Premiership Play-Offs: The Top Four Teams for the Semi-Finals - Ruck

Premiership Play-Offs: The Top Four Teams for the Semi-Finals

There is still one round of action left in the Gallagher Premiership, yet the top four sides have already been confirmed and the play-offs have begun to take shape. League leaders Saracens, and second placed Sale Sharks have received the home semi-finals for this season’s dramatic conclusion.

Harry Wells of Leicester Tigers and Harry Potter of Leicester Tigers celebrates with the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Trophy during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final Match between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on 18 June 2022. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Saracens will play in their semi-final on Saturday 13th of May at the StoneX Stadium with a 15:30 Kick Off time. Sale Sharks will play their semi-final on Sunday 14th of May at the AJ Bell Stadium and Kick Off slightly earlier at 15:00. Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints are confirmed as the away sides for the semi-finals, but it is not yet entirely confirmed as to who will take on Sarries or Sale.

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final Match between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on 18 June 2022. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Tigers will remain in third place and secure an away tie with second-placed Sale Sharks, should they avoid a heavy defeat at home to Harlequins in the final round. There is the potential for an East Midlands derby in the final at Twickenham Stadium, as Northampton Saints qualify after finishing fourth in the league.

Leicester Tigers have the opportunity to retain the Gallagher Premiership title, with a repeat of last year’s final against Saracens possibly on the cards. Last final will be fondly remembered as Freddie Burns’ crowning moment, as the veteran fly half slotted the match-winning drop goal, to hand the Tigers the Premiership crown.

George Ford could also well return to the Premiership Final, yet in a different kit to last season. Ford made the move from Leicester to Sale for the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership campaign, and led from the front as the Sharks claimed second place in the league.

Saracens will be desperate to right the wrongs of last year’s final, as they fell at the final hurdle with just silver runners-up medals to show for their efforts. And Northampton Saints have worked their way into fourth place, for the second season in a row. Last year the Saints were sent packing by Leicester Tigers in the semi-finals, and Northampton will be looking to make amends in this years play-offs.