The 2016-17 Aviva Premiership regular season has come to a close after an eventful final round with all 12 teams in action on Saturday afternoon.
Let’s have a look at the major implications from the six matches ahead of the semifinals later this month.
Wasps finish top
After a record-breaking season from a try-scoring perspective, Wasps finished on top of the table after an impressive bonus point win over Saracens, who were without a number of their star players ahead of next week’s Champions Cup final. Dai Young’s side will be back at the Ricoh Arena in a fortnight in the semifinals against Leicester Tigers.
Exeter to host Saracens
An eighth bonus point win in a row saw the Chiefs finish level on points with Wasps, but less victories over the course of the season left Rob Baxter’s side in second place. They’ll return to Sandy Park brimming with confidence after a 34-20 victory over Gloucester, where they’ll host Saracens for a spot in the Premiership final.
Leicester make top four
After the departures of Richard Cockerill and Aaron Mauger during the season, its been some turnaround for the Tigers who round out the playoff positions. They didn’t need any competition points to secure fourth spot after Bath slipped up against Sale Sharks, but Leicester still managed a gutsy win over an improved Worcester Warriors away from home.
Joe Marchant of Harlequins scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Harlequins. Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Harlequins qualify for Europe
It was dubbed a straight shoot off for a Champions Cup place, but even though Northampton Saints got the win over Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens, it wasn’t enough to claim sixth spot. Harlequins managed a losing bonus point, which saw both sides finish on 52 competition points. Quins recorded one more win than Saints, which sees them edge Northampton for the Champions Cup next season.
Saints face nervous wait
Northampton Saints fans won’t know whether there season is over until Friday night when Gloucester face Stade Francais in Europe’s Challenge Cup final in Edinburgh. Should Gloucester win, they will have go into a four-way play-off for the last remaining Champions Cup place, but a loss would see Saints claim that spot in the play-offs.
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Aviva Premiership Roundup: Wasps finish top
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