Wasps v Harlequins – Final day of the season
Wasps’ final game of the season at home to Harlequins on Saturday 18 May is due to be a real thriller (kick-off 4pm).
As well as being 'The Big Sting' - the final game of the season and a farewell to some Club greats - the stakes are high as Harlequins sniff a place in the play-offs, while Wasps chase Heineken Champions Cup rugby next season.
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So what do Wasps need on the final day to make the top six?
Well, first and foremost, Wasps need to win. Whether that’s with a try-bonus point or not, they will have a chance, but they will also have to hope other results go their way.
If Wasps win WITHOUT a bonus point they’ll also need:
- Bath Rugby to lose at Leicester Tigers without any bonus points. A Wasps win would then take them level on points with Bath but Wasps would be placed higher due to having won more games.
- Sale Sharks to lose against Gloucester Rugby without any bonus points. A single bonus point or more for Sale would see them ahead of Wasps as if the two teams were level on points, they’d have the same amount of wins but then it would come down to points difference (for/against). Currently Sale have a better difference by 24 points.
- Bristol Bears to not get a bonus-point win at Newcastle Falcons. A bonus-point win for Bristol alongside a Wasps four-point win would see the Bears leapfrog Wasps.
If Wasps win WITH a bonus point they’ll also need:
- Bath Rugby to lose at Leicester Tigers with nothing more than a single bonus point. A Wasps bonus-point win would then take them level on points with Bath but Wasps would be placed higher due to having won more games.
- Sale Sharks to pick up no more than one point against Gloucester Rugby. If Sale picked up two points for a draw (as they did at Bristol last gameweek) they would likely finish higher than Wasps due to their greater points difference. If Sale picked up two bonus points it would come down to points difference which again favours the Sharks right now.
A bonus-point win would see us stay ahead of Bristol Bears because they would have won a game fewer than Wasps during the season.
How could Wasps potentially qualify for the Champions Cup without finishing in the top 6?
Well, there's another curveball. The 20th team to qualify for the Champions Cup (asides from the six highest-ranked clubs from the Premiership and Top 14, and seven from Pro 14) is determined by the following:
i) Heineken Champions Cup winner, if not already qualified (Saracens - already qualified)
ii) Challenge Cup winner, if not already qualified (Clermont Auvergne - already qualified)
iii) Challenge Cup losing finalist, if not already qualified (La Rochelle - not yet qualified but currently sit fourth in Top 14 with two games to go)
iv) Play-off match between the losing Challenge Cup semi-finalists, if not already qualified (Harlequins already qualified - so next team would be Sale Sharks, who could still finish top six and firstly qualify through that route)
v) Highest ranked non-qualified club by virtue of league position from the same league as the Heineken Champions Cup winner (Because Saracens won the Champions Cup, this means that providing La Rochelle finish in the top six of the Top 14, then Sale look set to qualify. Then it's between Wasps, Bath Rugby and Bristol Bears and whoever finishes highest of the three teams outside of the top six to qualify)
What should we cross our fingers for?
Basically, Wasps need to win and hope Leicester Tigers deny Bath Rugby points. Gloucester Rugby beating Sale could help the cause, and Newcastle Falcons beating Bristol, but it's all going to be very interesting. Sale finishing above Wasps may not be a bad thing, but only if we don't finish lower than seventh.
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ROUND 22 FIXTURES
Wasps v Harlequins
Wasps are fighting for a place in the top six in front of their home faithful while Harlequins are in the hunt for the play-offs. It's all to play for.
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Exeter are aiming to secure top spot so they can take on the team who finishes fourth in the table in the semi-finals – which could well be Northampton. Saints are battling it out with Quins for the fourth and final play-off spot.
Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby
Leicester will want to finish a disappointing season well in front of the Welford Road faithful, and they could jump Worcester Warriors into tenth in the table with the right result. Bath are looking to secure a top-six spot.
Newcastle Falcons v Bristol Bears
Bristol travel to already-relegated Newcastle Falcons as they look to book a surprise place in next season’s Champions Cup but they’re relying on a lot to go their way if they are to finish in the top six. The Falcons will no doubt want to sign out with a bang though in front of their home fans, as they prepare for a season in the Championship.
Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby
Sale host a Gloucester side who have already-qualified for the play-offs and who cannot move from third position. The cherry and whites will have an eye on a probable clash with Saracens in the semi-finals but will they be able to defeat the hosts who are chasing Heineken Champions Cup rugby next season?
Worcester Warriors v Saracens
Saracens still have a chance a finishing top of the league but will need Northampton to do them a favour against Exeter. However, the London side are already guaranteed a home semi-final. Worcester are battling it out for tenth/11th place with Leicester.
It really has been one of the most competitive Premiership seasons in history with so little separating so many teams. Last season’s semi-finalists Newcastle Falcons have been relegated showing you just how relentless the competition is. It may well have been a disappointing one for the men in Black and Gold but there is still a chance to salvage something from the campaign on what promises to be an exhilarating final day.
And what’s more, we’re already looking forward to 2019/20 season as we know it’s going to be yet another exciting one.
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