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Bath cement third, Gloucester win

Bath grabbed a bonus-point 32-25 victory to cement their third place after Wasps pushed them all the way in a roller coaster of a game.

Right wing Anthony Watson grabbed two tries and others went to Nick Abendanon and Kyle Eastmond. Fly-half Tom Heathcote kicked two penalties and three conversions.

Wasps' tries were scored by wing Will Helu, number eight Nathan Hughes and full-back Elliot Daly, with fly-half Joe Carlisle kicking the rest of their points. They had to be content with a losing bonus point as they continue to scrap for a top six finish in the hope of qualifying for a revamped European competition next year.

Gloucester gained their first Aviva Premiership victory since December as they inflicted a sixth league defeat of the season on fourth-placed Harlequins after a 25-20 success at Kingsholm.

A first-half try from flanker Sione Kalamafoni, converted by Rob Cook, against a try from full-back Ollie Lindsay-Hague plus two penalties and a conversion from fly-half Ben Botica saw Quins lead 13-7 at the break.

But Gloucester were on top from then on, with flanker Matt Kvesic and replacement prop Dan Murphy adding further home tries, while Cook kicked two penalties and a conversion.

Quins' only second-half score was a converted try from replacement hooker Dave Ward.

Worcester suffered a 15th consecutive Aviva Premiership defeat and can surely now kiss goodbye to any lingering survival hopes after a 24-15 home defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks.

Worcester could not recover from giving the opposition an early 11-point start, shaped by a Mark Cueto try and two penalties from Danny Cipriani.

The Warriors battled hard for the remainder of the half before falling away to concede a second-half try to Dan Braid, which was converted by Cipriani. The outside-half also added a penalty as did replacement Nick Macleod.

Worcester captain Chris Pennell missed two kickable penalties in the first half which would have provided a much needed boost as they failed to capitalise on their dominant second quarter.

The despondency resulted in a lethargic third-quarter performance and Worcester's only rewards were two late consolation tries from Mariano Galarza.