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Ruthless Exeter dismantle Bath’s gameplan to stay in double hunt

Exeter 35-6 BathChiefs set up Premiership final date with WaspsThe force is with Exeter on all fronts right now. Already booked in for Saturday’s European Champions Cup final they duly secured their fifth successive Premiership final appearance, courte…

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Exeter v Bath: Premiership semi-final – live!

Premiership updates from the 4.30pm BST kick-off at Sandy ParkWasps into final as they overwhelm careless Bristol 47-24And feel free to email Lee here or tweet @bloodandmud 5.38pm BST Don’t understand why Exeter didn’t go for a kick at goal at the end …

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Exeter v Bath: Premiership semi-final – live!

Premiership updates from the 4.30pm BST kick-off at Sandy ParkWasps into final as they overwhelm careless Bristol 47-24And feel free to email Lee here or tweet @bloodandmud 5.38pm BST Don’t understand why Exeter didn’t go for a kick at goal at the end …

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Ben Spencer gives Bath hope against Exeter back at the place of pain

Scrum-half’s arrival and a change of focus during lockdown has taken Neal Hatley’s men to within 80 minutes of TwickenhamBath’s last match before lockdown was at Exeter where they were fortunate to lose by only 57-20. They return to Sandy Park for Satu…

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Bristol may use Covid-secure bubble if they make Premiership final

Director Pat Lam says Bristol are on high alert after Sale events‘No one wants to cost the team a trophy’Bristol will consider placing their players in a Covid-secure bubble for two weeks if they defeat Wasps in Saturday’s Premiership play-off semi-fin…

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Saracens put Bath’s play-off hopes in doubt with valedictory draw

Saracens 17-17 BathVisitors must now sweat on outcome of Sale v Worcester matchSaracens are about to vanish from the Premiership’s radar for a while but they can now do so secure in the knowledge they did not disappear without a murmur. A characteristi…

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Rugby union: Premiership final day clockwatch – live!

Updates from Wasps v Exeter and all the 3pm kick-offsSale game postponed over positive Covid-19 testsAnd why not email Lee or tweet him with your thoughts 3.02pm BST 1 min. Jacob Umaga send the ball into the grey Coventry sky and it’s serious business …

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Bath hope Joe Cokanasiga return will inspire giant step towards play-offs | Robert Kitson

After a year out with injuries – and despite family trauma – the England winger says he is feeling good physically and mentallyOn paper the big story this weekend is whether Bath can hang tough at Saracens on Sunday and make the Premiership play?offs, …

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Bath’s comeback leaves Gloucester floundering in the silence

Bath 31-20 GloucesterBath score four tries in final 20 minutesVery little in rugby feels entirely permanent right now and here was another prime example. Entering the final quarter Gloucester were 20-3 ahead and close to putting a serious boot into Bat…

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Fans make long-awaited return to see Bath blaze to victory at Harlequins

Harlequins 27-41 BathStoop welcomes crowd of 2,700 for pilot eventA live audience, suddenly, is the most precious gift in sport. It would be pushing it to describe the Stoop as a throbbing cauldron awash with passion, but how good it was to see club ru…

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Wasps forced to make do and mend as penalty try sees them overhaul Bath

Bath 23-30 Wasps‘I’m really proud,’ says Wasps’ director of rugby Lee BlackettAs bonkers Bank Holiday games go this eventful contest was right up there. Injury-marred and error-strewn at times it was ultimately a triumph of never-say-die spirit over th…

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McConnochie makes it three in row for motoring Bath at Northampton

Northampton 3-18 BathWing McConnochie gives Eddie Jones a nudgeRuaridh McConnochie came off the bench to give Eddie Jones a timely reminder of his talents, scoring the decisive try to clinch a third straight win for Bath since the Premiership restart a…

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Bath up to fifth after proving far too strong for understrength Leicester

Leicester 16-38 BathBath capitalise after Leicester leave out most of first teamAt some point the callow Tiger cubs chosen to represent Leicester on Saturday will look back and reflect on the value of hard-earned experience. Sadly, however, this match …

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Ruaridh McConnochie: ‘I just want to get back into England contention’

The Bath winger insists he is fitter than he has ever been and is determined to rediscover the best of himself on the fieldThe rise of Ruaridh McConnochie has been among English rugby’s most heartwarming stories. From lower-league obscurity with Nuneat…

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Bath stay in contention as Spencer and Dunn inspire victory over London Irish

Bath 34-17 London IrishDunn scores twice in bonus-point victoryThey started the weekend in sixth, then the match in eighth, but Bath finished the day in fourth, in the play-off zone. They hold that precious seat courtesy of a bonus-point win over Londo…

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Premiership restart: club-by-club guide to rugby union’s return | Michael Aylwin

The season will resume on Friday and, with nine rounds left and two play-off weekends to follow, there is plenty to play for Position 6thSlap in the middle of the table, the play-offs are five points one way and Leicester (or relegation any other year…

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England’s Anthony Watson does not want players forced to take knee

Premiership teams have discussed anti-racism messageSome players are reluctant to take the knee for political reasonsThe England and Bath wing Anthony Watson has insisted there is no point forcing Premiership players to take a knee before matches in su…

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Mind your language: Premiership rugby’s return will be a new ball game

Friday’s resumption with no fans will make the on-field chatter audible, while a lot of player moves make an open competition even more unpredictableThe Premiership returns on Friday, unplugged. After five months of inactivity comes a frenzy of seven r…

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Callum Sheedy gives Bristol inspiration for long-awaited league win at Bath

Bath 13-19 BristolUncapped Sheedy eligible for Wales and EnglandWelsh rugby has known more encouraging St David’s Day outcomes than the one which materialised here. Twickenham will be a different ball game on Saturday but a distinguished trio of Wales …

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England’s Jonathan Joseph happy to wing it on way to milestone

Bath centre is unfazed by switching positions for the Six Nations game against IrelandEddie Jones’s habit of encouraging flexibility among players over recent months goes beyond Sunday’s match against Ireland being a third successive game without a spe…