"In the case of equality at any stage of the Season, positions at that stage of the season shall be determined firstly by the number of wins achieved and then on the basis of match points differential. A Club with a larger number of wins shall be placed higher than a Club with the same number of league points but fewer wins.
If Clubs have equal league points and equal number of wins then a Club with a larger difference between match points "for" and match points "against" shall be placed higher in the Premiership League than a Club with a smaller difference between match points "for" and match points "against".
Should two Clubs have the same number of league points and the same match points difference, the Club having scored more match points "for" shall be placed higher in the Premiership League than the Club having the lesser number of match points "for".
If the above does not establish different Premiership League positions then the Club in the higher position shall be the Club that has achieved the higher aggregate match points scored by it in the same season against the other Club.
If this still does not establish the position then the Club who has won the most matches, excluding its first Premiership League match of the season, then its second Premiership League match and so on, until it can be established which the higher placed Club is."
So based upon the first differentiator, no of wins, Exeter and Saints still can't be split so it'll be down to Saints to preserve their current big "points differnce" advantage.
All imvho of course and subject to my maths being correct!
<Revised to take account of results>
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 06/05/2012 16:27 by Yorkie.
Good post Yorkie. I think you are right about Glaws, tumbled at the water and now a 5 horse race.Have to hand it to Exeter, they have done really well, they don't get too many try bonus points but they seem to have found out how to win the 'tight' ones.If they'bow up' now iot will have been a good season, may yet be a memorable one.
For me there are three key fixtures that will have a great impact on who will finish where.
Saracens vs Quins
Saints vs Tigers
Quins vs Tigers
Also, Exeter play both Saints (h) and Saracens (a) in their last two games and that could also have an impact. It is easy to write Exeter off and they probably won't finish top 4 but they've been written off many times and proved everyone wrong.
Gloucester are out of the running for top 4 and play none of the top 5 teams in the run-in so will not be a factor but the two other teams who could cause an impact are Irish (didn't see them producing the performance they did last weekend) who play Saracens (h) and Exeter (a) and could pull off a resuly and also Bath who play Saint (h) and Tigers (a).
So, for me the only way to secure a top 2 finish for Tigers to to win at Saints AND Quins.
But realistically it will finish:
And, I would fancy our chances of turning over Quins at the Stoop.
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