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Live Reporting

By Steve Marshall and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Saracens and Bath celebrate

    And that just about concludes our coverage of today's Premiership action. Two contrasting ties, but both thrilling and gripping in equal measures.

    We'll be back in a week's time with live text and radio commentary of the final at Twickenham, between Bath and Saracens, so we hope to see you then.

    Goodnight from us!

  2. Recap

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Sam Burgess and Francois Louw

    And, in our second semi-final, Bath reached their first Premiership final since 2004 with an emphatic win over rivals Leicester Tigers.

    A brace from Matt Banahan and a Kyle Eastmond try put the home side in control, despite ending the first half with 13 men when Tom Youngs replied.

    Second-half tries from Peter Stringer, George Ford and Anthony Watson sealed Bath's passage to Twickenham as Banahan completed his hat-trick late on.

    You can also click here to read more on events at The Rec.

  3. Recap

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens


    Earlier this afternoon, Saracens reached the Premiership final after beating Northampton in a pulsating match at Franklin's Gardens.

    Owen Farrell's late penalty secured victory over Saints, who had finished the season at the top of the table.

    The visitors took an early lead through David Strettle's converted try but Northampton, the 2013-14 champions, fought back to level by half-time.

    Jamie George's try helped Saracens carve out a five-point lead and they held on to reach Twickenham.

    Click here to read the full report on the BBC Sport website.

  4. Post update

    So, before we bid you farewell, now seems as good a time as any to remind you of how today's two Premiership semi-finals unfolded...

  5. Sarries beat illness, as well as Saints

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Mark McCall

    Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall revealed after his side's semi-final win over Northampton that his team had defied a sickness bug that had swept through the squad.

    Prop Shalk Brits wasn't fit enough to make the bench, while wing Chris Ashton recovered to take his place among the replacements.

    "We had a mass of sickness around the squad this week. Schalk Brits was in hospital for two days and lost seven or eight kilograms," said McCall.

    "There were 10 other people who had it, but you wouldn't have known. Chris Ashton was among the worst and Brad Barritt has been in a mess, but you wouldn't have been able to see that.

    "You add the bug to the occasion and it tells you the sort of group we have."

  6. Mallinder takes defeat on the chin

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Jim Mallinder

    Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said:

    "We knew what their plan would be and they did what we expected, but they do it very, very well.

    "At the breakdown they were physical. Those Vunipola brothers.... once they get over the ball their stomachs are touching the ground already. It's near impossible to move them.

    "Everyone decides how they want to play and Saracens have gone down their route. That's the game.

    "They do it very, very well. To become champions you have to beat all styles and we didn't get over this hurdle."

  7. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BT Sport: "That was nothing to be ashamed of. I think we've worked really hard, and there's still a lot of quality players missing out of that side. But I've got nothing but praise for the players. It's been a tough year all round. There's no disgrace in the result today."

  8. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Mike Ford

    Bath head coach Mike Ford told BT Sport: "We scored a couple at the end there which probably skewed the score a little bit. I thought our defence was outstanding. But they didn't really have a bench like ours, and we knew that. Once we got that fourth try we settled down and ran away with it a little bit."

  9. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Bath fly-half George Ford told BT Sport: "I think in these play-off games, when you get opportunities in the red zone you have to take them. To get seven tries is pleasing, but I'm not sure it'll be like that again next week."

  10. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Bath fly-half George Ford told BT Sport: "It was anything but easy. We had to defend for long periods of time. To be fair, the boys kept putting their bodies on the line and we got a few tries from turnovers at the end there. The score probably doesn't reflect how the game was."

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    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Callum Rudd: All the 'try' signs that the Bath fans are holding is exactly what Leicester fans wish the team had done. Just try.

    James Pymm: Fully deserved Banahan, cracking performance.

    Andrew Priestley: Wow! What a performance from Bath! To blow away a hugely experienced Leicester side with apparent ease is a massive achievement.

    Tom Stanyon: As a Tigers fan, just not good enough. Haven't deserved to get to the final all season. Pains me to say but credit to Bath.

  12. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Matt Banahan

    Bath hat-trick hero Matt Banahan told BT Sport: "When we ran out, and how loud it was, that was up there with Twickenham and playing in front of 80,000 people. The whole squad have wanted to put on a performance for those guys."

    Banahan, for the record, became the first player in Premiership play-off semi-final history to score a hat-trick of tries.

  13. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Bath hat-trick hero Matt Banahan told BT Sport: "I think it's the mentality of the team that we kept attacking, even with 13 men. It's nice when there's a few guys inside you producing a bit of magic - I'm just the man there finishing it."

  14. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Bath hat-trick hero Matt Banahan told BT Sport: "It's basics that win you these types of games. It's not the flash moments, if they come, that's just a bonus. It's the team that does the basics the best that'll win and we did that really well."

  15. Post update

    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Bath hat-trick hero Matt Banahan told BT Sport: "We didn't want to go away from how we've been playing all year. Fortunately it came off and we put a good performance in."

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    FT: Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Joe Mannerians: Predicted a Saracens-Bath final on the way up to Scotland that's exactly what we're getting. Come on Bath.

    James Phillips: Ford vs Farrell at Twickenham in a World Cup year then' Hope they don't murder each other

  17. Full-time

    Bath 47-10 Leicester

    Peter Stringer

    If you hadn't guessed already, Bath are heading to Twickenham! They will take on Saracens in next Saturday's final at Rugby HQ.

  18. Try (Watson, con Ford)

    Bath 47-10 Leicester

    And there is the cherry on top of the Blue, Black and White icing on Bath's cake.

    Carl Fearns puts in a monster hit on Julian Salvi on halfway and, within the blink of an eye, Anthony Watson streaks clear of the Tigers defence for Bath's seventh try. Just emphatic.

    The conversion from George Ford even means the hosts trump the 45 points they stuck on Leicester back in September.

  19. Post update

    Bath 40-10 Leicester

    Leicester have fought so hard for so long, but have fallen apart a bit here. Anthony Watson and Matt Banahan team up yet again to take Bath forward on the break, but George Ford's kick through drifts out of play and means, for the first time, the home side have entered the Leicester 22 and not scored.

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    Simon Meredith: We're going to Twickenham! Allez les Blues!

  21. Try (Banahan, con Ford)

    Bath 40-10 Leicester

    Matt Banahan

    But Bath are just too sharp, too clinical and, dare I say it, too good.

    The Blue, Black and Whites break from inside their own 22, Anthony Watson's turn of pace takes them deep inside the Leicester half and Matt Banahan sails over the line for his hat-trick and Bath's sixth try.

    George Ford's conversion extends the lead to 30 points. Has this really been a 30-point match?!

  22. Post update

    Bath 33-10 Leicester

    Full credit to Tigers, still they knock on the Bath door, but still the hosts refuse to let them in. Another JP Doyle blow of the whistle means another Leicester penalty, however, so we're back into touch.

  23. Replacement

    Bath 33-10 Leicester

    Peter Stringer, playing at The Rec for the final time, is given a wonderful ovation as he's replaced at scrum-half by Chris Cook. Leicester, meanwhile, are up to the Bath five-metre line and win a penalty for their troubles too.

  24. Post update

    Bath 33-10 Leicester

    For those still keeping count, that is indeed five visits to the Leicester 22 and five Bath tries. Tigers are fighting until the very end here though, as you'd expect them too, as Brad Thorn launches himself into a couple of Blue, Black and White tacklers.

  25. Post update

    Bath 33-10 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Tigers captain on BBC Radio Leicester

    "Leicester have had about 70% of the possession and 70% of the territory and they are on the end of a hiding. Bath haven't had much possession but every time they had had it they've scored."

  26. Try (Ford, missed con Ford)

    Bath 33-10 Leicester

    George Ford

    If they weren't already, Bath are definitely heading to Twickenham now!

    So simple, but so effective from Mike Ford's men. Semesa Rokoduguni gets clear down the right, draws the tackle and offloads to George Ford, who runs through from around 15 metres out. The Premiership Player of the Season misses the conversion this time - but the home side are running riot at The Rec.

  27. Post update

    Bath 28-10 Leicester

    This has just not been Leicester's day. Niki Goneva and then Christian Loamanu both knock the ball on in the same passage of play and Bath have a scrum. A cutting edge is all that's separated these two teams.

  28. Post update

    Bath 28-10 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Tigers captain on BBC Radio Leicester

    "Leicester have only got themselves to blame. They have missed four kicks at goal and they have lived in the Bath half of the field. That is Bath's first excursion into the Tigers half in the second half and that is another try for Bath."

  29. Try (Stringer, con Ford)

    Bath 28-10 Leicester

    Peter Stringer

    This is quite unbelievable. I make that four visits to the Leicester Tigers 22 - and four tries scored by Bath. After securing good line-out ball, Francois Louw wriggles clear and tees up Peter Stringer, who touches down from close range.

    Has the 37-year-old former Ireland scrum-half sent Bath to Twickenham? The two points added by George Ford from the tee would certainly add some weight to that theory.

  30. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Now Niki Goneva is almost through down the left, but again the home side get back to him! And, as George Ford launches a counter-attack, Mathew Tait gives away a penalty and Bath are able to send the ball up-field. Breathing space for the Blue, Black and Whites.

  31. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Having opted to boot the ball long via George Ford, Bath are defending once again. The sizeable frame of Christian Loamanu smashes through a couple of tackles to take Tigers into enemy territory, but replacement hooker Rob Webber does superbly to turn the ball over.

  32. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Bath have made 92 tackles to Leicester's 42, which tells it's own story. Mike Ford's side have entered the visitors' 22 only three times in the opening 57 minutes - but have scored on each occasion.

  33. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Leicester are working through the phases now, as this game starts to return to some kind of watchable structure at long last. But Bath have turned it over and look to run it from deep inside their own half.

  34. Replacement

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Sam Burgess

    Sam Burgess's afternoon is over now, as he's withdrawn for Matt Garvey. He's not quite had the same impact here as he has done in recent weeks for Bath, now playing at flanker of course.

  35. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    After the breathless opening period, there's been absolutely no flow to this second half whatsoever. A couple of resets eventually lead to Leicester knocking it on after picking it up at the base of the scrum, meaning a further set-piece.

  36. Replacement

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Huge cheers ring out around The Rec as captain Stuart Hooper is withdrawn. I wonder if he'll be leading his side out at Twickenham in the final next week? Not if Leicester have anything to do with it, as another knock-on means another scrum, which this time Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs will insert.

  37. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Tigers captain on BBC Radio Leicester

    "Nothing is running for Leicester at this moment in time."

  38. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    As Bath clear the ball long, Leicester knock on, so we'll have a scrum. Tigers have generally had the better at the set-piece so far this evening - and it's another huge push which allows them to turn it over here too.

  39. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Leicester Tigers

    This second half, with the injury to Niall Morris, just hasn't quite packed the same punch as the first. And that'll suit Bath, who were down to 13 and then 14 men for the first few minutes, and have now won a penalty after Jordan Crane was penalised for holding onto the ball on the floor.

  40. Missed penalty (Bell)

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Tommy Bell takes over kicking duties from Freddie Burns then, but he misses the posts too. That's 12 points - enough to have Leicester in the lead - wasted from the tee now.

  41. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Winger Matt Banahan, scorer of two of Bath's three tries, has gone in at number eight in place of Leroy Houston, who's still got another minute or so left in the sin-bin. And Leicester win a penalty from the scrum too - surely that wasn't Paul James again?!

  42. Post update

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    After a long pause in play, Niall Morris is at last withdrawn to warm applause from around The Rec. Despite this fierce rivalry, it's always good to see opposition fans recognise when a player is seriously hurt. Time for a scrum.

  43. Replacement

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Tommy Bell comes on to replace Niall Morris, who missed a few months earlier this season with an ankle injury. The 26-year-old Irishman is lifted onto a stretcher.

  44. Ouch!

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Now, that looks like a sore one for Niall Morris. He goes tumbling under Ross Batty's tackle, and is now receiving some treatment for an ankle injury. The Leicester man looks in a serious amount of discomfort.

  45. Missed penalty (Burns)

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Freddie Burns

    Freddie Burns can't land the kick though, so that's an early escape for Bath. Anthony Watson is back on the field, by the way, meaning the Blue, Black and Whites are back up to 14 men.

  46. Kick-off

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Here we go then. Bath fly-half George Ford gets us under way - but his kick is not what he was looking for, and then Leicester win a penalty from the resulting scrum. An early chance for Freddie Burns?

  47. Post update

    HT: Bath 21-10 Leicester

    The teams have returned to the field at The Rec. You'd imagine Leicester will be desperate to make the most of their numerical advantage, with Anthony Watson and Leroy Houston both in the sin-bin for Bath, at the start of this second half.

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    HT: Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Bath have the points on the board, but Leicester have definitely done their fair share of attacking in that first 40 minutes.

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  49. Post update

    HT: Bath 21-10 Leicester


    Here's the scores on the doors at the interval. Bath are ahead, but this is far from over.

  50. Post update

    HT: Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Tigers captain on BBC Radio Leicester

    "When you look at the stats, Bath have been in the Leicester 22 on three occasions and scored three simple tries. Leicester have camped in the Bath 22 and have scored just one try. But that try means Leicester are back in the race."

  51. Half-time

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    A frantic, crazy, breathless 40 minutes of rugby union. But who expected anything different? Bath lead by 11 points at the break.

  52. Try (Tom Youngs, con Burns)

    Bath 21-10 Leicester

    Richard Cockerill

    At last! Following the line-out, Leicester have the rolling maul in fine, working order, allowing Tom Youngs to peal off the side and bundle his way over. Freddie Burns's conversion is good, and Bath's resistance has been broken on the stroke of half-time. That should make Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill a little happier.

  53. No try (Morris)

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Niall Morris has indeed dropped it, owing in part to some fine last-ditch defensive work from Semesa Rokoduguni. We'll go back for that advantage, however...

  54. Try review (Morris)

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Niall Morris

    Niall Morris is indeed over in the corner - but does he drop it as he looks to touch down?!

  55. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Tigers are up to the Bath five-metre line, the ball in their hand and an advantage in their pocket. Can they at last make their numerical advantage count?

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    Shaun: Houston we have a problem.

    Brad Towers: I knew it wouldn't be long before Sam Burgess returned to the 13 man game

    There's six more minutes for Bath to survive with two men in the bin.

  57. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    The Blue, Black and Whites concede another penalty though, Ross Batty the guilty party, so it looks as though we'll be ending the first period deep inside the Bath half.

  58. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Martin Ballard

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "This is a real turning point of the game with Bath down to 13 men. They shouldn't be able to compete if Tigers keep the ball."

  59. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Leicester's attack is relentless though, streaming forward once again, with Ben Youngs at the very heart of it. But now they've dropped it - here come the 13 men of Bath on the offensive!

  60. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Referee JP Doyle is unhappy with the first scrum so we'll have a reset. And Leicester have had a shocker there, conceding a penalty at the set-piece and letting Bath off the hook big style. Richard Cockerill is marching down the stand, he doesn't look happy!

  61. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Kane Palma-Newport

    Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

    "There is a sudden momentum shift with two men in the bin and Leicester camped in the Bath half."

  62. Sin-bin (Houston)

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Oh dear, Bath are up against it all of a sudden. Leroy Houston is off to the bin this time, having landed himself in a slightly awkward position at the maul, and the home side are down to 13 men. Leicester will try a scrum this time.

  63. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    If ever a team needed a score, it's Leicester Tigers right now. Stuart Hooper is this time penalised following the line-out, prompting the visitors to head to touch once more...

  64. Sin-bin (Watson)

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    But here come Leicester, who are having absolutely none of that kind of chat, immediately forcing Bath to backtrack. And, as they look desperate in defence, Anthony Watson infringes and is sent to the bin for his troubles too. Tigers head for touch.

  65. Post update

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Andrew Sheridan

    BBC Radio Bristol

    "Leicester are now starting to have a mountain to climb, if it wasn't a mountain before."

  66. Try (Eastmond, con Ford)

    Bath 21-3 Leicester

    Kyle Eastmond

    Goodness me, this is absolutely brutal from Bath. George Ford's pass picks out Semesa Rokoduguni, who slips slightly before sending a grubber through to turn Leicester's defence. And now here comes Kyle Eastmond, in the right place at the right time, to cross the whitewash!

    It's three conversions from three from George Ford too and, I know I promised not to mention that 45-0 again, but...

  67. Post update

    Bath 14-3 Leicester

    Matt Banahan, one of only two Bath players to have featured last time they were in the play-offs in 2010, seems to have the Midas touch this evening. His long kick pegs Leicester back from the restart.

  68. Try (Banahan, con Ford)

    Bath 14-3 Leicester

    Paul James congratulates Matt Banahan

    And, like a switch, Bath turn it on in emphatic style once again to stretch their lead. Jonathan Joseph is at the heart of it once more, sending Matt Banahan through out wide to cross in the corner. That is utterly ruthless from Mike Ford's side - whose advantage is extended further by George Ford's conversion.

  69. Post update

    Bath 7-3 Leicester

    That seems to have sprung Bath back into action however, gathering the restart and immediately pinning Leicester back. Here's Sam Burgess now, taking the ball into contact, making some ground...

  70. Penalty (Burns)

    Bath 7-3 Leicester

    Leicester are, at long last, on the scoreboard. It's third time lucky for Freddie Burns, who splits the post from 30 metres or so.

    Paul James has come off, temporarily you'd have thought, for Nick Auterac meanwhile.

  71. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Having secured good ball from the set-piece, Mathew Tait is again in the thick of things, releasing Julian Salvi out wide. The back-rower doesn't have the pace to wriggle clear - but he does do enough to win Leicester yet another penalty.

    Paul James, all the while, is receiving some treatment to a nasty looking cut to the head.

  72. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Kane Palma-Newport

    Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

    Sam Burgess tackles Vereniki Goneva

    "Bath will be quite happy so far. Leicester have had all the attacking and Bath haven't really done that much. Leicester have had lots of the ball but defensively Bath have been fantastic."

  73. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Now Bath's South African forward Francois Louw has given away a penalty, failing to roll away at the base of a ruck, giving Freddie Burns this time the opportunity to head to touch.

  74. Missed penalty (Burns)

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Freddie Burns, all of 47 metres from the posts, has a go but the ball comes back out off the upright. Niki Goneva is the man to gather it too, but Tigers concede a penalty and it's a real let off for Bath.

    Leicester, make no mistake about it, are on top here.

  75. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Sam Burgess tackles Ben Youngs

    But following wave after Leicester wave, Bath clear the ball long. Now, Ben Youngs attempts a box-kick on halfway only for Stuart Hooper to charge it down. The Bath captain sets off in pursuit of the ball, but he's penalised for offside and Leicester have a penalty.

  76. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Tigers have the ball back once more, as Peter Stringer's touch-finder goes straight out of play. Richard Cockerill's side have responded superbly since Bath's fast start.

  77. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Freddie Burns kicks to touch then, and Leicester are on the attack from the set-piece. Mathew Tait, heading for Bayonne in the summer, takes the ball into contact but the home side are holding firm here. And this time the penalty is theirs too, as Ed Slater is penalised for holding on.

  78. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    The first one collapses, so referee JP Doyle asks the two packs to have another crack. The experienced Peter Stringer feeds it in for a second time - and Leicester have a penalty this time. There didn't look a huge amount in it, but it seems Dan Cole has got the better of Paul James on this near side and it's advantage Tigers at scrum time.

  79. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Leicester do well to turn the ball over and have it in hand again, although the returning Marcos Ayerza knocks it on and Bath have the put-in at our first scrum of the evening.

  80. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    This has been a terrific opening to the match, certainly living up to the first semi-final. Anthony Watson strides forward from full-back, taking Bath up to the Leicester 10-metre line.

  81. Missed penalty (Burns)

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Freddie Burns kicks

    Freddie Burns can't land the kick though, dragging his attempt across the posts from the right and it's an opportunity squandered.

  82. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Tigers look to be in behind Bath here too, as they switch it to the right, but George Ford's superb tackle forces them into touch. It looks like prop Paul James has conceded a penalty at the line-out, however, and the away side are heading for the posts this time...

  83. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Tigers captain on BBC Radio Leicester

    "Can you believe that with just a minute on the clock? Leicester were all following the ball and didn't spread across the field and left a two-man overlap. That's embarrassing from a Leicester perspective."

  84. Post update

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Leicester have responded nicely here though, with wing Niki Goneva cutting a tidy line down the left-hand side to pin the home team back. Tigers are into the Bath 22.

  85. Try (Banahan, con Ford)

    Bath 7-0 Leicester

    Matt Banahan

    How about that for a start from the Blue, Black and Whites? It's vintage Bath as, following the set-piece, George Ford draws the tackle to release Jonathan Joseph, whose arrowed pass then picks out Matt Banahan on the wing to cross in the corner.

    Ford's conversion, from the tightest of angles, is exquisite too and I'd imagine this is just how his father, head coach Mike, would've planned it.

  86. Post update

    Bath 0-0 Leicester

    That's an early error from the visitors, however, giving away a penalty following Freddie Burns' second long kick forward. George Ford goes to touch and Bath are on the attack.

  87. Kick-off

    Bath 0-0 Leicester

    Anyway, that's quite enough kit chat. JP Doyle puffs his whistle, Freddie Burns kicks long and we're under way at The Rec.

  88. Post update

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Or is that Leicester strip orange? We're struggling to decide here in the office. Any ideas?

  89. Here come the teams

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Here come the two sets of players. Leicester, in bright red, come out to a fairly muted reception. Bath, in their familiar blue, black and white, are roared on.

    It looks like we'll be kicking off a couple of minutes late.

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    Alexander Harris: Leicester by 7

    Jon Buckland: Bath to win (please).

    Small Man Peaky: Bath to win by a score. Leicester lucky to make playoffs and been erratic all season. Joseph, Louw and Ford point of difference

  91. We've got it covered

    BBC Sport

    As well as following our text feed, you can also listen to live radio commentary from both BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Leicester on this evening's match at The Rec.

    Just click the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page to pick which tones you'd prefer to listen to.

  92. Another fond farewell

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Brad Thorn

    Following the flurry of fond farewells this time last week, with Sale winger Mark Cueto and London Welsh centre Tom May both bringing their playing careers to an end, we could have another one on our hands today.

    At the ripe old age of 40, New Zealand World Cup winner Brad Thorn is in the Leicester Tigers side this afternoon - but is very much hoping to postpone his retirement by another 80 minutes.

    "I feel so lucky and blessed but it would be great to push on for one more game and play at Twickenham," he told BBC East Midlands today. "It's a special place to play."

    You can read more from Thorn in this rather nicely crafted feature by our very own Owen Phillips.

  93. Are you 'mad for it'?

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    George Ford and Ben Youngs

    The Blue, Black and Whites need to be "mad for it" when they take on Leicester Tigers this afternoon, according to fly-half George Ford.

    Ford is one of eight Bath players to be named in England's 50-man training squad for this year's World Cup - and each one of them will be hoping this won't turn out to be their last competitive action before the tournament kicks off on 18 September.

    "These are the games you want to play in as a team and as individuals, and we're just looking forward to it," Ford told BBC Radio Bristol.

    "Leicester are going to come here mad for it - and we've just got to be mad for it ourselves."

  94. Post update

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Richard Cockerill

    That 45-0 drubbing - and Tigers fans, I promise I'll try not to mention it again - was just one part of a pretty scratchy start to the season for Richard Cockerill's Leicester.

    But don't they always just come roaring back when it really matters?

    "I have always said it was about where we sit after round 22 - and we sit third," Cockerill told BBC East Midlands Today. "It doesn't matter where you are halfway through the season and you are sat in seventh or eighth and everybody has already made their mind up that it is a disaster.

    "It's the end of the season that counts. We are the form team in the league in 2015, so there is some satisfaction in that."

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    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    It's not going to be an easy task following that first semi-final, is it? But who do you think will come out on top at The Rec - will it be Bath's day or Leicester's day?

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  96. Team news

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

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

    Replacements: Webber, Auterac, Thomas, Day, Garvey, Fearns, Cook, Devoto.

    Leicester: Morris; Thompstone, Tait, Loamanu, Goneva; Burns, Ben Youngs (capt); Ayerza, Tom Youngs, Cole, Thorn, Kitchener, Slater, Salvi, Crane.

    Replacements: Briggs, Rizzo, Balmain, De Chaves, Gibson, Harrison, Bell, Catchpole.

  97. Team news

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Jonathan Joseph

    How are we lining up then?

    England centre Jonathan Joseph returns for Bath, who beat West Country rivals Gloucester on the final day of the regular season last week.

    Head coach Mike Ford has also recalled captain Stuart Hooper, while Ross Batty comes back in at hooker.

    Leicester Tigers make just one change from the side that earned an 11th successive appearance in the Premiership semi-finals by beating Northampton Saints.

    Marcos Ayerza returns to the starting line-up at loose-head prop in place of the injured Logovi'i Mulipola.

  98. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Leicester Tigers on Twitter: Ready to go!

    Leicester Tigers
  99. Post update

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)


    And, speaking of previous encounters, if you're in Leicester's camp there is one that certainly does stick out like a very sore thumb from the rest.

    Back in September, Bath ran out 45-0 winners against Richard Cockerill's side at The Rec, the heaviest top-flight defeat ever inflicted upon Tigers.

    "It was not good," Lock Graham Kitchener told BBC East Midlands Today. "I tried to wipe it from my mind.

    "For the boys who played in it was a bit of a turning point. We thought we can't go back to that. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong that day. It was bit of freak result."

  100. A long-distance derby?

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Having first faced one another on Saturday, 13 September 1913, the century old rivalry shared between Bath and Leicester Tigers is one of the most famous in domestic rugby union.

    A derby in every way apart from location, the two sides have played 26 times in the Premiership, with Tigers having won 16 and Bath only nine.

    Mike Ford's side have, at least, come out on top in each of their last four meetings at The Rec though, so maybe the omens aren't all bad for tonight's hosts.

  101. One down, one to go

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    George Ford and Freddie Burns

    Saracens it is, then. But who will be joining them at Twickenham on Saturday, 30 May?

    We'll find out in due course. It's time for Bath v Leicester Tigers.

  102. Post update

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Wow, got your breath back? What a super first semi-final. Looking back, it's worth noting that Saracens were only ever behind for about three minutes at the start of the second half. Otherwise they were always level at worst.

    But how crucial was Stephen Myler's missed conversion that would have tied the scores at 23-23?

  103. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Andrew Priestley: What an incredible game of rugby. Usually in SFs, with so much on the line, there isn't much rugby played. But that was special.

    Jason Stone: Play-offs: Is it right? Saints top most of the season, Sarries scrape into 4th. Sarries go through to possibly win the championship??

  104. Post update

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Ian Hunter

    Ex-England and Northampton full-back on BBC Radio Northampton

    Owen Farrell celebrates

    "Saracens were the better team on the day. They came here with real intent.

    "I don't think they were overly creative - you didn't see any flair. But the big difference for me was that their kicking game was absolutely immense today."

  105. Post update

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell told BT Sport: "It will mean a lot (to win the Premiership final). We have got to work hard this week and make sure we are prepared.

    "We have had to work hard to get here. In the last couple of years we have been right up there but things have not gone all our way this year.

    "We will put the work in this week and we will look forward to next week's game."

  106. Post update

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Saracens flanker Jacques Burger told BT Sport: "They are a very big, physical side and we knew we needed to match them. The boys put in one hell of a shift today.

    "It is no secret that they have had the better of us the last couple of times and we knew we needed to be at our best. We stood up physically. Every collision we were there."

  107. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    FT: Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    George Barrett: FARRELL!!

    Eloquently put, George. England fly-half Owen Farrell has kicked Saracens into the Premiership final.

    Owen Farrell
  108. Full-time

    Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Saracens are going to Twickenham! They turn the ball over one last time on the Saints 22 and are awarded the penalty, which they take great pleasure in booting away. Referee Greg Garner blows the final whistle and brings to an end Northampton's reign as champions.

  109. Post update

    Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Still we play on as Northampton have a penalty and run the ball.

  110. Post update

    Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    The clock goes red as Owen Farrell kicks off but Northampton will have one last chance. But they're deep inside their own 22 and they can't afford to kick the ball away.

  111. Post update

    Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Ian Hunter

    Ex-England and Northampton full-back on BBC Radio Northampton

    "If Saints are going to win this game, it's going to come down to one moment of individual brilliance."

  112. Penalty (Myler)

    Northampton 24-29 Saracens

    Northampton are back to within a score as Stephen Myler kicks the penalty. There are 30 seconds left. Is there one last twist?

  113. Post update

    Northampton 21-29 Saracens

    Saracens are almost there as Tom Wood knocks on inside the visitors' half. But Sarries are penalised at the scrum and Northampton have a penalty. They need two scores so Stephen Myler will go for the posts.

  114. Post update

    Northampton 21-29 Saracens

    Ian Hunter

    Ex-England and Northampton full-back on BBC Radio Northampton

    "Saints have never had the momentum during this game. I don't think Saracens have done anything amazing to win this, but their defence has been absolutely fantastic."

  115. Penalty (Farrell)

    Northampton 21-29 Saracens

    It's over and surely that's it? Owen Farrell is the coolest man inside Franklin's Gardens as he strikes the ball precisely between the sticks. Those three points extends his lead at the top of the list of points-scorers in Premiership semi-finals.

  116. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Could that be that? Billy Vunipola turns the ball over on the Saints 10-metre line and Northampton are penalised. Owen Farrell will have a kick to win this from around 45 metres.

  117. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Jackson Wray attacks

    Saracens run through the phases inside the Northampton half. They're running the clock down and Northampton, chasing the game, are at the wrong end of the park.

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    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Ciaran Zanna: Being a Saracens fan and with my luck a late twist is on the cards I think. I hope not though!!!

  119. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Northampton are running out of time here. That scrum has to be reset and Saracens are then awarded a free-kick, giving Owen Farrell the chance to kick the ball deep into the Northampton half.

  120. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Samu Manoa makes a run off the scrum

    "You can feel the tension in Franklin's Gardens that then erupts into cries of elation at every refereeing decision. Saracens are camped on their own line but so far Saints can't find a way through.

    "The champions are clinging on to their title by a thread, with boss Jim Mallinder now using all his replacements. I can taste extra-time."

  121. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    That's a great take by Jamie Elliott on halfway from Owen Farrell's bomb. But his good work is undone as Gareth Denman knocks on and Saracens will have the put-in at a scrum on halfway.

  122. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    That's a great kick by Kahn Fotuali'i as the replacement scrum-half plants the ball behind the Saracens defensive line and into touch in the corner, five metres from the visitors' line. You sense Northampton are cranking up the pressure with only 10 minutes to play.

  123. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    We're into the final 10 minutes at Franklin's Garden then. Can Saracens hold on or is there a late twist in the tale?

    Get in touch via #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  124. Replacement

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    A couple of notable replacements to report. Maro Itoje's afternoon is over as the Saracens flanker is replaced by Jackson Wray, while Saints captain Dylan Hartley goes off and Mike Haywood comes on.

  125. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Ian Hunter

    Ex-England and Northampton full-back on BBC Radio Northampton

    "You have to take your hat off to Saracens there. Saints put them under huge amounts of pressure but they controlled their line speed coming up, and didn't rush to the ball."

  126. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Dylan Hartley gets tackled

    Saracens' defensive work is impressive as they keep Northampton at bay but, the home side stay patient and go through the phases again, keeping the ball tight. But Sarries' resistance is rewarded when Alex Waller is pulled up for not staying on his feet and Owen Farrell clears.

  127. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Saracens are warned after Billy Vunipola concedes their 16th penalty of the game. Northampton will go for the catch and drive from the line-out again.

  128. Post update

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Saracens want to disrupt the Northampton ruck with the boot but time and again they are being pulled up for kicking the ball out of a Saints player's hands.

    Stephen Myler kicks for territory, and then does so again after Sarries are penalised again for pulling down the maul, The home side are camped in the Saracens 22.

  129. Penalty (Farrell)

    Northampton 21-26 Saracens

    Owen Farrell kicks for goal

    And that's three more points in the bag for Saracens as Owen Farrell makes no mistake from the 10-metre line. Sarries' lead is back up to five points.

  130. Post update

    Northampton 21-23 Saracens

    That's a blow for Northampton. No sooner are they back in the game then Gareth Denman is penalised after losing his footing at the scrum. Owen Farrell will kick for goal.

  131. Try (Wood)

    Northampton 21-23 Saracens

    Tom Wood

    Northampton go for the catch and drive but it all seems to be going wrong until Jamie Elliott and Kahn Fotuali'i join in to regain the momentum. It works as Tom Wood goes over and touches down, only for Stephen Myler to slice his conversion attempt wide. That's his 100% record with the boot gone for the afternoon and how costly could that be?

  132. Post update

    Northampton 16-23 Saracens

    Credit to Northampton, though, they will not give this up. They spin the ball wide to George Pisi who is stopped in his track illegally by Owen Farrell. Stephen Myler goes for the corner.

  133. Post update

    Northampton 16-23 Saracens

    Ian Hunter

    Ex-England and Northampton full-back on BBC Radio Northampton

    Northampton look dejected

    "Saracens are putting Saints under huge amounts of pressure and what they're doing is either turning the ball over or winning penalties. Their kicking has been very, very accurate. I'm very impressed.

    "I don't think the injuries have helped Saints. They have lost a bit of momentum."

  134. Post update

    Northampton 16-23 Saracens

    Phil Parry

    Journalist, BBC London Sport

    "You can feel it around the stands that there's a bit more tension from both sets of supporters. At this point, you can't afford a mistake or an error, it ends up being more costly than earlier in the game."

  135. Penalty (Farrell)

    Northampton 16-23 Saracens

    Saracens lead by seven points as Owen Farrell makes it four kicks from five as he lands from the tee once more.

  136. Post update

    Northampton 16-20 Saracens

    Saracens' energy levels appear to be higher than Northampton's at the start of this half. With a stronger-looking bench is this their chance to take control. They have a penalty coming too midway inside the Saints half after Tom Stephenson is penalised for not rolling away.

  137. Replacement

    Northampton 16-20 Saracens

    Northampton's replacement bench is emptying quite rapidly as Lee Dickson heads off for a head injury assessment and is replaced at scrum-half by Samoa international Kahn Fotuali'i.

  138. Post update

    Northampton 16-20 Saracens

    Saracens have been pretty undisciplined so far this half and Mako Vunipola is penalised on halfway for trying to kick the ball out of Lee Dickson's hands. Northampton will kick for territory once more.

  139. Try (George, con Farrell)

    Northampton 16-20 Saracens

    Jamie George scores a try

    George Kruis takes the ball at the back of the line-out and the Saracens pack power forward, driving hooker Jamie George over the line. Owen Farrell adds a tricky conversion from near the touchline. Northampton led for only three minutes but they're behind again now.

  140. Post update

    Northampton 16-13 Saracens

    Once again, a penalty is followed by another penalty as Saints are penalised on their own 22. It's on the touchline so rather than go for the posts, Owen Farrell kicks for the corner. It's Saracens' turn to try their luck from a set-piece.

  141. Penalty (Myler)

    Northampton 16-13 Saracens

    Stephen Myler

    Stephen Myler makes no mistake from 15 metres out and almost right in front of the posts to maintain his 100% record. Northampton are in front for the first time.

  142. Post update

    Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    The Northampton pack rumble on after Courtney Lawes takes the line-out and Sarries are penalised for the third time in three minutes, handing Stephen Myler a relatively simple kick for goal.

  143. Post update

    Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    Saracens are penalised again, this time at scrum-time near halfway. Stephen Myler kicks deep and Saints will have a line-out on the Saracens 22.

  144. Kick-off

    Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell gets us back under way but the visitors are immediately penalised, giving Northampton the chance to kick for field position.

  145. Post update

    Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    The sides re-emerge and Northampton have had to make another change, with Tom Stephenson replacing James Wilson. Ken Pisi will go to full-back.

  146. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    HT: Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    But will extra-time be needed? Or can we find a winner after 80 minutes and, if yes, who's your money on?

    Let us know using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  147. Extra-time anyone?

    HT: Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    You might remember that last year's Premiership final between these sides went to extra-time and given we're level here it might be worth a reminder of what would happen if we finish all square.

    Firstly, we would have 20 minutes of extra-time, 10 minutes each way. And if the sides still cannot be separated then the team that has scored the most tries will go to Twickenham.

    If they're level on tries too then it'll be down to penalty kicks. Surely it won't go that far, will it?

  148. Post update

    HT: Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    "Saints will be disappointed to only be level after dominating the opening half. But they were left chasing the game when Saracens wing David Strettle hacked on for Duncan Taylor, exploiting a gap behind the defence that was left by the stricken Ahsee Tuala.

    "So far, the visitors have shown little in attack - but, they do have Owen Farrell's boot. You feel Sarries must show more after the break though, or the champions seem likely to eventually grind them down."

  149. Post update

    HT: Northampton 13-13 Saracens


    So, here's the tale of the tape at the break.

  150. Half-time

    Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    That is indeed the last kick of the half and both sides troop off to the dressing rooms. This is too close to call.

  151. Penalty (Myler)

    Northampton 13-13 Saracens

    The kick is right in front of the posts, 20 metres out, and Stephen Myler slots it over with the minimum of fuss. We're all level going into half-time.

  152. Post update

    Northampton 10-13 Saracens

    Ken Pisi attacks

    Northampton try to get moving but to their credit Saracens stand firm. Saints are up to eight, nine phases but they can't get over the 22. That's a dozen phases now. Ken Pisi then gets absolutely smashed by Jacques Burger who is then penalised for not rolling away. Burger reacts angrily and shoves Lee Dickson in the chest, but there is no card and it will just be a penalty with the last kick of the half.

  153. Post update

    Northampton 10-13 Saracens

    We're a minute away from the break but Northampton have a penalty just inside their own half for Jacques Burger rolling Luther Burrell by the neck. Stephen Myler kicks deep and the Northampton pack will have one last chance for a catch and drive to the line.

  154. Post update

    Northampton 10-13 Saracens

    Worryingly for Northampton, James Wilson, who replaced Ahsee Tuala at full-back early on, also appears to be struggling with an injury. Saints might be keen for half-time to come now. They've lost that momentum they had earlier in the half.

  155. Penalty (Farrell)

    Northampton 10-13 Saracens

    Owen Farrell takes a penalty

    This time Owen Farrell makes no mistake as he strokes over his kick from a slight angle 40m out to give Saracens the lead for the third time.

    No sooner has that kick gone over then Alex Waller, who scored the try that won the title for Saints last season, replaces Alex Corbisiero at prop.

  156. Post update

    Northampton 10-10 Saracens

    But it's not long before Saracens are awarded a third penalty in quick succession midway inside the Northampton half after Saints are penalised for not rolling away.

  157. Missed penalty (Farrell)

    Northampton 10-10 Saracens

    This one's more difficult for Owen Farrell and this time he pulls his angled kick across the face of the posts and wide.

  158. Post update

    Northampton 10-10 Saracens

    That's now three penalties in only a matter of moments as new England squad call-up Maro Itoje draws the penalty for Saracens, prompting Owen Farrell to call for the tee once again.

  159. Penalty (Myler)

    Northampton 10-10 Saracens

    Stephen Myler takes a penalty

    And it's no surprise that Stephen Myler makes no mistake with the boot from right in front of the posts. We're all square once again.

  160. Post update

    Northampton 7-10 Saracens

    But how often do you see one side score a penalty and then concede one? That's what Saracens do here as Petrus Du Plessis tackles George Pisi off the ball. Stephen Myler has a chance to tie the scores once again.

  161. Post update

    Northampton 7-10 Saracens

    Andy Rowley

    BBC London 94.9

    "That was a really big hit from the Scot Duncan Taylor that led to Saracens winning that penalty. It earned him a big hug from defensive captain Brad Barritt."

  162. Penalty (Farrell)

    Northampton 7-10 Saracens

    That's meat and drink to Owen Farrell, who slots the ball though the posts from around 30 metres out.

  163. Post update

    Northampton 7-7 Saracens

    Saracens are back up to full strength as Mako Vunipola returns to the fray. The visitors will be happy to have only conceded one score in that 10 minutes. Not only that but they get the chance to retake the lead as England centre Brad Barritt turns the ball over midway inside the Saints half and is rewarded with a penalty.

  164. Post update

    Northampton 7-7 Saracens

    Saracens' under-strength pack survive that scrum and can then breathe a little easier as Saints prop Salesi Ma'afu is penalised, allowing Owen Farrell to clear.

  165. Post update

    Northampton 7-7 Saracens

    Alex Corbisiero makes a run

    Saracens are really under the pump here as Lee Dickson and then Alex Corbisiero make half breaks. But after nine phases Sarries can take a breather as they are awarded the put-in at a scrum after Saints are pulled up for obstruction. This is breathless stuff.

  166. Post update

    Northampton 7-7 Saracens

    That was an impressive response from Northampton after that early setback, and their forwards show signs of taking control as they drive the Saracens scrum backwards to be rewarded with another penalty which puts them deep in opposing territory once more.

  167. Post update

    Northampton 7-7 Saracens

    Joe Townsend

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Mako Vunipola is sent to the sin bin

    "Both sides started cagily, happy to either kick deep or test with high bombs. Nerves have been cast aside in the stands though, as the home crowd dragged Saints to parity inside an electric Franklin's Gardens. A crucial spell coming up with Saracens prop Mako Vunipola in the sin bin."

  168. Try (Penalty, con Myler)

    Northampton 7-7 Saracens

    Referee Greg Garner sends Mako Vunipola to the sin bin

    That Northampton pressure pays off as Owen Farrell is ruled to have stopped Saints' catch and drive illegally and referee Greg Garner goes under the posts to award a penalty try. Stephen Myler slots over the simplest of conversions and we are level.

  169. Sin-bin (M Vunipola)

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    Once again Saracens can only stop Northampton illegally and referee Greg Garner sends Sarries prop Mako Vunipola to the bin. The visitors are under all sorts of pressure.

  170. Post update

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    Dylan Hartley's line-out is secured and Northampton rumble towards the line. They think they are over but the referee says no and instead gives Saints a penalty for Billy Vunipola going in at the side. Saints will try again.

  171. Post update

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    Northampton go through the phases deep inside Saracens territory and are rewarded with a penalty. Stephen Myler goes for the corner.

  172. Post update

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    Northampton can't make the most of that field position, but after Calum Clark then turns the ball over on halfway the boot of James Wilson pins Sarries inside their own 22.

  173. Post update

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    That's a good crossfield kick by Northampton centre Luther Burrell, who saw David Strettle out of position and knocked it behind him. Alex Goode gathers but can only run it into touch for a Saints line-out midway inside the Sarries half.

  174. Replacement

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    That will also be the end of the game for Ahsee Tuala, who injured his shoulder at the bottom of a ruck. James Wilson replaces him at full-back.

  175. Post update

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    Andy Rowley

    BBC London 94.9

    David Strettle scores a try

    "What a start that is for Saracens. A brilliant kick from David Strettle that just held up, a fantastic chase down the line and they were over in the corner. Just how important was it that full-back Ahsee Tuala was out of position for Northampton?"

  176. Try (Strettle, con Farrell)

    Northampton 0-7 Saracens

    What a start for Saracens! With Ahsee Tuala down they take full advantage of their numerical advantage by spinning the ball wide. David Strettle boots it downfield from inside his own half and Duncan Taylor wins the foot race to give it back to his supporting wing, who dives over from a couple of metres out. Owen Farrell slots over the conversion from the touchline.

  177. Post update

    Northampton 0-0 Saracens

    Chris Wyles of Saracens gets tackled

    Saracens wing Chris Wyles shows no nerves as he takes a high bomb from Lee Dickson on his own 22. That was a positive first touch. Worryingly for Saints full-back Ahsee Tuala is having treatment on halfway.

  178. Kick-off

    Northampton 0-0 Saracens

    Referee Greg Garner blows his whistle, Northampton fly-half Stephen Myler kicks high and long and we are off.

  179. Here come the teams

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Both sides enter the arena to rapturous applause. There's a great noise in the stadium. Saracens supporters have travelled in good numbers, waving their flags, and both sets of fans are ready for this.

  180. Almost there...

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Flags are being flown on the pitch and the teams are making their final preparations in the dressing rooms. "When the Saints go marching in" rings around the Gardens. We're almost ready for action.

  181. Choice of listening

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    As well as text coverage of today's game, you can also listen to the action as it unfolds.

    We've got a choice of listening for you too, with BBC Radio 5 live covering the game, while if you want something a bit more partisan then BBC Radio Northampton and BBC London 94.9 are also providing commentary.

    Just click on the live coverage tab and scroll through the selection to pick your stream.

  182. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Chuck Macleod: We've beaten them in the last month, we can do it again. Same ref, same game plan, same result. #COYS

    For those who might mistake that hashtag for 'Come on you Saracens', this happened at Stadium MK on 25 April.

  183. Post update

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    We're just 10 minutes away from kick-off, the teams are going through the last of their warm-ups and Franklin's Gardens is filling up nicely. It should be a cracking atmosphere by the time we get under way.

  184. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Saracens on Twitter: A little look into the away dressing room! #WhiteWolf

    Saracens shirts

    Saracens will be wearing all white this afternoon rather than their more familiar black kit.

  185. Saints to use play-off experience

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Tom Wood (right) celebrates with Kahn Fotuali'i

    Northampton have plenty of experience of the play-offs, having reached two successive finals and beating Saracens to win their first Premiership title 12 months ago.

    And flanker Tom Wood says they must use that to their advantage to book another trip to HQ this afternoon.

    "We've been there and won it and I know what it feels like and I just want to repeat it," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "We've got to make sure we show the same level of hunger that we did in the final and semi-final last year."

  186. Sarries will relish atmosphere

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Mark McCall

    Northampton won both league meetings between the sides this season, winning 31-24 in November at Allianz Park and 25-20 in April at StadiumMK.

    But Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said his side would not be intimidated by the inevitable white-hot atmosphere inside Franklin's Gardens this afternoon.

    "We have got a squad who don't mind being on the road and kind of relish hostile atmospheres," he told BBC London 94.9.

    "The atmosphere we faced when we played Clermont in the Champions Cup was something very special.

    "Having been through that and played quite a decent game that day, I don't think anywhere else will have big fear for us."

  187. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Northampton Saints on Twitter: The last game... #EndOfAnEra Let's give the Sturtridge a noisy send-off!

    Northampton Saints

    The famous pavilion, in situ at Franklin's gardens for nearly 50 years, is being demolished this summer to be replaced by a new stand at the north end of the stadium.

  188. Last year's Twickenham showdown

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    So, it's Bath v Leicester at 17:00 BST but with all the stellar names in those Northampton and Saracens line-ups, the appetiser to that game isn't too shabby either.

    It's only a repeat of last year's final, which Saints won in the most dramatic of fashions thanks to Alex Waller's try in the last minute of extra-time.

    Alex Waller scores for Northampton
  189. Team news

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    After resting their star names for the trip to Leicester last week in their final league game of the season, Northampton revert back to the same 23-man squad that beat London Welsh a fortnight ago.

    England stars Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood and Luther Burrell are among those to return to the side that lost at Welford Road.

    Chris Ashton

    Saracens wing Chris Ashton, who scored four tries in the win over Welsh that secured a play-off spot last Saturday, is only fit enough to start on the bench after illness. There's also a late change among the Sarries replacements as Jared Saunders comes in for the ill Schalk Brits.

    But there are starts for England centre Brad Barritt and scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, as well as 20-year-old forward Maro Itoje, who was named in Stuart Lancaster's 50-man World Cup training squad this week.

  190. Team news

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    Northampton: Tuala; K Pisi, G Pisi, Burrell, Elliott; Myler, Dickson; Corbisiero, Hartley, Ma'afu, Lawes, Day, Wood, Clark, Manoa.

    Replacements: Haywood, Waller, Denman, Dickinson, Fisher, Fotuali'i, Stephenson, Wilson.

    Saracens: Goode; Wyles, Taylor, Barritt, Strettle; Farrell, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, George, Du Plessis, Kruis, Hargreaves, Itoje, Burger, B Vunipola.

    Replacements: Saunders, Barrington, Figallo, Hamilton, Wray, De Kock, Hodgson, Ashton.

    Ref: Greg Garner

  191. Post update

    Northampton v Saracens (14:00 BST)

    It will probably come as no surprise that our early attention is going to be on events at Franklin's Gardens. So before we go any further, let's take a look at today's line-ups.

  192. Get involved via #bbcrugby

    What an afternoon we have in prospect and we would just love to know how you think it's going to pan out.

    Can Northampton overcome Saracens again and reach their third successive Premiership final? Or will it be the Londoners making the short trip to Twickenham?

    And what about events at The Rec later? Is this going to be Bath's year or can Leicester make the most of their play-off experience to reach yet another final?

    Let us know using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  193. Post update

    Bath v Leicester (17:00 BST)

    Later we have a match-up for you steeped in tradition.

    Bath against Leicester is one of the oldest rivalries in English rugby, with the two clubs having gone at it hammer and tongs against each other for more than 100 years.

    Bath v Leicester

    It's one that in more recent times evokes memories of Guscott, Chilcott and Barnes in the Blue, Black and White, and Kardooni, Johnson and Rowntree for Tigers.

    Not to mention England fly-half George Ford, who has played for both clubs and will be hoping to lead Bath into the final today. But more of that later.

  194. How they finished

    Premiership Table

    Here's how the Premiership table ended up after last weekend's final matches.

    It was quite a Saturday afternoon as Leicester, Saracens and Exeter battled it out for the two remaining places to join Northampton and Bath in the play-offs.

    Leicester's win over a weakened Saints guaranteed their progress, while Sarries edged out the Chiefs on points difference thanks to a big win over London Welsh.

  195. Post update

    We've got back-to-back games for you this afternoon which promise to pack more punch than Mayweather v Pacquiao.

    Mayweather v Pacquiao

    No fewer than 30 of England's 50-man World Cup training squad will be involved, suggesting we should be in for some high quality action as Northampton face Saracens and Bath tackle Leicester.

  196. Post update

    After 132 games of a gruelling Premiership season, four teams are left standing.

    Premiership Trophy

    Their target? A place at Twickenham in next weekend's Premiership final.

    Welcome to our coverage of today's two semi-finals.