RUGBY UNION: Exeter booked their place in the Premiership play-offs with three games to spare after beating Gloucester 35-22 at Sandy Park. The runaway league leaders posted a seventh successive Premiership win and currently look unstoppable as they target a fifth Twickenham final appearance on the bounce. A Gloucester team showing 15 changes battled hard but ultimately could not contain their opponents, with Exeter scoring tries through hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, number eight Sam Simmonds, lock Jonny Hill, wing Ian Whitten and scrum-half Jack Maunder.Captain Joe Simmonds kicked five conversions.
Super League changes fire Dragons to top of the table
RUGBY LEAGUE: Catalans Dragons are the new leaders of the Super League following a radical shake-up of the system. Final positions in the regular season in 2020 will be determined — for the first time since the formation of Super League in 1996 — by points percentage rather than points gained. As a result the Dragons now top the revised table despite having played seven matches, displacing champions St Helens who have played ten. The move by the Rugby Football League acknowledges the possibility that not all clubs will be able to play the same number of matches before the end of the season due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
■ 2047 — Year Pinehurst will host the last of five US Opens. The North Carolina course has also been allocated the famous tournament in 2024, 2029, 2035 and 2041
■ SOMERSET are back at Lord’s for the second successive year after defeating Worcestershire by 60 runs to set up a meeting with Essex in the Bob Willis Trophy final later this month.
■ NORTHAMPTONSHIRE are set to resume their Vitality Blast campaign tomorrow. The club’s Bob Willis Trophy clash at Gloucestershire was abandoned after a player tested positive for coronavirus.