So it’s a pretty hardcore subject for an early Sunday afternoon but as we’re coming to the end of round 16 of the Aviva Premiership. Before we know it, it’ll be 31st May and the final at Twickenham but which of our favourite teams will be making an appearance?
Northampton Saints and Saracens seem dead certs for the final four but as we saw last season, that doesn’t mean they’ll make the final. Last season I took great delight, as a Saints fan, in a much improved performance against Sarries in the semi-final. It saw Saints go through to the final even though Sarries had been on better form for much of the season. I won’t go on to talk about the final; it still pains me!
But one simple question: is it fair?
The play-offs have been with us for the past decade or so but is it really fair that a team play fantastically all season, come in at poll position but have a bad semi final and finish third or fourth?
It doesn’t happen all that often I’ll give you that. Saracens’ defeat to Saints (thought I’d pop it in there again!) meant that they were only the second team to miss out on the final after finishing at number one, Gloucester the first in 2008. And you might even argue that it adds a bit more excitement to the competition. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!