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Summary

  1. Wasps finish top, Exeter second
  2. Leicester claim fourth place
  3. Harlequins finish sixth - automatic Champions Cup place
  4. Semi-finals - Wasps v Leicester, Exeter v Saracens

Live Reporting

By Andrew Aloia, Emma Thurston and Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Until next time...

Thanks for joining us on a pulsating final day of the regular season and we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did?

We'll leave you with our confirmed semi-finals that will take place on Saturday, 20 May:

  • Exeter Chiefs v Saracens [13:45 BST]
  • Wasps v Leicester Tigers [16:45 BST]

The final table

So here it is, the final table after 22 rounds of Premiership rugby.

The top six secure Champions Cup rugby for next season with Wasps, Exeter, Saracens and Leicester staying in the hunt for this season's title.

Premiership Table
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What's next?

The next stop on the rugby road will be the Champions Cup final for Saracens in Edinburgh while Wasps, Exeter and Leicester will have the weekend off. 

Gloucester could still be on course for top flight European rugby next season if they win their Challenge Cup final against Stade Français Paris. 

However, if they don't then Northampton will head into the play-off for that final qualification spot. 

What a day!

Wow, what a day to finish the regular Premiership season! 

After 22 rounds, 132 matches and more points than we can count right now just four teams remain. 

Exeter and Wasps will have home advantage in the semi-finals and with only a handful of away victories over the years Saracens and Leicester have it all to do. 

Semi-finals

Premiership trophy
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So, after a pulsating round 22 we have two colossal semi-finals confirmed for Saturday, 20 May:

  • Exeter Chiefs v Saracens [13:45 BST]
  • Wasps v Leicester Tigers [16:45 BST]

There will be live text and radio commentary from both games on the BBC Sport website.

Round 22 results

Wasps 35-15 Saracens

Worcester 23-28 Leicester

Sale 27-24 Bath

Bristol 29-39 Newcastle

Gloucester 20-34 Exeter

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Full-time

Wasps 35-15 Saracens

Wasps celebrations
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Wayne Barnes blows the final whistle and that signals Wasps' place at the top of the table and their home semi-final.

Thomas Young is named the Man of the Match and we'll be back at the Ricoh Arena in two weeks time.

TRY (Young)

Wasps 35-15 Saracens

It's hat-trick time for Thomas Young. He accelerates off the breakdown and flies in for his third of the afternoon. 

Young becomes only the third Wasps forward to score a hat-trick in the Premiership - Simon Shaw and Ashley Johnson complete the list. 

The conversion flies wide but it won't matter with two minutes to play. 

TRY (Daly, con Gopperth)

Wasps 30-15 Saracens

Elliot Daly
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It's bonus-point time for Wasps and it comes from Elliot Daly

He leaves Jamie George clutching at thin air on the left wing and flies in for a big, big score.

Jimmy Gopperth nails the conversion and with eight minutes to go it looks like Wasps will top the table at the end of the regular season.  

Leicester make the play-offs

FT: Worcester 23-28 Leicester

Jenna Hawkey

BBC Radio 5 live at Sixways

What a frantic final 10 mins that was! True end-to-end stuff. Worcester picking holes in the Leicester line – I've lost count of the number of breaks they’ve made - but Tigers replied in kind...both sides just lacking the composure to finish it off.

Leicester are through to the play-offs...Freddie Burns was impeccable with the boot today - six pens, a conversion and a drop goal - and the Leicester driving maul was a real threat...but there'll be plenty to work on before a likely meeting with Exeter in the semi-finals.

Drama, drama, drama

Wasps 23-15 Saracens

What. A. Chance!

On turnover ball Wasps break away and Willie le Roux chips forwards beautifully. Dan Robson looks to be about to stroll in but the bounce of the ball swings away from him and the chance for the bonus-point is missed. 

BreakingHarlequins secure European Champions Cup spot

FT: Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

Quins hold on! 

Sixth spot is theirs, with a losing bonus point at Franklin's Gardens enough to earn them a place in Europe's top club competition next season.

BP hunt for Wasps

Wasps 23-15 Saracens

Wasps try
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With 67 minutes gone Wasps still have a game to win and we wonder if the messages will be getting through about Exeter's result?

Meanwhile Saracens' forwards have the ball in their hands and are marching onwards with purpose. 

Pulsating finish in Northampton

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

What a finish at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton are pushing like mad to grab another try and what would be enough to lift them up to sixth in the table and above Harlequins.

A two-point defeat for Harlequins suits the Londoners...

Exeter top the table (for now)

FT: Gloucester 20-34 Exeter

All eyes turn to the Ricoh now where there are about 10 or so minutes left.

Exeter are top by one point as things stand, but another try for Wasps means they will finish the season at the summit.

It doesn't really matter either way, but a nice to have on your CV!

TRY (Spencer)

Wasps 23-15 Saracens

Patience is a virtue. 

Saracens keep the ball tight and their forwards plug away before Ben Spencer darts through at close range. 

Alex Lozowski can't add the conversion and there's plenty still to play for in the context of the semi-final contests. 

Full-time

Bristol 27-39 Newcastle

Bristol finish this Premiership stay with a 39-27 home defeat by Newcastle.

Victory for Falcons, however, is not enough to see them finish seventh in the table if results elsewhere remain as they stand.

BreakingEXETER EARN HOME PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL

FT: Gloucester 20-34 Exeter

Exeter will play their semi-final at Sandy Park!

TRY (Wade, con Gopperth)

Wasps 23-10 Saracens

The TMO David Sainsbury gives the score the okay and with Jimmy Gopperth's conversion Wasps open up a lead. 

It's an opportunist try as Christian Wade pounces on the loose ball off a chip forwards and now Wasps are just one score away from a bonus-point and finishing top of the table.

BreakingLEICESTER CLAIM FINAL PLAY-OFF SPOT

FT: Worcester 23-28 Leicester

Job done!

TMO time!

Wasps 16-10 Saracens

Has Christian Wade scored his 17th try of the season? A record-equalling Premiership try?

Wayne Barnes has headed to the TMO to see if the winger is offside otherwise it's try time Wasps and significant score for him....

Final few minutes at Kingsholm

Gloucester 20-34 Exeter

Into the final five minutes. Exeter are heading for a bonus-point win and to the top of the Premiership table.

Wasps need to score another couple of tries against Saracens to stop Exeter finishing top - but don't forget they kicked off 15 minutes late at the Ricoh.

TRY (Ratuniyarawa, con missed Mallinder)

Northampton 22-20 Harlequins

What drama!

Northampton have turned the screws for so much of this second half and Harlequins' defence have been equal to it.

However, Api Ratuniyarawa comes off the bench and crosses from close range.

It is enough to restore Saints's lead, but Harry Mallinder is off target with his conversion, hitting the post from bang in front. Could be costly, that.

But as it stands, Harlequins would still finish sixth because they would claim a losing bonus-point.

A flood of points in race for top four

Dan Cole
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Oh wow.

No sooner are the words typed out, and things get increasingly more intense in the race for the top four.

Matt Banahan's try puts Bath right back into the contest at the AJ Bell Stadium. Sale lead 27-24 with 18 minutes to go.

At Sixways, Freddie Burns slots his sixth penalty of the day to put Leicester 28-23 up.

As things stand, Leicester will finish fourth.

'Bath are resurgent'

Sale 25-17 Bath

Rob Vickerman

BBC Sport at the AJ Bell Stadium

Sale shell shocked as now Bath have found some resemblance of shape, structure and game plan and the changes have inspired a resurgence. 

The front row are putting in a huge shift and the team look far more composed with George Ford. He will be a big loss for them.

Off target

Wasps 16-10 Saracens

Jimmy Gopperth hasn't found his kicking boots yet at the Ricoh Arena as another penalty attempt drifts wide. 

It remains a six-point game but after the delay to the kick-off there's another 25 minutes still to play.  

Race for fourth still on

Well, just when Leicester looked as if they had one hand firmly gripped on fourth spot, things got interesting again.

Wynand Olivier's try for Worcester put them back to within two points of Tigers, just as penalty try for Bath against Sale gave them renewed hope of getting a crucial win.

We have 20 high-stake minutes to come as Tigers lead Warriors 25-23 and Sale remain 27-17 up against Bath.

TRY (Chudley, con Steenson)

Gloucester 20-34 Exeter

It's been all Gloucester in the last 10 minutes, but Exeter deliver a killer blow with their fourth try. And it's a bonus point which could send them above Wasps to claim top spot.

Will Chudley barges over following some fine work from the forwards and Gareth Steenson makes no mistake with the conversion.

Just over 10 minutes to go at Kingsholm.

As it stands

Worcester v Leicester
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  • Wasps and Exeter will get home play-off semi-finals
  • Saracens and Leicester make up rest of top four
  • Harlequins will claim final automatic Champions Cup spot
  • Battle for seventh going down to the wire

Northampton 17-20 Harlequins

Saints are OVER! No... forward.

It looked as it Saints had reclaimed the lead, but it was called forward with 20 minutes remaining against Harlequins.

Quins continue to defend as Saints set up another lineout. The Londoners hold strong. 

Franklin's Gardens is rocking right now. 

Kick tennis

Wasps 16-10 Saracens

A little bit of kick tennis is going on at the Ricoh Arena interspersed with some fabulous footwork from Christian Wade, Matt Mullan and Schalk Brits. Akin to the start of first half we haven't enjoyed any early points... 47 minutes gone. 

Last action for Nick Evans

Northampton 17-20 Harlequins

Enthralling, emotional, exhilarating. Northampton's clash with Harlequins has it all right now.

After nudging Quins ahead with a penalty, Nick Evans is forced off with a shoulder injury. This, of course, is his final game before retirement.

With nearly an hour played, there is a yellow card for Quins' Charlie Mathews for a deliberate knock-on.

What more can this game throw up?

Nick Evans
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TRY (May, missed con Laidlaw)

Gloucester 20-27 Exeter

Hmm, this makes things interesting.

Jonny May dives over in the corner for his second try of the afternoon after some slick hands from Billy Twelvetrees.

Greig Laidlaw's conversion is wide but it's game on again with just under 20 minutes to go.

Leicester heading for play-offs?

For the first time today, Leicester can possibly afford themselves a mini fist pump of joy.

After his drop-goal, Freddie Burns adds two more penalties to put fourth-placed Leicester 25-18 up at Worcester.

Bath, who need Leicester to lose and have to beat Sale to reach the play-off, are 27-10 down at the AJ Bell Stadium after Josh Charnley's try for the Sharks.

TRY (Short, con Steenson)

Gloucester 15-27 Exeter

Is that the all-important try which seals victory for Exeter and secures them a home play-off semi-final?

You'd fancy their chances. James Short finishes off a fine passing move to go over in the corner.

Another two points from Gareth Steenson and Chiefs lead by 12.

Kick-off

Wasps 16-10 Saracens

Both teams are back out on the field at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps are currently in place for a home semi-final but will they be at full time? Let's find out... 

Wasps v Saracens
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TRY (Moon, con Steenson)

Gloucester 15-20 Exeter

BIG, BIG try for Chiefs.

Ben Moon bundles over in the corner to put Exeter ahead.

Gareth Steenson adds the extras. Wasps are leading Sarries, meaning Exeter are currently getting a home semi-final anyway, but they'll want to make sure it's in their hands.

Penalty (Evans)

Northampton 17-20 Harlequins

Nick Evans looks like a man who wants to kick Harlequins into the European Champions Cup as a parting gift to his club.

The 36-year-old's second successful penalty, and fourth kick of the day, edges Quins back in front in the 49th minute after Harry Mallinder was off target with an earlier effort for Saints.

Burns on target

Leicester's attitude today is pretty clear. Win and win at all costs.

Sure a losing bonus point would be enough to ensure a play-off place, but they look determined to get there with victory at Sixways.

Freddie Burns lands a 48th minute drop-goal to edge Tigers 19-18 up.

Disallowed try for Gloucester

Gloucester 15-13 Exeter

The Kingsholm faithful are up on their feet, Jonny May is delighted as he bounds through to touch down - but wait, no try.

James Hook was adjudged to have knocked on. The gap is still just two points.