It’s the final round of the Aviva Premiership this weekend, and the playoffs, Heineken Cup places and relegation will all be determined.
It looks as though the Top 4 is already sorted with Leicester and Saracens secure with home semi-final draws. They’ll probably play Gloucester and Northampton who seem pretty safe in 3rd and 4th, but we don’t quite know who will play whom just yet.
Both the Tigers and Sarries have been tough to beat at home this year, so we could be in for a repeat of last year’s final come the end of May.
Can Saracens exact their revenge?
Bath have claimed one of the other two Heineken Cup places as they can’t be caught by Harlequins, but London Irish will need to stay ahead of Quins to guarantee the other spot.
Of course, if Quins win the Amlin Challenge Cup, there will be seven English teams in the main European competition, but they won’t want to rely on that.
Both of them face stiff competition as they take on the first- and second-placed teams, although Quins have the advantage of playing at The Stoop. With home semi-finals already guaranteed, there could be some rested players among the opposition ranks, so nothing is certain just yet.
In the relegation battle, Leeds have to win or draw against the Saints to stay alive. Jim Mallinder is likely to rest some of his key players given their busy month ahead with the knockout stages and a Heineken Cup final to contend, so Leeds might just get a lifeline.
Newcastle, meanwhile, face a tough trip to Bath, who have the slimmest of chances of reaching the knockouts. It’s probably their last game of the season, and they’ll want to go out with a bang – I don’t fancy the Falcons’ chances of getting anything at The Rec, so it’s all eyes on Franklin’s Gardens to see if Leeds can survive.
Can they pull it off? Have you made your SportGuru predictions?
Here is the Aviva Premiership table as it stands: