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Two rounds to go… Aviva Premiership Rugby Live on BT Sport

The final two rounds are crucial throughout the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and BT Sport 1 will be showing four games live this weekend.

Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby are first up from 7pm on BT Sport 1 on Friday with kick-off at 7.45pm. If Sale Sharks – the only side in the competition with an unbeaten home record this season – win this game they will still be in contention for a top four spot.

This game is a must win for Gloucester Rugby to stay on course for a 2016-17 European Rugby Champions Cup place. The Cherry and Whites have won once away from home in the tournament since round 1 – in round 11 at Bath.  We have to go back 15 years for Gloucester’s most recent victory on Sale soil in Premiership Rugby at Heywood Road in September 2001.

Saturday’s game is Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby with coverage live on BT Sport 1 from 3pm.

Saints need a victory to retain the chance of an Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final spot. They lost to Leicester in their most recent home game but have not lost successive Aviva Premiership Rugby matches at Franklin’s Gardens since 2012-13.

Bath Rugby have won three of their last five Aviva Premiership Rugby games but their only away win since February came on a trip to Gloucester in round 18.

A Sunday live TV double header rounds off the weekend.  Both games are live on BT Sport 1 with coverage from noon.

First out of the blocks is Exeter Chiefs v Wasps, kicking off at 1pm. Exeter Chiefs have secured a semi-final spot for the first time, while Wasps are in the last four for the first time since they last won the Premiership Rugby title in 2008 so it is all about grabbing a home tie. A bonus point victory against Exeter would give Wasps a home semi-final. Wasps have only lost once in the last 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby rounds – 10-13 at Gloucester on 5 March.

Saracens v Newcastle Falcons rounds off the live TV action at 3.15pm.

Saracens have already qualified for a seventh straight semi-final spot so are hunting home advantage in the final four. Saracens have won their last 13 fixtures against Falcons in all tournaments since Newcastle’s 13-9 victory at Kingston Park in February 2009. A Newcastle Falcons’ victory would ensure their safety for next season, irrespective of London Irish’s result.

Live

Friday
Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby, programme starts at 7pm, kick-off 7.45pm, BT Sport 1

Saturday
Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby, programme starts at 3pm, kick-off 3.15pm, BT Sport 1

Sunday
Programme starts at noon BT Sport 1

Exeter Chiefs v Wasps, kick-off 1pm
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons, kick-off 3.15pm

Highlights

Sunday
ITV4 8pm
ITV 11.20pm

Monday
ITV4 midnight

Rugby Tonight Extra – BT Sport 1 Thursday 10pm

Rugby Tonight – BT Sport 1 Monday 8pm

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