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English Premiership – All the highlights and match reports from Wednesday matches

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Wednesday saw five matches in the English Premiership with wins for Exeter Chiefs, Wasp, Sale Sharks, Bath and Harlequins.

Log leaders Exeter sealed a play-off spot after beating Gloucester at Sandy Park 35-22.

They had a handy lead at the break thanks to tries by Jonny Hill and Sam Simmonds, although Matt Banaham scored first for Gloucester.

The Chiefs did not take long after the break to get the bonus points. It was Whitten that got over for the try followed by a try from Maunder.

Gloucester did respond with tries from Banahan and Gray but it was not enough. The Chiefs now sealed a semi-final spot with Gloucester sitting seventh on the log.

Scorers:

Exeter Chiefs (21) 35
Tries: Cowan-Dickie, S Simmonds, Hill, Whitten, Maunder Cons: J Simmonds 5
Gloucester (8) 22
Tries: Banahan 2, Gray Cons: Twelvetrees 2 Pen: Twelvetrees

Alfie Barbeary got a hat-trick for Wasp as they thrashed Leicester to keep their playoff hopes alive.

They ran in eight tries although the Tigers Henderson got over for the first try of the match.

Wasp responded with tries by Fekitoa and West to get into the lead. With three tries by Barbeary, Wasp was in complete control at halftime.

The second half saw more tries from Wasp with Jacob Umaga, Sam Spink and Zach Kibirige getting over to put their names on the scoresheet.

Scorers:

Wasps (14) 54
Tries: Fekitoa, West, Barbeary 3, Umaga, Spink, Kibirige Cons: Umaga 5, Gopperth 2
Leicester (7) 7
Try: Henderson Con: Henry

Sale Sharks got to second place on the log with a great win over Saracens on Wednesday.

Both sides started strong with tries from Postlethwaite for Sale and Segun for Saracens.

It was here where the Sharks took control with tries by Valeri Morozov and Simon Hammersley. Saracens were much better after the break with Segun scoring his second on the night.

That earned Saracens a bonus point on the night but not what the doctor ordered.

The win put the Sharks in a great place with three matches to go before the playoffs.

Scorers:

Sale (21) 24
Tries: Postlethwaite, Morozov, Hammersley Cons: du Preez 3 Pen: du Preez
Saracens (7) 17
Tries: Segun 2 Cons: Vunipola 2 Pen: Vunipola

Bath was another team on Wednesday that kept their semi-final hopes alive after beating Worcester 40-15.

Bath secured the win in the first 40 minutes with tries by Tom Ellis, Elliott Stooke, Jack Walker and Tom de Glanville.

They got a few more by Stooke and Josh Matavesi to stretched the lead after the break.

Worcester got tries form Searle and Fidow in the first half. The second half Worcester could not get into the game as Bath outclass them in all departments.

Scorers:

Bath (26) 40
Tries: Ellis, Stooke 2, Walker, De Glanville, Matavesi Cons: Matavesi 5
Worcester (15) 15
Tries: Searle, Fidow Con: Searle Pen: Searle

Harlequins came from behind to beat London Irish on Wednesday 38-15.

London Irish led 15-10 at the break thanks to tries from Dan Norton and Ben Donnell. Marcus Smith and Scott Baldwin got over for Quins.

Quins improved in the second half and got control of the match when Smoth and Steele got over for converted tries.

A penalty try and Murley’s tries put the game away for Quins in a good win over London Irish.

Scorers:

London Irish (15) 15
Tries: Norton, Donnell Con: Atkins Pen: Atkins
Harlequins (10) 38
Tries: Smith 2, Baldwin, Steele, Penalty try, Murley Cons: Smith 3

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