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Summary

  1. FT: Exeter 31-17 Wasps, Lon Irish 25-40 Northampton
  2. Exeter and Northampton both earn bonus points before half-time
  3. Victory sends champions Exeter back to the top of the Premiership
  4. Northampton climb to third, level on points with Saracens

Live Reporting

By Alex Winter

All times stated are UK

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Exeter 31-17 Wasps, London Irish 25-40 Northampton

Not quite the games to follow yesterday's thrillers with Exeter easy winners against Wasps and Northampton cruising to a third-straight win at London Irish.

It sees Exeter return to the top of the table. Early days but the champions going well again.

Can they take this form to Leicester next weekend? Wasps have some thinking to do before they host Bath next Sunday.

Northampton at are also at home to Harlequins next weekend. Until then, take care.

Full-time

Exeter 31-17 Wasps

Smart performance from the champions, they have dominated this game.

Wasps never got going at all and fall to a second defeat on the spin.

Exeter 31-17 Wasps

Eddie Jones would have hung his head as Billy Vunipola limped off yesterday.

But he is still awash with potential back-line combinations. Will he look to Henry Slade for the autumn?

The Exeter centre has showed a number of fine touches today and dominated the contest with Elliot Daly.

He's beaten seven seven defenders, set up two tries and is named man of the match.

Henry Slade
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Full-time

London Irish 25-40 Northampton

That proved to be the final act of the game as Northampton make it three wins from three in the Premiership.

Try (McNally, con Tonks)

London Irish 25-40 Northampton

Credit to London Irish, they have refused to lie down and end the game with a third try.

Josh McNally is the scorer as the forwards rumble over the try line with the clock having gone red.

Exeter 31-17 Wasps

This game has lost any fluency - rain drifting in off the Exe estuary hasn't helped.

Wasps a get a penalty and a line-out 30 yards from the Exeter line and they work a good set of phases along the 22 but they over-play and a pass behind Jimmy Gopperth is knocked-on and the chance is gone.

Try (Reinach, con Mallinder)

London Irish 18-40 Northampton

Cobus Reinach
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It's certainly all over now as a knock-on by Topsy Ojo is pounced on by Northampton's replacement scrum-half Cobus Rainach, who canters in.

London Irish 18-33 Northampton

Only six minutes left in Berkshire now and you sense time is running out for the Exiles.

Northampton have kept them at arms' length since Bell's score and it would seem that Saints have done enough to make it three straight Premiership wins.

Try (Bassett, con Gopperth)

Exeter 31-17 Wasps

Lovely move from 60 yards out this and maybe the game isn't done yet.

Brendan Macken has only just arrived on the field but he sends a pass wide to Elliot Daly to break up the left-wing. He feeds Joe Simpson inside him and Josh Bassett is on hand to take the pass and go over.

Jimmy Gopperth finds a touch-line conversion.

Try (Bell, missed con Bell)

London Irish 18-33 Northampton

Tommy Bell
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There's 15 minutes left at the Madejski Stadium but the home crowd are believing again.

The Irish forwards do the groundwork from a line-out, the ball is spun wide and Tommy Bell dots down.

Try (Malton, con Steenson)

Exeter 31-10 Wasps

Took a while but Exeter are over again.

They drift across the try line before replacement hooker Shaun Malton finds the space to score.

Easy conversion from Jimmy Gopperth and Exeter surely have the points secured now.

Shaun Malton
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Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Exeter kick a penalty into the corner and pick-and-drive towards the line before being held up just short.

They win successive penalties at the scrum and Wasps are creaking.

Missed Penalty (Gopperth)

Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Oh dear. Exeter penalised at a ruck and a chance for Jimmy Gopperth from bang in front of the sticks but he pushes it wide.

Sums up the malaise Wasps have been in all afternoon.

Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Exeter make three fairly early substitutions - perhaps with next week's trip to Leicester in mind.

Wasps also ring the changes - James Haskell makes way - and have had more ball and possession so far in this second half but have nothing to show for it.

Try (North, con Mallinder)

London Irish 13-33 Northampton

George North
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Quite a response from Northampton as they stretch their lead back to 20 points.

Saints bide their time as they go through the phases but, with the overlap on, they take their chance as good hands from Rob Horne sends George North in.

Try (Lewington, con Bell)

London Irish 13-26 Northampton

Out of nothing, London Irish have their first try of the afternoon.

Alex Lewington is faced with three defenders but puts on the after burners to power past them and touch down. Game on?

London Irish 6-26 Northampton

The game has drifted in the opening minutes of the second half, with Irish walking slowly to each set-piece.

Northampton prop Alex Waller had one charge into the Irish 22 but ran out of support before he was pounced upon.

Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Not a bad start for Wasps, good phases after hooker Tom Cruse strips Olly Woodburn.

Juan De Jongh makes good ground but his pass to try and find Josh Bassett is poor and the chance goes begging.

Kick-off

Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth gets us back under way at Sandy Park. What can Wasps do to try and turn this around?

Kick-off

London Irish 6-26 Northampton

We're back under way at the Madejski Stadium where Northampton are in control, with a bonus point already in the bag.

Half-time analysis

London Irish 6-26 Northampton

Ian Hunter

Former Saints and England wing on BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton celebrate
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Northampton put London Irish under pressure in the first half and continued the intensity they showed in the Leicester and Bath games

Without being horrible I want them to put Irish to the sword in the second half.

It's hard to play without the ball and if Northampton keep possession then the gaps will open up for them.

Half-time

Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Champions Exeter utterly dominant. From the whistle, they've had all the ball and played all the rugby to already secure a bonus point.

Wasps have been so disappointing and only have a lucky bounce for Ashley Johnson's try to take from the 40.

Don Armand
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Try (Woodburn, con Steenson)

Exeter 24-10 Wasps

Bonus point score for Exeter and we're only in the first half here.

Quick ball from just outside the 22 sees Henry Slade float around the shoulder of hooker Tom Cruse in the left-hand channel.

It keeps Christian Wade in two-minds in defence, Slade keeps carrying before feeding Olly Woodburn for an easy run in and his second try.

This time Gareth Steenson is on-target with the kick.

Half-time

London Irish 6-26 Northampton

With the final kick of the half, Tommy Bell kicks a second penalty to add three more points to the London Irish score.

They face a huge challenge in the second half as they trail by 20 points at the break.

Missed penalty (Steenson)

Exeter 17-10 Wasps

Exeter break from their own 22 and Henry Slade's slightly-mishit kick is splendidly taken in by Olly Woodburn. He gets to his feet and takes his side up to the Wasps 22.

The scrambling defence is pinged for going offside and Gareth Steenson has a chance from 30 yards out, just off the right-hand post.

But he pushes the effort - can't blame the wind for that.

Try (Hayward, con Mallinder)

London Irish 3-26 Northampton

Mike Hayward scores
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Northampton have a bonus point with barely 30 minutes on the watch.

Saints kick a penalty to the corner and drive over from the five-metre line-out, with Mike Hayward getting the credit.

Try (Armand, con Steenson)

Exeter 17-10 Wasps

Exeter get clean ball from the top of a line-out and Ian Whitten barges into the 22 to get the Wasps defence retreating.

They play is switched towards the right-wing and Henry Slade floats a pass wide to Don Armand.

Plenty of work to do for the open-side but he holds off two defenders to find the corner.

Super finish and a marvellous conversion by Gareth Steenson from the touch-line too.

Exeter 10-10 Wasps

Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds is down here and it looks nasty.

Four tries and third on the tackle count so far this season but he's being stretchered off.

He's taken a Nathan Hughes knee into the face it and after lengthy treatment is carried away and Exeter lose a big ball carrier.

Sam Simmonds
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Try (Horne, missed con Mallinder)

London Irish 3-19 Northampton Saints

Northampton have been starved of possession of late but when they do get the ball they certainly make the most of it.

Saints carve out a two on two and Rob Horne uses his pace and power to beat a defender and force his way over the line for his second try.

Rob Horne
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London Irish 3-14 Northampton

The game has gone through something of a lull at the Madejski Stadium.

We're midway through the first half and Northampton are in control at the moment.

Try (Dennis, missed con Steenson)

Exeter 10-10 Wasps

Jimmy Gopperth finds touch on the full having taken the ball back into the 22 so we come back for an Exeter line-out in a dangerous area.

Sam Simmonds breaks from the back of the line-out and feeds Dave Dennis who rumbles over for Exeter's second score. Rather easy.

The wind hauls the conversion attempt wide of the left-hand post.

Dave Dennis
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Penalty (Gopperth)

Exeter 5-10- Wasps

A Wasps scrum drives forward and even though Exeter force a turnover on the 22, JP Doyle was playing advantage and Jimmy Gopperth lines up a kick just outside the right-hand post 30 yards from goal. Simply done.

London Irish 3-14 Northampton Saints

Credit to London Irish, they have not let their heads drop after conceding that early score.

They get on the board through Tommy Bell's penalty and pummel at the Northampton line.

Exeter 5-7 Wasps

Incredible start here with Exeter going through phase after phase.

Jack Nowell makes a break up the left flank but Christian Wade is back to make the tackle and forces a knock-on.

Try (Johnson, con Gopperth)

Exeter 5-7 Wasps

A good chase from the re-start hands Wasps a line-out 35 yards out.

It's overthrown but bounces up kindly for Ashley Johnson to collect and bound to the line unopposed.

And with just 2% possession so far, Wasps have the lead!

Ashley Johnson
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Try (Woodburn, missed con Steenson)

Exeter 5-0 Wasps

Exeter win the scrum penalty and kick to the corner. Wasps are penalised at the line out and Exeter try to set up another maul. This is very much their forte but they are held up just short.

No matter, there is space to the left and Henry Slade feeds Olly Woodburn for a simple finish.

A tough conversion is pushed wide by Gareth Steenson.

Try (Horne, con Mallinder)

London Irish 0-14 Northampton Saints

Rob Horne scores
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There's barely five minutes on the clock and London Irish are two scores behind.

Northampton turn a line-out over and Australia international Rob Horne holds off a posse of tacklers as he charges to the line.

Exeter 0-0 Wasps

Exeter with all the ball in the opening exchanges. Ian Whitten and Ollie Woodburn threaten down the left channel before Henry Slade glides up to the 22.

Phase after phase then hammers the line but after 32 phases, Exeter are just held up. Scrum five.

Try (Groom, con Mallinder)

London Irish 0-7 Northampton Saints

Nick Groom scores
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Fabulous start for Northampton as they hit London Irish on the counter-attack.

George North is at the heart of things before he sends Nic Groom in under the posts.

It's an easy conversion for Harry Mallinder.