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Phil Shepka and Brendon Mitchell

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  1. That's a wrap

    That just about concludes our coverage of this afternoon's Premiership rugby. Sale Sharks are back into the top six and London Irish are on the brink of relegation.

    Click the links below to read more about both of those matches but, until next time, it's goodbye from us!

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    FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

  3. FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    What does that result mean for the league table then? Well, in short, it doesn't look great for London Irish.

    The Exiles, bottom of the table, are now seven points adrift of Newcastle Falcons with two rounds remaining.

    London Irish face Harlequins and Wasps in their final two matches, while Newcastle take on Saracens and Sale.

  4. FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Quote Message: It's been a hard season for us, with a young group of guys. We've been giving it 100% every game and some games we come up short, but today we showed our determination as a team. from Nili Latu Newcastle number eight on BT Sport
    Nili LatuNewcastle number eight on BT Sport
  5. FT: Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Contrasting reactions at full-time...

  6. Full-time

    Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Newcastle celebrate

    Newcastle Falcons have done it! Wayne Barnes blows the final whistle and, although London Irish aren't mathematically down just yet, they are surely all but after today.

  7. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    It doesn't look like it, as an Exiles knock-on leaves the ball in Newcastle hands once more. Sixty seconds remain.

  8. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    The visitors have the ball back now though, Sean Maitland making some ground down the right. They're into the Falcons half, is there a late twist in the tale?

  9. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Three minutes left, Newcastle scrum after London Irish knocked on in the tackle. This game edging towards a conclusion.

  10. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    We're into the final five minutes and Newcastle are working through some phases of their own now, just inside the London Irish half. They may be just about there...

  11. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    The ball goes forward four metres short of the line, the chance goes begging and, if you're an Exiles fan, I can only apologise for sounding like a broken record.

  12. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Here come London Irish once more, back into that 22 again. Newcastle's defence has been incredible, it must be said, but can they hold out for another eight minutes?...

  13. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    But Asaeli Tikoirotuma is penalised for playing the ball on the floor and once again all of London Irish's fine attacking work is undone. The pattern of the match, the pattern of their season.

  14. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Alex Lewington

    Am I overstating it to suggest London Irish have 12 minutes to save their Premiership status? I don't think so.

    They're on the attack again, this time 22 metres from Newcastle's try line...

  15. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Goodness me - so close! Shane Geraghty chips wide, Andrew Fenby races desperately after it... But the bounce of a rugby ball, nothing more than that, is against him and it bounces out of play. So unlucky.

    You said it, London Irish media people.

  16. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    Still London Irish come forward, into a 20th phase! They're five metres short of the line - can they spread it wide?...

  17. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    One match down, one to go.

    We're into the final 20 minutes at Kingston Park and London Irish are looking better and better here. They're back into Newcastle's 22, their handling sure, their breakdown support plentiful, their attacking quick and concise...

  18. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    No! Don't drop it now, Blair Cowan!

    More London Irish frustration. Scrum down, Falcons put in.

  19. Full-time

    Sale 29-17 Bath

    Sale v Bath

    Peter Stringer drags the ball out of play and Sale have the victory that takes them into the top six of the Premiership.

  20. Newcastle 13-6 London Irish

    London Irish are streaming forward, their best passage of play in this match. This is your moment, Exiles, it has to be...