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  1. FT: Leicester 19-11 Northampton
  2. Both sides had a player sin-binned in the first half for separate incidents
  3. Saints' North returns after head injury assessment
  4. FT: Bath 14-11 Saracens
  5. FT: Gloucester 26-18 Bristol
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By Matt Newsum

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What a day...

Right, what a day. Eddie Jones' England go a year unbeaten, polishing off Australia in the process.

Leicester win the East Midlands derby, denying Northampton a bonus point...

Bristol give Gloucester a late scare but they too miss out on a losing bonus point...

And let's not forget Bath beat champions Saracens!

There's even more to come tomorrow on BBC Sport with Newcastle v Harlequins and Worcester v Wasps.

Refresh yourselves this evening, and join us again tomorrow.

Until then - thank you and goodnight!

Tigers prevail in tense East Midlands derby against Saints

Leicester 19-11 Northampton

And the last recap before we sign off for another day...

Adam Thompstone scores a try but is sin-binned soon after as Leicester overcome Northampton in a fierce East Midlands derby.

Adam Thompstone

Leicester 19-11 Northampton

Adam Thompstone scores a try but is sin-binned soon after as Leicester overcome Northampton in a fierce East Midlands derby.

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North was fine to continue - Mallinder

Leicester 19-11 Northampton

One positive for Northampton amid the defeat was the return to the field of winger George North after his landing in the tackle saw him sent for a concussion assessment.

The 24-year-old has had serious head knocks before that have forced him to miss games and there were concerns when he landed awkwardly after an aerial challenge by Adam Thompstone.

However North was allowed to continue and head coach Jim Mallinder defended his decision - in consultation with the club doctor - to play on.

"If you get knocked out you can't go back on," he told BT Sport. "He wasn't knocked out, he was fine."

George North
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Cockerill happy Tigers kept pace

Leicester 19-11 Northampton

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BT Sport:

"There was plenty of incident early on with the yellow cards, very tight, lots of defending, we were camped on their goalline.

"We were happy with the win and it was an added bonus to take the bonus points away from them.

"We're deadly rivals, they're a good club but today was about winning. We needed to defend, if we had lost today we would have been down in sixth, seventh.If we won we're back in amongst the top four.

"We’ve got a really tough run and I just wish we could show that spirit to get over the line and finish off the game earlier."

Gloucester rally to beat Bristol

Gloucester 26-18 Bristol

Let's do a mini-rewind now and revisit the action at Kingsholm.

Gloucester scored four second-half tries to beat local rivals Bristol in Saturday's Premiership derby.

Willi Heinz's try was Gloucester's second in 15 minutes after the break against Bristol

Gloucester 26-18 Bristol

Gloucester score four second-half tries to beat local rivals Bristol in Saturday's Premiership derby at Kingsholm.

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Eddie Jones' England overcome Wallabies

England 37-21 Australia

Now for some entertaining reading for England rugby fans here as Eddie Jones' side equal the Red Rose's record of 14 consecutive Test victories with a fourth win in a row against Australia at Twickenham.

England's Ben Teo'o, Jamie George and Marland Yarde congratulate Jonathan Joseph (13) on his second try in the win over Australia

England 37-21 Australia

England equal their record of 14 consecutive Test victories with a fourth win in a row against Australia at Twickenham.

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Bath hold on to beat leaders Saracens

Bath 14-11 Saracens

A throw back right to the start of the day's Premiership action as Bath sprung an upset on Saracens...

Alex Lozowski failed to kick a last-gasp penalty for Saracens as Bath held on to beat the Premiership leaders in front of a record crowd at the Rec.

Semesa Rokoduguni of Bath bursts past the challenge of Vincent Koch of Saracens

Bath 14-11 Saracens

Alex Lozowski fails to kick a last-gasp penalty for Saracens as Bath hold on to beat the Premiership leaders.

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Gather your breath...

Phew. Three sumptuous Premiership encounters covered here on BBC Sport today, not to mention the England result against Australia.

Let's have a look at what's been occurring...


Leicester 19-11 Northampton

Adam Thompstone
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Leicester come away from their big East Midlands derby with the four points that keeps them in touch with the boys at the top.

Adam Thompstone's try and the unerring boot of Freddie Burns were enough to edge them clear.

Owen Williams' late penalty was a dagger to the Northampton heart, cruelly robbing them of a bonus point.

They scored a try too through Mikey Haywood but an inability to crack Leicester in the second-half leaves them without any reward.

Bruising. Get yourselves an ice bath and a beer gents, you've earned it.

Penalty (Owen Wiliams)

Leicester 19-11 Northampton

In one action Owen Williams delights the Leicester fans and snatches away the Saints losing bonus point.

What a way to cap a derby for the Tigers.

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

Penalty after penalty and Leicester eat down the clock.

Game over. Oh but...

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

Two and a half minutes. Leicester smuggled into touch as Tom Brady tries to get away. Or should that be out of bounds with his name?

Anyway, JP Doyle has brought it back for the original offence against Northampton.

Tigers just winding down the clock.

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

Northampton give away the penalty after huge pressure on the Leicester line.

Ed Slater deserves the credit, he was a machine there.

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

Saints get the lucky bounce and with it a glimpse of Leicester territory.

Ball goes to the left then the right...

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

Collapsed scrum lifts a bit of Leicester pressure and agitates the Northampton side further.

Tigers hammer the ball down field, gaining good field position.

An iced-up Freddie Burns watches on satisfied with his night's work.

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

Quite a shake of the head and a puff of the cheeks by Luther Burrell. Sums up his side's frustrations here.

The mythical bragging rights as they stand will remain in Leicester after this one.

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

George North tries to take Leicester on the outside and goes close... then the Saints raid is foiled by their own fumble.

No reward for Northampton there. Jim Mallinder looks on a bit vexed.

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

JP Pietersen is on, replacing the trusty boot of Freddie Burns.

Northampton in possession in midfield, looking to have a dig. Luther Burrell slides a kick in behind to twist Leicester.

Tigers punt it back. Five points in it, nine to play.

Penalty (Burns)

Leicester 16-11 Northampton

We do get points this time. Though it's a penalty from the last scrum.

Freddie Burns made it look difficult though, almost missed!

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Yet another scrum. Leicester feed. Same distance. Same outcome?

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Just seen Northampton have made 88 tackles to 41 in reply.

That tells you something about the relative work-rate of the two sides.

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Plenty of pick and go tight to the ruck from Leicester. Who will have the vision to expand things? A metre away.

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Metre out, Tigers pressing, driving. Jamie Gibson the wall for Saints.

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

TIGERS DRIVE! Ball recycled...

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Commentator's nightmare, as Api Ratuniyarawa comes on for Northampton.

Hard enough to say, harder to type.

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Another Leicester scrum promises much but again we are waiting for a reset.


Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Sustained pressure on the Saints line here. Big power effort by Ellis Genge is thwarted.

Leicester are clamped to Northampton here, hoping to prise that gap.


Gloucester 26-18 Bristol

Will Heinz of Gloucester Rugby (L) celebrates his try during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and Bristol
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Gloucester's four-try salvo proved enough to seal them a bonus-point win in the Premiership this afternoon, but credit to Bristol - they didn't give up.

What will frustrate their players, fans and coaches alike is that period of the game where they went missing, they began and ended well, get the middle right and fortunes may change.

No win in 10 league games though as it stands.

For Glos, bright displays by the evergreen James Hook and an involved display by Billy Twelvetrees will give them food for thought going forward.

Try (Arscott, con Woodward)

Gloucester 26-18 Bristol

Luke Arscott crashes in to give Bristol a little pride, and Jason Woodward's conversion is a frustrating one in the sense it leaves them one point short of a losing bonus.

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Leicester scrum penalty for collapsing gives them another chance to crack the Saints line.

Their backline is set deep. Do they have a try in them here?

Try (Wallace)

Gloucester 26-11 Bristol

Deserved outcome for Bristol, a mere consolation but a bit of a reward.

From the scrum there was a chip kick to the corner which Jack Wallace tracked and touched down.

No points in the table from it though.

Gloucester 26-6 Bristol

Best spell of rucking in the game from Bristol gets them into the Gloucester end zone, but Joe Latta's defence keeps them at bay.

Scrum for Bristol now. Final minute.

Leicester 13-11 Northampton

Who wants this? Neither side is clinical enough to put the game beyond doubt.

Tigers have that home advantage, and now have sent on Manu Tuilagi.

There's always a huge reception for the popular wrecking-ball centre.

Gloucester 26-6 Bristol

Five to play. Gloucester really trying to shovel the ball around with abandon. Game won, you can afford to!

Bristol need to find some energy in these second periods if they're to compete. They're staring at a 10-game losing run in the Premiership.

Jordan Craine of Bristol Rugby(L) cuts a dejected figure during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester
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Northampton 13-11 Northampton

Really like to see Louis Picamoles play. Plays like a rugby league loose-forward - good hands, powerful running, spots a gap.

However his efforts come to no avail. That is until a woeful line-out give Saints possession...

Pah! Leicester have it back.

Arm wrestle.

Try (Purdy)

Gloucester 26-6 Bristol

Sliding move to the right finished well by Henry Purdy and that is game over for the Cherry and Whites. Stepped back in to finish. Bonus point in the bag.


Leicester 13-11 Northampton

We're back underway at Welford Road. Two points in it, a big east midlands derby. Forty minutes to play.

Gloucester 21-6 Bristol

Huge dummy from James Hook took him through but his kick is gobbled up by scrambling Bristol defenders.

Gloucester playing with pomp.

If only he'd had some support...

No try

Gloucester 21-6 Bristol

Bristol thought they were in, Jon Fisher thought he'd raced through off Billy Searle's pass. No good. James Phillips pinged for obstruction.

Gloucester 21-6 Bristol

Line-out just shy of the 22 gets Bristol into a position from which to strike.

Gloucester's line is honest so far... do they have the craft to bust it?