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Gallagher Premiership Rugby: Exeter rout secures play-off berth

Exeter Chiefs extended their lead at the top of the Gallagher Premiership and secured their place in the play-offs with a win over Bath this weekend.

The 29-10 win saw the Chiefs run in 26 unanswered points as Exeter moved 9-points clear at the top of the table.

Second place Saracens overturned an 11-point deficit to beat their London rivals Harlequins.

The London derby took place in front of 43,000 spectators at the London Stadium, as Saracens fought back from a 17-6 deficit at half-time to run out 27-20 winners.

In another derby, this time in the East Midlands, saw Northampton Saints run out comfortable winners against Leicester.

A pair of first-half tries from Tom Collins saw Northampton take a commanding 20-3 lead at the break and while Leicester fought back, Saints ended the game as comfortable 29-20 winners.

At the bottom of the table, Newcastle Falcons earned a much needed win against fellow strugglers Sale Sharks.

Sale led 10-6 at half-time but 5 penalties from Tane Takulua and a try from Toby Flood saw the Falcons grab the much needed points. They still remain three points adrift at the foot of the table after Worcester Warriors snatched their own much needed win.

The Warriors’ trio of returning internationals, Ted Hill, Ben Te’o and Josh Adams, all scored tries but Bristol Bears fought back in a closely contested game.

Worcester saw out the last 10 minutes with 14 men, after Te’o was sin-binned, but Worcester hung on for a 27-25 win.

In the final game of the weekend, Gloucester took 3rd place in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby table with a convincing win over Wasps. The game saw Gloucester take a rocky start, as they trailed 11-0 early, but they fought back thanks to tries from Willi Heinz and Ruan Ackerman.

A pair of penalties from Billy Twelvetrees secured the win 27-14.

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