Saturday Gallacher Premiership review | Falcons' relegation confirmed

Saracens celebrate their Saturday win
Saracens celebrate their Saturday win

Newcastle's relegation from the Gallagher Premiership was clinched by a 28-19 defeat against Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Gloucester 28 Newcastle 19

Newcastle's relegation from the Gallagher Premiership was clinched by a 28-19 defeat against Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Newcastle finished fourth last season and appeared in three semi-finals but their rapid decline was underlined by this defeat, their fifteenth in 21 league matches.

Two tries in the opening half-hour from Micky Young and Sinoti Sinoti gave Newcastle hope and they were competitive throughout but their ill-discipline at a crucial stage gave Gloucester easy points and the hosts went on to record a bonus-point victory.

Gloucester's tries came from Jason Woodward, Danny Cipriani, Charlie Sharples and Matt Banahan with Billy Twelvetrees converting all four. Young, Sinoti and George McGuigan claimed Newcastle's tries with Toby Flood adding two conversions.

Northampton 38 Worcester 10

Northampton overwhelmed Worcester at Franklin's Gardens with a bonus-point 38-10 win to ensure the final Gallagher Premiership play-off spot will go down to the wire.

Two tries from wing Taqele Naiyaravoro and one each by centre Luther Burrell, flanker Tom Wood and hooker Reece Marshall, all converted by fly-half Dan Biggar, put the Saints back in the top four.

Centre Ben Te'o grabbed the Warriors' only try which fly-half Duncan Weir converted that added to an earlier penalty.

Northampton are a point ahead of fifth-placed Harlequins so need to win at top-placed Exeter in a fortnight and hope Quins lose at Wasps.

Saracens 38 Exeter 7

Saracens will enter their Champions Cup final against Leinster buoyed by a 38-7 drubbing of Gallagher Premiership title rivals Exeter at Allianz Park.

Although the league's top two teams rested the vast majority of their stars for a fixture that served as a likely dress rehearsal for the climax to the season at Twickenham on June 1, it was still an impressive win.

And the five-try try rout has offered hope that Saracens could yet finish top of the table at Exeter's expense with one round remaining in what would be a morale-boosting victory only given both sides are already assured of home semi-finals.

European champions Leinster await in Newcastle on Saturday as Mark McCall's men chase a double that was given renewed impetus in changeable weather conditions that included sunshine, hail, strong winds and driving rain.

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