Guinness Premiership play-off places finalised

Bath booked their place in the Premiership play-offs with a 39-3 win over Leeds on Saturday.

First half tries by Nick Abendanon and Michael Claassens sent Bath on their way to an 11th victory in 12 league games since Christmas and set up a play-off clash with league champions Leicester at Welford Road next Sunday.

A 17-point interval advantage was extended after the break through wing Matt Banahan’s touchdown, a brilliant second Abendanon try and a Joe Maddock score, while Olly Barkley kicked four conversions and added two penalties.

Leeds mustered a solitary Ceiron Thomas penalty in reply after being outclassed throughout the contest.

Wasps missed out on a play-off spot despite securing a 28-25 victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.

That result also meant the Wasps careers of Danny Cipriani, who left the field early on with a thumb injury, and Paul Sackey ended in disappointment before their moves to Melbourne Rebels and Toulon respectively.

Jon Clarke grabbed a brace of tries as Northampton secured a home semi-final against Saracens in the play-offs by thrashing London Irish 31-7 at the Madejski Stadium.

Saints, who finished the regular season in second place, took an 11-0 lead into the break thanks to powerful centre Clarke’s 39th-minute try and two penalties by Stephen Myler.

Chris Ashton, playing in front of watching England manager Martin Johnson and his fellow national team coaches, dotted down for Northampton’s second try while Clarke added a third late on, with Myler kicking the rest of their points.

Elsewhere, Harlequins claimed a 35-20 victory over Sale, while Worcester Warriors ended their six-year stay in the top flight with a 23-22 defeat against Gloucester at Sixways.


Guinness Premiership play offs.


Leicester Tigers vs Bath


Northampton Saints vs Saracens

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