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Summary

  1. More than 130,000 spectators attend two matches at Twickenham and Wembley
  2. Exeter and Saracens secure play-off spots with wins
  3. FT: Saracens 40-19 Harlequins at Wembley
  4. FT: Exeter 38-34 Bristol
  5. FT: Bath 27-21 Leicester at Twickenham

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By Nathan Middleton and Andrew Aloia

All times stated are UK

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That is about it from us today.

Thanks for any of your company during a mammoth day of rugby.

Tomorrow, Wasps take on Northampton at 15:00 BST and like every single Premiership game, we will have live text and radio commentary here on BBC Sport.

Wasps, Exeter and Saracens are confirmed in the play-offs, only one more team can join them.

Enjoy your Saturday night and the rest of your weekend.

Saturday's results

Twickenham
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So all three games done and dusted for this Saturday. Here is what happened:

  • Bath 27-21 Leicester
  • Exeter 38-34 Bristol
  • Saracens 40-19 Harlequins

FT: Saracens 40-19 Harlequins

Saracens centre Duncan Taylor told BT Sport: "It's always a great day at Wembley, The pitch was unbelievable and the weather was great for running rugby.

"Our defence was spot on today and it was a good game. 

"We had to make sure we came out of the blocks as they have individuals that can do something out of nothing.

"We ended up going for it at the end at going for that bonus point." 

Full-time

Saracens 40-19 Harlequins

A try bonus-point for the champions at Wembley.

That secures their place in the play-offs at the end of the season, now they will want to secure a home semi-final.

Harlequins tried, the effort was there, but they were beaten by a much better team on the day.

Try (Goode, con Farrell)

Saracens 40-19

Alex Goode
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And there it is! Alex Goode goes over four the try bonus point.

As slick a move that has happened today - Owen Farrell to the line, Michael Rhodes takes it on and finds Goode when they get two on one.

Farrell adds another couple to stay at 100% and take his tally to 20 points.

Try (Goode)

Saracens 38-19 Harlequins

Saracens 33-19 Harlequins

Just over three minutes to go.

Saracens need a forth try for a bonus point.

Harlequins need a try for a losing bonus point.

Try (Horwill, con Swiel)

Saracens 33-19 Harlequins

JH
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They have battered away at the Saracens defence all afternoon but eventually James Horwill has the strength to power over from five metres.

It won't affect the result but credit Quins for still going.

Try (Horwill)

Saracens 33-17 Harlequins

Try (Rhodes, con Farrell)

Saracens 33-12 Harlequins

So clincical when they get half an opening.

It all came from Maro Itoje's steal at the line-out, the ball is worked to Michael Rhodes who carries in two hands and hits a gap and then bursts through it with no one laying a finger on him.

Owen Farrell converts their third try.

Try (Rhodes)

Saracens 31-12 Harlequins

Michael Rhodes
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Saracens 26-12 Harlequins

Saracens captain Brad Barritt is taken off with blood gushing from his nose.

On the pitch his team steal a Harlequins line-out and look to attack.

Penalty (Farrell)

Saracens 26-12 Harlequins

Owen Farrell
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When he is striking the ball like this, there are not many better in the world from a kicking tee.

This is Owen Farrell's longest kick of the season and it had legs to be taken from even further back. 

Long, long way back for Quins.

Saracens 23-12 Harlequins

Not the most open at contests at all, but Saracens just feel in complete control of everything they're doing, including the pace of the game.

Saracens 23-12 Harlequins

The game is stopped as Quins Tim Visser is down receiving treatment for what is looking like a head or neck injury - whatever it is the physio team are being very, very careful with him.

Thankfully he gets to his feet off his own steam and walks off.

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Penalty (Farrell)

Saracens 23-12 Harlequins

Owen Farrell doing what he does and Saracens doing what they do.

He keeps his kicking record at 100% to extend their lead to 14 points again.

Saracens 20-12 Harlequins

Joe Marchant
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This half has been nearly 20 minutes of Harlequins attacking, going through phases but not really doing much with ball in hand.

Kyle Sinckler has added some oopmh since coming on for Quins but they're not making big dents.

If I tell you a Mexican wave has broken out, it will hive you an idea of the spectacle right now.

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Saracens 20-12 Harlequins

Saracens seem to have some possession after a good chunk of defending, but after a couple of phases concede a penalty as the Quins forwards counter rucked and then took the ball.

Saracens 20-12 Harlequins

A long stoppage in play as a few players get treatment on knocks. 

We get back underway as Jamie Goerge throws in a line-out for Saracens after coming on as a replacement. Eddie Jones, of course, refers to him as a finisher.

Saracens 20-12 Harlequins

Ben Spencer off, Richard Wigglesworth on.

No offence to the Saracens number nine, but that is arguably a step up in quality coming on.

Harlequins just outside the Sarries 22 with the ball before Jamie Roberts knocks on.

Penalty (Evans)

Saracens 20-12 Harlequins

They're yet to trouble, or get close to, the try line but the boot of Nick Evans is giving Harlequins hope.

He's 100% for the afternoon after England lock Maro Itoje concedes another penalty.

Saracens 20-9 Harlequins

Maro Itoje
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Phase after phase of Harlequins attacks have been repelled by Saracen's defence.

Some of the best in Europe have struggled to break down the wolfpack but their line line speed at the moment is incredible.

Saracens 20-9 Harlequins

He was in the wars in the first half and now Mako Vunipola makes his way to the bench for Saracens with his leg very heavily strapped up.

Titi Lamositele is on for the big man.

Penalty (Farrell)

Saracens 20-9 Harlequins

Five from five now for Owen Farrell and this is probably the best of the lot. 

From distance, on an angle on the right, his hefty swing of the right leg guides it through the posts.

Kick-off

Saracens 17-9 Harlequins

Back underway in the late afternoon sunshine North West London through Owen Farrell.

Saracens v Harlequins
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RECAP: Exeter rally for Bristol win

I'm sure this was a result that few saw. 

The West Country side led a couple of times at Sandy Park but Exeter hold onto second place with a late try.

Exeter celebrate

Exeter 38-34 Bristol

Thomas Waldrom scores a second-half brace to ensure Exeter a Premiership play-off spot with a dramatic victory over bottom side Bristol.

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RECAP: Bath battle back at Twickenham

In their first ever 'home' game away from the Recreation Ground, Bath rallied late on to come from behind to beat Leicester.

In front of over 60,000 people Anthony Watson scores two late tries for the four points.

Anthony Watson celebrates Bath's late winner

Bath 27-21 Leicester

England winger Anthony Watson scores two late tries as Bath come from behind to beat Leicester at Twickenham.

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'Unbelievable win'

FT: Bath 27-21 Leicester

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter at Twickenham

Anthony Watson soaks up the adulation from Bath fans after his two late tries sealed a crucial victory over Leicester.

Watson tells 5 live it was an "unbelievable" win, and is philosophical over his Lions prospects: 

"Whatever happens on the 19th, happens," he said.

Warren Gatland names his touring party a week on Wednesday, the 19th April.

Bath's Watson
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Half-time

Saracens 17-9 Harlequins

Two tries for Saracens who have been very Saracens-y in that first 40 minutes.

Chris Ashton and Schalk Brits with the tries, with three Nick Evans penalties keeping them in touch in from of a maybe two thirds full Wembley.

Saracens 17-9 Harlequins

Oh dear Alex Goode.

Usually so reliable with everything he does, he spills a Nick Evans high bomb from a free-kick and Harlequins have a scrum on the edge of the Saracens 22.

Penalty (Farrell)

Saracens 17-9 Harlequins

The England number 12, playing fly-half today, makes it four from four for the afternoon in what has been a typically assured start for Owen Farrell.

Five minutes to go until half-time.

Saracens 14-9 Harlequins

We bigged him up pre-match. There has been talk of a Lions place. But this isn't great from Chris Ashton.

Joe Conlon with the initial break, he gives it to Alex Goode and then the full-back fizzes it high to Ashton who knocks on with the try line gaping.

It was slightly high but you'd expect Ashton to gobble that up.

Full-time

Exeter 38-34 Bristol

Exeter prevail in a truly wonderful game of Premiership rugby.

Thomas Waldrom with two vitally important second-half tries to ensure victory over Bristol.

Ian Whitten
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Penalty (Evans)

Saracens 14-9 Harlequins

They are now within five points of the champions.

Nick Evans is three from three as the moves fourth in the all-time Premiership points scorers list.

Penalty (Evans)

Saracens 14-6 Harlequins

Another Maro Itoje conceded and Nick Evans does the honours from the tee.

Simple enough kick and it at least keeps the scoreboard ticking over for John Kingston's side.

Try (Waldrom, con Steenson)

Exeter 38-34 Bristol

Thomas Waldrom crashes over for his second try of the game and there are absolute scenes at Sandy Park now as Exeter reclaim the lead! Oh wow. Seriously, WOW.

That try came with just over three minutes remaining. It could be huge in the context of both Exeter's and Bristol's season.

Try (Brits, con Farrell)

Saracens 12-3 Harlequins

Schalk Brits
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Is there a better club team in the world at driving mauls?

So structured, so patient and Saracne hooker Schalk Brits gets another try off the back off one, with the Saracens power just too much.

A simple two for Owen Farrell.

Try review (Brits)

Saracens 7-3 Harlequins

On first viewing it looks as if Saracens have a second try.

The television match official is checking what happened in the maul beforehand...