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Summary

  1. FT: London Irish 39-29 Harlequins
  2. Ojo, Bell, Treviranus and McKibbin score tries for Irish, Bell kicks 19 points
  3. Marchant, Yarde, Care and Walker reply for Quins; Brown sin-binned late on
  4. FT: Saracens 55-24 Northampton
  5. Maitland (3), Barritt, Wigglesworth, Lozowski, Koch, Brits and Spencer with tries for Sarries
  6. Wood scores twice in reply for Northampton
  7. FT Wasps 50-35 Sale
  8. Robson (4), Wade, Rowlands and Rieder with tries for Wasps
  9. McGuigan, Ben Curry, Solomona, De Klerk and Strauss reply for Sale

Live Reporting

By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for popping by

That's us done and dusted after a real humdinger of an afternoon in the Premiership.

Tries galore - 32 in total - and drama all the way from the three games - and a total of 232 points. If my maths is correct.

And there is more to come on Sunday.

Leicester Tigers against Bath is a great way to round off the first weekend of Premiership action. Please join us tomorrow afternoon.

Have a great evening. Bye.

A flying start for London Irish

London Irish 39-29 Harlequins

Topsy Ojo
AFP

The second of two thrilling matches at Twickenham saw London Irish victorious on their return to the top flight.

Here's how they beat Harlequins.

Topsy Ojo

London Irish 39-29 Harlequins

London Irish make a winning return to the Premiership with a thrilling bonus-point victory over Harlequins at Twickenham.

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Robson scores four in Wasps win

Wasps 50-35 Sale

Dan Robson
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Dan Robson had plenty to smile about this afternoon, running in four tries in Wasps' win over Sale...

Dan Robson

Wasps 50-35 Sale

Dan Robson scores four tries as Wasps see off a resilient Sale to open their Premiership season with a bonus-point victory.

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'I'm not going to let this derail our season'

Saracens 55-24 Northampton

Dylan Hartley
Rex Features

England captain Dylan Hartley was part of the Northampton side well beaten by Saracens.

It's fair to say he pulled no punches talking to BBC Radio Northampton.

"It's a very grounding and humbling experience. Pre-season was going really well and we've had a bit of a shock today," he said.

"We were too passive in the first half and you can't let a good side like Saracens go 40 points up.

"I've been in this game long enough to know that one game doesn't define you and I'm not going to let this derail our season.

"There were a lot of people writing us off before this tournament and a lot of people's prophecies were confirmed today, but we will stay together, keep our heads down and keep working.

"We lost and we didn't lose in a good manner. We were poor. They seemed to win all the 50-50s and scored points every time they turned the ball over.

"We need to continue to believe in what we're doing and be a lot better than we were today."

A nine-try thumping

Saracens 55-24 Northampton

Sean Maitland
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That was some afternoon for Saracens.

Read all about their crushing win over Northampton Saints.

Sean Maitland

Saracens 55-24 Northampton

European champions Saracens begin their 2017-18 Premiership campaign in style with a nine-try thrashing of Northampton Saints.

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What a finish that was! Before we leave you today, let's just round up this afternoon's thrilling Premiership action.

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FT: London Irish 39-29 Harlequins

London Irish celebrate
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London Irish captain David Paice told BT Sport:

"The Championship is very physical but the speed of the Premiership is what we struggled with and that probably showed in the last 20-30 minutes.

"But the guys hung in and worked hard for each other."

Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

What a fantastic victory for London Irish. They haven't been lucky today.

Harlequins may have perhaps underestimated them a little bit but soon got their house in order.

It has been through positive London Irish play. They are well worthy of their win.

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union commentator

Look at the reaction from the London Irish bench.

They're celebrating like they have won the league and so are the fans.

Full-time

London Irish 39-29 Harlequins

Phew. What finish. But London Irish hold on for a brilliant win.

Try (Brendan McKibbin, con Bell)

London Irish 39-29 Harlequins

Brendan McKibbin
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That is game over.

With Quins having to gamble Brendan McKibbin intercepts a pass and has the simple task of going over from close range.

Tommy Bell once again adds the conversion.

Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

What was looking comfortable for London Irish, they now have a very fretful two minutes.

Harlequins will go all guns blazing.

Try (Charlie Walker con Catrakilis)

London Irish 32-29 Harlequins

Hold on.

Charlie Walker races away after a brilliant pass by Marland Yarde and Quins are in with a shout.

The penalty goes over from Demetri Catrakilis. Two minutes to go.

Penalty

London Irish 32-22 Harlequins

To make matters worse, Irish kick the resulting penalty and the lead is ten points. That should be enough to seal the win.

Sin-bin

London Irish 29-22 Harlequins

Mike Brown is off and Quins will play the last few minutes with 14 men.

London Irish 29-22 Harlequins

Mike Brown could be in trouble here. The Harlequins full-back seemed to barge Tommy Bell as the Irish full-back makes his way towards the try line.

Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Six minutes is quite a long time with ball in hand. A couple of minutes is enough with ball in hand for Harlequins to score another try.

Try (Danny Care)

London Irish 29-22 Harlequins

Danny Care scores
Rex Features

Danny Care snipes over from close range for Harlequins.

Care makes full use of some smart running by his team-mates to dart over and just about ground the ball.

But the conversion is missed so it's still; a seven-point game.

London Irish 29-17 Harlequins

Irish concede another penalty after a battering ram of a run from Jamie Roberts. Quins are really pressing.

Natasha Hunt

England World Cup winning scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

There are bodies scattered all over the pitch now. We said at half-time that the benches are going to be critical in this game and it is proving to be this way.

It looks like it's really starting to take its toll.

London Irish 29-17 Harlequins

Harlequins have another good platform with an attacking lineout deep in Irish territory.

London Irish 29-17 Harlequins

Well that was tight.

A forward pass by replacement George Merrick ends a very promising attacking situation for Harlequins after a great turnover by Chris Robshaw

Are London Irish tiring or feeling the nerves? Or both? The Premiership newcomers have been superb all afternoon but pressure can do funny things.

London Irish 29-17 Harlequins

Quins have been far from their best, but two converted tries and they can win this. Still more than ten to go.

Try (Marland Yarde, con Catrakilis)

London Irish 29-15 Harlequins

Marland Yarde scores
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Now then.

A simple but brilliant move from the scrum and Marland Yarde runs to the right to support the ever-lively Danny Care.

Care pops the ball up to Yarde who was simply too swift for the Irish defence and touches down.

Demetri Catrakilis kicks the conversion.

London Irish 29-10 Harlequins

Irish have scored three fabulous tries but their defence has been just as impressive.

Quins have not looked particularly threatening after the break and haven't scored a point yet. But they have a penalty and kick to the corner.

London Irish 29-10 Harlequins

It's a bit static from Quins now. But they welcome back fly-half Demetri Catrakilis and are at full strength.

Can they mount a comeback in the final quarter?

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union commentator

What a try from Irish! It's their third and each one of them has been absolute beauties.

They've not just tried to settle on their lead, they've kept playing and tried to take advantage of their extra man.

Try (Ofisa Treviranus)

London Irish 29-10 Harlequins

Ofisa Treviranus
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Is that the best of bunch?

A wonderful combination between Alex Lewington and Greig Tonks sees Ofisa Treviranus given the chance to charge to the line and he obliges to give Irish a 19-point lead with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Tommy Bell is unable to add the extras from out wide.

London Irish 24-10 Harlequins

London Irish will be chuffed with how things are going so far. Can they hold on - or maybe extend that lead in the next few minutes while they have the extra man?

Penalty (Tommy Bell)

London Irish 24-10 Harlequins

London Irish make Quins pay for the infringement, the reliable boot of Tommy Bell doing the damage.

Sin-bin

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

There's been a whole host of changes, Demetri Catrakilis is the man to come on for Marcus Smith.

But within less than a minute he's got a yellow card for failing to roll away and is off. Seems harsh.

Well I suppose that it an impact. A penalty is conceded that could see Irish extend their lead.

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

Marcus Smith
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Teenage fly-half Marcus Smith has done well for Harlequins but it looks like his day's work is over. He reluctantly comes off.

It was a big hit he took there to say the least.

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

A great take by Mike Brown sets up a Quins attack and the passage of play leads to Marcus Smith taking a hell of a whack Tikoirotuma.

He's sat on the Twickenham turf receiving treatment and play is stopped. Welcome to the Premiership.

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

London Irish v Harlequins
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There's a bit of a lull on the pitch and the crowd have quietened down too.

Playing 80 minutes is tough. And It's a long day if you do back-to-back games as a fan.

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

Topsy Ojo is off for a head injury assessment following the winger's big collision with Harlequins full-back Mike Brown a couple of minutes ago.

Aseli Tikoirotuma is on.

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

A bad time for a drop. Harlequins' Joe Marler is the guilty man. No excuses for that fumble by the England man.

He looks bemused and embarrassed in equal measure,

And London Irish can have a slight breather

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

Resolute work by the London Irish defence in the early stages of the second half.

A typical Danny Care break leads to a penalty though, and Marcus Smith find touch deep in Irish territory.

Kick-off

London Irish 21-10 Harlequins

Off we go again for the final 40 minutes of action at Twickenham this afternoon. Quins' Marcus Smith kicks us off.

Tuilagi to 'thrive'

Leicester Tigers v Bath (Sunday)

Manu Tuilagi
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Tigers fans will of course be glad to see Manu Tuilagi fit and raring to go. But so will be England boss Eddie Jones.

The man mountain of a centre has had an horrendous time with injuries in the past couple of years, but starts against Bath tomorrow.

Club and country colleague Ben Youngs expects Tuilagi to thrive this season.

Sunday best...

Leicester Tigers v Bath (Sunday)

George Ford
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The weekend's rugby action is far from over. Leicester host Bath at Welford Road on Sunday in a match that has all the ingredients to be a classic.

Summer signings Jonny May and George Ford both start for Tigers, who also welcome back England centre Manu Tuilagi.

Bath have a trio of British and Irish Lions in their starting line-up.

There's more detail in our match preview.