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Sarries seal semis spot

Saracens clinched a place in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals with a brutal 9-3 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.

Three penalties from the boot of Owen Farrell took Saracens into second place in the table while Jimmy Gopperth's solitary strike gave the Falcons a crucial losing bonus point in front of a crowd of 8,011 - Newcastle's biggest of the season.

The Falcons did have real chances to win the game at the death and Saracens were hanging on but that bonus point cut the gap between Newcastle and Wasps to just three points - Wasps visit Bath on Saturday.

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