Round 19 saw another enthralling set of matches as Exeter Chiefs became the second side after Bristol Bears to clinch a play-off place following their 31-12 win at London Irish.

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Friday 14 May

Bath 20-24 Sale Sharks - Watch replay

Sale won their sixth Gallagher Premiership game on the trot to move second after coming from behind to win late on at Bath. 

The hosts drew first blood through Cameron Redpath before a spectacular Sharks breakaway saw Jean-Luc du Preez go over following a wonderful looping pass from Faf de Klerk. 

Bath then got their noses back in front after Max Clark's naughty round-the-back pass released Josh Bayliss, who made no mistake.

Alex Sanderson's side levelled the contest midway through the second half thanks to tries from Byron McGuigan and Simon Hammersley before Rhys Priestland's second penalty of the match edged the home side ahead once more. 

However, Sale - who had lost three men to yellow cards throughout the contest - had 15 players on the pitch to capitalise on the sin-binning of Charlie Ewels with around five minutes to go as they went for the corner, won the lineout and then set a formidable driving maul which Bath simply could not stop.

Curtis Langdon grounded the ball, sparking wild scenes as the Sharks moved above Exeter Chiefs into second and are now almost certain of a play-off spot at the end of the campaign.

A second Premiership title, after their inaugural triumph in 2006, is still a possibility. 

Saturday 15 May

Wasps 23-19 Worcester Warriors - Watch replay

Wasps survived a Ben Morris red card as they came from behind to beat Midlands rivals Worcester and keep hopes of a Premiership top-eight finish alive.

Leicester Tigers 35-29 Harlequins - Watch replay

Leicester held off a late Harlequins rally to pick up a much-needed victory in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

England forward Ellis Genge helped himself to a pair of scores for the home side as they secured a bonus point win but the visitors made them work hard for the points during a pulsating affair at Welford Road.

Monday 17 May

Newcastle Falcons 18-10 Northampton Saints - Watch replay

Northampton’s play-off hopes are all but over after a narrow defeat to Newcastle at Kingston Park.

Playing in front of fans for the first time in 14 months, Paul Hill’s try gave Saints an invaluable lead in an attritional encounter. The Falcons responded through Adam Radwan and Chidera Obonna to seal a second consecutive Premiership victory.

Dean Richards’ side moved up a place to 10th, while Northampton are 11 points behind fourth-placed Harlequins with three games remaining.

Bristol Bears 39-7 Gloucester - Watch replay

League leaders Bristol brushed aside struggling Gloucester in front of 3,000 returning fans at Asheton Gate.

It was a comfortable win for the Bears despite having eight tries ruled out, and the win all but ensures them a top-two finish and home semi-final.

Max Malins, Charles Piutau, Ben Earl, Nathan Hughes and Semi Radradra all scored for the hosts, with Gloucester’s only response coming through Santiago Carreras against the run of play in the first half.

Tuesday 18 May

London Irish 12-31 Exeter Chiefs - Watch replay

Sam Simmonds scored a hat-trick of tries and made Gallagher Premiership history as Exeter Chiefs moved back above Sale Sharks into second with a comfortable win over London Irish in front of fans at the Brentford Community Stadium.

The back row touched down less than seven minutes in and after London Irish hit back with a converted score of their own, Simmonds' brother Joe put the Devon side back in front.

Sam Simmonds then scored his second try of the evening to take his league tally this season to 18, an all-time Premiership record in a single campaign. 

Ben Loader's try then reduced the gap to seven points heading into the break, but Exeter then took the game away from their hosts in the second half through further tries from Tom O'Flaherty and Sam Simmonds.