Bristol secure play-off place, but Sale and Bath have to wait

Bristol Bears secured their play-off place in the final round of matches in the Gallagher Premiership this weekend.

Bears ensured a Premiership play-off place after a bonus point win over London Irish and Bath’s failure to beat Saracens.

Bears end successful season with a play-off berth

Bristol thrashed the exiles 36-7 at the Stoop. The visitors took a comfortable 17-0 lead against Irish with Sami Radrada and Ben Earl crossing.

A fine Hassell-Collins score brought hope to the Exiles, before Bears responded with Harry Thacker going over.

The bonus point was secured with a penalty try and Will Capon adding a fifth on 80 minutes.

Bath have an anxious wait for play-offs

Bath let slip a 14 point lead to only claim a 17-17 draw at Allianz Park against Saracens. Tries from Beno Obano and Ben Spencer gave Bath the early initiative. Rhys Priestland slotted over a penalty to give them a 17-3 lead, before Sarries hit back.

A penalty try after 63 minutes gave Saracens brief hope before Tim Swinson went over with seven minutes left. It was down to Manu Vunipola to salvage a draw with the conversion.

Wasps hammer Chiefs to seal home tie

Wasps thrashed Exeter Chiefs 46-5 to book a home semi-final after a bonus point win at the Ricoh Arena.

A depleted Chiefs side had no answer to the in form Wasps who raced into a 25-0 lead. Jacob Umaga, Dan Robson and Jimmy Gopperth went over for the hosts. Early in the second half Wasps had wrapped up the bonus point when Josh Bassett went over.

Chiefs prop Danny Southworth barged over on his Premiership debut, only for Ben Vellacott to grab his second of the afternoon.

Chris Robshaw led Harlequins to a 32-26 victory against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on his farewell appearance.

Robshaw exits with victory

Hooker Tom Youngs went over for the hosts, but Quins responded in style. Alex Dombrandt intercepted a pass and ran from inside his own half to touch down. A Joe Marchant try before the break gave the visitors a six point cushion to lead 17-11.

Nemani Nadolo and Matt Scott crossed for the hosts, but another try from Marchant and a late James Lang try secured the win. Robshaw ended his career on a high on his 300th appearance for Harlequins, a one club man.

Sharks, Warriors, Saints and Gloucester still to finish season

Sale Sharks game with Worcester Warriors was postponed until Wednesday after 16 positive Covid-19 tests.

Another game that was also postponed at the weekend was Northampton Saints match against Gloucester.

Northampton, who met Sale last Tuesday forfeited their game as a number of their players have to self-isolate. The game has been awarded to Gloucester 20-0.

As it stands going into the final game of the regular season Chiefs, Wasps and Bristol have all qualified for the play-offs.

Bath have to hope that Sale suffer defeat against Worcester. If so then the West Country side will finish fourth. However, Sale have to win against the Warriors, if they do then they will sneak in to fourth spot.

In the play-offs Exeter Chiefs will play either Bath or Sale with Wasps entertaining Bristol.

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