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Summary

  1. FT: Gloucester 39-30 Sale Sharks
  2. FT: Leicester Tigers 30-3 Newcastle Falcons
  3. FT: Worcester Warriors 25-19 Bath

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By Phil Shepka and Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's just about it from us today, on what could prove to be a pivotal day at both ends of the Premiership.

We're back tomorrow from 14:30 BST to see if Bristol can do the unthinkable - beat leaders Wasps to preserve their Premiership status.

There's also coverage of Northampton's game with champions Saracens.

In the meantime, catch up with today's three Premiership games in the rugby union section of the BBC Sport website.

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How it stands

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So this is how the Premiership looks after today's results...

Leicester have opened up a four-point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Bath.

Gloucester are within one point of the top six, while Sale remain 10th in the table.

At the bottom, Worcester's win leaves Bristol 12 points adrift at the foot of the Premiership and they will be relegated if they lose to Wasps on Sunday.

Full-time

Leicester 30-3 Newcastle

All over at Welford Road. Huge result for Leicester, made all the more important because of Bath's slip up at Worcester.

Could this be the defining moment in the battle for the top four?

Full-time

Worcester 25-19 Bath

All over at Sixways!

Worcester take a giant step closer to Premiership survival.

With Leicester beating Newcastle handsomely, Bath's hopes of the top four have been severely dented.

Full-time

Gloucester 39-30 Sale

With the last kick of the game, Billy Burns slots a penalty through the posts.

Sale, having done so well today, only come away with one point.

Penalty (Ford)

Worcester 25-19 Bath

George Ford
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George Ford kicks a fourth penalty for Bath, who reduce their deficit to six points.

Some hope with two minutes to play?

Leicester 30-3 Newcastle

Game put to bed.

Ben Youngs breaks through a tackle on the right-hand side and runs in from around 30 metres to give Leicester the bonus point after evading another Newcastle defender's efforts on the line. 

Meanwhile, Sale's AJ MacGinty has just scored a penalty to make it Gloucester 36 Sharks 30.

Gloucester 36-27 Sale

What a wonderful, wonderful move from Gloucester to potentially win this match. Tom Marshall shows a blistering turn of speed, lays off to Ben Vellacott and the Billy Twelvetress does the rest.

Excellent conversion from Billy Burns adds the extra two.

Worcester 25-16 Bath

Worcester are almost home and hosed!

The win that will take them to the brink of Premiership safety is almost secure, courtesy of a try scored by former Bath lock Will Spencer.

Ryan Mills kicks the conversion to establish a nine-point lead.

Try (Ben Youngs)

Leicester 30-3 Newcastle

Ben Youngs
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Try (Spencer)

Worcester 23-16 Bath

Try (Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 34-27 Sale

Leicester 25-3 Newcastle

Finally we have a bit of play and Newcastle manage to scramble it clear. They don't want to go out with a whimper it seems.

Leicester 25-3 Newcastle

Scrum after scrum after scrum after scrum. It's like Groundhog Day at Welford Road as Leicester keep turning the proverbial screw against Newcastle.

They can't get out of the succession of scrums though at the moment. Yellow card coming for Newcastle?

Worcester 18-16 Bath

Worcester celebrate
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These were the scenes after Wynand Olivier's second-half try that put Worcester in front.

A win will leave bottom club Bristol an almost impossible task to stay in the Premiership.

Try (Marshall)

Gloucester 29-27 Sale

Gloucester are pushing and pushing and pushing, and potential Ben Morgan try is sent up to the TMO, however it's not given.

But pretty much immediately after Tom Marshall crosses for his second of the game following superb hands from Billy Burns and lovely passing overall for the Cherry and Whites.

Burns adds the extras. Gloucester back in front.

Penalty (Ford)

Worcester 18-16 Bath

Bath are back to within two points at Sixways with 13 minutes to play. George Ford kicks his third penalty of the afternoon.

With Leicester winning easily against Newcastle, a victory is critical for Bath's top-four hopes.

Penalty (MacGinty)

Gloucester 22-27 Sale

Eddie Jones
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England coach Eddie Jones is watching an eventful game at Kingsholm, where Sale are still just ahead against Gloucester with about 15 minutes to play.

AJ MacGinty has added another penalty and the Sharks lead by five points, but they've lost Ross Harrison to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

Leicester 25-3 Newcastle

It's an easy conversion for Freddie Burns.

And, after all the handbags, the referee gives a lesser-spotted penalty restart to Newcastle. Anyone know the last time that happened in the Premiership?

Worcester 18-13 Bath

Worcester almost have a third try! But Taulupe Faletau saves the day for Bath, racing back to beat Chris Pennell to a kick through and touch down ahead of the Warriors' full-back.

Leicester 23-3 Newcastle

Leicester are over once more after superb work between Tom and Ben Youngs sets up Dan Cole for a go at the line. He's held up, but following up is Ellis Genge, who crosses over for his second try of the match.

It all kicks off afterwards between the two teams, after Genge seemingly drops the ball on the face of a defender after scoring the try.

Worcester 18-13 Bath

Worcester lead for the first time at Sixways.

Bath miss a tackle and Wynand Olivier crosses to great cheers from the home support, who are watching their side edge closer to Premiership safety.

Ryan Mills converts to make it 18-13 with about 20 minutes to play.

Try (Olivier)

Worcester 16-13 Bath

Wynand Olivier
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Try (Genge)

Leicester 23-3 Newcastle

Gloucester 22-24 Sale

Gloucester are right back into the game. I have no idea which game this is going right now.

Mark Atkinson offloads out of the tackle, leaving Henry Trinder with an easy finish.

Billy Burns then converts. Two-point game.

Try (Trinder)

Gloucester 20-24 Sale

Leicester 18-3 Newcastle

Leicester nearly had another as Adam Thompstone and Tom Youngs broke towards the line on the right wing, only for a combination of Joel Hodgson and Will Welch to keep the pair out.

Worcester 11-13 Bath

A chance missed by Worcester's Ryan Mills, who miskicks a long-range shot at goal and hits the base of the posts.

That would have put Warriors in front for the first time in the match, but it wasn't to be.

Leicester 18-3 Newcastle

Very well-worked try by Leicester off the back of the scrum as they work it from left to right, using the space out wide thanks to their extra man and Telusa Veainu touches down his side's second try of the afternoon.

Freddie Burns has a hard kick on the right-hand side but my word, he does well to get that through the posts. 

Newcastle need something soon... 

Worcester 11-13 Bath

Josh Adams goes over for Worcester, but it's a try made superbly by England centre Ben Te'o. His line break sets the platform and Adams touches down.

Ryan Mills can't add the extra two and Warriors are two points behind.

Worcester are playing a structured but attacking style. They're running at Bath and Bath's defence is still there, but it has been shaken slightly.

Dave EgertonEx-Bath and England forward on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Veainu)

Leicester 16-3 Newcastle

Telusa Veainu
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Try (Adams)

Worcester 11-13 Bath

Gloucester 15-24 Sale

Bonus-point try for Sale as Byron McGuigan crosses following excellent work on the wing by Josh Beaumont. Sale are doing the simple things rather well and Gloucester seem to have no answer.

AJ MacGinty has the chance to put his side 11 points ahead, but misses the conversion.

Sin-bin (Wilson)

Leicester 11-3 Newcastle

A series of Leicester scrums collapse and Newcastle prop David Wilson is penalised - he sees yellow and will sit out the next 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, Bath are forced to hold firm to maintain their seven-point lead. Worcester opted to kick to touch from a penalty and get close to the line, where the visitors manage to turn the ball over.

Try (McGuigan)

Gloucester 15-24 Sale

Byron McGuigan
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Leicester 11-3 Newcastle

We're back under way also at Welford Road and Leicester have failed to take advantage of a succession of lineouts around five metres from the Newcastle tryline.

But an infringement at one of those leads to a five metre-scrum in favour of the hosts.

Penalty (Ford)

Worcester 6-13 Bath

Bath add another three points from the boot of George Ford, but they've lost Charlie Ewels to injury early in the second period.

The lock is sitting on the bench with ice being applied to his shoulder, and Zach Mercer has taken his place on the field.

Gloucester 15-19 Sale

We've literally just begun at Kingsholm and within seconds Sale are back ahead.

Good hands and plenty of men around the ball are the simple things that have made that try, with AJ MacGinty setting up Kieran Longbottom to cross the whitewash.

MacGinty adds the extras and it's now a four-point game.

Try (Longbottom)

Gloucester 15-17 Sale

As it stands

Leicester v Newcastle
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The battle for fourth spot won't change too much if these scores remain the same - Leicester and Bath will still be level on points with two matches remaining.

If Worcester fail to win, that will give Bristol's slim hopes of survival a boost. They play leaders Wasps tomorrow.

Gloucester, who lead Sale 15-12 at half-time, will move to within a couple of points of sixth place if they can hang on for victory at Kingsholm.