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  1. FT: Bristol 21-36 Wasps - BBC Radio Bristol & BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
  2. Northampton 25-27 Saracens - BBC Radio Northampton
  3. Bristol relegated to the Championship

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By James Law and Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us. You can follow all the reaction to today's Premiership matches on the BBC Sport website shortly.

The big news from today - Bristol will be a Championship side in 2017-18 following their defeat by Wasps.

What have we got coming up this week? Well, just the small matter of an announcement on Wednesday...

Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend.

FT: Northampton 25-27 Saracens

Saracens looked down and out midway through the second half, but have pulled themselves together, with the help of more experienced replacements, to keep their hopes of a home semi-final alive.

For Saints, it's a gutting defeat but they still move up a place into sixth with their losing bonus point.


Northampton 25-27 Saracens

Saracens delight. Northampton heartbreak.

Northampton 25-27 Saracens

Saracens might well have just won it!

A move started by a great break by Alex Lozowski, continued by Jackson Wrap and finished off by Marcelo Bosch in the left-hand corner, with team-mates on his overlap.

Lozowski's conversion puts Saracens ahead for the first time in the match.

Try (Bosch)

Northampton 25-25 Saracens

Penalty (Lozowski)

Northampton 25-20 Saracens

Saracens win a penalty in a kickable position, and rather than going for the corner and a try, Alex Lozowski kicks for goal.

A five-point game with four minutes to go. This could be rather exciting...

Northampton 25-17 Saracens

Saracens are so close to breaking through again but Ben Foden intercepts Billy Vunipola's pass to Chris Ashton, who would surely have been in for a clear try.

Vital, that, from Foden.

FT: Bristol 21-36 Wasps

Bristol had a very encouraging first half and finished with a flurry, but Wasps had a 20-minute period in the second half where they swept the hosts aside.

The Premiership leaders scored six tries in all, while the hosts were only one score short of a bonus-point of their own, which would still not have been enough to save them.

Northampton 25-17 Saracens

A gift of a try for Chris Ashton - who some are tipping as a wildcard for the Lions tour.

A quick penalty off a scrum brings Saracens within inches of the line on the right wing, and they use the short side, where Ashton is, to score.

Conversion missed. This game not over, though.


Bristol 21-36 Wasps

Bristol are relegated to the Championship.

Try (Ashton)

Northampton 25-17 Saracens

Bristol 21-36 Wasps

It's a break which goes almost the length of the pitch, and Nick Fenton-Wells is on the end of it to go over.

Billy Searle converts for Bristol - it's a nice moment but it's unfortunately not going to be enough to save them.

Try (Fenton-Wells)

Bristol 19-36 Wasps

Northampton 25-12 Saracens

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Both sides are really going for this now. We just had an exhausting passage of play where both tried the running rugby.

After that, Dylan Hartley leaves the field. His try, couple with Ken Pisi's (above) have put Saints in control at the moment.

Bristol 14-36 Wasps

For a while it looked like Bristol had folded but fair play to them, that Jack O'Connell score has stemmed the flow for now.

This game is not the reason they're going down, though some of the same problems remain.

It's got a bit stop-start on the pitch, but I'm sure there's still time for a try or two...

Northampton 25-12 Saracens

Billy Vunipola is on the pitch for Saracens, and much to the delight of Saints fans, gives away two quick penalties.

He's then given a talking to by the referee for some backchat, before going on to try to wind up the crowd. Not a good entrance to the match.

Bristol 14-36 Wasps

Take a bow Tusi Pisi - that was a top-notch offload from the Samoan, which puts Jack O'Connell in for a consolation try.

The replacement dives over in style and Billy Searle converts for Bristol.

Bristol still need two more tries and at least 16 more points in all to avoid being relegated in the next 15 minutes.

Try (O'Connell)

Bristol 12-36 Wasps

Bristol 7-36 Wasps

It's a shame to see Bristol's stay in the Premiership end this way, as Wasps are now running riot.

Josh Bassett has his second try of the game and the visitors have their sixth in all - he strolled over the line after a clever pass from Alapati Leiua.

Danny Cipriani's conversion is missed, but the atmosphere inside Ashton Gate is now very flat - the fans need a spark from Bristol to get them going.

Northampton 25-12 Saracens

Superb try by Northampton Saints, who look like they are getting into a groove.

Saints move left to right and Rory Hutchinson passes out to Ahsee Tuala, who looked to be running into touch but somehow hooked the ball back to Ken Pisi, over a defender, to run home.

Harry Mallinder's conversion attempt is.... erm.... not good.

Try (Bassett)

Bristol 7-36 Wasps

Try (Pisi)

Northampton 25-12 Saracens

Penalty (Lozowski)

Northampton 20-12 Saracens

Four from four from Alex Lozowski keeping Saracens in touch of Saints.

Jamie George going off is one of a raft of changes made by Saracens in their bid to get back into this match.

Bristol 7-31 Wasps

Bristol are showing signs of being a spent force, both in this match and as far as their Premiership status is concerned.

Wasps have a fifth try and Guy Thompson is the man to put the ball down after Matt Symons picked the ball up on the counter attack.

Danny Cipriani is wayward with his conversion but the hosts now need three more tries minimum and to lose by fewer than seven points... or they're relegated.

Try (Thompson)

Bristol 7-31 Wasps

Penalty (Lozowski)

Northampton 20-9 Saracens

Alex Lozowski, from a full 43 metres out, manages to slot a penalty through the posts.

Don't rule the visitors out of this yet.

Bristol 7-26 Wasps

Is that the final nail in the coffin for Bristol's lingering hopes of Premiership survival?

The league's top try-scorer Christian Wade gets the score - it's a simple overlap and run in for the winger, who must surely be in Lions contention.

It's his 16th try of the season, and credit must go to Willie Le Roux for the assist.

Jimmy Gopperth cannot convert, and is then replaced among a whole host of substitutions.

Northampton 20-6 Saracens

Dylan Hartley may have picked the perfect time to score his first try of the season.

He runs to the back of the pack off his own lineout inside the Saracens 22, grabs the ball and is driven over the line.

Harry Mallinder, who hit the post at the end of the first half, adds the extras. 

Exeter and Wasps will be delighted their nearest rivals for a home semi-final are currently losing.

Try (Wade)

Bristol 7-26 Wasps

Try (Hartley)

Northampton 18-6 Saracens

Warren Gatland are you watching...

Back under way

Northampton 13-6 Saracens

Hartley and George
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A warm, sweaty embrace between two Lions rivals - Dylan Hartley and Jamie George - from the first half.

But anyway, Harry Mallinder gets us off for the second half.

Saint's number 10 Stephen Myler - strapping on his left knee before the break - has been replaced by Rory Hutchinson.

Bristol 7-21 Wasps

Lengthy phase of play for the visitors, who are thwarted by a physical home defence.

Bristol were thrashed 70-22 at Wasps back in September - you can see how far they have come since then, which perhaps shows why promoted Championship sides need more time to build their squads for the following season...

Bristol 7-21 Wasps

Close, but not close enough once again for Bristol.

Some sustained pressure results in Mitch Eadie being tackled four metres short of the line, thanks to Jason Woodward's unbelievable offload, but it ultimately comes to nothing.

Wasps scramble clear, it's not pretty but it's effective.

Bristol 7-21 Wasps

Sam Jeffries is the latest Bristol player to make a handling error, knocking on into the hands of Kurtley Beale.

In fairness Wasps are proving difficult to break down, as you'd expect, but the hosts just need to hold their nerve a bit more.

Second half

Bristol 7-21 Wasps

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The second half has started at Ashton Gate, where Bristol need to produce something special to prevent being relegated this afternoon.

The hosts have brought on Jamal Ford-Robinson on for Gaston Cortes, probably for his ball-carrying ability.

Stoppages for injuries to Stephen Myler and Louis Picamoles mean they're a fair bit behind at Stadium:MK, but we'll let you know when Northampton-Saracens restarts.

Hartley says Lions call-up would be 'bonus'

Sunday's Premiership rugby

Dylan Hartley
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England captain Dylan Hartley says it would be a "bonus" to be selected for the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand this summer.

Hartley, 31, led Eddie Jones' side to the Six Nations championship last month, with Lions head coach Warren Gatland naming his touring party on Wednesday.

"I'm not building myself up for possibly what would be a setback in my eyes," Hartley told BBC Sport.

"So I'm taking it as it comes. I'm happy where I am at the moment. If it comes it is a bonus. If not then I have got other things to play for and other things to look forward to."


Northampton 13-6 Saracens

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Saracens kick the ball into touch to signal the break, where Harry Mallinder's try has helped give Saints the lead.

Missed penalty (Mallinder)

Northampton 13-6 Saracens

Mallinder hits the post and it bounces into play, but Saracens manage to keep the ball away from the onrushing Jamie Gibson and win a scrum.

Northampton 13-6 Saracens

Myler gets back to his feet but is not moving well. Harry Mallinder boots the ball to touch, and then off the back of the lineout Saints win another penalty, which Mallinder stands over instead of Myler.

Northampton 13-6 Saracens

A break in play now as Northampton's fly-half Stephen Myler is down wriggling in pain, potentially having hurt his knee when landing from a tackle.

His side have a penalty at goal. Will he be able to take it?