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Aviva Premiership: Race for the Top Four Gathers Pace

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Brad Barritt, the Saracens captain, raises the Aviva Premiership trophy after their victory during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s Premiership has been rumbling on these last few weeks whilst people’s attention has been drawn to the international arena, it has got awful tight in the top half.

Five teams look to be vying for a spot in May’s play-offs and a shot at lifting the trophy at the home of rugby.

Wasps currently sit pretty, six points clear at the top of the tree, Exeter Chiefs are in second spot and Saracens are just one point below them.

Below them by five points you have Bath Rugby who lead their oldest and fiercest rivals Leicester Tigers by a single point.

Wasps, Exeter and Saracens look relatively safe but this match up between two of England’s oldest and most revered sides is mouthwatering, especially when you consider that they face each other at Twickenham on April, 8.

Add into this encounter the history and the fact the two clubs will be swapping their two fly-halves at the end of the season and this becomes an enticing prospect.

Bath Rugby have arguably two of the toughest fixtures before facing Leicester and with their depleted squad, a whole host of names are missing due to injury, international duty or suspension.

The West Country outfit will welcome Wasps to the Recreation Ground before a two-week rest for LV Cup games before a very tough trip to Saracens, the week the internationals return to action. They will then also have a Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Brive to contend with.

Leicester also face two tough fixtures in the league, a face-off against Exeter at Welford Road is followed up by LV action before Leicester make the short trip to Northampton for the East Midlands derby. They will then rest for European quarter-finals week.

‘The Clash’ as it has been dubbed by the Bath public relations team now looks like it could be pivotal for both teams and their race to finish in the play-off spots in what has so far been an incredible season in the Aviva Premiership.

Bath and Leicester are sure to fight for every inch when it comes to that pivotal day in April.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.