Final Cut

The final weekend of the Premiership regular season has all the games kicking off at 4pm tomorrow.

Surprisingly there are a lot of different things that could happen, and with the exception of Worcester, Sharks and Bristol all the other teams have something to play for.

My head hurts when I try to work out the different permutations (actually it hurts if I have to decide which y-fronts to wear most days) – anyway here’s a decent summary of what could happen, courtesy of someone who probably goes commando –

http://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/12325/10861716/pro12-and-premiership-final-round-permutations

About the only thing that is definite is that Bristol will be relegated – except it isn’t if Ealing or Doncaster win the Championship (neither want to be promoted).

So, with a due sense of trepidation here are my final guesses for the full programme –

Arguably the biggest game is at the Ricoh where Wasps host Saracens with both vying to guarantee a home play-off. The rumour is that Mark McCall will be resting some of his frontline players in anticipation of the Champions Cup final next weekend. It could be that Maro Itoje, Billy Vuniploa and Owen Farrell are left out. McCall doesn’t name his team until later today.

I’m going with the idea that he will not put out his ‘first team’ and think that Wasps might get home in front of a record crowd. Saracens will be away to either Wasps or Exeter in the semis.

The Tigers are at Worcester and should cement their place in 4th with a win

Sharks are better at home than on the road but I fancy Bath, to make a decent fist of it and ‘streak’ to 4 points

The Chiefs will see off Gloucester at Kingsholm and get a coveted home tie

The Saints should just about have enough to take Quins with home advantage making the difference – but it will be a close run thing.

Bristol are playing for pride – the Falcons have an outside chance of a play-off spot for the Champions Cup if other results go their way. That should be enough to give Falcons an away win.

Going to be interesting watching the live game and hearing what is happening around the grounds – and the implications. Great finish to the regular season with so many different combinations.

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