Gallagher Premiership Round 16: Highlights & match reports from every game on BT Sport

We've got your domestic rugby needs covered once again, as we bring you every second of the action as the English top flight returns.

By Callum Davis Published: 18 April 2021 - 7.06pm

Premiership Rugby continues on BT Sport with round 16

After a three-week hiatus, the Gallagher Premiership returns to BT Sport with a bang this weekend as Engish rugby's top flight enters the business end of the season.

As ever, BT Sport is showing live coverage of every single game on TV and our digital platforms. Read on for match previews and how to watch every second of the weekend's action online, on the BT Sport app or on BT TV.

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Friday 16 April

Northampton Saints 44-26 London Irish

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Alex Mitchell and Ollie Sleightholme scored two tries apiece as Northampton beat London Irish in a frantic game to move into the Premiership's top four.

Fraser Dingwall marked his return with a score and Mitchell's fine double gave Saints a nine-point interval lead.

Albert Tuisue finished from close range for Irish, but Dan Biggar was dominant as Sleightholme scored in the corner either side of Piers Francis' try.

The Exiles came away with a try bonus point after Ben Loader sliced through.

Saturday 17 April

Exeter Chiefs 43-13 Wasps

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Exeter bounced back from European disappointment in style, as the Premiership champions ran in seven tries against the team they beat in last season’s final.

Wasps led 13-10 at the interval, thanks to Josh Bassett's charge-down try, but the hosts came roaring back in the second half to claim the bonus-point win.

They ran in five tries after the break, to add to Ollie Devoto and Jonny Hill’s scores, with Facundo Cordero, Tomas Francis and captain Joe Simmonds all crossing.

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg, who was charged down by Bassett, made amends with two tries of his own to ensure the Chiefs remain second in the table.

Sale Sharks 25-22 Gloucester 

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Fourteen-man Sale produced a resolute performance to maintain their top four charge and bounce back from Champions Cup disappointment against Gloucester.

The Sharks held a 12-5 lead, with Faf de Klerk, Aaron Reid and Jonny May all scoring in the opening quarter, when Robert du Preez saw red on 23 minutes.

Marland Yarde’s try helped extend the hosts’ lead early in the second half but converted scores from England winger May and Willi Heinz drew the scores level.

But with 10 minutes remaining AJ MacGinty kicked the winning penalty to guide Sale to their 11th victory of the season by the narrowest of margins.

Harlequins 50-26 Worcester Warriors 

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Harlequins racked up a half-century of points as they put Worcester Warriors to the sword in a one-sided affair at the Stoop.

The hosts scored eight tries in all to move back up into fourth to remain firmly in the hunt for a first play-off berth since 2014.

Visitors Worcester, who have not tasted victory on the pitch since round one, picked up a losing bonus point as they crossed for four tries of their own.

Newcastle Falcons 17-34 Bristol Bears

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Bristol came from behind to secure a bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons to extend their lead at the summit of the Premiership table.

The win means Pat Lam's side are now unbeaten in their last eight Premiership games, setting a new club record for matches without defeat.

For Newcastle it's a fifth successive defeat and a far cry from their early season form that saw them top the table in November.

On-loan Saracens full-back Max Malins bagged two tries for the visitors in a man-of-the-match display as Bristol put their European exit to Bordeaux well and truly behind them.

Sunday 18 April

Bath Rugby 21-20 Leicester Tigers

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Ben Spencer scored a last-minute conversion as Bath stunned Leicester at the death in a dramatic end to Sunday's Gallagher Premiership clash.

George Ford had enjoyed a sensational match against his former team with 15 points for the visiting Tigers which saw Leicester leading by six heading into the final stages.

But Jasper Wiese fell foul of the law with a challenge on Zach Mercer and Bath would make the most of the infraction late on.

Bath's win sees them overtake Leicester in the Gallagher Premiership table and extend Tigers' wait for a win at The Rec to 10 years.