The final round of Gallagher Premiership matches took place on Saturday afternoon, with tries aplenty in some high-scoring matches.
In a fitting finale for the top four ‘race’ Northampton Saints were well beaten at Exeter, but still held onto fourth place as Harlequins lost at Wasps. Quins had a kick to win their match at the end which would have delivered a semi-final away at the Chiefs, but it was a longshot that missed.
Harlequins lost 6 of their last 7 matches of the season, and to come that close to a playoff place, missing out only on points difference, shows how competitive / mediocre* (*delete as you wish) the mid-table teams have been this season.
Saints, Quins and Bath all finished on 56 points in positions 4, 5 and 6, making up the Champions Cup spots along with Exeter, Saracens and Gloucester in the top three.
Bath snuck in ahead of Sale Sharks, courtesy of a dramatic late win over their lowly rivals Leicester Tigers, and although Sale beat an understrength Gloucester side, it wasn’t quite enough – they finished on 57 points in 7th.
Meanwhile, Wasps and Bristol were not far behind either – the latter winning in Newcastle, whilst Worcester clinched 10th place ahead of the Tigers with an unexpected win over Saracens. The Heineken Cup champions were nursing a hangover or two and resting some players with their league position already confirmed.
Here’s how the final Premiership Rugby table shapes up:
What did you think of the final round of matches? And how do you rate the season as a whole?