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Last Updated: Monday, 19 May, 2003, 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK
Heineken qualification explained
Martin Johnson's Leicester are not yet assured of a Heineken Cup place
Leicester have work to do to book a Heineken Cup place

The Zurich Premiership season may now be over - but the race for Heineken Cup places has another two weeks to run.

While four of the six English qualifiers are now known, the final pair will not officially book their spots until the last day of the domestic season on 31 May.

Gloucester, Wasps, Northampton and Sale are already in the Heineken hat.

The remaining places will go to two of Leeds, Leicester, Saracens or Bath, who started the season's final day at the bottom of the table.

This is what we know so far - and how it might just pan out over the rest of May...

  • Gloucester, Wasps and Northampton have all qualified by finishing first, second and third in the Zurich Premiership table.

  • But because Gloucester are "multiple qualifiers", having already won the Powergen Cup, automatic entry is extended to the team finishing fourth in the table - meaning Sale are also in.

  • If Bath win their Parker Pen Challenge Cup final against Wasps on 25 May, they will take the fifth qualification place.

  • But as Wasps have already qualified through the league, if they win the Parker Pen Cup, the fifth entry place will be awarded to the Premiership's fifth-placed team - Leeds.

    HEINEKEN CUP QUALIFICATION
    1. Zurich Premiership winner
    2. Zurich Premiership finalist
    3. Zurich Premiership semi-finalist
    4. Parker Pen Cup winner
    5. Zurich Wildcard winner
    6. Zurich Premiership Fourth

  • The final Heineken Cup spot goes to the winner of the Zurich Wildcard play-offs, which will be decided when Leicester take on Saracens on 31 May.

There - simple, isn't it?


Zurich Premiership table
Saturday 14 May
    P PD PTS
1 Leicester 22 342 78
2 Wasps 22 119 73
3 Sale 22 71 60
4 Bath 22 41 58
5 Saracens 22 -44 57
6 Gloucester 22 -80 47
7 Newcastle 22 -121 47
8 Leeds 22 -51 43
9 Worcester 22 -128 42
10 London Irish 22 -43 40
11 Northampton 22 -63 40
12 Harlequins 22 -43 38


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