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Tigers book top-four slot but Worcester down
ESPN Staff
May 3, 2014
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan consoles Richard De Carpentier after they are beaten and therefore relegated, Worcester Warriors v Saracens, Aviva Premiership,  Leicester, May 10, 2014
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan consoles Richard De Carpentier after they are beaten and therefore relegated © Getty Images
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Two tries from substitute Toby Flood helped Leicester secure their place in the top four of the Aviva Premiership with a 42-22 victory at Sale. The result ended the Sharks playoff hopes, with successive second half scores from Michael Paterson, Henry Thomas and Johnny Leota proving to be mere consolation.

Worcester's relegation, almost nailed on from before Christmas, was confirmed as Saracens eased to a 44-20 victory at Allianz Park. Jackson Wray claimed a hat-trick, Chris Ashton backed up his Heineken Cup semi-final brace against Clermont with two more tries, and David Strettle crossed to complete a routine win. Chris Pennell's brace and a score for Semisi Taulava came to nought for the Warriors, who will now end the season bottom of the Premiership.

London Wasps overcame a dreadful start to virtually guarantee a place in the European Champions Cup play-off after beating Newcastle 44-38. Early on, they trailed 17-0 but recovered to blitz the Falcons with 29 unanswered points before the interval. Remarkably Newcastle rallied to regain the lead at 31-29 before Wasps regrouped to gain a deserved victory.

Wing Marland Yarde and replacement centre Shane Monahan both scored try hat-tricks against London Irish at Kingsholm but Gloucester's bid to take the seventh Aviva Premiership place this season and, with it, a Champions Cup play-off match, has gone. And there was more bad news despite the 38-30 success - with a month to go before England take on the All Blacks in New Zealand, Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees left the pitch with apparent damage to his ankle.

Pos Team P W D L F A F-A TBP LBP BP Pts
1 Saracens 21 19 0 2 602 322 +280 9 0 9 85
2 Northampton Saints 21 15 2 4 530 337 +193 6 3 9 73
3 Leicester Tigers 21 14 2 5 511 403 +108 6 3 9 69
4 Bath Rugby 21 14 2 5 479 369 +110 4 2 6 66
5 Harlequins 20 13 0 7 388 320 +68 3 3 6 58
6 Sale Sharks 21 12 0 9 412 377 +35 3 5 8 56
7 London Wasps 21 9 0 12 438 459 -21 4 9 13 49
8 Gloucester Rugby 21 8 0 13 413 511 -98 3 7 10 42
9 Exeter Chiefs 20 8 0 12 374 437 -63 2 6 8 40
10 London Irish 21 6 0 15 374 476 -102 2 6 8 32
11 Newcastle Falcons 21 3 0 18 268 521 -253 2 8 10 22
12 Worcester Warriors 21 1 0 20 297 554 -257 1 7 8 12

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