Exeter Chiefs wrapped up top spot in the Premiership by beating Northampton Saints, who sealed a top-four berth regardless due to Harlequins' narrow loss at Wasps.
The Chiefs could have been pipped at the summit by Saracens, but their surprising defeat at Worcester Warriors in the last round of regular-season fixtures rendered Exeter's result immaterial.
But an impressive campaign continued at a pace for the Chiefs in a 40-21 defeat of the Saints, who they will now host again in the play-off semi-finals at Sandy Park.
It was 21-21 at the end of a frenetic six-try first half that saw Cobus Reinach touch down with a 95-metre effort shortly before the whistle despite Courtney Lawes and Alex Waller being in the sin bin.
But Matt Kvesic, Dave Dennis and Luke-Cowan Dickie scored as the Chiefs ran in 19 unanswered second-half points.
Quins agonisingly missed out on fourth due to a 27-25 loss at the Ricoh Arena, with Saints' one extra win proving crucial as the teams each finished on 56 points.
A Joe Simpson double had seemingly put Wasps out of sight in the second half but Danny Care's score and five points from James Lang's boot brought Quins back into it.
Lima Sopoaga's penalty edged Wasps nine points clear, but Elia Elia's late try set up a grandstand finish.
Lang had the chance to steal it with a last-gasp long-range penalty, only for his strike to fall short
Much-changed European champions Sarries were beaten 31-29 at the Warriors, who were grateful to Josh Adams' score and Duncan Weir's penalty with the clock winding down, while relegated Newcastle Falcons went down with a whimper in a 19-12 loss at home to Bristol.
Bath snatched sixth and the final European Rugby Champions Cup berth after a dramatic 32-31 win at Leicester Tigers.
Jacques van Rooyen's close-range try and Rhys Priestland's extras meant Bath edged out Sale Sharks, despite their impressive 46-41 win over Gloucester in a match that had 13 tries.
19. Juni 2019
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|Platini released after questioning over Qatar World Cup bid|
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18. Juni 2019
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|Top seed Osaka battles into Birmingham Classic second round|
|Real Sociedad sign Portu from Girona|
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|NBA Draft 2019: How Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans|
|Morgan admits record-breaking heroics beyond ´wildest dreams´|
|Liverpool winger Ojo joins Rangers on loan|
|Lyon underwhelmed by offers for Tottenham target Ndombele|
|Brazil´s Alves ruled out of Women´s World Cup|
|Nine-time champ Federer cruises through Halle opener|
|Birmingham sack Monk to protect ´long-term interests´|
|Morgan hits record 17 sixes as England trounce Afghanistan|
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|Thomas crashes out of Tour de Suisse|
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|Rodri will be perfect fit at City, claims Milla|
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|Six all out! - Mali Women endure record-breaking T20i thrashing|
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|Rodrygo signed for Real Madrid in just 20 minutes|
|17 sixes!! Magnificent Morgan breaks ODI world record|
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|Dortmund hand Favre contract extension until 2021|
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|Bastareaud and Parra axed from youthful France World Cup squad|
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|The Special One will dance again - Brook refutes retirement talk|
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|Osaka feeling free for Wimbledon challenge|
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