Gallagher Premiership Round 21: Highlights and replays

With the race for the play-offs and European qualification going down to the wire, the penultimate round of the Gallagher Premiership provided plenty of drama on BT Sport.

By Tim Williams Published: 1 October 2020 - 10.13am

After an unforgettable weekend of European rugby, Premiership Rugby took centre stage as a lengthened Round 21 continued on BT Sport with the tussle for the top four going down to the wire.

With only two rounds of the regular season remaining, four clubs – Wasps, Bath, Sale Sharks and Bristol Bears – had powered away from the pack and were jostling for a place in the top four.

Exeter Chiefs were hoping to maintain their imperious run of form ahead of a defining few weeks for the club at home and on the continent.

With European qualification for the 2020/21 season still to be determined, there was so much at stake as the Premiership approaches an almighty crescendo.

Here, BTSport.com provides highlights and replays for every Round 21 fixture.

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Bath Rugby 31-20 Gloucester Rugby

Match replay

Bath produced an incredible comeback to secure a bonus point win over Gloucester at the Rec to put them second in the Premiership.

Harlequins 23-32 Wasps

Match replay

Chris Robshaw was dramatically denied victory in his final match at The Stoop, as play-off hopefuls Wasps fought back to beat 14-man Harlequins.

Northampton Saints 14-34 Sale Sharks

Match replay

Sale's bonus-point win over Northampton was overshadowed by injuries to England duo Sharks' Manu Tuilagi and Saints' Courtney Lawes within the space of four first-half minutes.

The visitors were comfortably ahead through tries from Luke James (2), Simon Hammersley and a penalty try before Ahsee Tuala replied for Northampton.

Saints threatened a comeback when Alex Mitchell went but Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Valeri Morozov made sure of the win.

Bristol Bears 40-3 Leicester Tigers

Match replay

Bristol continued their rich vein of form with a thumping win over struggling Leicester at Ashton Gate. The Bears turned on the style, running in six tries in the bonus point victory, ensuring the race for the play-offs goes down to the wire.

Exeter Chiefs 19-22 London Irish

Match replay

A much-changed Exeter Chiefs, already guaranteed to finish top of the table, suffered a rare home defeat to London Irish, who have no chance of finishing in the top eight and qualifying for next season’s Champions Cup despite victory.

Worcester Warriors 40-27 Saracens

Match replay

Worcester beat an inexperienced Saracens side in an end-to-end encounter which saw 10 tries scored at Sixways Stadium.

Two first-half tries from Francois Hougaard either side of a penalty try secured a bonus point for the hosts. Mark McCall’s Saracens, knocked out of Europe last weekend, meet Bath on Sunday in their last Premiership fixture before relegation.