We’ve put together what we think the final table will look like for the Aviva Premiership this season. At the bottom end we think it’ll be misery for Sale, after a hard-fought relegation battle with London Irish and Newcastle. Worcester, as tends to be their style, will secure survival relatively early but never kick on to challenge the teams above them.
Wasps will have a repeat of last season, playing some great rugby before falling away and out of contention for a European spot. 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th are fairly interchangeable, but we think Quins have the know-how to ensure a play-off spot once again, while Bath, with their plethora of new, impressive signings will be the biggest threat to the top four. Gloucester will, like Wasps, dazzle with their backs but be let down by their front five, while still just pipping the Chiefs to the final Heineken Cup spot.
Into the top three, it will be the Tigers and Saints who secure home semi-finals with Fotuali’i, Corbisiero and North all shining for the Saints. Sarries will be unlucky to miss out but will be punished for not scoring enough tries. They will get their own back, however, in the knock-out stages, beating the Saints in their back yard as happened to them last year.
The final is anyone’s guess, but we’re backing the Tigers to come up trumps and secure back to back titles.
What do you make of our predictions below? Where do you see things going differently?
Leicester Tigers v Harlequins: Tigers to win
Northampton Saints v Saracens: Saracens to win
Leicester Tigers v Saracens: Tigers to win
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