Northampton complete top four, Bath qualify for Champions Cup

Joe Cokanasiga

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:

Gallagher Premiership

What did you think of the final round of matches? And how do you rate the season as a whole?

2 thoughts on “Northampton complete top four, Bath qualify for Champions Cup

  1. Glad Saints made it to the top 4 but would expect a similar outcome in next weeks game and think it would be unfair if Saints managed to win given they finished 30 points behind in the league

  2. Saints did incredibly well to finish in 4th place. Boyd has done a terrific job and there is promise of more to come next season.
    Expect Saracens and Exeter to win their semi finals fairly comfortably.
    The final round of games did produce some entertaining play, notably at Sale who had a real ding dong with Gloucester, and at Worcester, who did very well to win.
    The season as a whole was a bit disappointing. The standard was variable to say the least. Saracens and Exeter are so clearly superior to the rest of the league. The rest really need to up their games and get near to the top 2. Some of our top clubs underperformed very badly and will need to improve considerably.
    Shame to lose Newcastle as the North needs representation in the Premiership. They’ll be back.
    Bristol surprised me and were undoubtedly a real success, playing an attractive style that was very pleasing . Pat Lam should get coach of the year.


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