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Summary

  1. FT: Exeter Chiefs 42-12 Northampton Saints
  2. Exeter reach fourth successive Premiership final
  3. FT: Saracens 44-19 Gloucester
  4. Nick Tompkins bags hat-trick of tries for Saracens
  5. Premiership final at Twickenham on 1 June

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. And that's a wrap

    Simmonds

    And that's where we'll bring our coverage of these two Premiership semi-finals to a close.

    The favourites won through it's fair to say and we've got the final many have been waiting for all season in store next Saturday when Saracens and Exeter lock horns again.

    They'll be more reaction to today's games to come on BBC Sport plus we'll have all the build-up to the match at Twickenham in the coming days.

    Also - don't forget there's more live rugby union this evening as Glasgow take on Leinster in the Pro14 final -follow the early stages right here.

    Thanks for joining us today and until next time...

  2. 'Sarries have too many big-game players'

    FT: Exeter 42-12 Northampton

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC Radio 5 Live

    "I do think Saracens will go on and win the final. Saracens' pack delivers gnarly, tough, horrible rugby that is in the face of the opposition.

    "And now they have got a backline that is swift and sexy and can score tries. They have ability and it's all run by Owen Farrell.

    "I think Saracens have too many big-match players. Even though Exeter have been in four semi-finals and won them, they have won just one final."

  3. Chiefs head back to Twickenham

    FT: Exeter 42-12 Northampton

    And our man Brent Pilnick has been busy at Sandy Park penning the match report.

    You can read how it all unfolded for Exeter as they booked a rematch with Saracens for next weekend....

    Exeter into fourth Premiership final in row

    Matt Kvesic.

    Exeter Chiefs reach a fourth consecutive Premiership final by comfortably seeing off Northampton Saints at Sandy Park.

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  4. Post update

    FT: Exeter 42-12 Northampton

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport at Sandy Park

    As Sweet Caroline blasts out over the PA system, Exeter know they will be heading to Twickenham for a fourth successive year.

    In the end the league leaders were too good for Saints, but have they shown themselves to be strong enough to challenge European champions Saracens next week?

    We will see in seven days' time, but what we do know is that the two best sides in England this season will contest the final.

  5. Post update

    FT: Exeter 42-12 Northampton

    So no surprises in either semi-final today.

    The top two will go head-to-head for the title once more next weekend.

    Fair play to both Gloucester and Northampton for fantastic seasons and some brilliant performances during the campaign, but it was just a step too far this time.

    Now the countdown begins to the final....

  6. Full-time

    Exeter 42-12 Northampton

    Tom O'Flaherty

    Exeter are heading back to Twickenham in a repeat of last year's final.

    That was clinical and efficient from the Chiefs in the second half. Northampton just ran out of gas sadly.

  7. Try: Exeter 42-12 Northampton

    Sam Hill, con Joe Simmonds

    Still time for one more Exeter try....

    It's Sam Hill who dots it down with the clock already in the red and that's a comprehensive way to round things off.

    Simmonds with two more points off the tee and that is that.

  8. Post update

    Exeter 35-12 Northampton

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Northampton can be proud, they have had a great year.

    They have set a benchmark now that they will not want to go below.

  9. Post update

    Exeter 35-12 Northampton

    Could have been so different this game had Cobus Reinach held on to that pass from Rory Hutchison on the stroke of half-time.

    Exeter used that as the kick up the proverbial they needed and just like last week's regular season game, they've shut their visitors out in the second half.

  10. Post update

    Exeter 35-12 Northampton

    So we're all set for a rematch of last year's final next weekend.

    I hope for the neutral it's not as done a deal as early as these two semi-finals have been today.

  11. Post update

    Exeter 35-12 Northampton

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Exeter deserve their label as champions elect after finishing the season top of the table, but they now have one match to go and they will need to beat Saracens, a team that I think are the best in the country.

  12. Post update

    Exeter 35-12 Northampton

    Penalty Exeter. Kick to the corner.

    Here comes the line-out once more....

  13. Try: Exeter 35-12 Northampton

    Sam Simmonds, con Joe Simmonds

    And it is a try for replacement Sam Simmonds.

    The TMO could see enough of a grounding after that latest black-shirted surge to the line.

    His brother Joe is on target once more with the conversion.

    Twickenham awaits once more for Exeter...

  14. Try review

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    Pick-and-go. Pick-and-go. Pick-and-go.

    It's so well tried and tested for Exeter, you can almost predict it.

    But Saints look like they've hung on this time and hold the ball up over the line. But, we're taking a look with the TMO.

  15. Post update

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    Scrum penalty. Free-kick on five metres for Chiefs now.

    More of the same and Saints cannot get out of their 22.

    Not exactly engrossing stuff this sadly - rather a drab passage of play.

  16. Post update

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    Clinical if not spectacular this from Chiefs as they close this game out.

    They go again to the corner from a penalty. Will it be try number five?

    Northampton collapse the maul and it's the same decision again to kick for the corner.

    Rinse. Repeat.

  17. Post update

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    A few more changes in personnel for both sides as centre Luther Burrell is on for Northampton.

    It'll possibly be his last appearance before he makes the switch to rugby league in July to join Warrington.

    Sam Simmonds is on for Chiefs in the back row as he returns from a long-term injury.

  18. Post update

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    Exeter v Northampton

    Another penalty for Exeter in the Northampton half and again they opt for the corner rather than the posts.

    Will it be a similar story?

    Not on this occasion as Saints force Chiefs to infringe at the maul.

  19. Post update

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    Northampton go close as Tom Collins nearly bursts through for the line.

    Jack Nowell is there to cover for Exeter and deny the winger with inches to spare.

    Saints still rallying.

  20. Post update

    Exeter 28-12 Northampton

    Northampton throwing some very brave Hollywood passes in their own 22, but with an advantage their way thankfully.

    Dan Biggar knocked off his feet by a late tackle from Dave Dennis, but he's OK to continue.

    Saints needed the fly-half here to try and conjure up something special.