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Rob Stevens, Matt Newsum and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for joining us

    But that's your lot for today!

    We'll see you at around 14:45 GMT tomorrow for live text and radio commentary from that match at Welford Road, so until then it's goodnight from the three of us.

  2. Still to come...

    Leicester v Bath (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

    Five matches down, one to go. And my goodness, is the one to go a belter.

    Tomorrow Leicester Tigers host old rivals Bath at Welford Road - and I reckon Richard Cockerill will fancy settling an old score.

    The Blue, Black and Whites hammered Tigers 47-10 in last season's Premiership semi-finals, having beaten them 45-0 at The Rec earlier in the season.

    Should be tasty.

  3. FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    London Irish head coach Tom Coventry told BT Sport:

    "They had 65% possession so we had a lot of time without the ball - we defended valiantly, but we didn't have enough of the ball.

    "We're trying to play positive rugby but we need to grow up and hold onto possession in field position out of our own 22. It takes us a long time to get going - we suffer from not having possession.

    "It's nice to know we can score tries when we need to, but it's result based - it's about winning rugby.

    "There are heads down in the dressing room, they're desperate to put a performance with a W at the end. We need to hold course and stay positive."

  4. FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

  5. Recap

    FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Frank Halai

    Wasps secured a bonus-point victory at Twickenham to consign London Irish to a fifth Premiership defeat of the season.

    Frank Halai's try helped Wasps to a 11-8 half-time lead, with Johnny Williams crossing in reply for the Exiles.

    Elliot Daly touched down to extend the lead to 21-8 after the break before Irish hit back through a second try from Williams, which was converted.

    But Wasps pulled away in the final quarter, with James Young crossing and Halai grabbing his second score.

    Click here to read the full report.

  6. Recap

    FT: Saracens 48-18 Worcester

    Chris Ashton

    Premiership champions Saracens ran in six tries to thrash Worcester in the London double header at Twickenham.

    Chris Ashton grabbed tries in both halves as Sarries recorded their 10th consecutive win in all competitions.

    Ben Spencer, Schalk Brits and Ben Ransom also touched down for the bonus point, while Joe Rees and GJ van Velze scored late consolations for Worcester.

    Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson kicked 18 points, taking his Premiership career tally past 2,500.

    Click here to read the full report.

  7. FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told BT Sport:

    "We weren't anywhere near as accurate today, as was to be expected - if you look at the stats from the European games they were the same intensity as internationals.

    "I'd have taken the result before the game, we talked about not always playing well, we weren't vintage but you need to grind out those victories,.

    "We would have settled for a win and they [London Irish] are due a win. We're just glad they didn't get it today."

  8. Recap

    FT: Exeter 26-25 Harlequins

    Exeter Chiefs

    Exeter remain second in the Premiership after hanging on to beat third-placed Harlequins in appalling weather at a wet and windy Sandy Park.

    Chiefs stand-off Gareth Steenson racked up 21 of his side's 26 points, converting his own second-half try to add to his four first-half penalties and conversion of James Short's try.

    Quins scored four tries to earn a bonus point, the first of them a penalty try.

    Nick Evans, Charlie Walker and Tim Visser all crossed for the visitors.

    Click here to read the full report.

  9. Recap

    FT: Sale 15-15 Newcastle

    Danny Cipriani

    Newcastle earned their first points of the season as they held Sale to a draw at the AJ Bell Stadium.

    But stand-off Danny Cipriani missed a chance to win it for the home side when he failed with a last-minute penalty.

    The recalled Cipriani had kept the home side ahead in the game, kicking four first-half penalties before adding a further three points after the break.

    But Newcastle were well worth the draw, thanks to tries in each half from props Rob Vickers and Jon Welsh.

    Click here for the full report.

  10. FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    While we continue to bring you reaction from the match between London Irish and Wasps, it's also about time to start reflecting on the day's action...

  11. FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Wasps back-rower Nathan Hughes told BT Sport after his man-of the-match display:

    "It was an 80-minute performance. Last week we had Toulon and we knew it wasn't going to be easy against Irish, they stuck it to us up front but the lads fronted up today.

    "Dai Young has signed some outstanding players and we've got depth in the squad from front to back, switching players it's gelling well and we can see Wasps going a long way.

    "My heart is pumping, I'm glad the game is over and I'm glad we've got the five points."

  12. FT: London Irish 15-33 Wasps

  13. Full-time

    London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Bonus-point win secured for Wasps, who go fourth.

    Irish, bottom of the table, have pride and positives but no points.

    Dan Robson boots into touch to bring an end to an absorbing, bruising and at times beautiful encounter at Twickenham.

  14. London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Time ticking down now, Wasps smartly keeping London Irish in their own territory, not allowing a breakout.

    There are so pretty shattered bodies out there on this expansive surface.

    Wasps have used every blade when at their best today.

  15. London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Have to feel for London Irish, it's a case of fine margins at the moment for them.

    You can see the progress made but they've made more than twice as many tackles that Wasps have in this game.

    Irish get a penalty though and tap to get on the front foot.

  16. Try (Halai, missed con Gopperth)

    London Irish 15-33 Wasps

    Frank Halai

    Brilliant, brilliant breakout try constructed by swift hands in the middle, the pace of Elliot Daly and the backing up of Frank Halai out wide.

    There's the bonus point. Boom.

  17. Try (Young, con Gopperth)

    London Irish 15-28 Wasps

    Rumbling, rolling maul sees Wasps force their way over with Thomas Young carting over at the base.

    Gopperth lands the conversion to give Wasps a BIT of breathing space. Just a bit... You can't say for sure in this game!

  18. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Great tackle from Topsy Ojo to stop Frank Halai out on the left after Wasps snaffled possession.

    Wasps have a penalty to come after Jimmy Gopperth's chip kick to the right comes to nothing.

  19. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    London Irish force an error from Thomas Young, one that won't have pleased his old man up in the stands.

    Scrum goes Exiles way. It's been a real tussle at that set-piece tonight.

  20. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Replacement scrum-half Dan Robson pokes a great kick in behind the London Irish defence to turn them round and gain ground.

    Smart play, game management from the ex-Gloucester playmaker.

  21. Missed penalty (Daly)

    London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Not a great effort from Elliot Daly. Not quite enough to take the gloss off his overall performance but one to forget from the tee.

  22. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Elliot Daly

    Collapsed scrum sees Ben Franks wearily get back to his feet. Penalty goes Wasps way and Elliot Daly fancies it from just inside the opposition half.

  23. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    I'm a big fan of the league code, where crooked feeds are an accepted part of the game.

    Some of these feeds don't look entirely straight. I get all the 'channel' chat but still...

    I digress.

  24. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Jimmy Gopperth almost poked his nose through for Wasps and his offload to James Gaskell just doesn't quite work

    Exit kick charged down but ball bounces into touch and we've a raft of changes for both teams before the Exiles scrum.

  25. London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Hour gone and we're still very much in a game here.

    Wasps look really good in full flight, lots of runners and depth but conversely, London Irish are tenacious in defence and rapid in linespeed.

  26. Try (Williams, con Noakes)

    London Irish 15-21 Wasps

    Johnny Williams

    How quickly a game can change.

    Wasps looked like they had this game by the scruff of the neck but London Irish work the shortside brilliantly.

    Ball dinked down the line by Aesali Tikoirotuma, and Johnny Williams was Johnny on the Spot to touch the ball down over the line.

    No problem for Chris Noakes and we've got a game again.

  27. Penalty (Gopperth)

    London Irish 8-21 Wasps

    No mistake from Jimmy Gopperth for Wasps.

    The former Newcastle and Leinster man nails his kick. 13-point ballgame now.

  28. London Irish 8-18 Wasps

    Nathan Hughes

    Wasps have sent on twice Premiership Golden Boot winner Jimmy Gopperth, perhaps to give them an edge from the tee.

    Nathan Hughes has hands on his knees as he gulps in the air around him, he's been an energy ball.

  29. Try (Daly, con Jackson)

    London Irish 8-18 Wasps

    Elliot Daly

    Quicksilver outside back Elliot Daly hits a screamer of a line to meet a Ben Jacobs at the line pass to score.

    Jackson splits the uprights to add the extra points.

    England hopeful Daly looks sharp.

  30. London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Topsy Ojo whacks a kick out on the full, and Wasps march them back into the middle of the park.

    Wasps move it quickly though and they're into midfield and closing on the 22.

  31. Missed penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Chris Noakes screws his kick wide of the mark and it's not been a good day so far for the kickers.

    Conditions? Nerves? Who knows? It's adding to the intensity though.

  32. London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Penalty goes Irish way, scrum infringement by Jake Cooper-Woolley.

    Exiles will kick for goal.

  33. London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    The tension perhaps getting to Wasps there, even All Black class act Charles Piutau dropping the ball to give Irish a scrum in midfield.

  34. Missed penalty (Jackson)

    London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Ruaridh Jackson fails to convert from the tee, and the tension remains, as does the three-point deficit.

  35. London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    James Haskell

    Blair Cowan intervenes to stop Nathan Hughes and James Haskell linking.

    Penalty with the Exiles man offside.

  36. London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Wasps win the ball from the line-out and move it out to the left but Charles Piutau's kick is mopped up by Topsy Ojo.

    Irish getting lots of the ball in their own end of the field. Bit scrappy so far. Very early on naturally.

  37. London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Penalty goes Wasps way at the first ruck of the half.

    Line-out snared and Joe Simpson's box kick is lifted downfield.

  38. Kick-off

    London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    We're back under way at Twickenham, Chris Noakes sends the ball soaring into the night sky and Wasps have it.

  39. HT: London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Wasps are taking nothing for granted...

  40. BBC coverage

    HT: London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    And if this live text commentary somehow just isn't enough for you - you can also listen to BBC radio coverage of this match at Twickenham by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  41. What you might've missed...

    HT: London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Now seems a good time to remind you about what you might've missed in the Premiership earlier today, this being the fourth and final game of the afternoon.

    Click the links below to find out what happened where...

  42. Half-time

    London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Frank Halai

    That was a decent first half.

    Wasps showing their ability to strike with a incisive backline, powerful back and sniping halves.

    However London Irish got themselves on the board with a well-worked try at the end of the half and had Chris Noakes' place kicking been sharper they might have led.

    Certainly don't look like a team stuck down the bottom end of the table.

  43. Try (Williams)

    London Irish 8-11 Wasps

    Well, well, well.

    London Irish show some pace and skill to get Johnny Williams in on the left to end the half on a high.

    Alex Lewington's cutting run almost had them over but he was stopped, and then the ball went right to Blair Cowan who was also held up.

    Williams made sure, but the kick was missed to keep the gap at three points going into the break.

  44. Try (Halai, missed con Jackson)

    London Irish 3-11 Wasps

    Frank Halai

    Wasps punish London Irish indiscipline with a try from Frank Halai in the corner.

    Twice the Exiles went off the feet at the ruck but despite the penalty coming, Wasps kept hammering away and a smart pass from Joe Simpson from the base got Halai in so much space to dive over.

    Conversion missed.

  45. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Twickenham

    On the big screen London Irish head coach Tom Coventry is looking slightly unimpressed with that missed penalty - though it's hard to tell with Tom, as he tends to have that expression most of the time.

    Irish were unable to get the points that good scrummaging deserved.

  46. Missed penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Spoke too soon.

    Looked relatively routine but Chris Noakes is unable to find the target and the gap remains three points.

  47. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    London Irish win a penalty from the scrum against the head.

    Wasps pull the scrum down and it's a chance for Chris Noakes perhaps to drill home the three.

  48. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    London Irish looking to sweep the ball wide and stretch the Wasps defence, moving it from left to right and back again.

    Up to the 22 they go with Blair Cowan... Chris Noakes almost poking his nose through but the ball is knocked on.

    Play brought back for a Wasps scrum. Credit to the Exiles, who are giving a bit of high-risk rugby a whirl.

  49. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    For the record, that makes this year's London double header the most poorly attended since 2007, when 39,400 fans were inside Twickenham.

  50. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    James Gaskell

    Few handling errors creeping in here.

    It has been a soggy afternoon all round it seems.

  51. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Wasps half-backs Joe Simpson and Ruaridh Jackson are sniping away and whipping that ball around neatly. If they can get that backline in the game then tries will follow.

    London Irish have really got through some work defensively. Alex Lewington's pace and eye for a gap will be key to their exit strategy alongside Chris Noakes' kicking game.

  52. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Charles Piutau barrels up the middle for Wasps on the back of a London Irish box-kick.

    James Haskell tries to take in Ruaridh Jackson's round-the-corner pass but it goes forward.

    Scrum Exiles.

  53. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Nathan Hughes

    Nathan Hughes with a touch of butterfingers here...

    Sailosa Tagicakibau slips him an offload but with the line beckoning Topsy Ojo's little fingertip touch forces the error.

    Wasps unlucky, Irish inspired.

  54. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Nathan Hughes loses the ball in contact, after Wasps has moved it from left to right and back again looking for the angle to attack.

    Chris Noakes gets his exit kick away but it sails into touch and Wasps have another line-out in a dangerous position.

  55. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Wasps enjoying a bit of scrum dominance now and gain a penalty from that position.

    Clubbed to touch, line-out on the 22.

  56. London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Alex Lewington is growing into this game nicely for London Irish.

    The winger looks so dangerous in broken field and only a crucial tackle from Frank Halai took him into touch a moment ago as he raced through the gears.

  57. Penalty (Jackson)

    London Irish 3-6 Wasps

    Ruaridh Jackson makes amends with another penalty.

    Wasps back ahead.

  58. London Irish 3-3 Wasps

    Wasps enjoying quick ball at the ruck currently.

    London Irish have Ofisa Treviranus down in back-play. Penalty goes Wasps way.

    London Irish being worked all over by Wasps at the moment.

  59. London Irish 3-3 Wasps

    Nathan Hughes

    Great hands at the line gets Wasps in sight of the line.

    James Gaskell was shut down on the right after a looping run by Elliot Daly on the outside.

    Strong defence from the Exiles.

  60. Missed penalty (Jackson)

    London Irish 3-3 Wasps

    Ruaridh Jackson won't want to see that replay again. He pulls his penalty attempt wide of the uprights.

    Wasps have ball back in midfield though and London Irish again in defensive mode.

  61. London Irish 3-3 Wasps

    Certainly no intention from London Irish to lie down and let Wasps play here.

    Smart breakdown work keeping Wasps on the front foot though and they have a penalty coming.

  62. Penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 3-3 Wasps

    Chris Noakes slots a penalty kick through to pull London Irish level.

    It was reward for adventure with ball in hand and a great move from London Irish with Ofisi Treviranus through the line but Sailosi Tagicakibau makes a huge tackle to shut it down.

  63. London Irish 0-3 Wasps

    Joe Simpson

    Great exit kick down field from Alex Lewington puts Wasps right back in their own 22.

    Line-out taken quickly, but territory-wise Wasps are right back deep before Joe Simpson thumps the ball back downfield.

    Open game so far, Elliott Daly looks a threat even in these early stages.

  64. Penalty (Jackson)

    London Irish 0-3 Wasps

    Ruaridh Jackson slots the kick from just inside the 22 and Wasps take an early lead.

  65. London Irish 0-0 Wasps

    Wasps are battering away on the London Irish line. Pick and drive, pick and drive.

    Exiles hold firm but they're caught offside and Wasps have a penalty.

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    London Irish 0-0 Wasps

  67. London Irish 0-0 Wasps

    Wasps get an early line-out and look to drive the set-piece.

    Doesn't take long for the expansive game to come out though and Dai Young's side are in the Exiles 22.

  68. Kick-off

    London Irish 0-0 Wasps

    We are underway and the ball goes down to London Irish from the Wasps start.

  69. Exiles ready for action

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    Matt Symons leads his London Irish team-mates out of the tunnel to a warm reception from the Exiles support.

    Can they rise to the big occasion here at HQ? They need a win to give their season the kick-start.

  70. Excitement is building

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    Kick-off not far away, teams preparing to emerge from the tunnel, making their final preparations.

    James Haskell has a steel about him as he leads Wasps from their dressing room and out of the tunnel.

  71. Sarries stay top of the Premiership

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    Saracens make it five wins in a row then to keep their place at the top of the Premiership, with a try bonus point to boot.

    Exeter's nailbiting win against Harlequins keeps them close on their heels, while Leicester or Bath could leapfrog Quins with a good result tomorrow in their head-to-head.

    Wasps must match their European performances to pull clear of that bottom pack, while London Irish know the pressure is on after Newcastle's hard-earned draw with Sale at the other end of the table.

  72. FT: Saracens 48-18 Worcester

  73. Team news

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    Wasps skipper James Haskell makes his 100th Premiership appearance for the club on familiar soil for the experienced England international.

    Winger Sailosi Tagicakibau meets his old club as Christian Wade is out with a foot injury.

    Ashley Johnson starts at hooker while Thomas Young comes into the side at flanker.


    Replacements: Shervington, McIntyre, Cittadini, Davies, Jones, Robson, Gopperth, Macken.

  74. Wasps buzzing after European break

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    Wasps celebrate a try in the win against Toulon

    They might not have yet found their Premiership rhythm but Wasps certainly buzzed into life in the European Champions Cup.

    Victories against two European giants in Leinster and Toulon suggest Dai Young's side have hit form at just the right time.

    The win against holders Toulon was particularly satisfying as the Coventry-based side picked up a try bonus point while keeping their illustrious opponents to just two penalties.

    Not the result the Exiles will have been wanting before today's encounter...

  75. Team news

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    London Irish have World Cup winner Ben Franks set for his Premiership debut in the front row in the second game of the London double header at Twickenham against Wasps.

    Matt Symons continues to deputize for captain George Skivington, who is set to be out for two weeks with a shoulder injury, while Scott Steele returns at scrum half.

    London Irish

    Replacements: Ellis, Smallbone, Halavatau, Sinclair, Narraway, Allinson, Brophy-Clews, Mulchrone.  

  76. Exiles unleash All-Black Franks

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    Ben Franks

    Fresh from helping New Zealand to victory in the World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham, Ben Franks will make his Premiership debut at 'HQ' for London Irish with Wasps the opposition.

    Franks, 31, has 47 appearances in the All-Black jersey to his name and arrives in the Premiership after a career spent in the elite Super 15s with the Hurricanes and Crusaders.

    "I've never played anything other than a Test at Twickenham, so that's going to be exciting," he told BBC Sport.

  77. There's more to come...

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

     We've had some great games already this afternoon but we have one more match to guide you through, as London Irish take on Wasps in the second game of the London double-header at Twickenham.

    We've had a draw between Sale and Newcastle, a narrow victory for Exeter over Harlequins and eight tries already at Rugby HQ as Saracens beat Worcester comfortably.

    What will the final game of the day have in store?

  78. FT: Saracens 48-18 Worcester

    Quote Message: I'll celebrate the milestone when I finish playing. It's just one of those things - kicking is one of my jobs on the field and because I've been around for such a long time that total has got bigger and bigger from Charlie Hodgson Saracens fly-half tells BT Sport about reaching 2,500 Premiership points
    Charlie HodgsonSaracens fly-half tells BT Sport about reaching 2,500 Premiership points
  79. Full-time

    Saracens 48-18 Worcester

    Chris Ashton

    And that is the game. Saracens put in a clinical display and scored some brilliant tries as they crossed the whitewash six times.

    Worcester come away from their debut at Twickenham with two consolation tries for their fans to cheer, but Sarries were dominant in the second half.

    The Premiership champions have won all their games so far this season. 

  80. Try (Van Velze, con Heathcote)

    Saracens 48-18 Worcester

    We do get a late try at Twickenham, but it's Worcester who gets it.

    Bryce Heem is the man who made it, picking the ball up deep in his own 22 and making a 70-metre break.

    He pulls in several defenders before Warriors' backs get the ball in hand.

    Chris Pennell creates a two-on-one and he feeds GJ van Velze.

    Heathcote adds the extras.

  81. Saracens 48-11 Worcester

    Saracens look like they may provide a late flurry with another try but debutant Samulea Vunisa is penalised for holding onto the ball.

  82. Full-time

    Exeter 26-25 Harlequins

    Exeter Chiefs celebrate

    Huge win for the Chiefs, who cement themselves in second place with a victory against a Quins side just behind them.

    The conditions stemmed the quality in the second half after a breathless first-40 but both sides tried to play in rapidly sodden conditions.

    Quins got a try bonus point for their four scores, not to mention a losing bonus point, but Gareth Steenson's boot helped tick the board on just enough to snatch the win.

    Harsh on Conor O'Shea's side, who have much to be positive about.

  83. Saracens 48-11 Worcester

    Saracens v Worcester

    Phil Downson is back on and Worcester are back up to a full complement, but he's penalised at the scrum for trying to hook the ball.

    Saracens opt for another scrum.

  84. Post update

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

  85. Try (Rees, missed con Heathcote)

    Saracens 48-11 Worcester

    And Worcester do get a consolation try!

    Bryce Heem draws in Maro Itoje and offloads wonderfully to Joe Rees.

    The prop holds off Charlie Hodgson and Ben Ransom to score the Warriors' first ever try at Twickenham.

    Something to cheer for the travelling Worcester fans after a clinical second half display from Saracens.

  86. Exeter 26-25 Harlequins

    Tom Johnson follows Elvis Taione's lead, sent to the bin for coming in at the side of the maul.

    The visitors look to kick for goal to edge ahead, but Tim Swiel's kick is delayed by the wind, and it unnerves him enough to see it pushed wide.

    Quins still trail with two to go.

  87. Saracens 48-6 Worcester

    Worcester are searching for a late consolation try but the ball is spilled just in front of the line.

    They had a penalty advantage and opt to kick for the corner again, as Owen Farrell replaces Marcelo Bosch for Sarries.

  88. Saracens 48-6 Worcester

  89. Exeter 26-25 Harlequins

    Elvis Taione's return to the field brings Exeter back to full complement and marks a return to contested scrums.

    His first act is to come in at the side of the ruck and concede a penalty.

    Just over five to go and Quins are desperate for that score - going for touch.

  90. Saracens 48-6 Worcester

    An intervention from the TMO for a suspected high tackle by Chris Ashton on Wynand Olivier and Worcester get a penalty.

    A chance for them to gain some territory and possession while they are still down to 14 men.

  91. Try (Ransom, con Hodgson)

    Saracens 48-6 Worcester

    Saracens stretch the play wide from a five-metre line-out and draw in the Worcester defence.

    Charlie Hodgson finds full-back Ben Ransom, who steps back inside and wrong-foots two defenders to score.

    Hodgson squeezes the conversion through the sticks.

  92. Sin-bin (Dowson)

    Saracens 41-6 Worcester

    Phil Dowson

    Phil Dowson is shown yellow for early engagement at the line-out and Worcester are down to 14 mine. Will Sarries take advantage?

  93. Exeter 26-25 Harlequins

    Uncontested scrums called here by referee Matt Carley. Sopping wet out there.

    Closing in on the last 10 minutes now.

  94. Tactics in play later?

    Saracens 41-6 Worcester

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Twickenham

    Charlie Hodgson

    Rain falling quite heavily here now which could make for a markedly different tactical battle in the second game later.

    A landmark moment there for Charlie Hodgson. In the week he announced his intention to retire at the end of this season, he could've gone for the glory himself.

    Ashton finished off the move for the fourth try but the conversion sees Hodgson go past 2,500 Premiership points in his career.

  95. Exeter 26-25 Harlequins

    Chris Robshaw

    Elvis Taione goes to the sin bin for a low 'no-arms' tackle on Mark Lambert and Chiefs are down to 14.

    Quins take full advantage - and get a try bonus point - when Mike Brown's kick to the corner was touched down by Tim Visser.

    It looked as though it was rolling dead but ricocheted back off the corner post and into the Scotland winger's hands for a try.

    One point in it after Tim Swiel misses the conversion.

  96. Try (Brits, con Hodgson)

    Saracens 41-6 Worcester

    They may already have the bonus point in the bag but there is no stopping Saracens.

    Schalk Brits, who was instrumental in the fourth try, bundles over from a rolling maul.

    The champions have been clinical this afternoon. It could get worse for Warriors on their Twickenham debut. 

  97. Try (Ashton, con Hodgson)

    Saracens 34-6 Worcester

    Chris Ashton

    This could be the pick of the tries.

    Schalk Brits gathers a kick 15 metres inside his own half and, with impressive feet for a hooker, sidesteps several defenders and carries over half-way.

    Charlie Hodgson is there in support and he feeds Chris Ashton, who flits back inside for the simplest of finishes for his second try of the afternoon.

    Brilliant rugby from Saracens. Hodgson adds the extras.

  98. Post update

    London Irish v Wasps (17:30 GMT)

    While the action continues on the pitch between Saracens and Worcester...

  99. Saracens 27-6 Worcester

    Saracens win a penalty at that five-metre set-piece, with Worcester penalised for wheeling the scrum.

    Sarries clear the danger and have a respite from that Warriors pressure.

  100. Saracens 27-6 Worcester

    Saracens v Worcester

    Worcester force a period of pressure and a succession of line-outs.

    Tom Heathcote tries an ambitious cross-kick but Bryce Heem is unable to get on the end of it. They had an advantage so go to the corner again for a five-metre line-out.

    But this time Saracens force a penalty and get the put-in at the scrum.

    Meanwhile, Warriors prop Nick Schonert is off after receiving a nasty cut to the mouth and Joe Rees replaces him.

  101. Exeter 26-20 Harlequins

    Gareth Steenson is trying to win this all on his own.

    First he scampered over for a try after a break from Ian Whitten and then smashed over his own conversion to put Chiefs back ahead.

    The rain is really streaming down, a few damp chaps out there at the moment.

    Quins can't make the weather pay to their advantage at the moment - they have the wind this half.

  102. Try (Wray, con Hodgson)

    Saracens 27-6 Worcester

    Jackson Wray

    Saracens get their third try of the afternoon from a catch and drive from a close-range line-out.

    Jackson Wray is the man who touches down after a quick check with the TMO, who denied him a score earlier this afternoon.

    Charlie Hodgson adds the extras.

  103. Full-time

    Sale 15-15 Newcastle

    Sale v Newcastle

    More late drama at the AJ Bell Stadium, as Danny Cipriani has an opportunity to win it for Sale with the last kick of the match - but sends his penalty wide of the posts.

    The final whistle goes and it finishes all square, meaning Newcastle register their first points of the season.

  104. Exeter 19-20 Harlequins

    Early breakthrough in the second-half for Quins as Nick Evans ticks the ball through the upright from a penalty.

    Chiefs looked dangerous with a bit of expansive play but cough up possession.

    Quins have the wind behind them in this second-half.

  105. Kick-off

    Saracens 20-6 Worcester

    We are under way again at Rugby HQ, as Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson restarts the game.

    Can Worcester mount an impressive second-half comeback?

  106. HT: Saracens 20-6 Worcester

  107. Sale 15-15 Newcastle

    Jon Welsh

    How about this from Newcastle!

    A series of pick and drives sees Jon Welsh crash over from close range - and Tom Catterick splits the posts from the tee to level it up.

    Nine minutes to go and we could have ourselves a grandstand finish.

  108. Kick-off

    Exeter 19-17 Harlequins

    Bit of rain tipping down at Sandy Park as Exeter and Quins renew hostilities in the second-half.

    Skies darkened, floodlights on. Here we go as Nick Evans clubs the ball downfield.

  109. Time to warm up

    HT: Saracens 20-6 Worcester

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Twickenham

    Chris Ashton

    Some encouragement for Worcester with those two Tom Heathcote penalties, but Saracens have looked ruthless for the most part in this one so far.

    Two well-taken breakaway tries sees them dominate.

    Many in the crowd, myself included, are off to warm their hands with a half-time brew.

  110. Half-time

    Saracens 20-6 Worcester

    Ben Spencer gathers the restart and kicks for touch, bringing the first period to a close.

    The Saracens scrum-half has been instrumental in helping the north London side carve out a 14-point lead at the break, creating one try and scoring another.

    Tom Heathcote has put over two penalties for Worcester in reply.

  111. Sale 15-8 Newcastle

    There's around 20 minutes to go between Sale and Newcastle, and still the trusty boot of Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani is what divides the two teams - five kicks from five has his side seven points ahead.

  112. Penalty (Hodgson)

    Saracens 20-6 Worcester

    Charlie Hodgson

    Charlie Hodgson replies for Saracens just before half-time, with a kick from nine metres inside the Worcester half in a central position.

  113. Penalty (Heathcote)

    Saracens 17-6 Worcester

    Worcester get another penalty as Ernst Joubert holds on to the ball at the breakdown.

    Heathcote goes for the posts again, and manages to reduce the arrears with just two and a half minutes to half-time.

  114. Get Involved #bbcrugby

    Saracens 17-3 Worcester

  115. Penalty (Heathcote)

    Saracens 17-3 Worcester

    Worcester finally get on the scoreboard after Rhys Gill did not roll away from a tackle.

    Tom Heathcote gets the Warriors' first points on their Twickenham debut.

  116. Half-time

    Exeter 19-17 Harlequins

    Gareth Steenson converting a try for Exeter

    What a thrilling end to the half.

    It looked as though Harlequins would head for the sheds with a half-time lead but as they tried to run down the clock, Exeter pounced.

    The home side turned the ball over, and quickly whipped the ball away to the left through hands, exploiting the space through Gareth Steenson, Ian Whitten and Henry Slade and James Short had the gas to finish. Boom.

    Steenson drilled over the conversion to give Chiefs a two-point lead.

    Absorbing first 40.

  117. Penalty (Hodgson)

    Saracens 17-0 Worcester.

    Saracens force a penalty from the resulting scrum five metres out.

    Charlie Hodgson opts to go for the posts, and this time he makes no mistake.

  118. Sale 15-8 Newcastle

    An early Christmas miracle in Manchester...

  119. Saracens 14-0 Worcester

    Ben Spencer

    From that line-out Sarries go through the phases and come close to bundling the ball over, but Ben Spencer stumbles with the line at his mercy.

    A couple of phases later Jackson Wray thinks he has scored the third try of the afternoon, but a quick check with the TMO confirms he is short of the line.

  120. Saracens 14-0 Worcester

    Sarries are awarded another penalty after Donncha O'Callaghan enters a maul from the side.

    Sarries kick for the corner and they win another penalty from a line-out. They go for touch again, five metres out.The pressure is building on the Warriors...

  121. Sale 15-8 Newcastle

    BBC Radio Manchester's Nathan Middleton suggests the two sets of players haven't really come out at the start of the second half - and looking at the picture below who'd blame them?

    Ten minutes into the second period and only a fifth Danny Cipriani penalty to tell you about.

    Sale v Newcastle
  122. Exeter 12-17 Harlequins

    Mike Brown

    Quick ball from Quins after a concerted spell of pressure and a great tip-on from Mike Brown gets Charlie Walker in at the right corner for their third score of the afternoon.

    The former sprinter showed great feet to outstrip James Short in a narrow channel.

    No surprise the source of Exeter's further points. Gareth Steenson once again clips the ball through off the tee to stop Quins from slipping too far clear on the scoreboard.

  123. Try (Spencer, con Hodgson)

    Saracens 14-0 Worcester

    Ben Spencer

    Saracens turn over the ball at the breakdown and Maro Itoje feeds Chris Wyles.

    The American speeds down the wing and Ben Spencer is there in support for another breakaway score.

    Charlie Hodgson adds the extras from out wide.

  124. Missed penalty (Hodgson)

    Saracens 7-0 Worcester

    Worcester concede a penalty as Niall Annett comes in at the side, and Charlie Hodgson gets a chance to kick for goal.

    It was in a decent position, but he sends his kick wide.

    Sarries captain Alistair Hargreaves is not returning after that early knock to the head, so Maro Itoje stays on.

  125. Quiet please

    Saracens 7-0 Worcester

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Twickenham

    Saracens v Worcester

    Certainly quite sedate around Twickenham in the early stages of this one.

    The top tier and more than half of the middle tier of seating are unsold for this London Double Header.

    Not quite the balmy late summer afternoon which usually greets this occasion.

    The PA announcer is doing his best to crank up the atmosphere though with a rendition of Sweet Caroline.   

  126. Kick-off

    Sale 12-8 Newcastle

    Mike Delany has kicked us back under way at a rainy AJ Bell Stadium.

  127. Exeter 9-12 Harlequins

    Both sides having a few issues at the scrum, referee Matt Carley has spent a fair bit of time speaking to the two front-rows.

    Exeter have another penalty close to the line, after intense pressure, and Gareth Steenson makes no mistake once again.

  128. Saracens 7-0 Worcester

    Worcester have dominated possession in the opening quarter hour despite Saracens's early score.

    They get another penalty from close range and opt to go for the line-out.

    Donncha O'Callaghan tries to force his way over the line but eventually Sarries force the knock-on and win a scrum about eight metres out.

  129. Missed penalty (Heathcote)

    Saracens 7-0 Worcester

    Worcester come close to answering with a try of their own after going through the phases from an attacking line-out.

    However referee Ian Tempest was playing advantage and Tom Heathcote gets a kick at the sticks.

    However, he shanks it wide and Warriors miss a chance to reduce the arrears.

  130. Try (Ashton, con Hodgson)

    Saracens 7-0 Worcester

    Chris Ashton

    Sarries scrum-half Ben Spencer makes a brilliant break through a gap at the breakdown from inside his own half, races into the Worcester 22 and then chips the ball through.

    Chris Ashton gets a simple pick-up and crosses the whitewash for the first try of the afternoon at Twickenham.

    Beautiful play by the champions - which even the Warriors' Twitter account acknowledges.

  131. Exeter 6-12 Harlequins

    Phew... all going on at Sandy Park.

    Quins got a try when scrum pressure eventually told and they were awarded the penalty try after Chiefs again melted at the set-piece.

    Moray Low in response won Chiefs a penalty in front of the sticks that was dispatched calmly by Steenson to reduce the arrears.

    However, minutes Danny Care popped a glorious grubber through for Nick Evans to chase and the Kiwi pounced to score.

    Conversion missed. Game on.

  132. Saracens 0-0 Worcester

    An early worry for Saracens, with captain Alistair Hargreaves involved in a clash of heads with Warriors prop Nick Schonert.

    Hargreaves is off for a head injury assessment. Youngster Maro Itoje replaces him.

  133. Half-time

    Sale 12-8 Newcastle

    A couple more Danny Cipriani penalties - taking his tally to four from four - has Sale Sharks 12-8 ahead at half-time, despite Rob Vickers' try for Newcastle Falcons.

  134. Kick-off

    Saracens 0-0 Worcester

    So we are under way at Twickenham in the first game of today's London double header.

    Warriors fly-half Tom Heathcote gets us started.

  135. Teams out at Twickenham

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

    The two teams are out at Rugby HQ, passing through a tunnel of mascots with flags.

    Worcester come first, led out by TJ van Velze, followed by Premiership champions Saracens.

    Ernst Joubert leads Sarries out - a nice touch in his final professional game.

    The top tier of Twickenham may be closed today, but there is a healthy crowd for the first match of today's London Double Header.

  136. Post update

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

  137. Team news

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

    Worcester Warriors make 14 changes for their trip to Twickenham in the wake of last week's European Challenge Cup defeat by Zebre.

    Only Sam Betty keeps his place for Warriors in their first-ever Premiership appearance at the national stadium.

    Prop Na'ama Leleimalefaga returns along with skipper GJ van Velze, while South Africa international Wynand Olivier comes back in at centre.

    Worcester team

    Replacements: Bregvadze, Rapava Ruskin, Rees, Cavubati, Cox, Mulchrone, Lamb, Howard.  

  138. Exeter 3-0 Harlequins

    Gareth Steenson penalty has Exeter ahead but they had to be at their best to hold up Harlequins over the line after a string of bludgeoning pick-and-gos.

    Quins have the home side on the rack at the scrum on a rather windy afternoon, penalties going against the Chiefs.

  139. Post update

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

  140. Team news

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

    South African number eight Ernst Joubert will make his final appearance for Saracens before retiring.

    Sarries make nine other changes to the side which won at Ulster in the European Challenge Cup last weekend.

    Skipper Alistair Hargreaves returns at lock while Charlie Hodgson partners Ben Spencer in the half-backs.

    Sarries are forced into a late change after Will Fraser is ruled out with a minor knock. Jackson Wray comes into the side and Kelly Brown switches to openside flanker.


    Replacements: Saunders, Barrington, Lamositele, Itoje, Vunisa, de Kock, Farrell, Tompkins.

  141. Joubert bows out at Twickenham

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

    Saracens number eight Ernst Joubert makes his final appearance before retiring today.

    And the South African has picked quite a stage on which to hang up his boots, with his last outing coming at Twickenham.

    The 35-year old joined Sarries in July 2009 and has won two Premiership titles with the club, as well as the LV=Cup last season.

    With Saracens on a nine-match winning run in all competitions, can Joubert help the north Londoners to one last victory against Worcester?

    Ernst Joubert
  142. Kick-off

    Exeter 0-0 Harlequins

    Second versus third has just got under way at Sandy Park.

  143. Sale 6-8 Newcastle

    It's suddenly all go at the AJ Bell Stadium, as first Mike Delany and Danny Cipriani trade penalties and then Rob Vickers crosses to edge Newcastle ahead.

    Tom Catterick misses from the tee, but Dean Richards will be pretty chuffed with that response from his side.

  144. Double vision

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at Twickenham

    London double header programme

    It's two games for the price of one at HQ this afternoon.

    Not the traditional London Double Header we've seen in recent years, but no less mouth-watering.

    First up, defending champions Saracens face promoted Worcester, before conquerors of European giants in recent weeks Wasps face winless London Irish.  

  145. Team news

    Exeter v Harlequins (15:00 GMT)

    England full-back Mike Brown makes his 250th appearance for Harlequins, who make eight changes to the side which won at Cardiff Blues in the European Challenge Cup.

    Captain Danny Care and Nick Evans return in the half-backs as George Lowe is named at outside centre.

    James Horwill and Chris Robshaw come into the forward pack, while Dave Ward is named in the back row.


    Replacements: Gray, Lambert, Collier, Matthews, Treadwell, Tebaldi, Swiel, Hopper.

  146. Sale 3-0 Newcastle

    The BBC Newcastle commentators - who you can listen to via the 'Live Coverage' tab - are suggesting that this has, so far, been Falcons' best performance this season.

    Still they work through the phases patiently, but still they trail to Danny Cipriani's early penalty.

  147. Team news

    Exeter v Harlequins (15:00 GMT)

    Second-placed Exeter Chiefs make several changes to the side which beat Bordeaux in the European Champions Cup as they welcome third-placed Harlequins to Sandy Park.

    Forwards Mitch Lees, Dave Ewers, Don Armand and Thomas Waldrom are recalled, while fly-half Gareth Steenson returns.

    Henry Slade switches to centre, with James Short named on the wing.

    The Chiefs have also made a late change to their starting line-up, with Alec Hepburn now named in the XV at loose-head prop and Ben Moon dropping to the bench.


    Replacements: Taione, Moon, Brown, Parling, Johnson, Lewis, Hill, Woodburn.

  148. Worcester ready for Twickenham debut

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

    Worcester make their first-ever Premiership appearance at Twickenham this afternoon.

    The Warriors have never played a game of 15-man rugby at the national stadium before, but they have appeared in the Middlesex Sevens on seven occasions.

    Dean Ryan's side are yet to win away from home in the league this season and have lost their last three meetings with Sarries.

    Can the Warriors record a landmark victory on their Twickenham debut?

  149. Post update

    Saracens v Worcester (15:15 GMT)

  150. BBC coverage

    Now seems like as good a time as any to point you in the direction of our BBC local radio coverage of this afternoon's action.

    You can follow every cough and spit of every match by popping up to the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page and selecting your commentary of choice.

  151. Sale 3-0 Newcastle

    There's not been a huge amount to shout about in the match between Sale and Newcastle with 10 minutes gone. Newcastle have had a decent chunk of the ball and, as I type, are on the attack.

  152. High-flying Quins on a roll

    Exeter v Harlequins (15:00 GMT)

    Danny Care touches down for Quins against Montpellier in Europe.

    Having finished outside the Premiership's top four last season for the first time since 2010-11, Harlequins have rediscovered their form this term with three wins from four.

    Conor O'Shea's side come into the trip to Devon in third place on the back of two impressive wins in Europe's Challenge Cup.

    Between Danny Care, Nick Evans, Ben Botica and Karl Dickson, Quins have four good halves to guide them around the pitch.

  153. The London double header...

  154. Waldrom return boost for Chiefs

    Exeter v Harlequins (15:00 GMT)

    Thomas Waldrom scores for Exeter against Quins

    Exeter Chiefs are currently in the heady heights of second place in the Premiership, following their impressive win against Leicester before the European break.

    Thomas Waldrom is one of seven changes to the Chiefs side, and could again be key against Harlequins this afternoon.

    Last season's Premiership top-scorer ran in one of his 16 league tries in the Chiefs' 36-13 thrashing of Quins at Sandy Park last season.

  155. Sale 3-0 Newcastle

    Danny Cipriani kicks the first Premiership points of the afternoon to put Sale Sharks ahead against Newcastle Falcons.

  156. Kick-off

    Sale 0-0 Newcastle

    Craig Maxwell-Keys is the man in the middle at the AJ Bell this afternoon - and his whistle prompts Danny Cipriani to boot the ball long and get us under way.

  157. Team news

    Sale v Newcastle (14:30 GMT)

    Winger Marcus Watson starts his first Premiership game for Newcastle Falcons after scoring four tries against Enisei-STM in the European Challenge Cup.

    Centre pairing Adam Powell and Juan Pablo Socino return while Nili Latu comes into the side at number eight in place of Dan Temm.

    The Falcons sit bottom of the table and are yet to pick up a point in the league this season.

    Newcastle team

    Replacements: Lawson, Rogers, Vea, Botha, Hogg, Tipuna, Catterick, Harris.  

  158. Team news

    Sale v Newcastle (14:30 GMT)

    Sale Sharks have been forced into a late change for the visit of Newcastle to the AJ Bell Stadium after Josh Beaumont failed a fitness test.

    TJ Ioane comes into the side at number eight in his stead while Viliami Fihaki is named among the replacements.

    Captain Dan Braid and fly-half Danny Cipriani return to the starting XV after being rested for the European Challenge Cup victory over Pau.

    Prop Eifion Lewis-Roberts could make his first outing this term from the bench after an ankle injury.


    Replacements: Neild, Lewis-Roberts, Mujati, Ostrikov, Fihaki, Stringer, Ford, Jennings.  

  159. Post update

    Sale v Newcastle (14:30 GMT)

    Tom Catterick

    Newcastle could really do with a victory, couldn't they?

    The Falcons have lost all four of their opening fixtures and have yet to register a single point. I mean, even London Welsh had picked up a point by this stage last season - though it was the only point they managed all campaign.

    Sale, meanwhile, have been typically inconsistent - an eye-catching victory over Northampton at the start of the month only coming after a hammering by Saracens in round one.

    So which way will it go today?

  160. Post update