We have reached the last round of the regular season for the Gallagher Premiership. This is one of the hardest rounds I’ve had to pick. Some teams will be resting players for the playoffs. Others will be going all out as they still haven’t secured that playoff or European Rugby Champions Cup place. Then there are others who are already on holiday or might as well be.
Here is my video with my Gallagher Premiership Round 22 Predictions:
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints – Exeter Chiefs by 3
I really am not sure how Exeter are going to approach this one. They have lost 2 out of their last 3 games as they prepare the side for the playoffs. So is everyone already in perfect condition? Or are there players they will wrap in cottonwool?
For Saints it’s much simpler. They have to go all out to try and secure that last playoff spot. Quins are just too close. However very few sides go to Sandy Park and win.
Leicester Tigers v Bath – Bath by 5
Tigers are one of those sides that might as well be on the beach already. Bath might have a terrible away record (2 wins from 10 games) but they really need the points here. Wasps and Bristol are just too close for comfort.
Newcastle Falcons v Bristol – Bristol by 5
Falcons are relegated and we have seen that with them losing their last 4 games. Where as Bears still have an outside chance or qualifying for the Champions Cup! Bears would need a TBP win so expect them to throw everything at this game right from the start.
Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby – Sale Sharks by 5
Gloucester have got 3rd place secured, so for them it’s about making sure everybody is in the right condition for the semi-final the following weekend. Sale on the flip side are fighting it out for a European Rugby Champions Cup place. Also they have a good home record with 8 wins from 10 games.
Wasps v Harlequins – Harlequins by 5
Both these sides have something to fight for making probably the game of the round. Both of them have stumbled towards the end of the season when they really needed to be hitting form. Quins have at least kept games close and bring the slightly better form into the game.
Worcester Warriors v Saracens – Worcester Warriors by 3
What state are Saracens going to be in? I can’t see any of the players that were involved in the European Rugby Champions Cup final playing. Saracens had so much focused on Europe that I’m not convinced they’ll be able to get back up for the Premiership. Warriors have survived and might have checked out, but a win here means they finish above Tigers! I don’t think anyone expected that pre-season.
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