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Summary

  1. FT: Sale 26-24 Newcastle
  2. FT: Bath 32-30 Northampton
  3. FT: Bristol 8-42 Harlequins
  4. Varndell becomes Premiership's leading all-time try-scorer
  5. 91 tries for Bristol wing overtaking Mark Cueto
  6. Varndell injures himself scoring

Live Reporting

By Alex Winter and Emma Thurston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Tonight's Premiership action has had a little bit of everything including big comebacks, stellar solo tries and gripping finales. 

We hope that you've enjoyed it as much as we have and do join us tomorrow as Round 14 continues in earnest. 

It's safe to say that Premiership Rugby has returned back with a bang!

The action continues tomorrow afternoon with two interesting clashes. First up Leicester will be hosting Gloucester at Welford Road [15:00] before Worcester take on Saracens at Sixways [16:00]. 

Full-time

Sale 26-24 Newcastle

That's a big result for Sale Sharks as they manage to secure all four points at home. Steve Diamond's side were 23-12 up but a brace of breakaway tries from Vereniki Goneva meant they headed into the final minutes 23-24 down. 

Will Addison was the man to step up with the final points and that meant that Newcastle had to settle for a pair of losing bonus-points.

Sale 26-24 Newcastle

Newcastle are enjoying all of the ball but Sale Sharks are working their socks off in defence and force a forward pass. 

We're heading into the final minute so this could be it for Sale, they may just have done enough. 

Penalty (Addison)

Sale 26-24 Newcastle

Sale Sharks forwards earn their crust with that scrum as their powerful surge earns the penalty. 

Will Addison immediately points to the posts and nails the kick with five minutes to go. 

Sale 23-24 Newcastle

Sale Sharks are giving it everything to try and get the decisive score in this match but we've a break in play as Calum Green has taken a knock to the head and his welfare is paramount. 

Green leaves the field and Evan Olmstead arrives with just over seven minutes remaining.  

Mallinder: Big moments went against us

Bath 32-30 Northampton

"There were some big moments in there - Bath got a penalty try with a scrum going towards the line, we had a maul doing the same and only got a yellow card and a clear forward pass for the fourth try doesn't even go upstairs. It was one of those close games that could have gone either way but we'll look at our moments where we could have done much better."

Jim Mallinder, Northampton director of rugby

Blackadder: We kept our heads

Bath 32-30 Northampton

"What a great game of rugby. Northampton were outstanding in the second half and we were lucky to get the win in the end. We talked at half-time about trying to squeeze them physically and we did that well. Our defence was a notch up today and we had the composure to keep our heads and get the win in the end."

Todd Blackadder, Bath director of rugby

Sale 23-24 Newcastle

Dom Waldouck wins a vital turnover for Newcastle when Sale are close to scoring. Joel Hodgson gets the clearing kick away and pushes back the hosts into Falcons' half. 

We're heading into the final ten minutes and there's a tense finish ahead. 

Try (Goneva, con Takulua)

Sale 23-24 Newcastle

It's that man Vereniki Goneva again!

This time the winger pounces on the intercept and runs the length of the field - his wheels carry him through and the conversion from Sonatane Takulua puts the Falcons ahead.  

Try (Goneva)

Sale 23-17 Newcastle

Some smart finishing by Vereniki Goneva has put Falcons right back in the game. Another very good finish by the Fijian.

In bonus point territory now.

Full-time

Bristol 8-42 Harlequins

Tim Swiel adds one final penalty to Harlequins' tally and as the final whistle blows they've finally shaken off the travel sickness that has plagued them this season. 

It was a tough night for Bristol and they'll need to dig deep ahead of travelling to Welford Road next weekend. 

Try (Chisholm, con Swiel)

Bristol 8-39 Harlequins

It's simple rugby from Harlequins as they get their ball carriers in motion and James Chisholm drives over the line.  

Tim Swiel makes sure of the conversion with three minutes to go. 

Full-time

Bath 32-30 Northampton

And breathe...

Goodness what a thrilling finish. Bath were largely dominant but Northampton love playing at the Rec and came roaring back mid-way through the second half. It looked as if it would be a fifth win in six years for the Saints in Somerset but the home side scrambled their way to a last-gasp victory.

Try review

Bristol 8-32 Harlequins

Harlequins are looking for their fifth try with five minutes to go but the ruling is that they're held up by Billy Searle so it's a 5m scrum to the visitors. 

Try (Evans)

Sale 23-12 Newcastle

Bit of enterprise from Sale who look sharp in the second-half. Bryn Evans showing a bit of back-style skills to dummy and cross for Sale.

Superb effort. Sale pulling away.

Penalty (Priestland)

Bath 32-30 Northampton

Bath get a huge drive on at the scrum and win a penalty.

Over to Rhys Priestland, five yards or so in from the left-hand touchline, this could win it...it's hooked wide of the left-hand post. 

But James Wilson makes a complete hash of the clearance under pressure and Bath throw themselves into the ruck...and win another penalty!

Priestland again, this a bit easier, and it's over!! Bath have won it at the death.

Try (Gibson, con Myler)

Bath 29-30 Northampton

But just like that Northampton lead again. Bath drift offside from a clearance kick and Saints are back to within 10-yards of the clubhouse try-line. Three phases off the driving maul and Jamie Gibson reaches for Saints' third try.

This is the easiest of Stephen Myler's conversion attempts tonight and he makes no mistake.

What a game this is!

Try (Cook, con Priestland)

Bath 29-23 Northampton

Oh I say what a score!

Bath retake the lead courtesy of Chris Cook. He receives the ball wide on the left touchline, breaks one tackle and chips into the Saints' 22, he meets his kick with a volley into the in-goal area and beats Ahsee Tuala for the try.

Rhys Priestland picks a great time to add the extras from the bonus-point score.

Try (Ratuniyarawa, con Myler)

Bath 22-23 Northampton

Ben Tapuai sees his kick charged down and Northampton get loose ball to play with. Nafi Tuitavake bursts into the Bath 22 and suddenly there is open space on the left-wing. Tom Homer makes a tackle but there is no stopping Api Ratuniyarawa, the mighty Fijian barges over.

And yet again Stephen Myler has nailed a gorgeous conversion from the touchline. Northampton have such an impressive recent record at the Rec and now they lead again. 

Try (Hopper)

Bristol 8-32 Harlequins

On review Matthew Carley is happy with the score and that means that Matt Hopper's five-pointer stands. 

Harlequins have the bonus-point in the bag and this is looking like a really tough ask for hosts with 20 minutes to go. 

Yellow card (Palma-Newport)

Bath 22-16 Northampton

Saints suddenly on the offensive having been starved of ball for the first 20 of the second half. They win two penalties at the breakdown, the second is kickable but Stephen Myler opts for the corner. It's a great maul from the hosts, Bath infringe and Kane Palmer-Newport is sent to the sin-bin.

But oh goodness, Paul Grant comes up with a line-out steal and Bath can clear. Storm weathered for now.

Try review

Bristol 8-27 Harlequins

Phew!! 

Bristol's Alby Mathewson looks for the tap and go but his pass is intercepted by Joe Marchant. The speedster heads up the field, finds his team mates and referee Matthew Carley is now heading to the TMO. 

Sin-bin (Visser)

Bristol 8-27 Harlequins

It looks like Bristol are going to get their nose back into this match with a score but it's a professional foul from Tim Visserand he heads off the field for 10 minutes. 

Try (Mulchrone, con Jackson)

Bristol 8-27 Harlequins

It's Dave Ward who makes the break for Harlequins and he finds Charlie Mulchrone to score the visitors' third try of the evening. 

Ruaridh Jackson adds the conversion and that extends the visitors' lead nicely. 

'Bristol scrapping'

Bristol 8-20 Harlequins

Ross McMillan

Bristol hooker on BBC Radio Bristol

It's a real tight battle out there and Bristol are just scrapping for everything at the moment.

Try (Foden, con Myler)

Bath 22-16 Northampton

Well, Northampton right back in the game with a nice score. Tom Homer's kick to touch on the full gave Northampton a line-out 30 yards from goal. 

The Bath defence is initially excellent but Saints persist, Jamie Gibson carries to within 10 yards and they work the left-touchline to send Ben Foden over.

The conversion from Stephen Myler is a beauty from wide out.

Half-time

Sale 18-12 Newcastle

Topsy turvy half in which Falcons started on fire with Juan Pablo Socino's try from a Joel Hodgson penalty miss.

Mark Jennings Sale
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Sale nudged themselves back into the game with a brace of Will Addison penalties before Vereniki Goneva showed pace and power to score a second try for the visitors.

Goneva was then sin-binned and with a man advantage, Sale powered their way into the lead thanks to tries from Denny Solomona and Byron McGuigan. Big 40 to come at the AJ Bell.

Bath 22-9 Northampton

Rhys Priestland tries to prove he's more than an ersatz replacement for George Ford with a well-judged chip over the Northampton midfield, the bounce finds that man Ben Tapuai again but his hopeful pass inside doesn't find a blue shirt.

Harry Davies then finds space on the left-wing and his kick forward forces Ben Foden into careful defence on his own line to ensure a 22 drop-out.

Try (McGuigan)

Sale Sharks 18-12 Newcastle

Sale go close through Denny Solomona again but when he is cut down, Byron McGuigan picks and goes for the Sharks second try.

Game edging the way of the Sharks as half-way beckons.

Sale 13-12 Newcastle

More danger from Sale as Denny Solomona is shepherded out into touch by the Falcons drifting defence. Crucial intervention.

Newcastle still down to 14 with Vereniki Goneva in the sin-bin.

Penalty advantage with the Sharks...

Coming up...

Here's a quick reminder of what else is on the agenda this weekend...

Saturday:

Leicester v Gloucester - 15:00

Worcester v Saracens - 15:00

Sunday:

Exeter v Wasps - 13:00

Bath 22-9 Northampton

Superb break yet again from Ben Tapuai sees Bath stream towards the Saints' 22 again. Nafi Tuitavake makes a try-saving tackle and Tapuai takes a serious-looking knock. 

He's okay though, much to the relief of the Bath fans. Tapuai is having a great night so far.

Ben Tapuai
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Try (Solomona, con Addison)

Sale 13-12 Newcastle

If at first you don't succeed...

Sale find their prolific try-scoring winger Denny Solomona with a looping pass from a scrum play and the former Castleford man saunters through for the sixth try in Sharks colours.

Will Addison's conversion gives the hosts the lead for the first time.

Try (Reddish, con Jackson)

Bristol 8-20 Harlequins

In a carbon copy of the first half Harlequins take early control of the scoreboard.

Mark Reddish drives over from close range and with Ruaridh Jackson's conversion their lead looks a lot healthier than it did just two minutes ago. 

No try

Sale 6-12 Newcastle

Halani Aulika got the ball down but there was an infringement in the build up and Sale will get a penalty instead.

Let-off for Falcons.

Sin-bin (Goneva)

Sale 6-12 Newcastle

Best and worst of Vereniki Goneva in the space of a few minutes, brilliant try followed up by a bizarre 'slide-tackle' attempt that belongs at Old Trafford rather than the AJ Bell.

Gets a 10-minute spell in the bin for his troubles. Falcons down to 14.

Kick-off

Bristol 8-13 Harlequins

We're back under way at Ashton Gate and Bristol will need to manage the opening 10 minutes of this second half with 14 men after Ryan Bevington's sin-bin just before the break. 

Penalty (Priestland)

Bath 22-9 Northampton

Bath restore their 13-point lead immediately. The move began with a wonderfully delicate grubber from Ben Tapuai and a smart one-handed flick to Harry Davies. Bath power towards the posts where Northampton go offside.

Another gimmee for Rhys Pristland is this time fired into the hospitality boxes.

Kick-off

Bath 19-9 Northampton

Rhys Priestland gets us back underway with the home side now playing towards the cricket ground.

Jack Wilson has failed an HIA, young Harry Davies, a Welshman, is a permanent replacement.