Margin Call

It’s the Premiership Final on Saturday and it seems fitting that the sides who finished 1st and 2nd in the regular season should get to compete for the trophy.

They both finished on 84 points – 7 ahead of the other standout side Saracens.

I’m finding it hard to predict a winner – last week the Chiefs were brilliant in overcoming the resilience of a Saracens side that had just been crowned European Champions for the second successive season.

Wasps on the other hand were a shadow of their usual selves and struggled to overcome the Tigers – giving up more dropped passes and butchered tries than in the whole of the season in one game.

Wasps will be without Kurtley Beale but will still field a sparkling array of three-quarter talent – I also  believe that their forwards will be better than last week.

Exeter are stronger than the sum of their parts and will not be easy to take down.

If the final is half as good as the two games last week then it will be a fitting tribute to a great season of Premiership rugby.

As much as I love the Chiefs I think Wasps will come away with the prize –  being ahead on the scoreboard by about 5 points at the final whistle. I won’t be disappointed if I’m wrong though to be honest.

Warren Gatland will be watching the game and the Pro12 final hoping that he doesn’t need to look for more replacements for the flight to his homeland on Monday

 

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