On Sunday the Gallagher Premiership divisional season comes to a close with 4 teams battling it out to secure one of the final 3 playoff places to join Exeter Chiefs in this years finals. We break it all down for you so you know the score heading into what will be a tasty weekend of Rugby.
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It seems a very distant memory now but the season started a whopping 12 months ago way back on Friday 18th October with a thumping Bristol Bears victory over Bath at Ashton Gate (43-16) live on BT Sport. Since then calling the 2019/20 season a rollercoaster would be nothing short of an understatement.
On Sunday the normal season comes to a close with Wasps, Bath, Sale Sharks & Bristol Bears battling it out for the chance to join Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham in this years finals. On Sunday all matches kick off at 3pm on BT Sport so come 5pm we will have our line up for the semi finals which take place on 10/11 October 2020 also live on BT Sport.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Sunday.
The Bears head into Sundays showdown outside the playoffs places sitting in 5th on points difference. However, after thumping Leicester Tigers 40-3 on Wednesday evening confidence will high of another comfortable victory against London Irish who have nothing put pride to play for.
However, London Irish pulled off a shock result away at the Chiefs on Wednesday so nothing should be taken for granted here – especially when the Bears are involved.
Sale Sharks sit just above the Bears on points difference and also have a favorable final game at home to Worcester Warriors. Sale Sharks have hit a purple patch of form recently but an injury on Tuesday to star player & England international Manu Tuilagi could prove pivotal heading into the playoffs later this month.
They should however have plenty of fire power to secure 4 points against Worcester Warriors who having nothing to play for.
Bath arguably have the toughest final day of all the four sides with a tricky away trip to Saracens. We all know that Saracens have suffered automatic relegation to the Championship following a points deduction but there is no doubt that they will be looking to go out with a bang on Sunday afternoon at the expense of Bath.
Bath will have to be at their best on Sunday afternoon and even a win could knock them out the playoff positions if their fierce rivals the Bears secure a bonus point.
You could argue that Wasps final match of the season is the toughest welcoming last years runners up and current league leaders Exeter Chiefs. The Chiefs thumped Wasps back in November with a resounding 38-3 victory.
However, with the Chiefs already solidifying their place in the finals along with reaching the Champions Cup Final on Saturday you can see Rob Baxter resting a few of his key players following a grueling schedule.
On paper you would expect Wasps, Bristol Bears and Sale Sharks securing the final 3 playoff places come 5pm on Saturday. However, when you introduce the pressure of sporting occasions of this nature form books and all sensible predictions go out the window.
What is for sure is you don’t want to miss Sundays finale on BT Sport.