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Premiership final day
10 May, 2008, 1500 BST



Leicester skipper Martin Corry
Corry salutes the fans after the incredible win at Welford Road

The play-off semi-final line-up has been confirmed after a dramatic final day of the regular Premiership season.

Gloucester top the table after their win over West country rivals Bath and will play Leicester at Kingsholm on 18 May for a place in the final.

The unfancied Tigers sneaked into the top four after a last-gasp win over Harlequins at Welford Road.

Wasps finished in second place after thrashing Leeds to set up a home semi-final against third-placed Bath.


606: DEBATE

Play-off semi-finals (18 May):
Wasps v Bath (1400 BST)
Gloucester v Leicester (1630 BST)

1st GLOUCESTER

Gloucester

Points 74 (15 wins)

Dean Ryan's men sealed top spot in the league for the third time in six years with victory over their West country rivals, James Simpson-Daniel's try proving the difference between the two sides at Kingsholm.

2nd WASPS

Wasps

Points 70 (14 wins)

With Bath losing, Wasps' traditional end-of-season charge saw them sneak into second place which gave them a home semi-final. They have now won 12 out of 14 league games since Christmas.

3rd BATH

Bath

Points 69 (15 wins)

Their win over Saracens last weekend meant that victory over Gloucester would have seen them top the table but alas for Steve Meehan's men, it was not to be. They will now have to pick themselves up for the trip to Adams Park.

4th LEICESTER

Leicester

Points 64 (13 wins)

Leicester went into the final day needing to claim a bonus-point win and other results to go their way - and that is exactly what happened. The Tigers were languishing in seventh at one point on the final day but a superb second-half fightback against Quins, capped by Tom Varndell's late score, meant that they moved up into fourth place ahead of Sale.

5th SALE

Sale

Points 63 (14 wins)

Sale needed to get something from the clash with London Irish but they put in a poor performance against the Heineken Cup semi-finalists and they miss out. A losing bonus-point would have been enough for Philippe Saint-Andre's side.

6th HARLEQUINS

Harlequins

Points 63 (12 wins)

A truly heartbreaking result for the Quins. They were in fourth place for long periods in the afternoon but they could not retain their lead against Leicester. Sixth place may also not be enough for a Heineken Cup spot - they need Bath beat to beat Worcester in the Challenge Cup final to secure their place.




see also
Premiership photos
10 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Gloucester 8-6 Bath
10 May 08 |  English
Leeds 28-45 Wasps
10 May 08 |  English
Leicester 31-28 Harlequins
08 May 08 |  English
Sale 7-17 London Irish
10 May 08 |  English
Saracens 25-20 Bristol
10 May 08 |  English
Worcester 51-10 Newcastle
10 May 08 |  English


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