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Summary

  1. FT: Exeter 36-12 Northampton Saints
  2. FT: Leicester Tigers 41-18 Sale Sharks
  3. FT: Saracens 27-9 Bristol
  4. Exeter, Saracens and Leicester secure bonus-point wins
  5. Get involved at #bbcrugby

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By James Law and Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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Record-breaking Chiefs

Exeter celebrate
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We'll leave you with this image.

To win seven matches in the Premiership is impressive enough, but to score at least four tries in all of them is quite something.

Exeter know that a win at Gloucester on the final day of the regular season will guarantee them a home play-off semi-final.

We'll be back tomorrow.

The final countdown

It's first against third. It's sixth against seventh. The last weekend of fixtures looks an absolute humdinger.

  • Bristol v Newcastle
  • Gloucester v Exeter
  • Northampton v Harlequins
  • Sale v Bath
  • Wasps v Saracens
  • Worcester v Leicester

Still to come...

Bath v Gloucester (Sunday; 15:00 BST)

Bath v Gloucester
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Fifth-placed Bath need a win to keep their play-off hopes alive, while Gloucester will be looking to strengthen their faint chances of a top-six finish.

Both sides will be in action for the first time since contrasting results in last weekend's Challenge Cup semi-finals, which saw Gloucester win at La Rochelle but Bath lose narrowly at Stade Francais.

We'll be back for this belter of a West Country derby tomorrow.

'We had to rise to the challenge'

FT: Exeter 36-12 Northampton

We had to rise to the challenge, which we haven't necessarily done over the last few weeks. We're getting the points on the board, but as a coach you look for performances all the time.

Ali HepherExeter Chiefs coach

'We just work hard'

FT: Exeter 36-12 Northampton

We didn't start the season too great and then we reassessed - we just work hard and see what comes. You see with the crowd how important it is for us to play at home.

Kai HorstmannExeter Chiefs back row

FT: Exeter 36-12 Northampton

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter at Sandy Park

Buoyed by his Lions selection, Jack Nowell had already carried the ball an astonishing 22 times today, and that was with around 20 minutes left. A constant threat.

FT: Exeter 36-12 Northampton

A seventh straight bonus-point win in the Premiership for Exeter, who run in six tries to go joint top of the table with Wasps.

Northampton scored the first and last tries of the match, but offered very little in between...

Exeter 36-12 Northampton

It will ultimately count for little, but Ahsee Tuala showed some good hands to go over in the corner with the final play of the match.

The Northampton conversion is missed.

Try (Tuala)

Exeter 36-12 Northampton

Saints have the final word...

Full-time

Leicester 41-18 Sale

Leicester can see the play-off places after that five point win, in impressive style.

Sale did not have much to play for and that is how they played.

Exeter 36-7 Northampton

Olly Woodburn
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That was very unselfish play from Jack Nowell, who's surely been man of the match this afternoon.

The England wing draws in a Northampton defender before cleverly passing to Olly Woodburn, who crosses for his second try of the match.

Gareth Steenson dissects the posts and we're into the last minute...

Try (McGuigan)

Leicester 41-18 Sale

George McGuigan
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George McGuigan rounds off a superb afternoon for Leicester as they cross the 40-point mark with a fifth try,

Owen Williams with the extras.

Try (Woodburn)

Exeter 34-7 Northampton

A second of the afternoon for Olly Woodburn and a sixth for Exeter...

Exeter 29-7 Northampton

Northampton are yet to register any points in this second half, and have less than five minutes to change that.

They have a line-out as they attempt to ease the pressure after another wave of Exeter attack.

The visitors have taken off many of their star names, with next weekend's match in mind...

Full-time

Saracens 27-9 Bristol

Heads will have been raised when Bristol led 9-3 at the break, but four second-half tries showed what the Saracens are all about.

With Exeter also winning the home semi-finals will be decided in the final weekend.

Try (Du Plessis)

Saracens 27-9 Bristol

If this is final appearance at home for Saracens he is going out in some style. 

After scoring his first ever try for the club earlier on, Pestrus du Plessis crosses for his second as the champions have their bonus-point fourth try.

Exeter 29-7 Northampton

That was power and pace in equal measure from Exeter's Sam Hill.

The centre breaks through a tackle and bursts past the Northampton defence to touch down.

It's a fifth try of the afternoon and Gareth Steenson adds the extras.

Try (Evans)

Leicester 34-18 Sale

The most consolation of consolation scores from Bryn Evans for Sale.

The visitors are still a couple of scores from a losing bonus-point.

Try (Hill)

Exeter 27-7 Northampton

Sam Hill
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Some nifty footwork from Sam Hill and Exeter are out of sight...

Saracens 20-9 Bristol

Closing stages in North London and Saracens are on the hunt for a fourth, bonus-point try.

Five minutes to go.

Exeter 22-7 Northampton

Just 13 minutes left at Sandy Park, and Exeter look set to claim a seventh consecutive Premiership win, scoring four or more tries in all of them.

It will be a record if they do it and you cant't fail to be impressed by such numbers.

It's Northampton who are the latest to pile forward, but they concede a penalty and Will Chudley kicks clear.

Try (Roberts)

Leicester 34-13 Sale

Jack Roberts
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And that's the bonus-point try for Leicester.

Jack Roberts crosses as the Tigers get their fourth score and take a huge step towards getting a top four place and the play-offs. Freddie Burns adds a couple more as he keeps up his perfect kicking.

Exeter 22-7 Northampton

Exeter are agonisingly close to what surely would've been a match-winning try.

Will Chudley cuts out a Northampton pass and lofts forward for Lachie Turner to chase - the Australian gets there but kicks the ball too far forward and out of play, with the try-line at his mercy.

The ball goes dead and Saints survive.

Exeter 22-7 Northampton

Jack Nowell
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The hosts are incessant as they chase the bonus-point try, which would be record-breaking if they win.

Luke Cowan-Dickie is the latest to go close, but the TMO could not confirm whether the ball had been grounded with the available camera angles.

Next, Jack Nowell goes on a mazy run and is tackled, but tumbles forward and gets the ball down over the try-line.

It's only his second of the season for Exeter - and came after a lengthy delay while the referee double-checked things.

Gareth Steenson again loses out to the wind with his conversion.

Try (Nowell)

Exeter 22-7 Northampton

Finally, Jack Nowell gets his try...

Try (Williams)

Leicester 27-13 Sale

Owen Williams
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After a long check with the TMO, Leicester's Owen Williams is finally awarded the try after a couple of mintues of battering the Sale line.

The Welshmen with a goodbye for Welford Road as he's off to Gloucester this summer.

Try (Tompkins)

Saracens 20-9 Bristol

Nick Tompkins
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Saracens doing what Saracens do as the tiring Bristol defence begin to tall off one or two tackles. 

Nick Tompkins gets on the end of Alex Lezowski's fine pass to move further ahead of Bristol as Owen Farrell again misses in the tricky wind.

Try (Du Plessis)

Saracens 15-9 Bristol

And there is the commentator's curse.

Prop Petrus du Plessis scores his first ever try for the club on what could be his farewell appearance with his contract up this summer. Owen Farrell unable to add two more.

Exeter 17-7 Northampton

Hats off to Northampton - they've just defended their own try-line very admirably.

Ben Foden, perhaps fortunate not to be in the sin bin, picks off another loose Exeter pass just metres short of the try line and the visitors live to fight another day.

In the next play Olly Woodburn is on the chase from a long kick forward, but the bounce isn't in his favour and Foden clears.

Saracens 10-9 Bristol

Saracens ring the changes including Lions hooker Jamie George coming on, not a bad replacement.

Sarries have dominated the ball this afternoon but the men from Bristol in yellow have tackled and disrupted nearly everything thrown at them.

Exeter 17-7 Northampton

Having had Ken Pisi perhaps harshly sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on in the first half, Northampton's Ben Foden is given a reprieve for a similar incident.

To me, that looked worse than Pisi's earlier, but the referee rules it was not deliberate...

Exeter 17-7 Northampton

This is better from the visitors - JJ Hanrahan makes an incredible break, running through as if no-one was in his way.

The Irishman offloads and it comes to nothing, but Saints have got themselves a foothold in the game.

Exeter are being forced into some sloppy kicking too - still half an hour to play.

Leicester 20-13 Sale

The game has lost a bit of momentum at Welford Road as we're down to uncontested scrums because a lack of available props.

AJ MacGinty's penalty has Sale within a losing bonus-point.

Exeter 17-7 Northampton

Northampton have a rare foray forward but are repelled thanks to some great counter rucking from the hosts.

Exeter get the turnover, kick clear and make 60 yards in the blink of an eye.

Try (Ashton)

Saracens 10-9 Bristol

Chris Ashton
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He had one disallowed in the first-half but he shall not be denied as Chris Ashton regathers his own grubber kick to dot down. 

Owen Farrell with an excellent conversion from out side and the champions lead.

Exeter 17-7 Northampton

David Ribbans is being attended to by the Northampton physios, and is having his leg strapped up.

It's a welcome break in the match for Saints, who have been on the back foot from the first whistle of this game.

Dylan Hartley restarts with a lineout, which the visitors win.

Leicester 20-10 Sale

Steve Diamond
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Steve Diamond's obviously sent out Sale with a word in their ear as they fly at the Leicester try line in attack after attack.

However the Tigers defence hold firm and keep them up over the line.

Exeter 17-7 Northampton

Ian Whitten
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Northampton are back up to a full compliment of players, with Ken Pisi returning from his spell in the sin bin, but it can't stop them from conceding a try in just the second minute of the half.

Ireland international centre Ian Whitten collects a bouncing ball to finish a free-flowing move with aplomb, and with great use of the dummy.

Gareth Steenson misses the conversion, but it must be stressed that kicking conditions are tough in Devon today.