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Summary

  1. FT: Wasps 15-38 Saracens
  2. Sarries close to within five points of leaders Exeter
  3. Wyles, Goode (2), Burger & Spencer score for Sarries
  4. Penalty try & Le Roux for Wasps
  5. FT: Newcastle 28-20 Exeter
  6. Newcastle move up to sixth
  7. Falcons tries from Sinoti, Goneva & Cooper
  8. Sam Simmonds, Woodburn & Salmon go over for Exeter

Live Reporting

By Alex Winter and James Law

All times stated are UK

  1. Billy Vunipola was making his first appearance since undergoing knee surgery in September, while Maro Itoje broke his jaw in December

    England pair Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje make a winning return as Saracens defy two yellow cards to win at Wasps.

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  2. Goodbye

    Wasps 15-28 Saracens, Newcastle 28-20 Exeter

    That's it from another great afternoon of Premiership rugby.

    Two cracking performances from Saracens and Newcastle and the Premiership is perfectly-poised for it's return in February.

    Hope you've enjoyed it, now for the roast potatoes...

    Mako Vunipola
  3. Next up...

    We take a break from domestic rugby next week, with European action taking centre stage.

    Champions Cup holders Saracens go to Welsh province Ospreys on Saturday, Wasps visit Harlequins and Exeter host Montpellier.

    Newcastle meanwhile are at home to Russian side Enisei in the Challenge Cup - we'll cover all the action right here on the BBC Sport website.

  4. 'We lost to the better team'

    FT: Wasps 15-38 Saracens

    Wasps director of rugby David Young told BT Sport:

    “They won the big collision we struggled with their physicality at the breakdown and we didn’t get enough penetration with our ball carriers.

    “I’m obviously disappointed but not too down beat, we’ve lost to the better team we’ve just got to work harder at our game.

    "We’ve struggled this season with injuries but to be where we are at this stage of the season I would have taken that."

  5. 'Billy Vunipola was great'

    FT: Wasps 15-38 Saracens

    Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told to BT Sport:

    "It was a really top performance, in the first half we dominated and scored some good tries.

    "Then to lose two men is a big task and we managed the first seven minutes of the second half really well.

    "And Billy Vunipola was great, it's extraordinary to play that well when you've been out all season."

  6. Blues to pull out of race to sign North

    FT: Wasps 15-38 Saracens; Newcastle 28-20 Exeter

    Meanwhile, some news concerning Northampton and Wales wing George North...

    Cardiff Blues are set to inform the Welsh Rugby Union they have withdrawn from the race to sign the 25-year-old.

    North will return to Wales from Northampton at the end of the season on a national dual contract, meaning the WRU will pay 60% of his salary.

    Blues chief executive Richard Holland says North is a "quality player" but they want to strengthen their pack.

    Blues to pull out of race to sign North

    George North

    Cardiff Blues are set to inform the Welsh Rugby Union they have withdrawn from the race to sign Wales wing George North.

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  7. The league table

    FT: Wasps 15-38 Saracens; Newcastle 28-20 Exeter

    Premiership

    Exeter's lead at the top has been cut to five points by Saracens, who got that bonus-point win.

    Wasps are now six points adrift of Sarries while Newcastle creep into the top six, moving to within two points of fourth place.

  8. Sinoti Sinoti

    Newcastle Falcons run in three first-half tries, then resist a comeback from Exeter to beat the defending champions.

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  9. Post update

    FT: Wasps 15-38 Saracens

    Billy Vunipola

    Billy Vunipola put in a great shift on his return and it was great to see him barging all and sundry out of the way.

    He fed Schalk Burger for Saracens third try as they dominated the opening half-hour with Chris Wyles and Alex Goode also scoring.

    They wobbled a little when Wasps scored twice in two minutes and Saracens were reduced to 13 men. But what a second half from Sarries and in the end it's their biggest win over Wasps in the Premiership.

  10. Full-time

    Wasps 15-38 Saracens

    This was billed as an acid test of Saracens improvement over Christmas and they have delivered a very impressive display.

    They may struggle to qualify in Europe from where they are but they will certainly be Premiership semi-finalists again on this showing.

  11. Try: Wasps 15-38 Saracens

    Ben Spencer, con Owen Farrell (79 mins)

    The coup de grace for Saracens as they break up the right wing, find half a hole and a pass back inside sends Ben Spencer in for try number five.

    Owen Farrell can backheel the conversion over.

    But there is grave concern for Willie Le Roux here. He's stationary on the ground receiving treatment and looks in a lot of pain.

  12. Full-time

    Newcastle 28-20 Exeter

    Well the last 20 minutes at Kingston Park were something else.

    Exeter looked dead and buried but got to within five points after Toby Salmon's try.

    But the champions gave away a silly penalty at the death and Newcastle kicked it to deny the leaders any points from the match.

  13. Penalty: Newcastle 28-20 Exeter

    Joel Hodgson (80 mins)

    Joel Hodgson has slotted the penalty and Exeter won't have a losing bonus point after all!

    Newcastle have punished the champions for trying to run the ball out from the back.

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    Newcastle 25-20 Exeter

    Exeter have gifted the game to Newcastle, it seems.

    They concede a penalty which Joel Hodgson will take...

  15. Try: Newcastle 25-20 Exeter

    Toby Salmon (78 mins)

    Toby Salmon has his first Exeter try to put them into losing bonus-point territory.

    Gareth Steenson makes the penalty and all of a sudden the champions are a score away from victory.

    Newcastle need to stay strong mentally and physically.

  16. Post update

    Newcastle 25-13 Exeter

    The hosts are defending very impressively here as they close in on victory.

    Joel Hodgson's turnover just now was quite something.

    Exeter are trying to be patient but it isn't paying off for them - two minutes remaining.

  17. Penalty: Wasps 15-31 Saracens

    Owen Farrell (76 mins)

    A very strong Saracens scrum and then a penalty in midfield against Guy Thompson for a terribly stupid side entry at the ruck.

    Owen Farrell from in front of the sticks puts the game beyond doubt.

    What a second-half this has been from the double European champions.

  18. Post update

    Newcastle 25-13 Exeter

    After missing a couple of conversions it's pretty clear that Exeter are just searching for the losing bonus point.

    Unbelievably Rob Baxter's side have taken at least a point from their past 32 regular-season matches.

    Can Newcastle be the side to stop them doing so? Less than six minutes left.

  19. Post update

    Wasps 15-28 Saracens

    Inside the final eight minutes and Wasps get a good shove on at the scrum to turn the ball over.

    Marcus Watson makes a half-break up the left wing but the ball goes forward and Saracens clear and Danny Cipriani knocks on trying to take an awkward bouncing ball.

    Looks like Saracens have this game in the bag.

  20. Post update

    Wasps 15-28 Saracens

    Saracens

    Billy Vunipola makes way and he's enjoyed a fine 70 minutes on his return.

    For all the intricacies of rugby nowadays it's sometimes still just all about very strong men and Billy is among the best of them.

    Couple of weeks to get through unscathed in Europe and then it should be all systems go to return in the Six Nations.

    Meanwhile, Maro Itoje takes a knock to the hip and his moving gingerly but should shake this off.