Gallagher Premiership Round 20: Match previews and how to watch on BT Sport

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

By Callum Davis Published: 30 May 2021 - 11.15pm

Five days after Toulouse made history at Rugby HQ with a record fifth European crown, attention turns to the Gallagher Premiership and the road to Twickenham as the play-off hunt hots up.

Read on, or jump to a game of your choice, for match previews and details on how to watch every game on BT Sport this weekend.

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Friday 28 May

Sale Sharks 22-12 Bristol Bears

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Sale secured their place in the Premiership play-offs with two matches to spare after coming from behind to beat Bristol.

It wasn't until 45 minutes in that the first points were scored as Ben Earl capped a brilliant team move involving Max Malins and Semi Radradra.

Shortly after going behind, Man Tuilagi returned to the field for the Sharks after an eight-month layoff due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Dan du Preez brought the hosts levelled before his brother Rob charged over following a brilliant crossfield kick by AJ MacGinty and a composed pass inside by Byron McGuigan.

Curtis Langdon then scored the third try for Alex Sanderson's men before Ioan Lloyd's converted score kept things interesting.

However, the Sharks held on and have now moved above Exeter Chiefs into second. The teams meet on the final day of the regular season on 12 June. 

Gloucester 30-28 London Irish

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A Billy Twelvetrees penalty in added time saw Gloucester beat London Irish in a topsy-turvy encounter at Kingsholm.

Curtis Rona put the visitors ahead before Santiago Carreras and Willi Heinz responded with tries for the Cherry and Whites. 

Will Goodrick-Clark and Albert Tuisue gave Declan Kidney's men a 25-19 lead at half-time though, either side of a try from Gloucester's Kyle Moyle. 

Following the sin-binning of Rob Simmons midway through the second period, Louis Rees-Zammit's try and a Twelvetrees penalty nudged George Skivington's side in front before Paddy Jackson kicked Irish back ahead once more. 

But it was Twelvetrees who had the last laugh, with Gloucester moving up to 10th and Irish's top-six hopes suffering a blow as a result.

Saturday 29 May

Harlequins 44-33 Bath

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Six-try Harlequins booked their place in the season-ending Premiership play-offs following victory over Bath in an enthralling contest at the Stoop.

Jack Kenningham got the hosts on the scoresheet after seven minutes, with a further converted try for Danny Care putting Quins 15-3 less than a quarter of the way through the contest.

However, quickfire replies from Josh McNally and Will Muir drew Bath level before the visitors went ahead through the boot of Rhys Priestland as Stuart Hooper's men threatened to rain on the London side's parade.

Despite that setback, Quins roared back in spectacular fashion as Joe Marchant and Luke Northmore helped Billy Millard's men to a crucial bonus point and a 32-18 lead at the break.

Once more though, the momentum shifted. Muir's second try and a converted Josh Bayliss either side of another Priestland penalty got Bath's nose back in front on 53 minutes before Quins had the last laugh thanks to tries from Stephan Lewies and Martin Landajo.

Worcester Warriors 17-18 Leicester Tigers

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Leicester bounced back from last weekend's Challenge Cup final heartbreak against Montpellier by coming from behind to beat Worcester. 

Jamie Shillcock broke the deadlock with a try and conversion to make it 7-0 to the Warriors and after the Tigers had slotted home two penalties, Ted Hill's converted try put the hosts 14-6 ahead.

An Ellis Genge try on 46 minutes gave the visitors significant hope of turning things around and Genge went over for a second time in the half before Zack Henry kicked the two penalties to give the Tigers the lead for the first time and that was how it stayed as Steve Borthwick's men moved up to sixth. 

Northampton Saints 30-25 Wasps

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Northampton missed out on the chance to qualify for the Premiership play-offs despite beating Wasps in an entertaining game at Franklin's Gardens.

Harlequins' victory over Bath means they became the fourth and final side to book their place in the season-ending competition, but the Saints did not let it deter them from putting on a show.

Samuel Matavesi went over following a driving maul before Wasps levelled through Thomas Young's try.

A penalty try 25 minutes in re-established Northampton's seven-point lead, with the visitors again hitting back courtesy of Brad Shields.

After going in at 17-17 at the break, Dan Biggar's boot edged the home side ahead for a third time and despite Wasps mounting a response, Tom Wood's converted try gave Chris Boyd's men some breathing space on 72 minutes, with Tom Willis' reply coming too late.

Sunday 30 May

Exeter Chiefs 74-3 Newcastle Falcons- 1pm, BT Sport 1HD & Ultimate

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Exeter moved back above Sale into second with a record-breaking 12-try thrashing over Newcastle. 

Playing against a struggling side that had made 14 changes ahead of their match against bottom side Worcester, the Chiefs looked to put the game beyond the visitors.

Sam Skinner's converted try inside five minutes was just what the doctor ordered, with the Falcons then putting their only points on the board through Toby Flood before the demolition ensued. 

Sam Simmonds then bagged his record-extending 20th Gallagher Premiership try in a single season, with Alex Cuthbert, Henry Slade and Jacques Vermeulen all getting themselves on the scoresheet to make it 31-3 at half-time. 

Things became even more one-sided after the interval as Vermeulen and Slade scored their second tries of the afternoon at Sandy Park.

Joe Simmonds and Dave Ewers then got in on the act, with Stuart Hogg getting the Chiefs into double figures for the contest. 

Harvey Skinner made it 11 tries for Exeter for the first time in the club's history before Tom O'Flaherty rounded off the try-scoring.

As well as it being the Chiefs' biggest win in the competition, the 74 points was the Devon side's joint-highest single-match total in the top flight.

Exeter's penultimate regular-season match is a trip to Franklin's Gardens to face Northampton next Sunday.