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Brendon Mitchell

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  1. Post update

    Ugo Monye

    And that just about concludes our last Friday night Premiership live text commentary of the season. We hope you've enjoyed them!

    You can follow radio coverage of each of this weekend's remaining matches on the BBC Sport website, before we return next Saturday for more live text commentary on the final day of the top-flight season.

    It promises to be a cracker, so we'll see you there!

  2. Recap

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Marland Yarde

    Bath confirmed a Premiership play-off place after an enthralling game at Harlequins that saw the lead change hands eight times.

    Quins winger Ugo Monye, on his final home appearance, crossed early on but Francis Louw responded for Bath.

    A penalty try gave Quins a 15-10 lead at the break, but Horacio Agulla and Leroy Houston touched down in response.

    Monye crossed for his second try in the corner before England fly-half George Ford's late penalty won it.

  3. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Bath head coach Mike Ford tells BT Sport: "We go into the final game of the season knowing if we win we're guaranteed second spot, so we're in a good place."

  4. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Bath head coach Mike Ford tells BT Sport: "I don't think we were that great tonight. But the Premiership is a tough place, you can't go out and expect it to go all your way over the 80 minutes.

    "I thought Quins tonight, under the circumstances and adversity, were brilliant."

  5. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Ade Williams: What a fantastic game of rugby....fair play to Quins. Nothing to play for except pride but making a game of it. Congratulations Ugo on a fabulous career. Well done big man!!

    Luke: Ugo is a class act and will be missed by the rugby community. Pure genius on the pitch

  6. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Harlequins winger Ugo Monye tells BT Sport: "During your last couple of weeks you take stock and you realise what a privileged life we lead. It's an unbelievable feeling to go to work with your best mates every day."

  7. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Harlequins winger Ugo Monye tells BT Sport: "It's all a bit hard to digest at the moment. It's hard to finish off without a win - it's all I really wanted. It's a bit bittersweet."

  8. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Bath forward Leroy Houston tells BT Sport: "We've got great players in great positions, like George Ford and Kyle Eastmond, and they like to calm it down when it needs calming down.

    "We just need to take it week by week. We've got a big game against Gloucester next week and we'll take it from there."

  9. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Bath forward Leroy Houston tells BT Sport: "It's huge. Especially missing out last year on the same ground. It's good to come back and get a victory against a great team.

    "We dug ourselves in a hole a bit, but we showed some character at the end to come back."

  10. Full-time

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    The visitors' pack holds firm though, and they get the ball out of play to prompt the referee's final whistle. Bath survive.

  11. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    It's another knock-on, however, this time from Bath, meaning Harlequins will put-in at the scrum. It's deep, deep inside their own half, but as the clock turns red they may have one last crack at this...

  12. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    It comes down again, but this time it's the fault of Harlequins and it'll be a penalty for the away side. George Ford heads for touch.

  13. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    The first one comes down, so it'll be reset. Bath have the put-in, and Harlequins desperately need to steal it.

  14. Post update

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    Can Harlequins summon one last push to rescue the match? We'll have a scrum on halfway after a knock-on.

  15. Penalty (Ford)

    Harlequins 26-27 Bath

    George Ford

    And George Ford keeps his composure to slot the penalty from a fair way out. Advantage Bath. Again.

  16. Post update

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    Territory really is key at this stage. Harlequins are the latest side to give away a penalty from their own line-out, which George Ford pumps out of play.

    And, from the very next line-out, it's another infringement from the home side! Ford looks like he'll have a go at goal here...

  17. Post update

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    Former Bath prop David Barnes on BBC Radio Bristol: "Interestingly, in that last line-out Bath missed a lift. Is there a little bit of panic? They look like they're rushing things a bit. Quins are on the front foot and this crowd is giving them some momentum."

  18. Post update

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    But they're not on the attack for long, as Matt Banahan then gives away a penalty and it's Nick Evans' turn to fire a kick into touch for Harlequins.

  19. Post update

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    So we're marching into the final 10 minutes. Jack Clifford infringes at the base of a ruck and allows George Ford to send the ball into touch. Bath on the attack.

  20. Replacement

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    Ugo Monye

    What a reception! The retiring Ugo Monye is coming off now, and it looks an emotional goodbye for the ex-England wing.

    Two tries on his last match at The Stoop - he'll be hoping they'll prove to be the difference.

  21. Replacement

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    Sam Burgess

    Bath head coach Mike Ford has made a handful of changes, including bringing Sam Burgess off. He's made 13 carries tonight, six more than the next best. He's continuing to impress at flanker, isn't he?

  22. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Luke: #bbcrugby What a game!

    You're not wrong, Luke. Anyone have any idea who's going to edge it?

  23. Post update

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    Any chance we can restore some kind of order? I'm struggling to keep up here! George Ford's grubber finds touch deep inside the Harlequins half and the Blue, Black and Whites have 17 minutes to come back for the umpteenth time.

  24. Try (Monye, miss con Evans)

    Harlequins 26-24 Bath

    Ugo Monye

    And, just as I finish describing Bath's try for you, Harlequins have gone straight back up the other end to continue the see-saw scoring!

    Ugo Monye is enjoying some farewell here, as Quins turn the ball over straight from the restart, work it over to the retiring wing in the corner and he produces a trademark finish.

    Nick Evans' wayward attempted conversion keeps the gap at two points.

  25. Try (Houston, con Ford)

    Harlequins 21-24 Bath

    Leroy Houston was at the heart of Francois Louw's try in the first half, and now he's gone over himself in the second.

    An excellent Bath move, with some eye-catching handling from the forwards, allows the New Zealand-born flanker to force his way over from close range and restore their lead. George Ford converts and still we're no closer to finding out which way this match is headed.

  26. Post update

    Harlequins 21-17 Bath

    Former Harlequins prop Jon Dawson on BBC London 94.9: "Chris Robshaw is chirping in the referee's ear. I remember Martin Johnson doing it for years very, very effectively. Bath have conceded a number of penalties recently and he's making the referee know it."

  27. Penalty (Evans)

    Harlequins 21-17 Bath

    Once more, Nick Evans is as accurate as you like with the kick and the Harlequins advantage is up to four points.

  28. Post update

    Harlequins 18-17 Bath

    This has been a game of you attack, we attack so far, and it's made for a thrilling watch. Now it's Harlequins' turn - and Bath give away yet another penalty at the breakdown. They're stacking up against Mike Ford's side, aren't they?

  29. Penalty (Evans)

    Harlequins 18-17 Bath

    And Kiwi fly-half Nick Evans makes no mistake, kicking Harlequins back into the lead. This is anyone's match.

  30. Post update

    Harlequins 15-17 Bath

    Harlequins have done well to steal the ball at the line-out too, and have even won themselves a penalty at the breakdown. A chance for Nick Evans from the tee...

  31. Post update

    Harlequins 15-17 Bath

    What a fantastic period of play that is. First Bath are just metres from the Harlequins line, only for the home side to turn it over and clear long.

    Now George Low has gone racing after his own kick, and the awkward bounce allows him to break clear, but Matt Banahan gets back to drag him into touch with the whitewash at his mercy.

  32. Replacement

    Harlequins 15-17 Bath

    A notable replacement to tell you about - David Wilson's first appearance for three months comes to an end as Bath's England prop makes way for Max Lahiff.

  33. Try (Agulla, con Ford)

    Harlequins 15-17 Bath

    Horacio Agulla

    And, in the end, it just looked so simple for the away side. Following the line-out, Argentine wing Horacio Agulla finds a tasty-looking line to cut through the Harlequins defence like a hot knife through butter, and it's just the easiest of finishes under the posts. George Ford's conversion has Bath ahead once more.

  34. Post update

    Harlequins 15-10 Bath

    It's a positive start from Bath, who win a couple of early penalties and work their way into the corner. It'll be a line-out, five metres from the line...

  35. Kick-off

    Harlequins 15-10 Bath

    Here comes the kick-off then, which Dave Attwood collects and George Ford clears long and up-field.

  36. Post update

    Harlequins 15-10 Bath

    The players have returned to the field then, and Nick Evans is a few seconds from getting us going again...

  37. Post update

  38. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Can Harlequins be Bath's play-off party poopers for the second season running?

    If you cast your minds back 12 months, George Ford's missed drop-goal attempt in the last minute of the last game allowed Conor O'Shea's side to edge the last remaining play-off place ahead of the Blue, Black and Whites.

    Will Quins hold on today? Let us know using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  39. Post update

    Harlequins 15-10 Bath

    Ugo Monye

    Former Harlequins prop Jon Dawson on BBC London 94.9: "The highlight of the half was the try from Ugo Monye. Bath will be disappointed they haven't got more points but they are playing some good rugby. It looks like they're trying to get a bonus-point win, but they need to concentrate on the win first."

  40. Half-time

    Harlequins 15-10 Bath

    And there's the half-time whistle. Harlequins are up against play-off-chasing Bath, who gather for a quick huddle on the pitch before heading for the changing rooms.

  41. Try (Penalty, con Evans)

    Harlequins 15-10 Bath

    And Harlequins are back in front! When the line-out does at last come in, it's an almighty rolling maul from the hosts that makes several metres before collapsing just shy of the line. Referee Greg Garner decides it was brought down illegally by Bath, however, and awards a penalty try.

    Nick Evans' conversion from in front of the sticks is good too and Quins are five points ahead.

  42. Post update

    Harlequins 8-10 Bath

    The good news for Harlequins, meanwhile, is that Luke Wallace has passed his concussion checks and has returned to the field. Three minutes to go until half-time.

  43. Post update

    Harlequins 8-10 Bath

    That's a touch sloppy from Danny Care though, who fumbles on and allows Bath to clear. That's a little embarrassing for Marland Yarde too, who collects the high ball just off the pitch, before tumbling over an ice bucket just as he looks to take a quick line-out.

  44. Post update

    Harlequins 8-10 Bath

    Here comes Charlie Matthews, on as Easter's replacement earlier, bashing through George Ford's tackle before offloading to Chris Robshaw.

    The England captain also makes a handful of yards before being brought down - but David Wilson is offside and Harlequins have a penalty, which they fire into touch.

  45. Ouch!

    Harlequins 8-10 Bath

    Luke Wallace does not look in a good way, and that's no great surprise looking at the replay. At the base of a ruck, the considerable frame of Dave Attwood comes down on top of the Harlequins forward, who'll have to come off for a head check.

    By the way, Nick Easter was unable to return to the field earlier on, for the very same reason.

  46. Penalty (Evans)

    Harlequins 8-10 Bath

    And, just as Harlequins look like scoring their second try of the evening, Dave Attwood is caught offside, the move breaks down and Nick Evans kicks three points from right under the posts. We have a two-point game.

  47. Post update

    Harlequins 5-10 Bath

    The Blue, Black and Whites have certainly bossed the play and territory since going ahead, but Harlequins win the ball from the restart and Chris Robshaw is beyond the Bath 10-metre line...

  48. Post update

    Harlequins 5-10 Bath

    Here come Bath on the attack again, working their way through the phases. Former Ireland scrum-half Peter String is as busy as ever, buzzing around at the base of the breakdown, and he eventually tees up George Ford for a drop-goal - but it drifts wide.

  49. Post update

    Harlequins 5-10 Bath

    Former Bath prop David Barnes on BBC Radio Bristol: "A great run from Leroy Houston there - he showed immense strength to go through. It's an exciting game and George Ford's kick gets Bath deservedly on the board. "

  50. Try (Louw, con Ford)

    Harlequins 5-10 Bath

    Francois Louw

    That's a classic Bath try.

    Having secured the ball from the line-out, Peter Stringer picks out George Ford, who then shuffles it on to centre Kyle Eastmond, who in turn picks out the delightful line cut by Leroy Houston.

    The flanker is quickly caught just short of the whitewash, but he offloads to Francois Louw and the South African forces his way over. The conversion is good too, and Bath lead by five points.

  51. Post update

    Harlequins 5-3 Bath

    A fine choke tackle from stand-in Bath captain Francois Louw following the restart leads to a scrum, which Harlequins then collapse and allow George Ford to kick a penalty into the corner.

  52. Penalty (Ford)

    Harlequins 5-3 Bath

    Which he duly converts. Bath have their first points of the evening thanks to George Ford's penalty.

  53. Post update

    Harlequins 5-0 Bath

    But now Bath turn the ball over - only for Harlequins to infringe at the breakdown, allowing fly-half George Ford a shot at goal from long range...

  54. Post update

    Harlequins 5-0 Bath

    Nick Evans

    Nick Evans kicks to touch, but Bath win the line-out and are back on the attack. That's more terrific defence from Quins, though, turning the ball over. So far, they've seen this sin-bin period out excellently.

  55. Post update

    Harlequins 5-0 Bath

    We'll have a scrum then, but down that goes too. So the referee orders a reset, and again it comes down! And we go on... Until Harlequins eventually win themselves a penalty. What a let off for the home side, who looked under some significant pressure there.

  56. Sin-bin (Clifford)

    Harlequins 5-0 Bath

    Goodness me, that's almost some response from the away side. Following a line-out, Bath get the rolling maul moving forward at pace.

    However, just as they begin to home in on the Harlequins line, Jack Clifford brings it tumbling down illegally, and is shown a yellow card for his troubles.

  57. Try (Monye, missed con Evans)

    Harlequins 5-0 Bath

    Ugo Monye

    Was it written in the stars?!

    Marland Yarde produces a super burst of speed to break the Bath line and get in behind. He has Danny Care with him for support too, but the scrum-half is well tackled by George Ford.

    They still have numbers over, though, and Nick Evans spins out a terrific, arrowed pass to send retiring wing Ugo Monye over in the corner. Outstanding.

    Evans misses the conversion, but Quins are off to a flyer.

  58. Post update

    Harlequins 0-0 Bath

    It looks like Nick Easter has taken a bit of a bump in the midst of all of that, and so Harlequins replacement Charlie Matthews comes on while the England forward pops off for a quick check-up.

  59. Post update

    Harlequins 0-0 Bath

    The Blue, Black and Whites turn it over though and now they're piling forward. Dave Attwood makes a few good yards, as does fellow forward Ross Batty.

  60. Post update

    Harlequins 0-0 Bath

    There'll be an early scrum after George Ford's kick drifts straight out of play, and Harlequins win a penalty at the set-piece. The home side are into the Bath 22 and are on the attack.

  61. Kick-off

    Harlequins 0-0 Bath

    Bath fly-half George Ford gets us under way, the departing Ugo Monye is underneath the high ball and it's all systems go at The Stoop.

  62. Post update

    There will, as you'd expect, be a pause for silence in commemoration of VE Day. As you'd also expect, it's impeccably observed.

  63. The teams are out

    The two sets of players are on their way out at The Stoop. Harlequins are in their traditional home quarters, while Bath are all in white. Kick-off is just a few moments away.

  64. We've got it covered

    BBC Sport

    As always, you can listen to radio commentary of tonight's Premiership match from both BBC London 94.9 and BBC Radio Bristol by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab.

    Tonight also sees Worcester Warriors and London Scottish face-off in their Championship play-off semi-final second leg. And the good news is you can listen to commentary from Sixways too, via the same method.

    For the record, Worcester won the first leg 27-22 last weekend.

  65. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Harlequins on Twitter: Good bye Ugo. You will be missed!

    Ugo Monye
  66. Post update

    Harlequins v Bath (19:45 BST)

    Paul James

    I mentioned earlier that Bath could seal their place in the play-offs with victory tonight, and that was unsurprisingly one of the discussion topics at this week's pre-match press conference.

    Wales prop Paul James, who is leaving The Rec to join Ospreys in the summer, described it as a "massive game" to BBC Radio Bristol.

    He added: "Our aim is to get into the top four and if we win this weekend we'll achieve that.

    "I joined Bath with the ambition of winning trophies and this is my last crack at it before I leave. I'll be sad to leave but it's a decision I've made for me and my family."

  67. Post update

    Harlequins v Bath (19:45 BST)

    Ugo Monye

    Speaking of Ugo Monye, I think we'd be wrong not to give him more than just a fleeting mention as part of our team news.

    The one-club former England wing has made 240 appearances for Harlequins since his debut in 2002, scoring 87 tries.

    "The lads may be saying that Ugo needs to get his Zimmer frame out to run 80 minutes," Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea told The Telegraph.

    "When you look back and talk about salaries and salary caps, you will be rare to find someone who has turned down so much for a club over the years. It will be an emotional night for the club."

  68. Team line-ups

    Harlequins v Bath (19:45 BST)

    Bath: Watson; Agulla, Joseph, Eastmond, Banahan; Ford, Stringer; James, Batty, Wilson, Attwood, Day, Burgess, Louw (capt), Houston.

    Replacements: Webber, Auterac, Lahiff, Garvey, Fearns, Cook, Devoto, Homer.

  69. Team line-ups

    Harlequins v Bath (19:45 BST)

    Harlequins: Lindsay-Hague; Yarde, Lowe, Sloan, Monye; Evans, Care; Lambert, Ward, Shields, Easter, Robson, Wallace, Robshaw (capt), Clifford.

    Replacements: Buchanan, Adneiran-Olule, Marfo, Matthews, Talei, Dickson, Botica, Walker.

  70. Team news

    Harlequins v Bath (19:45 BST)

    David Wilson

    The headline team news tonight is that England prop David Wilson is back in Bath's XV, having missed the last three months with a neck injury.

    For Harlequins, Ugo Monye will be running at The Stoop for the last time, with the 32-year-old wing all set for his retirement from playing in the summer.

  71. Post update

    Northampton Saints v London Welsh (Saturday, 15:15 BST)

    Alex King

    Premiership leaders Northampton Saints need just one more point to be sure of a home semi-final in the play-offs - and you'd have thought they'll have enough to pick that up against winless London Welsh on Saturday.

    It's bottom versus top at Franklin's Gardens - but Saints coach Alex King says the table-toppers must "respect all opposition".

    He told BBC Radio Northampton: "As soon as you go into a game assuming anything you can get found out pretty quickly.

    "London Welsh are a proud team, they're coming to the home of the champions and it's their opportunity to show themselves on the big stage."

  72. Post update

    Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons (Saturday, 14:00 BST)

    Danny Cipriani

    If Sale are to return to winning ways, it's quite likely that fly-half Danny Cipriani will be at the heart of it.

    And that's something Newcastle Falcons head coach John Wells knows only too well.

    "We have to handle them up front first, we have to dig in, and we have to keep a tight rein on Danny Cipriani," he told BBC Newcastle.

    "I'm pretty sure they'll come route one, they've an excellent pair of centres, but in Cipriani they have a player that can make something out of nothing one moment - and can make a right screw up the next."

  73. Post update

    Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons (Saturday, 14:00 BST)

    Steve Diamond

    It had all looked so promising for Sale Sharks a month or two ago, in with a great chance of a top-six finish and even an outside shot of a play-off place.

    However, four defeats from their last five matches have left them adrift in seventh and, on the face of it, with little more than pride to play for.

    "We didn't perform well in the first half last time out at home, so we have to try and rectify that and get back on course," director of rugby Steve Diamond told BBC Sport.

    "We've got to keep that fortress mentality going and make sure we get a good result."

  74. Post update

    Gloucester v London Irish (Saturday, 15:00 BST)


    In contrast, Gloucester and London Irish head into Saturday's match at Kingsholm with, by all accounts, little to play for.

    The Cherry and Whites, who beat Edinburgh to lift the European Challenge Cup last week, sit ninth in the Premiership, while London Irish are six points and one place below them in eighth.

    Expecting a bit of a non-event then? Gloucester head coach Laurie Fisher certainly isn't.

    "We're at home so we're duty-bound to perform for the people who pay good money to come and support us," he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    "And I don't know a player who's not motivated for any given game, so I'm not expecting them to put the 'season over' sign up either."

  75. Post update

    Saracens v Exeter Chiefs (Sunday, 14:00 BST)


    As with the match between Wasps and Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs' trip to Saracens also looks a tasty one.

    Although Sarries currently hold all the cards in third, if Rob Baxter's side can go to Allianz Park and inflict a third successive defeat on their hosts things will look very different heading into the final round of fixtures.

    "The truth is, unless we win at Saracens it's going to be out of hands going into the final round as regards to the top four," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon.

    "That makes this game, in a lot of ways, a bit like a one-off cup game for us."

  76. Post update

    Wasps v Leicester Tigers (Saturday, 15:15 BST)

    Joe Launchbury

    Wasps will be boosted by the return of England lock Joe Launchbury for Saturday's showdown, with the 24-year-old named on the bench for the first time after a six-month absence.

    Director of rugby Dai Young, who said Leicester "are in the driving seat" heading into the match, described Launchbury's return as "a huge boost".

    "It really feels like having a new signing," said Young. "The surgeon and specialists are very happy with where he is. He is fully fit and raring to go. We certainly wouldn't risk playing him if he wasn't 100%."

  77. Post update

    Wasps v Leicester Tigers (Saturday, 15:15 BST)

    Richard Cockerill

    That game between sixth-placed Wasps and fourth-placed Leicester Tigers does look like one of the games of the weekend, and could well prove decisive in that play-off battle.

    Fittingly, the match is to be played in front of a sell-out crowd of 32,600 at the Ricoh Arena - though Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists that is "mainly because 20,000 Leicester supporters will have bought tickets".

    Either way, it's going to be a humdinger.

    "It's big because we need to win and we need the points - as they do," added Cockerill. "Whoever wins gets themselves a bit closer to the play-offs, so it's huge.

    "Clearly, the expectation is that we should be in the top four, so let's hope we don't disappoint."

  78. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Who do you think will sneak third and fourth place in the Premiership? Can Wasps beat Leicester this weekend to take it to the final day? And can Exeter make the play-offs for the first time in their history?

    You can tell us what you think by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  79. How it stands

    Premiership top six

    Here's the business end of the table at the business end of the season.

    At the moment, it's looking like a pretty tasty four-way fight between Saracens, Leicester, Exeter and Wasps for the two final play-off spots.

    As for tonight, victory would confirm Bath's place in the semi-finals, while eighth-placed Harlequins could sneak above Sale Sharks into seventh.

  80. Post update

    So here's how we're lining up this weekend...

    Friday, 8 May

    • Harlequins v Bath (19:45 BST)

    Saturday, 9 May

    • Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons (14:00 BST)
    • Gloucester v London Irish (15:00 BST)
    • Northampton Saints v London Welsh (15:15 BST)
    • Wasps v Leicester Tigers (15:15 BST)

    Sunday, 10 May

    • Saracens v Exeter Chiefs (14:00 BST)

    During the next hour or so we'll be bringing you build-up and team news from each of this round's fixtures, so do stay tuned for that.

    And then, from 19:45 BST, you can follow live text commentary on Harlequins against Bath at The Stoop right here too.

    It's a rugby union feast!

  81. Let's get down to business

    Harlequins v Bath

    The business end of the season.

    I'm not sure when it begins, why one part of the season is more business-like than another, or indeed why it is even called 'the business end of the season'.

    Either way, I think it's safe to say we're probably there now.

    Let's get stuck into the penultimate round of Premiership fixtures.