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Live Reporting

By Rob Stevens and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

  1. Back for more in 2019

    #bbcrugby

    Joe Marchant

    There's not long to wait for your next fix of Premiership action - even if it will be next year!

    Here's the full fixture list for what's in store in round 12:

    Friday:

    Sale v Saracens (19:45 GMT)

    Saturday:

    (all matches 15:00 GMT kick-offs)

    Exeter v Bristol

    Leicester v Gloucester

    Newcastle v Harlequins

    Worcester v Bath

    Sunday:

    Wasps v Northampton (15:00 GMT)

    They'll of course be full coverage of all those matches across BBC Sport.

  2. Bath battle to win over Leicester

    FT: Bath 23-16 Leicester

    Meanwhile, Bath moved up to fifth in the Premiership as they battle to a 23-16 victory over Leicester Tigers at The Rec.

    Bath battle to win over Leicester

    Tom Ellis of Bath holds off Jonah Holmes of Leicester

    Bath move up to fifth in the Premiership as they battle to a 23-16 victory over Leicester Tigers at The Rec.

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  3. Bristol edge out Newcastle in thriller

    FT: Bristol 35-28 Newcastle

    If you are just joining us, you missed a cracking afternoon of rugby.

    The scoreboard hardly had a breather at Ashton Gate, as Bristol beat fellow Premiership strugglers Newcastle 35-28 in a pulsating match.

    Click below to read the report of the action.

    Bristol edge out Newcastle in thriller

    Charles Piutau scores a try for Bristol v Newcastle

    Bristol beat fellow Premiership strugglers Newcastle 35-28 in a pulsating match at Ashton Gate.

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  4. Bath pressure told

    FT: Bath 23-16 Leicester

    Quote Message: We had a good win last weekend and talked all week about backing it up. We knew what Leicester would bring. We had to keep playing quickly and keep punching holes. Eventually it told at the end. from Will Chudley Bath scrum-half on BT Sport
    Will ChudleyBath scrum-half on BT Sport
  5. Full-time

    Bath 23-16 Leicester

    Charlie Ewels of Bath and Graham Kitchener of Leicester Tigers battle for the lineout

    Bath win the line-out but can't make anything of it as their driving maul splits into two.

    Tigers look to turn over the ball and Cooper Vuna decides enough is enough, as he kicks the ball out.

    But victory takes Todd Blackadder's side up to fifth in the table, as they end 2018 with back-to-back victories.

  6. Post update

    Bath 23-16 Leicester

    A massive kick from James Wilson puts Bath inside the Tigers 22.

    It will boil down to a set piece in their bid for a fourth try.

  7. Post update

    Bath 23-16 Leicester

    The ball is loose, then there is a Leicester offside.

    Bath could still go for the try bonus point. Or will they just kill the game?

  8. Post update

    Bath 23-16 Leicester

    In the end, Leicester win a scrum penalty, and George Ford kicks up to around the Bath 10 metre line.

    The clock is about to go red. It's now or never for the Tigers.

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    Bath 23-16 Leicester

    Scrum to Bath inside the Leicester half, and Blue, Black and Whites are taking their time over this as they run down the clock.

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    Bath 23-16 Leicester

    Good defensive work from Semesa Rokoduguni forces a knock-on from the Tigers.

    That might be enough to see the hosts home.

  11. Penalty - Bath 23-16 Leicester

    George Ford

    George Ford of Leicester Tigers offloads under pressure from Semesa Rokoduguni of Bath

    It was central, a few yards in front of halfway and Ford makes no mistake.

    A converted try in it, can the Tigers get an unlikely draw with three minutes left?

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    Bath 23-13 Leicester

    Leicester have the ball and start going through the phases, but Bath forward Jacques van Rooyen is penalised for not rolling away,

    Goerge Ford spots the ball to go for a long-range penalty attempt.

  13. Penalty - Bath 23-13 Leicester

    Rhys Preistland

    Bath restore the lead to 10 points as Rhys Priestland slots a penalty through the sticks from range.

    We are heading into the final seven minutes - can Bath find another try for the bonus point?

  14. Penalty - Bath 20-13 Leicester

    George Ford

    The Tigers captain is successful with the kick, bringing his team back into losing bonus-point territory.

    Ten minutes remain at The Rec.

  15. Full-time

    Bristol 35-28 Newcastle

    Luke Morahan of Bristol scores his sides third try

    It's all over at Ashton Gate and what a way to see out 2018 for Bristol.

    A bonus-point win for the Bears courtesy of that late drama and despite taking a losing bonus point, Newcastle will stay bottom of the pile.

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    Bath 20-10 Leicester

    Playing with advantage following a decent spell on the attack, George Ford kicks through looking for Jonny May to run onto the ball.

    But this time there is too much on his grubber kick, and May can't get there before the ball runs out of play.

    We'll go back for the penalty, with Ford placing the ball on the tee on the angle.

  17. Try - Bristol 35-28 Newcastle

    Tom Pincus, con Callum Sheedy

    Harry Randall of Bristol Bears celebrates with Tom Pincus and Dan Thomas after he scores the opening try of the game

    My word, who writes the scripts for this Bristol side?!

    A fourth try and most likely the decisive one in more ways than one goes to debutant winger Tom Pincus.

    In the left corner, he finishes it off after concerted pressure and then Callum Sheedy adds the conversion from that touchline.

    Bonus point in the bag for the Bears with just two minutes to go. Can they hang on for the win?

  18. Post update

    Bath 20-10 Leicester

    Sione Kalamafoni is forced off for a head injury assessment after being felled following an honest contest at the line-out.

    The number eight landed heavily on his back.

    Brendon O'Connor is back into the fold for the Tigers.

  19. Penalty - Bristol 28-28 Newcastle

    Toby Flood

    Toby Flood lands a kick for Newcastle Falcons

    Level again as Toby Flood slots over the penalty after Newcastle pressure.

    We have six minutes to determine the outcome.

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    Bristol 28-25 Newcastle

    Bristol are their own worst enemy as they fumble the restart inside their own 22 and hand the ball to Newcastle to go in search of a fourth try.

    Into the last eight minutes....