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Premiership final day
10 May, 2008, 1500 BST



RESULTS
Gloucester 8-6 Bath Match report
Leeds 28-45 Wasps Match report
Leicester 31-28 Harlequins Match report
Sale 7-17 London Irish Match report
Saracens 25-20 Bristol Match report
Worcester 51-10 Newcastle Match report

SCORES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

606: DEBATE
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By Mark Orlovac

1711: Right, after a dramatic day, I'm now going to have a very stiff drink. Well done to Gloucester for finishing top of the league, and to Leicester for somehow reaching the play-offs. Take care of yourselves, let's do this again soon (not too soon though, as I need to recover!).

"Leicester pinch it at the death!!! Brilliant!! Thanks Irish!!! Now it's all to play for."
rjbhutton on 606

"I'm gutted. Speechless, devastated, gutted."
Quinny Quin Quin on 606

1702: Just in case you need reminding, the semi-final line-up looks like this:
Gloucester v Leicester (1400 BST, 18 May)
Wasps v Bath (1630 BST, 18 May)

1658: That was something else wasn't it? The table finished with Gloucester, Wasps, Bath and Leicester in the top four. The Tigers were in seventh at one point but they have somehow fought back from the dead to prolong their season. Sale may have missed out on the play-offs but they do make the Heineken Cup with a fifth-place finish. Quins, who were in the play-offs at one point today, finish sixth and need Bath to defeat Worcester in the European Challenge Cup final to qualify for the Heineken Cup.

1652: FULL-TIME Leicester 31-28 Harlequins
The Tigers are in the semi-finals. They finish fourth and will now take on Gloucester at Kingsholm. Absolutely incredible.

1652: Sale 7-17 London Irish
Disaster for Sale. Chris Bell scores a late converted try for the home side but it is not enough. They could not get anything from their game, allowing Leicester to move into the top four.

1648: FULL-TIME Gloucester 8-6 Bath

1647: TRY Sale 0-17 London Irish
Seilala Mapusua rubs salt into Sale's wounds with his second and London Irish's third as they cement their victory at Edgeley Park. Hodgson sends over the extras.

1647: FULL-TIME Worcester 51-10 Newcastle

1646: FULL-TIME Leeds 28-45 Wasps

1646: TRY Leicester 31-28 Harlequins
Unbelievable. Varndell crosses again and the Tigers have come from behind to snatch victory. Goode converts. Are they in the play-offs?

1644: Goode misses the penalty attempt.

1644: FULL-TIME Saracens 25-20 Bristol
Richard Hill's career ends on a high note.

1643: Leicester on the attack but, for the moment, Quins are holding on. The visitors concede a penalty and with seven minutes left, they decide to go for goal. While the players were deciding what to do, skipper Martin Corry actually came over to the touchline to find out whether to go for touch or not. Hmmm.

"I can't bear pressing f5! Come on Quins! Hang on boys."
Max in Thames Ditton via text on 81111

"What a day! Some fantastic rugby on offer, come on Wasps, looking forward to the semis and finals. Thanks for this coverage, I should be gardening really."
Graham via text on 81111

1637: TRY Leeds 28-45 Wasps
Simple as that for Voyce, who crosses for his hat-trick with the easiest of tries. Jeremy Staunton converts.

1635: Gloucester fans go barmy as Akapusi Qera bundles over in the corner after a break in midfield, but the flanker fails to hear referee David Pearson's whistle for an earlier knock-on. Fair to say the man in green is not the most popular fella at Kingsholm.

1635: It's all Leicester at Welford Road. Can Harlequins hang on?

1631: TRY Leicester 24-28 Harlequins
Jeepers. Tigers number eight Jordan Crane gives Leicester a glimmer of hope and Goode converts this time to put them back in the hunt. Leicester are now sixth.

1628: That try for Quins means that the Tigers are now in seventh and definitely OUT of Heineken Cup contention. Could this be the end for Loffreda?

1627: TRY Leeds 28-38 Wasps
Hendrie Fourie crosses, Di Bernardo converts.

1626: TRY Leicester 17-28 Harlequins
Incredible. Massive mistake from the Tigers as a back-row move comes to a halt, they lose the ball and Harlequins take advantage. Williams picking up a chip through to score in the corner. Malone converts.

1623: Missed penalty from Irish fly-half Eoghan Hickey in a largely uneventful second half.

1622: Disaster for Bath, who are forced to withdraw England front-row forwards Matt Stevens and Lee Mears because of injury scares. Both men have been effective in the loose at Kingsholm.

1622: TRY Leeds 21-28 Wasps
Wasps respond immediately, Joe Ward scoring from close range after a dominant ruck from the visitors. Jeremy Staunton kicks the simple conversion.

1619: TRY Leeds 21-31 Wasps try
Cracking try from Leeds, substitute Jonny Hepworth crossing in the corner to punish Wasps for easing off the pedal in recent minutes. Alberto di Bernardo misses the tough conversion.

1619: Quins fly-half Malone misses an easy penalty and nerves are starting to play their part, that's his second missed penalty in the space of five minutes.

1617: "How many English sides qualify for the Heineken Cup?"
Tyrone-Villan on 606

Hi Tyrone-Villan. There are six English Heineken Cup places up for grabs with the top five teams in the league qualifying. Worcester will claim the sixth if they win the European Challenge Cup. If they lose to Bath, who already have a place with their position in the league, then the final place will go to the sixth-placed team in the Premiership. Hope that makes sense!

1615: Reprieve for Leicester. Quins winger Tom Williams knocks on with the line at his mercy. Massive chance.

1611: The try for Wasps changes things at the top of the table. It is now: Gloucester, Wasps, Bath, Harlequins. Sale are in fifth, and a guaranteed Heineken Cup spot, while Leicester are sixth and hoping for a Bath victory in the European Challenge Cup final for them to get through to Europe's Premier competition.

1609: TRY Leeds 16-31 Wasps
That's the bonus point for Wasps and they are looking at a second-place finish, Rafael Ibanez crossing after the visitors stretch Leeds all over the park with a flowing move. Jeremy Staunton, exemplary as ever, converts.

"Oh yes, Try Leicester! Hoping for a Leicester win (meaning a Quins defeat) and a Sale defeat."
VidicIsALegend on 606

1605: TRY Leicester 17-21 Harlequins
Tigers wing Johne Murphy goes over two minutes after the interval, but Goode's kicking again lets him down. That's his second missed conversion to add to two missed penalties. That could prove costly.

"Come on you Tigers!"
RajivD on 606
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"What a day so far. Brilliant excitement for fans of all teams. Great advert for Premiership rugby."
Pete, Falcons fan via text

"Can we have a half time 'as it stands...' for those of us too lazy to work out permutations ourselves?"
Charlie via text

Hi Charlie. I would love to but to be honest, it's all I can do to keep abreast of all the scores! If anything changes re: the standings, I will keep you up to date.

1600: The last 40 minutes of the season is about to begin - let's go.

1550: Blimey, how quickly did that 40 minutes go? This poor keyboard! As we stand - Gloucester, Bath, Wasps and Harlequins occupy the top-four places. I reckon it will stay like that at close of play.

1546: Goode misses another penalty for the Tigers, it hit the post and that brings to an end the first half.

1546: HALF TIME Gloucester 8-6 Bath
A thoroughly entertaining first 40 minutes comes to a close at Kingsholm, with both sides producing some of the most ferocious tackling you will see this side of the Super 14s. Local bragging rights are at stake, so you wouldn't really expect anything less with those two.

1544: TRY Leeds 16-24 Wasps
Textbook try from Wasps, Fraser Waters crossing to reinforce the Londoners' dominance in this match, despite them barely getting out of second gear. Jeremy Staunton converts with ease.

1544: TRY Leicester 12-21 Harlequins
Quins extend their lead just before the break. A loose ball is hacked on and winger Tom Williams goes over, converted by Malone. Against the run of play to be fair.

1543: PENALTY Gloucester 8-6 Bath
Barkley slots over his second penalty of the afternoon to reduce the arrears just before the half-time interval.

1543: As half-time approaches Sale centre Luke McAlister fails with a long-range penalty. Sale have been poor. Very poor.

1540: Andy Goode misses a penalty for Leicester.

1538: TRY Gloucester 8-3 Bath
A sweeping backs move from the Cherry and Whites sees winger James Simpson-Daniel step off his right foot to go over for one of the best tries you will see all season. Fly-half Ryan Lamb cannot add the extras.

1536: TRY Leeds 16-17 Wasps
Tom Voyce eases past Leigh Hinton on the inside to cross for his second try and Jeremy Staunton's subsequent conversion puts Wasps ahead for the first time in the match.

1534: PENALTY Leeds 16-10 Wasps
Leeds make a mess of a scrum and a penalty is given, Jeremy Staunton slotting over to reduce Wasps' deficit.

1533: PENALTY Gloucester 3-3 Bath
England centre Olly Barkley - who is heading to Kingsholm next season - levels matters with a simple kick just left of the posts.

1531: As we stand, the top four looks like this: Gloucester, Bath, Wasps, Quins.

1527: TRY Leeds 16-7
Disaster for Wasps as Tom Biggs intercepts a pass and runs clear of the visitors' defence to cross for the try. Di Bernardo slots home the simple conversion.

1525: TRY Sale 0-12 London Irish
Seilala Mapusua makes it two tries in two minutes for Irish, cutting through poor Sale defence to increase the lead. Hickey fails to convert.

1522: TRY Sale 0-7 London Irish
Exiles wing Topsy Ojo scores the first points of the game, intercepting the ball in his own 22 before running the length of the field to cross under the posts unchallenged. Eoghan Hickey adds the extras.

1521: PENALTY Gloucester 3-0 Bath
Ryan Lamb gets the Premiership's table toppers on the scoreboard, it's a thoroughly entertaining West Country encounter at Kingsholm.

1520: TRY Leeds 9-7 Wasps
Wasps finally get their rugby ticking, Tom Voyce crossing after good work from the pack. Jeremy Staunton converts to drag his side to within two points of Leeds.

1520: TRY Leicester 12-14 Harlequins
Former Tiger Will Skinner goes over for Quins and Chris Malone's conversion puts the visitors back in front.

1515: TRY Leicester 12-7 Harlequins
Incredible scenes at Welford Road as the Tigers claim their second try. Wing Tom Varndell gets some quick ball before beating his man on the outside and crossing in the corner. Superb try. Goode gets the conversion this time.

1511: TRY Saracens 10-3 Bristol
Richard Haughton crosses for Sarries while Ed Barnes claims a penalty back for Bristol.

1510: PENALTY Leeds 6-0 Wasps
Di Bernado extends Leeds' lead, although the Premiership's worst side should have had at least five extra points on the board had Rod Vickerman not knocked on with the try-line begging.

1508: TRY Leicester 5-7 Harlequins
Tigers flanker Ben Herring gets his side back into the match but Goode misses the conversion.

1505: TRY Worcester 7-0 Newcastle Pat Sanderson scores for Worcester, Shane Drahm adding the conversion. The Falcons, who have had a poor season and who will be without Toby Flood and Mathew Tait next season, will finish second bottom if they lose today.

1505: PENALTY Saracens 3-0 Bristol
Alex Goode scores the first points for Sarries in Richard Hill's final game.

1505: PENALTY Leeds 3-0 Wasps
Alberto Di Bernardo puts the Tykes ahead.

1503: TRY Leicester 0-7 Harlequins
Great start for the Quins. Full-back Mike Brown scores after just three minutes and Chris Malone adds the extras.

1500: We are underway at Welford Road and Headingley and the players are taking the field at Kingsholm. Deep, deep breath everyone.

"To be honest - Today's game at Kingsholm should be the title decider. The two best teams playing the best and most attractive rugby of the Premiership. Come on Glaws."
Arcticmonk73 on 606

Just had the same chat in here. I know it's exciting for the other teams in the Premiership but I just can't get my head around the play-offs. Surely the side finishing top should be the champions? But hey, what do I know?

"Sat here in Sydney at 11.20pm with 40 mins to kick-off in Leicester and other (less important - for me) places. Not sure I can bear to stay up. Come on you Quins!!!"
From davidah1 on 606

"Sitting in the sun in Corfu, listening to the commentary on Radio Leeds, 26C, beautiful day, glass of wine, mezze, and a great match lined up ahead. Hope Wasps pull off a five pointer, and for the first time in my life I am cheering Glos on for a win by eight points with Bath not scoring four tries. Bring on the semis. Why change rugby with new ELVS, this is the most exciting season finish ever? Go Wasps."
From largegeorgegedling on 606

1437: Kingsholm is slowly filling up and Gloucester fans will be in fine fettle after the impressive victory over Wasps last weekend. Mentally, it was a huge win and they will be looking for the same today as they aim for a home semi-final.

Just as a reminder, the play-offs will see the top team at home to the one finishing fourth while the league runners-up will host the side in third. So there we are then.

"Come on Quins! Stranger things have happened and Leicester aren't in great form. Irish with a chance of guaranteeing Heineken Cup rugby. The sun is shining!
Anon, via text on 81111

1433: Now I could sit here and detail all the play-off permutations but that would be just silly as we already have a delightful cut-out-and-keep guide to this weekend. Take a peak and you will be fully in the know.
Permutations

"I'm sat in the office in Mexico wishing I was in a pub in England somewhere. Hoping the Tigers can pull off a miracle but I think it's Gloucester's year! Thanks for keeping us global dwellers up to speed on all matters rugby!"
aceinternational on 606
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1424: Wasps have yet again timed their end-of-season run to perfection haven't they? They only had two wins from their opening eight league games but things started to change with their England contingent back from World Cup duty. They have won 11 of the last 13 Premiership matches and they face already relegated Leeds in their final game.

"I'm just glad the relegation battle is over. Don't think I could cope with Newcastle battling with it. I've got GCSEs to concentrate on!"
soccer_rugby_f1 on 606

1411: Now, there are plenty of talking points as we prepare for the day's action with the main one being the situation at Welford Road, where there has been plenty of chat regarding the future of a certain Marcelo Loffreda.

The former Argentine coach may have led the Pumas to the semi-finals of the World Cup last October, but has found life with the Tigers a little tougher following his late arrival.

Natal boss Dick Muir, who claimed Leicester approached him about the role, is now out of the running after deciding to join the new Springbok regime under Peter de Villiers but the Tigers might continue their search if they fail to make the play-offs or the unthinkable happens and they miss out on Heineken Cup qualification.

And who are they facing in their crunch final game? A play-off chasing Quins side who are led by Dean Richards - the man that took Leicester to back-to-back Heineken Cup wins in 2001 and 2002 as well as four consecutive league titles.

You couldn't make it up.

1407: It all comes down to this. It's the final round of the regular season and the last 80 minutes will determine who will progress to the end-of-season play-offs and who will seal places in next year's Heineken Cup.

Gloucester and Bath, who meet at Kingsholm today, currently occupy the top two positions and are guaranteed a place in the top four while Wasps, Sale, Harlequins and Leicester are battling it out for the final two places.

So forget the sunshine, it's bad for you anyway, and we'll keep you in touch with the latest news from around the country.

I can't do this on my own so I will need as much chat from you as possible this afternoon. Let me know who you think will reach the play-offs and what changes would you like to see at your club over the summer.

Get involved on 606 or via text on 81111 and I'll use as many submissions as I can.

Let's be having you, it's going to be a tense day.
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1400 BST: Afternoon troops. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let a thrilling day of Premiership action begin.




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