Premiership - Round-up: Tigers secure home semi

PA Sport - Sat, 24 Apr 19:39:00 2010

Leicester guaranteed themselves a home semi-final in the Guinness Premiership play-offs with a comfortable 40-22 win over Harlequins at Welford Road.

2009 Leicester Tigers Toby Flood - 0

The impressive Toby Flood (pictured) contributed 25 points, including a second-minute try and conversion. Matt Smith and Ben Youngs touched down and the hosts were also awarded a penalty try.

Danny Care, George Lowe and Joe Marler were the tryscorers for Quins, with Rory Clegg kicking the rest of their points.

Wasps 19-35 Bath

Bath's extraordinary run of form continued as they moved into fourth place in the with a bonus-point 35-19 win over Wasps at Twickenham.

Wing Joe Maddock ran in a hat-trick of tries but man of the match was centre Olly Barkley, who capped an impeccable display in midfield by scoring the bonus-point try and kicking 15 points.

Bath can now deprive Wasps of a play-off place by beating Leeds at home in a fortnight.

Gloucester 34-20 London Irish

London Irish saw their hopes of reaching the play-offs suffer a huge setback after they were crushed 34-20 at Kingsholm.

The Exiles, beaten Premiership finalists last season, were blown away by a Gloucester side that blazed into a 27-3 interval lead.

Wings Lesley Vainikolo and James Simpson-Daniel scored tries, while fly-half Nicky Robinson kicked 19 points and there was a second-half touchdown for substitute prop Alasdair Dickinson.

Irish, twice reduced to 14 men after yellow cards, posted consolation touchdowns by lock Kieran Roche, flanker Steffon Armitage and prop Dan Murphy, while Tom Homer kicked a penalty and ex-Gloucester player Ryan Lamb added a conversion.

Their play-off hopes, though, are now hanging by a thread.

Even if they beat high-flying Northampton in a fortnight's time, results involving rivals Wasps and Bath must still go their way.

Northampton 27-28 Saracens

Shane Geraghty missed a late conversion that would have secured Northampton a home semi-final following a 28-27 home defeat to Guinness Premiership rivals Saracens.

Ben Foden gave Geraghty the chance to seal the win when he touched down late on but the replacement was unable to add the extras.

Ernst Joubert, Adam Powell and Rodd Penney touched down for Saracens, who have also made the play-offs, with Glen Jackson kicking 13 points.

Stephen Myler contributed 17 points for the hosts, who were also awarded a penalty try.

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