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Brendon Mitchell and Gary Smee

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  1. Post update

    I'm afraid that is all we've got time for tonight.

    While we didn't have a glut of tries, both games were certainly intriguing battles as this Premiership season gets into its stride.

    Thank you for joining us. Goodnight.

  2. The rest of the Premiership action

    There may be the small matter of a couple of World Cup semi-finals at Twickenham this weekend, but the Premiership continues at full steam ahead.

    Here's what's coming up...

    Saturday, 24 October

    Northampton v Newcastle - 13:45 BST

    Wasps v Bath - 14:00 BST

    Exeter v London Irish - 18:00 BST

    Sunday, 25 October

    Leicester v Harlequins - 14:00 GMT (Don't forget the clocks go back!)

    BBC Sport will have live text and radio commentary from the Premiership throughout the weekend.

  3. Recap

    Sale 27-13 Worcester

    Danny Cipriani

    Sale Sharks produced a resolute performance as they beat Worcester Warriors in a scrappy game at the AJ Bell Stadium. 

    Danny Cipriani went over for the hosts early on before David Seymour crashed over a second try either side of two Ryan Mills' penalties for Worcester. 

    Josh Beaumont bundled over for Sale after the break before Jonny Arr touched down for the visitors. 

    However, Johnny Leota made sure of the win with a try in the last minute.

  4. Recap

    Gloucester 15-17 Saracens

    Owen Farrell

    Owen Farrell's late penalty sealed victory for Saracens over Gloucester in a tight affair at Kingsholm.

    Sarries led 11-6 at the break thanks to penalties from Charlie Hodgson and Farrell, as well as Mike Ellery's try.

    Billy Twelvetrees sent over five penalties in total, and looked to have won it when he kicked Gloucester 15-14 ahead with five minutes remaining. 

    However, Farrell kept up the defending champions' 100% start and consigned Gloucester to their first defeat.

  5. Full-time

    Sale 27-13 Worcester

    A job well done for Sale Sharks, with tries from Danny Cipriani, David Seymour, Josh Beaumont and Johnny Leota rounds off an excellent evening in the north west.

  6. Try (Leota, con Cipriani)

    Sale 27-13 Worcester

    And the bonus point is indeed Sale's! Johnny Leota is the man to cross the whitewash and provide a fitting finale for the Sharks.

    Danny Cipriaini adds the extras, and the full-time whistle sounds...

  7. Try review

    Sale 20-13 Worcester

    And the hosts think they've grabbed themselves a last-gasp try! To the TMO we go...

  8. Sale 20-13 Worcester

    Right then, Sale Sharks are giving this a good go for the bonus point with a couple of minutes left, they're into the Warriors' 22...

  9. Sale 20-13 Worcester

    It's all Sale now and Warriors give away a penalty following a line-out five metres from their try-line.

    Danny Cipriani opts not to kick for the posts with all the momentum in the hosts' favour.

    Seven minutes to go.

  10. Sale 20-13 Worcester

    Sale are back on the front foot straight from the kick-off but Warrriors pull off some huge tackles to keep the hosts at bay.

    Sharks have the ball where they want it though, inside the visiting 22 with just 10 or so minutes to go.

  11. Full-time

    Gloucester 15-17 Saracens

    And that'll be that. The boot of Billy Twelvetrees kept Gloucester in it - but the boot of Owen Farrell handed Saracens a second successive victory.

  12. Gloucester 15-17 Saracens

    It's back in blue-and-white hands again now though, the clocking edging towards the red zone...

  13. Try (Arr, con Lamb)

    Sale 20-13 Worcester

    Worcester are back in this! 

    After five minutes of pressure in front of the Sale try-line, Warriors skipper Gerrit-Jan van Velze shows some quick hands to feed the ball to Jonny Arr who dives over in the corner.

    Ryan Lamb converts from the touchline and the gap is down to just seven points. There are 14 minutes left.

  14. Gloucester 15-17 Saracens

    We're into the final 60 seconds, the Cherry and Whites working their way through the phases inside their own half.

    It'll take a big effort from here...

    Gloucester v Saracens
  15. Sale 20-6 Worcester

    Worcester are enjoying their best spell of the game so far as Ryan Lamb breaks through before he's eventually tackled.

    Warriors win a penalty from the breakdown in the corner and opt for a scrum. They need to go for the try rather than the points you feel.

  16. Penalty (Farrell)

    Gloucester 15-17 Saracens

    And in the latest episode of this tale of the tee, England man Owen Farrell splits the posts to restore his side's advantage.

    Three minutes left now. Another twist, anyone?

  17. Gloucester 15-14 Saracens

    But straight from the restart Gloucester have been penalised! How often do you see that happen?

    Owen Farrell's turn now...

  18. Penalty (Twelvetrees)

    Gloucester 15-14 Saracens

    Wowzers, that is an absolute monster of a kick from Billy Twelvetrees from fully 50 metres.

    I mentioned James Hook's last-gasp winner in 2014-15 - has Billy done it this time around?

    Five minutes left.

  19. Gloucester 12-14 Saracens

    After three or four resets, eventually the referee decides the penalty can go Gloucester's way. Step forward, Billy Twelvetrees...

  20. Sale 20-6 Worcester

    Sam Tuitupou

    The game has gone a bit scrappy again with a series of scrums on halfway.

    Worcester need to make something happen.

    They've got about 20 minutes left to do so.

  21. Gloucester 12-14 Saracens

    Into the final nine minutes now, as Gloucester insert at a scrum on halfway. On a knife edge, is this one.

  22. Penalty (Farrell)

    Gloucester 12-14 Saracens

    That's more like it from Owen Farrell, landing a penalty in almost dead silence around Kingsholm to pop his side back into the lead.

    Gloucester had been penalised at the line-out.

  23. Sale 20-6 Worcester

    Worcester now drive forward searching for their first try of the evening but the Sale defence holds firm.

    Eventually Warriors concede a penalty for holding on and all the pressure is relieved. 

    Dean Ryan will be livid.

    Warriors have made a couple of changes, Ryan Lamb is on for Tom Heathcote and Val Rapava Ruskin on for Na'ama Leleimalefaga.

  24. Missed penalty (Farrell)

    Gloucester 12-11 Saracens

    And Owen Farrell is on the wrong end of some more wrath from the shed now, dragging an angled penalty wide of the sticks.

    Fifteen minutes left, only a single point in it.

  25. Gloucester 12-11 Saracens

  26. Penalty (Twelvetrees)

    Gloucester 12-11 Saracens

    Billy Twelvetrees lands the kick and Gloucester edge ahead.

  27. Try (Beaumont, con Cipriani)

    Sale 20-6 Worcester

    Sale crash over for their third try of the night and it's Josh Beaumont!

    The son of former England captain Bill touches down from the base of the scrum and Danny Cipriani adds the extras.

    Fantastic start from the Sharks after the break.

  28. Gloucester 9-11 Saracens

    Owen Farrell

    The referee isn't too impressed with Saracens centre Owen Farrell here, who seems to be appealing rather too vehemently for a decision.

    It goes against him at the breakdown - so Billy Twelvetrees calls for the tee.

  29. Kick-off

    Sale 13-6 Worcester

    Ryan Mills gets Warriors under way for the second half. 

    Dean Ryan's men have a big job on their hands if they are going to get back-to-back wins.

  30. Gloucester 9-11 Saracens

    A couple of scrums, a couple of resets. Same old story at set-piece time, isn't it?

    Twenty minutes left at Kingsholm.

  31. Gloucester 9-11 Saracens

    Richard Wigglesworth

    This game is threatening to spark - but poor decision making is costing both teams.

    Mike Ellery threatens to go over in the corner for his second try of the evening for Saracens but is just about halted and then, with numbers over, Richard Wigglesworth's pass to Jackson Wray is an unkind one and the whole thing fizzles out.

  32. Penalty (Twelvetrees)

    Gloucester 9-11 Saracens

    And Billy Twelvetrees splits the posts, so the deficit is back down to two points.

    But if only he'd passed. If only, if only.

  33. Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    Goodness me, eventually Sarries infringe at the breakdown and Billy Twelvetrees will have a kick at goal.

    The England man mouths "I didn't see you" to team-mate Jonny May, but the replays suggest he probably did. Perhaps he simply didn't back himself to arrow out the longish-range pass?

    Either way, here he comes from the tee...

  34. Half-time

    Sale 13-6 Worcester

    Steve Diamond

    It hasn't been a great first-half but Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond will probably be the happier of the two coaches with his side taking a narrow lead into half-time.

    Danny Cipriani and David Seymour crossed the whitewash for the hosts and Ryan Mills responded with two wonderful penalties from around 50 metres.

    Cipriani's kicking has been a bit wayward so far, missing a penalty and both conversions, but Worcester have really struggled to find much attacking momentum.

  35. Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    The game has exploded into life now, however, as the Cherry and Whites move up to the Sarries five-metre line.

    It had looked like a certain walk-in try for Jonny May wide left, but centre Billy Twelvetrees opted against the pass for some reason only known to himself.

    Still the hosts attack, to cries of "Glawwwssttterrr" around Kingsholm...

  36. Penalty (Cipriani)

    Sale 13-6 Worcester

    Danny Cipriani finally succeeds with a kick! Worcester are penalised after huge pressure from Sale in their 22 and the England fly-half has an easy penalty in front of the posts.

    And that's half-time.

  37. Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    It's been a scrappy old start to the second period in Gloucester too. Not much to report after the first five minutes or so.

    The Cherry and Whites have a line-out around 25 metres into their own half, which Richard Hibbard will deliver.

  38. Sale 10-6 Worcester

    Vadim Cobilas

    It's been a bit scrappy so far, not helped by a number of injuries.

    Worcester wing Cooper Vuna is the latest to go off with what looks like a head injury.

    He's replaced by Ben Howard. Seconds to go until half-time.

  39. Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    England coach Andy Farrell is in attendance this evening, taking time out at half-time to pose for pictures with home supporters.

  40. Kick-off

    Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    We're back under way at Kingsholm then. What's in store for us during the next 40 minutes?

  41. Sale 10-6 Worcester

    Sale's second try-scorer David Seymour is forced off through injury. 

    He's replaced by TJ Ioane.

    Three minutes until half-time.

  42. HT: Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

  43. Try (Seymour, missed con Cipriani)

    Sale 10-6 Worcester

    Worcester's lead lasts just a couple of minutes. 

    Sale's forward pack sets up a fine driving maul and David Seymour crashes over for the hosts.

    But Danny Cipriani is having a bit of a nightmare with the boot so far and sends his second conversion wide.

    Five minutes to go until half-time.

  44. Penalty (Mills)

    Sale 5-6 Worcester

    Sale v Worcester

    Sale's Ross Harrison is penalised at the scrum and Worcester are given the penalty just in front of halfway.

    Ryan Mills steps up for another huge kick and connects sweetly to send it through the posts. Two superb kicks from the youngster so far.

    Just before that, Worcester's Nick Schonert limped off and was replaced by Joe Rees.

  45. HT: Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    Just five points in it at the break with a game threatening to break out at Kingsholm.

    An obsession from both sides in kicking for territory is spoiling this a contest though.

  46. Half-time

    Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    So Sarries lead by five at the break, although I reckon the home side have probably shaded possession and territory.

    James Hook's last-gasp penalty won it for Gloucester in this fixture last season - what odds on some similar drama tonight?

  47. Penalty (Farrell)

    Gloucester 6-11 Saracens

    Yes, yes there will be a late sting in the tail.

    Gloucester are penalised for failing to roll away and centre Owen Farrell lands a three-pointer from a fair way out.

  48. Missed penalty (Cipriani)

    Sale 5-3 Worcester

    Worcester are penalised for not rolling away and up steps the Sale try-scorer Danny Cipriani.

    But the England man can't find the target as the ball sails wide of the left post.

    Two from two missed so far.

  49. Gloucester 6-8 Saracens

    A couple of minutes to go until the break, Saracens scrum on halfway.

    Any late sting in the tail of this first half?

  50. Penalty (Twelvetrees)

    Gloucester 6-8 Saracens

    The hosts continue to chip away at Saracens' lead as Billy Twelvetrees lands another penalty, this time from around 40 metres, to give us a two-point game at Kingsholm.

  51. Penalty (Mills)

    Sale 5-3 Worcester

    Just as I said Worcester are struggling to get into the game they put some points on the board.

    Sharks concede a penalty at the scrum and Ryan Mills decides to go for the posts from around 50 metres out.

    The 23-year-old makes it look easy though and slots it through the middle. Fantastic kick from the fly-half.

  52. Gloucester 3-8 Saracens

    Here comes big Ben - Gloucester number eight Morgan is on the charge, making himself a good 10 metres inside his own half.

    He was busy defending his fitness earlier this week - and it was, of course, this very fixture in which he broke his leg last season.

  53. Sale 5-0 Worcester

    Sale have won the last six games against Worcester and Warriors won't take too much heart from their start here.

    It's been all Sale so far, as the visitors struggle to get out of their own half.

    Still only 15 minutes on the clock though, so still plenty of time for things to change.

  54. Penalty (Twelvetrees)

    Gloucester 3-8 Saracens

    The Cherry and Whites do have some reward now though, as their pack this time draw a penalty at the scrum and captain fantastic Billy Twelvetrees splits the posts from a slight angle.

    Around 12 minutes to go until half-time.

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  56. Disallowed try

    Gloucester 0-8 Saracens

    The natives don't sound too happy at Kingsholm, as Ben Morgan sneaks over behind a driving maul - but the referee's whistle had already gone, he'd already asked Gloucester to use the ball after the shove had been halted.

  57. Penalty (Hodgson)

    Gloucester 0-8 Saracens

    After Chris Ashton sends a cheeky wee grubber through Gloucester full-back Charlie Sharples is forced to dot the ball down behind his own line, which means Sarries have a five-metre scrum.

    They win another penalty at the set-piece too - and this time Charlie Hodgson's radar is just about right as he kicks Saracens into an eight-point lead.

  58. Try (Cipriani, missed con Cipriani)

    Sale 5-0 Worcester

    Danny Cipriani

    Danny Cipriani has been instrumental in the opening few minutes for Sale and it's the England fly-half who opens the scoring for the hosts.

    He manages to find a gap in the Warriors defence after a driving maul from the forwards and touches down.

    He misses the conversion, but an ideal start for Sale after last week's thumping.

  59. Gloucester 0-5 Saracens

    The clock has been stopped on 17 minutes at Kingsholm as the two packs take a brief breather before getting down to business.

    Richard Wigglesworth inserts at last, and it's a decent old nudge from Sarries too - who recycle the ball and move up field.

  60. Kick-off

    Sale 0-0 Worcester

    Sale fly-half Danny Cipriani gets us under way in Greater Manchester.

    Can Worcester make it two wins from two, or will Sale bounce back after last week's big defeat at Saracens?

  61. Try (Ellery, missed con Hodgson)

    Gloucester 0-5 Saracens

    And it all leads to a try.

    The visitors switch the ball inside to Owen Farrell, who breaks the first tackle to make some precious metres.

    Eventually he's sent tumbling, but the damage had already been done, and Mike Ellery is left with a relatively simple finish in the corner.

    Charlie Hodgson's conversion misses, but Saracens strike first.

  62. Gloucester 0-0 Saracens

    A bit of confusion at Kingsholm, as Alex Goode and the touch judge thinks he's dragged Bill Meakes out of play - but they're both looking at the wrong line, painted for the World Cup but narrow than what we're using this evening.

    It'll be a line-out, nonetheless, from which Sarries win a penalty and then kick to the corner.

  63. Post update

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    The teams are making their way out at the AJ Bell Stadium to a rapturous reception.

    A couple of minutes until we get under way.

  64. Gloucester 0-0 Saracens

    We started with five of England's World Cup squad on the pitch - and now another has joined us.

    Neil de Kock has picked up an early knock so limps off, and he's replaced at scrum-half by Richard Wigglesworth.

  65. Gloucester 0-0 Saracens

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    Almost an embarrassing groan around Kingsholm as that penalty sails well, well wide.

  66. Post update

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    Nathan Middleton

    BBC Radio Manchester

    I briefly chatted to Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond as his team entered the ground and he was in a relaxed mood, all smiles and looking forward to the game. 

    His Worcester counterpart Dean Ryan has been on the pitch watching his squad go through their warm up in his tracksuit, with a more serious look on his face.

  67. Missed penalty (Twelvetrees)

    Gloucester 0-0 Saracens

    Billy Twelvetrees was the man with the golden boot seven days ago, kicking nine penalties against Newcastle, but he's well wide with an early shot at goal from the tee here after Sarries are penalised for drifting offside.

  68. Post update

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

  69. Gloucester 0-0 Saracens

    More on that Saracens kit, which my colleague at Kingsholm Nabil Hassan has just described to me as "shocking".

    To paint a picture, the top two-thirds of the shirt are blue, which gradually fades to grey, which is then also the colour of the shorts and socks. Yeah, it's different.

    Gloucester are on the attack down the left-hand side, up to Sarries' 22.

  70. Kick-off

    Gloucester 0-0 Saracens

    Right then, let's get cracking. Charlie Hodgson - not Owen Farrell - tonks the ball long and we're under way at Kingsholm.

  71. Post update

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

  72. The teams are out at Kingsholm...

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    Here come the boys under the Friday night lights in Gloucester.

    The Cherry and Whites are in cherry and white, Saracens in a dashing shade of blue.

    Kick-off is moments away.

  73. Post update

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    Speaking of late withdrawals and replacements...

  74. Team news

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    We have a bit more last-gasp team news to bring you as we march towards kick-off at Kingsholm.

    Gloucester's Mark Atkinson has withdrawn following the warm up and is replaced on the bench by Rob Cook.

  75. Post update

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

  76. Post update

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    Nathan Middleton

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Friday night rugby is back for Sale Sharks as on a mild October evening in Salford.

    To say a second match of the season is a 'must-win' might sound strange, but with the Sharks getting thumped at Saracens last week, another loss here would be disastrous for their season ambitions of top six and you'd imagine they would be looking at a season of struggle.

    That said, Sale have lost just once here in 2015 and won eight of their 11 Premiership games on this ground last season, so they will be hoping for something similar tonight.

  77. Team news

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    Dean Ryan's Worcester Warriors are unchanged from the side which kept their nerve for the last-gasp win over Northampton at Sixways.

    New signing Tevita Cavubati could be in line for his debut from the bench.

    Prop Val Rapava Ruskin, a late drop-out last week, is fit enough to also make the Warriors bench, which includes last season's Championship play-off final hero Ryan Lamb, whose last-minute penalty won Ryan's side their place back in the Premiership.

    Worcester XV

    Replacements: George, Rapava Ruskin, Rees, Cavubati, Cox, Mulchrone, Lamb, Howard.  

  78. Team news

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    Sale Sharks make three changes from Saturday's heavy defeat at Saracens.

    Centre Johnny Leota is back from World Cup duty for Samoa, Jonathan Mills is in at lock and prop Vadim Cobilas makes his 100th appearance for the Sharks.

    Sale also have their other Samoa international, TJ Ioane, back on the bench, along with Russian lock Andrei Ostrikov.

    Josh Beaumont switches from the second row to number eight, while centre Sam Tuitupou plays against his old club.

    Sale XV

    Replacements: Briggs, Flynn, Mujati, Ostrikov, Ioane, Stringer, Macleod, James.

  79. BBC coverage

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport at Kingsholm

    Huge roar as the Gloucester team go through their drills in front of the world-famous Shed. Spine tingling.

  80. Team news

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    England trio Owen Farrell, George Kruis and Mako Vunipola return to Saracens' starting XV, with Rhys Gill, Maro Itoje and Duncan Taylor dropping out.

    Farrell, most notably, will play at centre tonight, with Charlie Hodgson resuming at number 10.

    Sarries have made a late change too as Tim Streather is out with a back complaint. Nick Tompkins replaces him.

    Club captain Alistair Hargreaves is named among the replacements following Achilles trouble.


    Replacements: Saunders, Gill, Lamositele, Hargreaves, Fraser, Wigglesworth, Mordt, Ransom.

  81. Team news

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    Gloucester make five changes to the team which won at Newcastle, with England internationals Jonny May and Ben Morgan coming in to the side.

    David Halaifonua, James Hook and Sione Kalamafoni are also handed starts.

    Gloucester XV

    Replacements: Lindsay, Thomas, Doran-Jones, Stooke, Rowan, Braley, McColl, Atkinson.

  82. BBC coverage

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    Nathan Middleton

    BBC Radio Manchester

  83. Heathcote's heroics

    Sale v Worcester (20:00 BST)

    Tom Heathcote

    Worcester made a winning return to the Premiership as Tom Heathcote's injury-time drop-goal earned them a 13-12 win over Northampton at Sixways.

    Northampton stand-off Stephen Myler appeared to have won it for Saints on 78 minutes with his fourth penalty.

    But Heathcote made up for three second-half penalty misses as his drop-goal had just enough legs to make it over the posts.

    And, as we've just mentioned, it was a difficult old first afternoon of the season for Sale Sharks at Saracens.

  84. Twelvetrees on target

    Gloucester v Saracens (19:45 BST)

    Billy Twelvetrees

    So then, what might you have missed from last week?

    Gloucester captain Billy Twelvetrees kicked 29 points as the Cherry and Whites held off a second-half Newcastle fightback to record a 39-27 win.

    The 26-year-old slotted nine penalties and a conversion to add to tries from Matt Kvesic and Charlie Sharples.

    Saracens got their title defence off to the ideal start with a 41-3 thumping of Sale.

    Mike Ellery ran in a try either side of half-time, while Michael Rhodes, Tim Streather and Will Fraser also crossed the whitewash for Mark McCall's side.

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    You can do just that not only by text - but also via local BBC radio, which you can access by tapping the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

    We'd welcome your input tonight too, and you can get in touch with us during the next couple of hours by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

  86. Post update

    Owen Farrell

    Twenty days. Twenty whole days! Where has the time gone?

    It seems barely believable now, that disastrous evening at Twickenham, when English dreams were shattered and the biggest party in rugby union was left without its host, was almost three weeks ago.

    Of course, the World Cup rolls on, a weekend of semi-final action to look forward to.

    But so does the Premiership, tonight reacquainted with five of its England stars. And you can follow every minute of this evening's fun and games right here.

  87. Post update

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    Gloucester v Saracens - BBC Radio Gloucestershire - (19:45 BST)

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