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Premiership 2017-18: team-by-team review of the rugby union season

Cool-headed Exeter shone without setting hearts racing, as Saracens and Wasps slipped while injuries dominatedFinal league position: 1st Related: Premiership team of the season: from Henry Trinder to Donncha O’Callaghan | Robert Kitson Related: Sarace…

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Saracens turn focus on recapturing Premiership title from Exeter | Robert Kitson

This year there will be no distractions as the European champions attempt to regain the domestic crown from last season’s surprise packageThis time last year Wasps and Munster had just finished ahead of the rest of the Premiership and Pro 12 respe…

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Saracens step up a gear to cruise past Gloucester as Alex Goode excels

• Saracens 62-12 Gloucester• Home side score 40 points without reply in second halfSaracens sauntered to the play-offs after yet another second-half siege laid Gloucester to waste. They have now not conceded a second-half point in four matches – it was…

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Dazzling Danny Cipriani steers Wasps past Newcastle into third place

• Newcastle 22-39 Wasps• Wasps now face Saracens in Premiership semi-finalQuite where Danny Cipriani will be playing next season remains unclear, but this was the latest glimpse of his rare talents as he prepares for the next chapter of his career.The …

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Sale hopes of a Champions Cup place ended by George Ford’s salvo

• Sale 13-35 Leicester• Ford takes control in the second half to deflate the home sideA bizarre frolic to end the season for two sides with Europe on their minds. Despite the unbroken sunshine, the floodlights were switched on 20 minutes into the game …

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Exeter’s Alec Hepburn finishes off a six-try victory over Harlequins

• Harlequins 17-41 Exeter• Harlequins slump in final quarter on John Kingston’s farewellAnother match, another horrible defeat for Harlequins. At home they may have been, with the sun on their backs, just as they have always liked it, but they could no…

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Newcastle face Wasps in sell-out decider for Premiership third spot

Dean Richards’ side have confounded all expectations and made the play-offs while Sale and Bath will look to do similar on Saturday and squeeze into next season’s Champions CupNewcastle were the first winners of the Premiership in 1998 but since then t…

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Premiership team of the season: from Henry Trinder to Donncha O’Callaghan | Robert Kitson

As the Premiership regular season draws to a close, Wasps, Worcester and Exeter provide three players apieceTwenty-one try assists in 19 games, as well as four tries, reflect the South African’s influence on Wasps’ attacking game. The Springboks are re…

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Billy Vunipola’s hamstring adds to England’s injury worries

• Saracens No 8 pulls up after ‘feeling tightness’ in training• Eddie Jones to name South Africa tour squad next weekBilly Vunipola’s hopes of an injury‑free end to the season have suffered another setback after the Saracens No 8 pulled up with a hamst…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

England rivals may enliven play-offs, Bath keep up bizarre trend and a thrilling final raises exciting questions for women’s gameSale will qualify for the European Champions Cup if they defeat Leicester at home and Gloucester fail to beat Saracens. The…

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Saracens hammer relegated London Irish to secure home Premiership semi

• London Irish 14-51 Saracens• Return of Billy Vunipola boosts Saracens and EnglandThe England No 8 Billy Vunipola produced a rampaging 20-minute cameo as Saracens secured a home play-off semi-final against Wasps or Newcastle by crushing relegated Lond…

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Exeter march on and show no sign of letting up in victory over Sale

• Exeter 34-19 Sale• Nic White starts four-try burst in comfortable winExeter had already secured home advantage in the play-offs but there was no letting up from the champions who ensured they will finish at the top of the table for the first time wit…

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Ally Hogg’s late show for Newcastle leaves Leicester hoping for help

• Leicester 23-25 Newcastle• Tigers’ play-off hopes hang by a thread after late converted tryLeicester’s love affair with the play-offs looked to have come to an acrimonious end last night when Newcastle scored a disputed try by their No 8, Ally H…

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

A clean-up job awaits John Kingston’s heir, Gary Graham shines again and Kitchener’s tumble leaves Gopperth the fall-guyHarlequins have been linked with so many coaches since the announcement last week that John Kingston will leave after the season tha…

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Sam Simmonds’ hat-trick helps Exeter Chiefs to easy win over London Irish

• London Irish 5-45 Exeter• Exiles now nine point off 11th-placed WorcesterThere remains a mathematical chance of London Irish avoiding relegation from the Premiership this season but any realistic hope of a reprieve was effectively ended on Sunday by …

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Saracens into play-offs with win over Bath as Joseph suffers ankle injury

• Saracens 41-6 Bath• Jonathan Joseph’s England tour place in jeopardyAnother desperate afternoon for Bath, and not a great one for England with Jonathan Joseph hobbling off with an ankle injury that may jeopardise his place on the summer tour of South…

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