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Rugby roundup: Bath have last word at Leicester on day of thrillers

• Bath clinch sixth with 32-31 comeback win at Welford Road• Sale edge past Gloucester 46-41 in 13-try feastRhys Priestland’s dramatic late conversion completed a stirring comeback for Bath, who clinched sixth place in the Premiership with a thrilling …

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Piers O’Conor and Mat Protheroe step up for Bristol, Newcastle left down and out while leaky Leicester require urgent repairsA third Premiership try of the season for Charles Piutau against Sale on Friday night, in what was his ninth league start of th…

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Late tries from Zach Mercer and Joe Cokanasiga edge Bath past Wasps

• Bath 29-17 Wasps• Hosts boost hopes of top-six finishThree tries in the final six minutes gave Bath a bonus point victory that took them to sixth in the table and on course for a place in the European Champions Cup, but this was a muddle of a match t…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Danny Cipriani makes difference for Gloucester in frenetic Bath derby

• Gloucester 27-23 Bath• Outside-half sees off rivals’ bid to silence the ShedBath had won their previous five Premiership matches here and quickly set about silencing the Shed again. Freddie Burns, who started his career at Gloucester, had a rare star…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga injured while scoring try in defeat of Bristol

• Bath 26-19 Bristol• England wing’s try one of four that boost Bath’s play-off hopesJoe Cokanasiga endured a mixed return to Twickenham as Bath clinched a rare bonus-point victory over their West Country rivals Bristol. The 21-year-old hulking wing sc…

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Bath’s Dave Attwood focused on beating Bristol before reunion

• Lock will return to Bristol next season, where his career began• Both teams chasing place in Premiership top sixThe Bath lock Dave Attwood has insisted there will be no split loyalties when he lines up against his future employers at Twickenham on Sa…

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Bristol chasing Europe not just safety in Twickenham ‘Clash’ with Bath

Pat Lam is adamant his players’ positive intent will not waver even if they are dragged back down into a relegation dogfight but he is looking upWhen Bath opted to shift their home fixture against Bristol to Twickenham and market it as “the Clash” they…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at NewcastleThe referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Ro…

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Exeter confirm play-off place with hard-fought victory over Bath

• Exeter 29-10 Bath• Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn and Jack Yeandle score for ChiefsOn and off the field there is absolutely no sign of Exeter’s ambition diminishing. This latest bonus-point victory over Bath not only puts them nine points clear at the t…

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Bath’s Rhys Priestland shows precision with boot to sink Saracens

• Bath 18-9 Saracens• Sale thrash Leicester 32-5 after Kalamafoni dismissalBath’s fly-half, Rhys Priestland, kicked six penalties as his side finally managed to hold on to a lead to topple second-placed Saracens 18-9 in the Gallagher Premiership on Fri…

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Nathan Earle keeps Harlequins’ winning run going with last-gasp try at Bath

• Bath 29-31 Harlequins• Fifth consecutive victory strengthens hold on third placeIt was a fallow weekend in the Six Nations, but there were 11 players in the two squads who had been called up by the England head coach Eddie Jones during the past three…

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Chris Ashton to miss England clash with Wales because of calf injury

• Ashton has returned to Sale for rehab work• Injury opens opportunity for Jack Nowell and Joe CokanasigaEngland wing Chris Ashton will miss Saturday’s Six Nations title clash with Wales because of a calf injury. Ashton started the 44-8 victory over Fr…

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Newcastle remain rock bottom after directionless defeat at Bath

• Bath 30-13 Newcastle• Hosts score four tries in comfortable victoryNewcastle’s hold on the bottom position in the table is becoming that bit securer by the week, but there was little suggestion in their fourth consecutive league defeat that they were…

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Rhys Priestland’s kick snatches victory for Bath from Wasps’ grasp

• Pool 1: Bath 18-16 Wasps• Late penalty edges hosts to first winNeither side had anything to play for, and it showed. An amusing first half deteriorated into a mind-numbing second, where two of English rugby’s fallen giants attempted to outdo each oth…

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Sam Underhill to miss England’s Six Nations campaign after ankle surgery

• Flanker damaged ligaments playing for Bath in December• Underhill ruled out of action for up to three monthsSam Underhill will miss England’s Six Nations campaign after undergoing an ankle operation. Related: Meet the Clealls: the Saracens twins forg…

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Late Bryce Heem try hands Worcester unlikeliest of wins against 11-man Bath

• Worcester 21-19 Bath• Home side overturn 16-point deficit 20 minutes after timeTwenty minutes after time had elapsed, with Bath down to 11 men, Duncan Weir landed the conversion that has secured Worcester a vital edge in this insane relegation battle…