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Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s reside protection of this weekend’s second Premiership semi-final, as Bath host Sale Sharks on the Rec.

By 6pm tonight – except there’s extra-time, after all – we are going to know who’s becoming a member of Northampton in subsequent Saturday’s Premiership last. The Saints booked their place final night time with a slim, hard-fought victory over Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens, in what proved to be a swansong for Owen Farrell with the North London membership.

Today, nonetheless, all eyes are on the south west, the place the group that completed second within the league, Bath, host the group that completed third, Sale. Bath have been some of the constant performers all season, however within the Sharks they’re assembly one of many league’s type sides.

Sale should do it with out Manu Tuilagi, nonetheless. Alex Sanderson, the Sharks’ director of rugby, was saying this week how his membership gave Tuilagi each alternative to show his health for immediately’s semi-final, however he has simply missed out.

“Manu is out there on the training field,” Sanderson mentioned. “It’s a high-grade one injury, so it’s about as good as you can get in terms of injuries – if there is such a thing as good injuries. It’s as good a news as we could have hoped for.”

So, ought to Sale make the ultimate, apparently Tuilagi would possibly get a Twickenham farewell in English rugby. There was higher information for Sanderson concerning Tom Curry, nonetheless, because the England flanker is about to make his first Sale look of the season from the bench. Curry’s brother, Ben, captains the aspect.

Bath are just about at full power and, with dwelling benefit, are favourites immediately. As we noticed within the last spherical of the Premiership in opposition to Saracens, nonetheless, write Sale off at your peril.

All the group information is subsequent!