This Sunday most of the 22nd date of the Premiership was played English and three of the four teams that will be in the semifinals of the competition have already been defined. London Wasps and Bristol Bears won their respective duels against Exeter (first classified) and London Irish, and thus managed to secure a place in the great definition of the contest.
It should be noted, on the other hand, that although Bath (tied with Saracens) is fourth in the standings, we still have to wait for the game that was postponed for next Wednesday between Sale and Worcester, since the Sharks have the chance to get into the next stage. If they won their commitment, they would advance and leave out, precisely, Bath.
LEICESTER 26-32 HARLEQUINS (Sunday)
Great game … from start to finish. Blow for blow. Both teams, unable to qualify for the semifinals of the competition, gave a great rugby show. On the side of the locals, who did not have Tomás Lavanini, who was injured and will miss the Rugby Championship with Los Pumas, the tries supported them: Tom Youngs (11 ‘), Nemani Nadolo (46’) and Matt Scott (67 ‘), while on the visit, those who violated the rival ingoal were: Alex Dombrandt (18’), Joe Marchant (41 ‘, 49’) and James Lang (53 ‘).
LONDON IRISH 7-36 BRISTOL (Sunday)
Bristol was the great dominator of the match, from start to finish. And he needed it, to be able to access the semifinals of the Premiership. Against a London Irish that had Agustín Creevy from the start, the visitors became strong in all aspects and, early, struck through one of the Bears figures, the Semi Radradra center. Another conquest supported by Ben Earl, added to a penalty converted by Max Malins, Bristol would go into halftime with a partial 17-0 in favor. On the complement, the tries of Thacker (67 ‘) and Will Capon (81’) would stretch the advantage. Thus, Bristol managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the English competition.
SARACENS 17-17 BATH (Sunday)
Needing a win to get into the top four in the competition, Bath started the game at full throttle. So much so that after 20 minutes of the match he was already winning 14, thanks to the tries of Beno Obano and Ben Spencer. But little by little, as the visitors faded away, on the contrary, the locals began to get into the game. After Rhys Priestland (Bath) and Manu Vunipola (Saracens) exchanged a penalty to the posts by side, the Londoners pressed the accelerator on the end and, as a result of a penalty try and another victory by Tim Swinson with 7 ‘to go the end of the game, everything ended in a draw. Now, Bath will have to wait for what happens in the duel that was postponed for Wednesday between Sale and Worcester, since, if the Sharks win, they will keep the last place in the semifinals and in that case they would leave Bath out.
LONDON WASPS 46-5 EXETER (Sunday)
While Exeter reached this final day already qualified for the semifinals of the competition, London Wasps, for his part, needed a win to be able to secure his own passage to the definition. And so he did. From start to finish, against a leader who came out to play for an alternative team: he also has the Champions Cup final against Racing 92 ahead of him. The local team’s tries were supported by Jacob Umaga (25 ‘), Dan Robson (27’) ), Jimmy Gopperth (39 ‘), Josh Bassett (43’) and Ben Vellacott, (62 ‘, 73’), while on the side of the Chiefs, Danny Southworth was the one who added the only 5 points. Thus, the cast of the capital secured second place in the standings and, as a consequence, their participation in the semifinals.