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Summary

  1. FT: Exeter 13-34 Saracens
  2. Champions Saracens secure bonus point win
  3. FT: Bristol 10-32 Northampton
  4. North, Picamoles, K Pisi and Haywood tries for Saints

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By James Law and Nathan Middleton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    So there was to be no Exeter revenge for their Premiership final defeat by Saracens, and no fairytale first home game for Bristol, who were soundly beaten by Northampton at Ashton Gate.

    That's all from us this afternoon, but rest assured we'll be back from Friday night for another full-on weekend of Premiership rugby.

  2. Report: Saracens ease past Exeter

    Two Sean Maitland tries help champions Saracens to a bonus-point win at Exeter in a repeat of last season's Premiership final.

    Exeter 13-34 Saracens

    Sean Maitland

    Two Sean Maitland tries help champions Saracens to a bonus-point win at Exeter in a repeat of last season's Premiership final.

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  3. Report: Northampton secure bonus-point win

    Northampton bounced back from their loss to Bath in impressive fashion as the score four tries against Bristol at Ashton Gate.

    Bristol 10-32 Northampton

    George North

    Northampton secure their first Premiership win of the season as they ease past Bristol at Ashton Gate.

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  4. Match reaction

    FT: Exeter 13-34 Saracens

    Injured Exeter Chiefs and England man Jack Nowell, speaking to BT Sport:

    "It was very disappointing for us - the second game of the season and two losses, it's not the start we wanted.

    "Fair play to Saracens, they're the team we want to be like.

    "There were a few sloppy moments from us - their line-speed put us under pressure and they kept us in the right areas of the field."

  5. Match reaction

    FT: Exeter 13-34 Saracens

    Saracens flanker Jackson Wray speaking to BT Sport:

    "They love to run it down here, sometimes they kicked, sometimes they ran - they caught us a few times but we got back on the front foot.

    "Coming down here and getting a win is something not many people have done - it's a massive statement from us."

  6. Get Involved at #bbcrugby

    FT: Exeter 13-34 Saracens, Bristol 10-32 Northampton

    As always, your thoughts welcome on the results today.

    Can you look beyond Saracens for the title? Are Exeter not the force they were last season? Will Bristol be in a relegation fight all season?

    Use #bbcrugby to have your say.

  7. Full-time

    Exeter 13-34 Saracens

    Well, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall described his side's opening-day win as "hugely rusty", but even he surely can't have any complaints today.

    His side have contained Exeter throughout this second half, consigning the hosts to their biggest home defeat in two-and-a-half years and first for 20 months, when guess what, they were also beaten by Saracens.

  8. Try (Spencer, con Goode)

    Exeter 13-34 Saracens

    Exeter are a bit unlucky there with the bounce of the ball, but Ben Spencer is in no mood to let them off, and pounces for a fifth Saracens try.

    It's converted, and the final whistle goes...

  9. Full-time

    Bristol 10-32 Northampton

    An impressive turnaround from Northampton after their season opening loss at home to Bath.

    A bit of a wake up call for Bristol perhaps after their promotion last season.

  10. Try (Haywood, con Mallinder)

    Bristol 10-30 Northampton

    Mike Haywood

    And that's the try bonus point for Northampton against a tiring defence.

    Replacement hooker Mike Haywood scarpers over and Harry Mallinder gets the conversion.

    A much improved performance from Saints after their opening loss to Bath.

  11. Post update

    Exeter 13-27 Saracens

    Chiefs have all the ball but are really struggling to make any yards due to a red-coloured wall in their way.

    With less than four minutes left on the clock, their goal must now be to try and snatch a losing bonus point from this match.

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    No place for Exeter for Peter in his top four...

  13. No try

    Bristol 10-25 Northampton

    Northampton get the ball over the line from the driving maul, but the referee said that is was not done legally.

    Groans from the home faithful turn into ironic cheers when the see the decision.

  14. Post update

    Bristol 10-25 Northampton

    Time running out for Bristol, who have huffed and puffed in the second-half but found a wall of Northampton white in their way.

    You imagine a losing bonus point is more on the agenda now.

  15. Get Involved at #bbcrugby

    Don't forget, we've been asking who will finish in the top four this season.

    Agree with Lorna?

  16. Try (Cowan-Dickie, con Steenson)

    Exeter 13-27 Saracens

    Saracens had been like an anaconda wrapping itself around its prey since half time.

    But a great scrum, controlled by Harry Williams, eventually leads to Luke Cowan-Dickie going over after a scramble on the line.

    Last season's leading point scorer in the Premiership, Gareth Steenson, is now on the field and kicks the extras.

    Could Exeter come back?

  17. Post update

    Bristol 10-25 Northampton

    Bristol fans

    Bristol fans have not had a lot to shout about this afternoon, but a few line-outs and scrums in a row in Northampton territory crank up the noise levels.

    The Saints defence has managed to deal with everything thrown at them during that period though.

  18. Try (Wray, missed con)

    Exeter 6-27 Saracens

    Jackson Wray

    That might just be game over.

    The scrum breaks down and Billy Vunipola shows his international class, threading a pass for Jackson Wray, who gets the score.

    Alex Goode can't add the extra two points, but Saracens have the bonus point with 17 minutes to go.

  19. Try (Maitland, con Goode)

    Exeter 6-22 Saracens

    Sean Maitland

    Saracens use the ball incredibly quickly and some great skill from Alex Lozowski and Alex Goode gives Sean Maitland the simplest of tasks to get his second try of the afternoon.

    Goode's conversion is equally impressive - from out wide and in that wind, which is still wreaking havoc.

    Rob Baxter's side face an uphill battle with 20 minutes to go.

  20. Post update

    Bristol 10-25 Northampton

    Gareth Maule

    Bristol centre on BBC Radio Bristol

    Bristol have just improved their discipline. You can see now the momentum has changed. If Bristol get the next score we could be in for an interesting close in the match.