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Bristol kept their play-off hopes alive with a bonus point win at London Scottish.
Andy Robinson's men crossed the line five times through Mariano Sambucetti, James Merriman (2) and Jon Goodridge (2).
Bath have been beaten at reigning Premiership champions Harlequins.
The visitors led 9-6 at half-time after penalties from Stephen Donald (2) and Ollie Devoto.
But the hosts turned the game around in the second half thanks to tries from Danny Care and Ugo Monye.
In rugby tonight, Gloucester's hopes of reaching the Premiership play-offs suffered a setback as they lost at Sale.
The Cherry and Whites would have moved above Northampton and Harlequins into third place with a victory. But they only had three penalties from Freddie Burns to show for their night's work as they lost by 32 points to nine.
There are just three games left of the Premiership rugby season for Bath to finish in the top six places.
That would guarantee them qualification for Europe's premier competition, the Heineken Cup next season. It would represent a move in the right direction for a club that's failed to meet its goals in recent years but they've got an uphill task ahead
- BATH 20 - 36 STADE FRANCAIS
Bath's hopes of winning the European Challenge Cup - a competition they last won 5 years ago - were dashed by a strong Stade Francais team.
Star of the show was Fijian Waisea Vuidarvuwalu who scored two first half tries and had a hand in the others.
The French side led 20-3 at the break, so it was important for Bath to get an early second-half score. They did - from a penalty try.
But Stade weren't going to let the hosts back into the game. Hugo Bonneval restored their cushion, and the same player killed the game off when he crossed the line again just two minutes later.
The scoreline was made more respectable when Michael Claassens and Jack Cuthbert scored two late tries, but it's the Frenchmen who go through to the semi-final.
Bristol City's now desperate bid to avoid relegation from the Championship continues at Burnley.
They're seven points adrift at the bottom of the table with six games to play.
But Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll wouldn't be drawn on whether City's fate is already sealed. Instead, he had this to say about tomorrow's match:
Yeovil Town are hoping to improve their chances of making the play offs.
The Glovers are hosting Shrewsbury at Huish Park tomorrow with League One's top scorer Paddy Madden looking to add to his tally of 22 goals so far. They'll be marking their tenth anniversary of their entry into the Football League. Manager Gary Johnson believes it's possible to make the next step.
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Exeter Chiefs beat West Country rivals Gloucester with the last kick of the match at Sandy Park. Bath lost 23-14 at Saracens.
Cheltenham Town move up to fourth in League Two after a 1-0 win at Exeter. There were also wins for Yeovil and Swindon in League One.