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Exeter 11-5 Saracens

Charlie Hodgson gets us going with the wind behind him and his Saracens team mates in the second-half.

London Irish 10-3 Worcester

We are back under way at the Madejski Stadium.

Can bottom club London Irish hold on for their third victory of the Premiership season? 

Six Nations

HT: Exeter 11-5 Saracens, London Irish 10-3 Worcester

Rory Best and Sam Warburton
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You could say the Premiership is the delicious starter to the main course that is the Six Nations.

After wins for France and England yesterday, Ireland and Wales will be looking to start their campaign with a win in the 15:00 GMT kick-off. 

Following the conclusion of these two matches, you can follow the match on 5 live sports extra as well as a live text commentary service.

HT: London Irish 10-3 Worcester

We've certainly created a number of opportunities. I think the strategy we've spoken about during the week is working - we need to be clinical in the 22.

Brendan McKibbinInjured London Irish scrum-half


Exeter 11-5 Saracens

James Short's try and two Gareth Steenson penalties mean that Exeter will be going top if the result stays like this. 

Saracens, however, will be buoyed by that try just before the break and will have the strong wind behind them in the second half. 

Game on.


London Irish 10-3 Worcester

Irish win a penalty off the scrum and kick for the five-metre line - but they cough up possession and Wayne Barnes blows for half-time soon after.

Very much an attritional battle at the Madejski Stadium.

HALF-TIME: London Irish 10-3 Warriors #COYW

HALF-TIME: London Irish 10-3 Warriors #COYW

Try (Vunisa, missed con)

Exeter 11-5 Saracens

We spent a good few minutes with the Television Match Official there as this was a tricky call.

Italian number eight Samuela Vunisa definitely crosses the line with the ball but there was an issue with the grounding, if it was held and and one or two other bits to sort.

The try is given though as the ball is adjudged to have touched the white try line and Charlie Hodgson is unable to get his get anywhere near the posts in the wind.

38min | T-R-Y!!! Vunisa crosses for the score for @Saracens . That's four tries in four appearances for the giant No8 #SarriesLive

London Irish 10-3 Worcester

London Irish so close to a try with two minutes to go in the first half.

The hosts work the ball out well to Andrew Fenby, but he fumbles before he can spray out to Ciaran Hearn, who would have had a free run at the line.

Try review (Saracens)

Exeter 11-0 Saracens

Saracens have pushed over a driving maul from a line-out and look to have touched down, but we are with the TMO to decide if the ball was grounded.

Exeter 11-0 Saracens

First real sight of continued Saracens pressure as they win a succession of penalties inside the Exeter 22.

They go for the line-out for a third time... but Exeter steal the ball as it's throw up!

Top defensive effort from the Chiefs that.

Penalty (Geraghty)

London Irish 10-3 Worcester

Shane Geraghty makes no mistake from the tee right in front of the posts.

London Irish seven points clear with a few minutes left in the first half.

London Irish 7-3 Worcester

Bonkers few seconds at the Madejski Stadium.

Worcester winger Bryce Heem makes a try-saving tackle on Topsy Ojo, but is shown a yellow card soon after by referee Wayne Barnes - who comically got caught up in play.

Warriors down to 14 men and with a penalty to come...

Penalty (Steenson)

Exeter 11-0 Saracens

Pressure has equalled points for Rob Baxter's side.

Another penalty is won, this time from a scrum, and Exeter decide to take the points as they're closer to the posts.

Gareth Steenson boots over his second kick of the afternoon.

London Irish 7-3 Worcester

London Irish have had numerous line-outs around the Worcester 22 so far today, and they almost get through again, but Topsy Ojo can't get on the end of a kick through - instead Cooper Vuna clears the danger.

Exeter 8-0 Saracens

Exeter win a couple of penalties 5 metres away from the Saracens try line, but both times they go for the line-out and are just stopped by the defence.

The blue-and-grey shirts of the visitors are holding on a bit here, camped inside their own 22.

Olly Woodburn
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Penalty (Mills)

London Irish 7-3 Worcester

Ryan Mills has his side on the board against the Premiership's bottom club with a kick from quite some distance. 

In the context of the relegation battle, this match is huge.

Exeter 8-0 Saracens

Ollie Atkins has the ball down over the try line again for Exeter, but the referee had already blown up for an earlier infringement.

Saracens are certainly getting more territory in this wind but the hosts are on top - apparently they have had over 70% of the possession so far.

London Irish 7-0 Worcester

Worcester are struggling to get close to their opponent's line, and after a period of pressure in the Irish half, they are penalised for not releasing.

It must be said, when you have a guy as big as Halani Aulika on top of you, it must be hard to roll the ball away...

Try (Hearn, con Geraghty)

London 7-0 Worcester

We've had to wait 18 minutes for the first score, but it was well worth the wait.

Worcester's Chris Pennell tries to break through in his own half, but Irish turn the ball over and Ciaran Hearn spotted a gap, kicks over the top of a couple of Worcester players and ran in unopposed under the posts for his second try for the club.

Shane Geraghty then converts the easiest of conversions.

Try (Short, missed con)

Exeter 8-0 Saracens

Former Saracens man James Short continues his excellent recent try-scoring record.

It comes from a Sarries attack as Charlie Hodgson tries to offload close to the try line - but the Exeter winger reads it perfectly and runs the length of the field to touch down.

Gareth Steenson unable to add the extras out wide.

James Short
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No try (Aulika)

London Irish 0-0 Worcester

London Irish work the line-out well and keep the pressure up on Worcester, the forwards inching closer to the line before Halani Aulika things he has the ball grounded.

The referee refers upstairs an the TMO rules there was a high challenge in the build up.

Exeter 3-0 Saracens

Much like in the majority of the games so far this weekend, the weather is causing problems.

Saracens, against the wind, are struggling to get any territory on their kicks at the moment and Exeter are running it back hard.

Chiefs winger James Short has just made an excellent break, beating three defenders, but it has not quite been a spectacle you'd expect of the top two yet.

London Irish 0-0 Worcester

Worcester are at a place they don't particularly like - having not won at the Madejski Stadium since September 2005.

Warriors concede a penalty inside their opponents half, and Shane Geraghty kicks it out along the 22-metre line.

Penalty (Steenson)

Exeter 3-0 Saracens

The Chiefs bright start has been rewarded.

Saracens' Samuela Vunisa, in for England number eight Billy Vunipola, is penalised for going over the ball and the Exeter number 10 Gareth Steenson slots an easy kick.

Exeter 0-0 Saracens

Not many people have been able to stop Thomas 'The Tank' Waldrom this season, but in his first charge Saracens winger Mike Ellery drives him back in the tackle.

Bright start by the Chiefs deep in Sarries territory at the moment.

Missed penalty (Geraghty)

London Irish 0-0 Worcester

London Irish have started the match on the front foot, pinning Worcester about five metres from the tryline, but the referee pulls it back for a penalty about 25 metres out on the left-hand side.

Shane Geraghty, though, skews wide of the mark.

We've also had an incredibly late change for Worcester at fly-half as Ryan Lamb starts in place of Tom Heathcote.


Exeter 0-0 Saracens

We're underway at Sandy Park through Gareth Steenson.

Exeter in their all black home hit while Saracens are in their changed controversial grey and blue outfit.

Who will be top of the Premiership tonight?


London Irish 0-0 Worcester

We are under way at the Madejski Stadium for a clash between two sides that have both only won twice this season in the Premiership.


As well as following our live text this afternoon, you can also get the rugby action in your ears.

Exeter against Saracens is being covered by BBC Radio Devon while both London Irish taking on Worcester can listened to on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Hereford and Worcester.

All of the matches are available using the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of the page where you will also find a Yorkshire Carnegie v Cornish Pirates in the Championship.

How the table lies

So, as I mentioned there are consequences at both ends of the table today. Whoever wins at Sandy Park will go top - unless Exeter win and Saracens secure a losing and try scoring bonus point in the same match of course...

Premiership table top
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Bottom-of-the-table London Irish know if they score four tries today, win and stop Worcester from getting a bonus point then they'll be up to the giddy heights of 10th place.

Premiership bottom table
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Team news

London Irish v Worcester (13:00 GMT)

Worcester make just one change for the crunch clash at the Madejski Stadium.

Matt Cox comes in at openside flanker in place of Marco Mama as the Warriors look to widen the gap between themselves and the home side.

Worcester team
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Replacements: Bregvadze, Rapava Ruskin, Johnston, Sanderson, Mama, Mulchrone, Lamb, Symons  

Team news

London Irish v Worcester (13:00 GMT)

London Irish will be without back row Ofisa Treviranus, who suffered concussion against Sale.

Tom Coventry has been forced into a late change with scrum-half Brendan McKibbin out with a hamstring injury so Scott Steele starts - Andrew Fenby, Fergus Mulchrone, Jebb Sinclair and Rob McCusker are the other four changes in the Irish starting XV, with new signing Ian Nagle named on the bench.

Irish team
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Replacements: Ellis, Smallbone, Halavatau, Nagle, Guest, Allinson, Williams, Brophy Clews.  

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Looking at the BBC Weather website for Exeter it could get a little bit wet around Sandy Park today, with light rain expected around kick-off and heavy rain forecast from around 14:00 GMT...

Good morning on top of the @premrugby table clash. Safe journey to all from @Saracens. Amphibious craft advised.

That could make things difficult for both sides to play their rugby, but I don't think Saracens forward Jacques Burger will care too much...

Meanwhile in the clash at the other end of the table, there's a milestone for one London Irish stalwart against Worcester...

London Irish's @topsy_ojo will wear this jersey for the 250th time this afternoon. #ClubLegend #RecordTryScorer

London Irish's @topsy_ojo will wear this jersey for the 250th time this afternoon. #ClubLegend #RecordTryScorer

Basement battle

London Irish v Worcester (13:00 GMT)

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

It's not often that coaches openly say a game is a "huge" one, but that's one of the words London Irish head coach Tom Coventry used to describe this meeting of 12th v 10th.

Irish, with just two wins so far this season and no bonus points, know they have to get something from this game to avoid being cut adrift at the halfway point of the campaign.

The face a Worcester side on a run of 11 straight defeats and without an away win against Irish in more than a decade.

Team news

Exeter v Saracens (13:00 GMT)

Maro Itoje is dropped in favour of Hayden Smith as Saracens make five changes from the side which beat Bath.

Marcelo Bosch drops out while winger Duncan Taylor is in Scotland's squad to face England at Murrayfield.

Michael Rhodes gets the nod at blindside flanker in a completely changed back-row, with Jacques Burger dropping to the bench in favour of Kelly Brown and Jackson Wray moving to number eight.

Replacements: Saunders, Gill, Lamositele, Itoje, Burger, Spencer, Mordt, Earle.  

Team news

Exeter v Saracens (13:00 GMT)

Exeter make five changes for their top-of-the-table match against Premiership leaders Saracens at Sandy Park.

Jack Yeandle returns to the front row with Ben Moon and Moray Low coming in alongside him, while Ollie Atkins starts at lock and Sam Hill at centre.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Hepburn, Williams, Stevenson, Horstmann, Lewis, Hooley, Bodilly.  


It's the opening Six Nations weekend, so what better way to whet your appetite before Ireland v Wales kicks off at 15:00 GMT with some quality domestic action.

In the Premiership we have the tasty prospect of the top two in action at Sandy Park - while at the other end of the table London Irish and Worcester are both desperate for points to move away from bottom.

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