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Summary

  1. Full-time: Northampton 20-19 Exeter
  2. Mallinder kicks late penalty to win it for Saints
  3. Full-time: Bristol 0-39 Saracens
  4. Two tries for Saracens from Alex Lozowski

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By Brendon Mitchell and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from us

That otherwise concludes our coverage of tonight's Premiership rugby.

We'll be back with more live text and radio commentary at about 14:15 BST tomorrow - so, until then, it's goodnight from us.

Still to come...

Saturday's rugby
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Tonight's two games may well be done and dusted, but that's not the end of our coverage for the weekend.

Here's what's else is on the agenda...

Saturday:

  • Sale v Leicester (14:30 BST)
  • Gloucester v Bath (15:00 BST)

Sunday:

  • Wasps v Harlequins (14:30 BST)
  • Worcester v Newcastle (15:00 BST)

RECAP: Saracens ease to victory at Bristol

Bristol 0-39 Saracens

Chris Wyles
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Defending champions Saracens returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion against still winless Bristol. 

Fly-half Alex Lozowski scored a try in either half, while Chris Wyles and Jamie George made sure of a bonus point with two more for Mark McCall's side.

England second row George Kruis added a fifth score before full-time on his return to action.

Bristol failed to put a point on the board and have now lost all five of their opening Premiership matches.

RECAP: Northampton come back to beat Exeter

Northampton 20-19 Exeter

Harry Mallinder
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Wales wing George North starred as Northampton came back from 13-0 down to beat Exeter at Franklin's Gardens.

The 24-year-old scored his third try in four games before teeing up debutant Rory Hutchinson to edge Saints ahead at half-time, after Olly Woodburn had crossed to put the visitors in command.

Exeter retook the lead after the break, Gareth Steenson passing 2,000 points for the club to put Exeter 19-14 up.

But Harry Mallinder kicked two late penalties snatch victory for the hosts.

FT: Northampton 20-19 Exeter

Northampton Saints fly-half Harry Mallinder tells BT Sport:

"We just wanted to convert those chances we've been creating. It was a bit scrappy but we got there in the end.

"I'm pleased to have got the late kick to win it - it's one I should've got too."

Full-time

Bristol 0-39 Saracens

Time up at Ashton Gate and a tough night is over for Bristol...

You can't get on an emotional rollercoaster after a result like that as the games come thick and fast in this league. Bristol's main focus has got to be improving the performance. I'm sure if they do that, the results will start to come. But, they can't just turn up and assume it will click for them.

Alan MartinovichBristol Rugby head of recruitment on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Kruis, con Lozowski)

Bristol 0-39 Saracens

George Kruis try
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And there's still time for one more try from Saracens.

More sloppy mistakes from Bristol are punished and it's a very simple score for the returning George Kruis.

Alex Lozowski adds the conversion with the final kick of the evening.

Bristol 0-32 Saracens

Closing couple of minutes meanwhile at Ashton Gate, but it's all rather academic.

George Perkins thought he'd added a fifth try for Saracens but it was adjudged not to have been grounded properly by the TMO.

Full-time

Northampton 20-19 Exeter

Harry Mallinder
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Harry Mallinder's late penalty has given Northampton Saints victory over Exeter Chiefs, meaning they avoid a third straight home defeat.

A really decent watch at Franklin's Gardens.

Penalty (Mallinder)

Northampton 20-19 Exeter

Harry Mallinder lands the kick - just!

Northampton Saints, who trailed 13-0 in the first half and again by five points in the second, are one point up with a couple of minutes to go.

Northampton 17-19 Exeter

And now Northampton have a penalty! Harry Mallinder calls for the tee, a huge opportunity for the hosts...

Northampton 17-19 Exeter

Northampton are on the charge here though, knocking hard on the Exeter door, five metres from the line, phase after phase...

Try (George, missed con Lozowski)

Bristol 0-32 Saracens

Bonus point in the bag for Saracens as Jamie George is the man to force their fourth try of the night.

Rolling maul finds the hooker on the end of it and Saracens had ruthlessly worked themselves up the field with five penalties.

First kick of the night missed though off the tee. Nine minutes to play.

Northampton 17-19 Exeter

Gareth Steenson
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We're into the final seven minutes at Franklin's Gardens, where Gareth Steenson's 14 points - during which time he has passed 2,000 for Exeter Chiefs - has the visitors edging towards victory.

Bristol 0-27 Saracens

Bristol finally get the chance to go deep into Saracens' 22, but as they try to find a final phase from three metres out, it goes loose in the hands.

Groans from the crowd at Ashton Gate and Saracens can clear their lines once more. Into the last 14 minutes.

Penalty (Mallinder)

Northampton 17-19 Exeter

Ah, but that's cancelled that out. A penalty straight from the restart allows Harry Mallinder to drag Saints back to within two points once more.

Penalty (Steenson)

Northampton 14-19 Exeter

Gareth Steenson splits the sticks and Exeter's advantage is five points, even though they've not had too much of a sniff in this second period. 

Northampton 14-16 Exeter

Ollie Devoto
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I tell you what, Exeter are growing into this second half now, working their way into a 12th phase to move to about seven or so metres from the Northampton line.

And now Exeter have a penalty too - time for tee?

Try (Wyles, con Lozowski)

Bristol 0-27 Saracens

Chris Wyles try
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It's all sadly getting away from Bristol now as some missed tackles are being punished by Saracens.

Chris Wyles manages to fly through one of them to get their third try of the night on 59 minutes.

Alex Lozowski takes over kicking duties from Ben Spencer to add the conversion.

Northampton 14-16 Exeter

Yet another Saints attack comes to nothing - this time because of a knock on deep inside the Chiefs 22.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder will be keen to make one of these moves count soon, needless to say.

Bristol 0-20 Saracens

Still not a lot of ball-in-hand for Bristol as we also approach the hour mark at Ashton Gate.

Saracens haven't been at their flourishing best this evening, but it hasn't really mattered.

Ben Spencer
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Northampton 14-16 Exeter

We're meandering towards the hour mark at Franklin's Gardens, where Saints continue to have the better of ball and territory but still trail after that Gareth Steenson penalty.

They have a line-out about 10 metres from the Chiefs line.

Penalty (Steenson)

Northampton 14-16 Exeter

That's altered the complexion of this game a little, however. A collapsed scrum, a slip from Ben Foden and an infringement from Alex Waller makes for a sloppy couple of minutes from Northampton and an opportunity from the tee for Gareth Steenson, who edges Exeter back ahead.

Try (Lozowski, con Spencer)

Bristol 0-20 Saracens

Alex Lozowski
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Try time again for Saracens and Alex Lozowski.

Bristol back Adrian Jarvis has his clearance kicked charged down and Lozowski is just there in time to chase it down and get a decisive hand on the ball.

Also keeps his feet inside the whitewash after we go upstairs for another look. Ben Spencer maintains his perfect record with the kicking tee to add the conversion.

46' Try! @alexlozowski has scored again after charging down a Bristol clearance kick. Unbelivable effort from the Sarries No10

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

Jamie Gibson
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We've absolutely raced through the first 10 minutes of the second half, and Northampton are now just starting to take charge of things again.

Exeter have the put in at a scrum, but it's about midway inside their own half and in exactly the sort of area the home side will be happy to keep them.

Penalty (Spencer)

Bristol 0-13 Saracens

Couple of minutes of the second half played and Saracens penalise Bristol's first infringement with three more points from Ben Spencer's boot.

Prop Kyle Traynor pinned for not rolling away.

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

If the first half was spectacular, the second has been little more than scrappy.

A handful of handling errors and a couple of reset scrums, but no real opportunities for either team going forward.

Kick-off

Bristol 0-10 Saracens

We're back under way at Ashton Gate after a slightly delayed half-time.

No points for the visitors as yet, but there's been some decent spells from Andy Robinson's men and Saracens have not been at full tilt just yet.

Jon Fisher and Mako Vunipola
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Kick-off

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

We're back under way at Franklin's Gardens then, where Northampton have come from 13-0 down to lead 14-13.

What will the second half have in store for us?

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HT: Bristol 0-10 Saracens

Tusi Pisi catch
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Bristol put themselves under some pressure by making mistakes and taking easy-outs. In the second half, they need to try and find a way through this Saracens pack by holding on to the ball and building pressure that way. Saracens will not be best pleased at their first-half display, they'll feel they left some points out there.

Alan MartinovichBristol Rugby head of recruitment on BBC Radio Bristol

Half-time

Bristol 0-10 Saracens

Alex Lozowski try
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They're a bit slower on the clock at Ashton Gate tonight than they are at Franklin's Gardens.

Half-time arrives and despite not having anything to show on the scoreboard, Bristol have had their moments.

Saracens have the lead though courtesy of Alex Lozowski's try and the boot of Ben Spencer with a conversion and a penalty.

Half-time

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

Rory Hutchinson
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That's been a belting opening 40 minutes, capped by a simply magnificent debut try for the late replacement Rory Hutchinson.

It's still all to play for at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

But that latest passage of play fizzles out when Harry Mallinder drags an ambitious drop-goal attempt just wide of the sticks.

All the while, check out this little picture in from Alex...

Perfect night at Franklin's Gardens. Very bright start from Exeter... #bbcrugby #AvivaPrem

Perfect night at Franklin's Gardens. Very bright start from Exeter... #bbcrugby #AvivaPrem

... A fair bit's changed since that bright start from Exeter, mind you.

Bristol 0-10 Saracens

Billy Vunipola
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Still all Saracens on the scoreboard at Ashton Gate and some notable carries from Billy Vunipola.

But, Brad Barritt is stopped just short of the line from adding a second try and some more spirited defence by Bristol is keeping them and their home support in this one.

Just under 10 minutes to half-time.

28" - Saracens asking the questions, but #BristolRugby hold firm once again. Spirited showing from the hosts to protect their line. #BRIvSAR

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

Exeter are all over the shop here, as Olly Woodburn spills a high ball deep inside his own half and then Ollie Devoto's aimless run and pass forces Will Chudley into a rushed clearance.

This has been a half of two halves, if you catch my drift. Northampton are on the attack again.

Bristol 0-10 Saracens

Saracens still well on top in this one after Bristol had made a promising start.

But, Sarries starving Bristol of the ball now and forcing infringements as well inside the hosts' half.

Returning second row George Kruis certainly having an impact at the set piece.

George Kruis
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Missed penalty (Steenson)

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

Gareth Steenson
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It was all going right for Exeter a few minutes ago, but now they're well and truly rattled - a matter compounded by Gareth Steenson's miss from the tee after Northampton had been pinged at the breakdown.

Penalty (Spencer)

Bristol 0-10 Saracens

Twenty-two minutes gone at Ashton Gate and Saracens add another three points through the boot of Ben Spencer.

Bristol punished for some indiscipline on the floor for not releasing.

Try (Hutchinson, con Mallinder)

Northampton 14-13 Exeter

Wowzers - the try of the Premiership season so far, no doubt.

George North is the creator this time, running the ball from deep, deep inside his own half, first breaking the line and then jinking his way around a hopeless tackler on halfway.

The Welshman is running out of room down the left now, but can he pick out a team-mate? You bet he can - and two passes later the debutant Rory Hutchinson is in for a try he'll do well to better.

The conversion is good and within the space of about 90 seconds Northampton go from 13-0 down to 14-0 ahead.

OMG!!!! What a beauty you Saints!!! What a tryyyyyy!!!! On his debut: Roryyyyy Hutchinsonnnnnn