale 36-26 Worcester

Worcester Warriors boss Gary Gold told BT Sport:  "I'm very disappointed that we didn't come away with more.

"We only have ourselves to blame. Our errors led to at least three of their tries.

"We have to be really hard on ourselves and understand that if you make mistakes, sides will score tries against you.

"We don't play rugby for bonus points, but it makes it little easier to a take point away."

Sale v Worcester
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'A full 80-minute performance'

FT: Sale 36-26 Worcester

Sale's two-try scorer Sam James told BT Sport: "It was massively pleasing. Having had a couple of weeks break really ramped us up for the performance.

"Credit to the boys, it was a full 80-minute performance, with tries at the end pulling us through."

After catching our breath for a moment or two, let's get some reaction from Sale's victory over Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium.


Newcastle 16-14 Gloucester

What a finish at Kingston Park!

Penalty (Hodgson)

Newcastle 16-14 Gloucester

That's it! Newcastle have won this game at the death thanks to the boot of Joel Hodgson, who makes no mistake.

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Penalty to Newcastle

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

It's all gone wrong for Gloucester. Their scrum goes backwards and is turned.

Referee Luke Pearce awards Newcastle a penalty and Joel Hodgson will have a kick to win the game.

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

Gloucester will get the put-in at the scrum with only seconds to play. Surely they can hold on now?

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

Into the final minute at Kingston Park with Newcastle back on their own 10m line.

Can Gloucester's defence hold firm?

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

A big chance for Newcastle goes begging!

Vereniki Goneva sets the Falcons on the attack but with the Gloucester defence stretched Sinoti Sinoti throws a pass into touch.

Sin-bin (Evans)

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

If Gloucester are going to hold on, they're going to have to do it with 14 men.

Lloyd Evans chips and chases and jumps with Joel Hodgson but is penalised for a high tackle and referee Luke Pearce pulls out the yellow card.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Andrew Pugh believes it was a harsh decision.

No try

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

Tom Denton forces his way over the line for Gloucester following a close-range scrum and thinks he's scored.

But the referee goes to the TMO, with replays showing that Denton spilled the ball and then reclaimed it before Tom Marshall finally dotted down. But it was a knock-on so no try.


Sale 36-26 Worcester

That Biyi Alo score at the end is enough earn a try-scoring bonus point.

Something is better than nothing. Is that the point to confirm Worcester's Premiership status for another season.

Bristol really have it all to do to stay up.

Penalty (Hodgson)

Newcastle 13-14 Gloucester

Suddenly there is only one point in it as Gloucester are penalised and Joel Hodgson kicks a straightforward penalty.

Fourteen minutes to play.

Try (Alo)

Sale 36-26 Worcester

There was a crush of bodies over the line for Worcester Warriors.

Biyi Alo was the man in possession, and there is no reason not to give the try.

Newcastle 10-14 Gloucester

Marcus Watson sets Newcastle off on a break as they look to get their noses back in front but his attempted offload to Juan Pablo Socino is scrappy and the chance is gone.

Try review

Sale 36-21 Worcester

Sin-bin (Phillips)

Sale 36-21 Worcester

Well, that didn't last long as Mike Phillips finishes the night in the sin-bin for Sale Sharks.

Worcester pushing for a try now to claim a four-try bonus point.

Sale 36-21 Worcester

And Sale are back to full strength as Denny Solomona returns to the field as the sin-binning is served. 

Prop Halani 'Aulika remains on the bench after being yellow carded in the first place.

Try (Curry, con MacGinty)

Sale 36-21 Worcester

Ben Curry comes up with a incredible try.

No one part of it was sensational, but what the flanker did to carve out the chance, with a pressure-relieving kick for touch, and muscle to then steal the ball and go over, was brilliant.

Try (Curry)

Sale 34-21 Worcester

Newcastle 10-14 Gloucester

Twenty minutes to go at Kingston Park and still Gloucester lead.

The Cherry and Whites have had a spring in their step since going ahead but can they hold on against a Newcastle side that have been much improved this season?

The Falcons were arguably the better of the sides in the first half and enjoyed more possession, but there's not much between the teams at the moment.

Jonny May stops Vereniki Goneva in his tracks but play is then held up as Gloucester replacement Henry Purdy recieves treatment.

Newcastle attack
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Penalty (MacGinty)

Sale 29-21 Worcester

Sale have their driving maul going close to the line.

The whistle goes again. This time, and for the first time all night, we have a shot at the sticks.

AJ MacGinty tees it up and lands the penalty for sale!

Sale 26-21 Worcester

Worcester's pack have been immense at times, but that shove by Sale Sharks from a Warriors scrum feed on half-way was huge.

Penalty is blown, and the kick goes to the corner.

Sale with a line-out five metres out.

Try (Pennell, con Lamb)

Sale 26-21

Well, with a sensational long pass from Ryan Lamb, Chris Pennell darts over. That was masterfully created from the scrum.

That try scored in the space that Denny Solomona vacated on Sale's right edge.

Lamb converts, and Worcester are right back in this now.

Try (Pennell)

Sale 26-21 Worcester

Sale 26-14 Worcester

With prop Halani 'Aulika in the sin-bin, Sale sacrifice Denny Solomona in the back-line.

What can the Warriors come up with now, they will look to stretch the hosts' defence.

Newcastle 10-14 Gloucester

Newcastle v Gloucester
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As it stands, Gloucester would move on to 44 points, three points behind Harlequins in sixth in the quest for a Champions Cup place for next season.

Quins, of course, face Saracens at Wembley on Saturday. I think we know who Cherry and Whites fans might be cheering on!

Sin-bin (Aulika)

Sale 26-14 Worcester

Worcester work up pressure with a driving maul and pound on the door.

Three penalties later and Halani 'Aulika is sin-binned. Something had to give.

Worcester with the scrum, just five metres out.

Try (McGuigan, con missed MacGinty)

Sale 26-14 Worcester

There was a grand total of nothing on when Josh Beaumont popped up a pass for Byron McGuigan, but a sublime bit of skill turns it into a try.

The centre chips over the head of Chris Pennell, collects and finishes. What a try!

And that is the bonus-point in the bag for the hosts.

Try (Marshall)

Newcastle 10-14 Gloucester

Yes Tom Marshall did and the Cherry and Whites lead for the first time. Billy Twelvetrees adds the extras and Gloucester lead by four points.

Try (McGuigan)

Sale 26-14 Worcester

Sale 21-14 Worcester

In a flash, the game is turned around and Sale are at the other end and suddenly pressing and going through the phases.

Try review

Newcastle 10-7 Gloucester

Gloucester are straight on the attack after falling behind as Tom Marshall chases down his own kick.

But did he get there first to touch down?

Sale 21-14 Worcester

Sale, huge effort at the scrum and they win a penalty!

That takes the pressure off, big time.

Penalty (Hodgson)

Newcastle 10-7 Gloucester

Newcastle are back in front! Gloucester are penalised at the tackle area 40m out and replacement Falcons fly-half Joel Hodgson slots his kick between the posts.

No try

Sale 21-14 Worcester

Perry Humphreys went close. So close in fact, the television match official needed a buck load of replays to chalk his effort off.

Sam James and AJ MacGinty did enough to stop Humphreys from ground the ball as he scrambled for the line.

Scrum is set five metres from the line. 

Try review

Sale 21-14 Worcester

Sale 21-14 Worcester

And Sale's attack peters out

Denny Solomona is pinged for being offside from a knock on.

Ryan Mills kicks up field and Warriors are up to the half-way line.

Another penalty and Mills kicks to the line.

Suddenly, Warriors are just five metres from the line...