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Gallagher Premiership Round Four: Highlights & replays of every Boxing Day game
We've got your domestic rugby needs covered once again, as we bring you every second of the action from the English top flight on Boxing Day.
After the last two weeks saw the Heineken Champions Cup take centre stage, the Gallagher Premiership returned on Boxing Day with four matches over two days – and you can watch every single game live on BT Sport.
Here we bring you up to speed with all the highlights, replays and action on BT Sport as the race for the knockout stages hots up.
Saturday 26 December
Bath v London Irish (cancelled)
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers (cancelled)
Sunday 27 December
London Irish’s match at Bath was cancelled due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the Exiles.
Premiership Rugby took the decision to call off the match following discussions with Public Health England after a number of Irish players tested positive.
Harlequins 19-27 Bristol Bears
The Tigers returned a small number of positives tests in this week's round of PCR testing but a large number of the squad have been ruled out of the match due to contact tracing, meaning the match cannot go ahead.
A Premiership Rugby panel will now be convened to determine the allocation of points and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Exeter Chiefs 28-20 Gloucester
Exeter made it four bonus-point wins from four as the defending champions continued their dominant start to the Premiership season.
Having forfeited their Champions Cup tie with Toulouse, the Chiefs began slowly but two tries from in-form Sam Simmonds, along with Jonny Gray and centre Ollie Devoto’s scores earnt them victory.
Toby Venner picked up two tries of his own for the visitors – either side of Simmonds’ bonus-point score – but ultimately it was not enough.
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar made an instant impact on his return, scoring 12 of Northampton’s 29 points as he guided them to a first Premiership win of the season.
He crossed for a try, alongside his two conversions and a penalty, to help earn the bonus-point victory and move Saints off the foot of the table.
In fact, the win was the perfect way to sign off a very tough 2020 at Franklin’s Gardens – with this Northampton’s first home Premiership win of the calendar year.
Sale Sharks 23-26 Wasps
Wasps held off a late comeback attempt from Sale Sharks to secure a 26-23 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The visitors scored tries through Tom Cruse and Charlie Atkinson – his first in the Gallagher Premiership – while Lima Sopoaga was strong from the tee.
Sale played their part but two tries – including a 50th in the Premiership – for Marland Yarde was not enough to secure victory.
But Wasps were left concerned by a serious-looking injury to star winger Zach Kibrige during the second half of the contest.