Gallagher Premiership semi-finals: Bristol Bears. Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins and Sale Sharks battle it out for a place at TwickenhamJun 17 | 5 min read
Gallagher Premiership Rugby Round 22: Match reports and highlights
The final round of the regular season produced some high-scoring rugby across England.
The Gallagher Premiership regular season is over! All 22 rounds have been completed and we're down to just four.
Read on, or jump to the game of your choice, for match reports and highlights of the four games played on the final day.
Saturday 12 June
Saturday 12 June
Bath 30-24 Northampton Saints
Bath confirmed Champions Cup qualification with a bonus-point win over Northampton, needing just a point ahead of the game to seal a top-eight finish.
The cancellation of the London Irish game made life a little easier for Stuart Hooper’s men who were still made to work hard for the victory.
Having seen four tries ruled out, they still managed to cross for four legitimate scores against a much-changed Saints.
For Northampton they finish the season in fifth, with Taqele Naiyaravoro at his effervescent best once again as he scored two and set up another of the Saints’ four tries.
Bristol Bears top the Gallagher Premiership table at the end of the regular season after being awarded four points following the cancellation of the match against London Irish.
The match was cancelled after Irish returned positive Covid-19 tests this week and had a significant number of players in isolation, following the contract tracing process.
The result also sees the Exiles miss out on Champions Cup qualification, finishing two points behind eighth-placed Wasps.
Exeter Chiefs 20-19 Sale Sharks
Exeter Chiefs secured a home semi-final against Sale Sharks after producing a superb second-half comeback despite being down to 14 men.
Tries from Byron McGuigan and AJ MacGinty had the visitors ahead at the break, with Arron Read extending their lead in the 42nd minute.
Sam Skinner saw red with 26 minutes still to play, but the dismissal sparked the Chiefs into life with Luke Cowan-Dickie and Stu Townsend both scoring.
Captain Joe Simmonds' penalty sealed victory by a single point and with it second spot, with a repeat of this fixture in next Saturday’s Sandy Park semi-final.
Harlequins 54-26 Newcastle Falcons
Harlequins maintained their fine end of season form as the raced into the playoffs, where they will travel to Bristol Bears, with eight tries against Newcastle.
The tries came from Jack Kenningham, Danny Care (2), Tyrone Green, Louis Lynagh, Joe Marchant, Martin Landajo and Joe Gray.
George McGuigan scored two of his own for the visitors, with Adam Radwan and Jamie Blamire also crossing in the free-scoring encounter.
The Falcons missed out on a potential top eight finish, and with it Champions Cup qualification, but for Quins it’s now five wins in the last seven heading into the semi-finals.
Wasps 31-38 Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers finished a much-improved season in sixth after ending the campaign with a nine-try classic against their old rivals Wasps.
Having finished 11th in the previous two seasons, Steve Borthwick will be delighted with the progress underlined by the victory over their neighbours.
Cameron Henderson, Matt Scott and Dan Cole all crossed in the first half, with Julian Montoya and Tomas Lavanini adding further tries after the break.
Sione Vailanu (2), Jacob Umaga and Wales lock Will Rowlands did reply for the visitors who earned a losing bonus-point and sealed a top eight finish.
Worcester Warriors have been awarded four points and Gloucester two following the cancellation of their Round 22 match.
The match was cancelled after the visitors returned positive Covid-19 tests this week and had a significant number of players in isolation, after being unable to fulfil their Round 21 match against Bath.
As a result of this and due to the additional new players being isolated, the club’s ability to have sufficient players available to cover the front row was impacted.
The postponement sees Newcastle leap-frog the Cherry & Whites who finish the season 11th, one place above Worcester.