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Play-Off permutations as regular season draws to a close

Play-Off permutations as regular season draws to a close

London Scottish sealed their place in the Greene King IPA Championship end of season play-offs recently with victory over Nottingham Rugby.

London Scottish sealed their place in the Greene King IPA Championship end of season play-offs recently with victory over Nottingham Rugby.

The Club are guaranteed to finish third when the regular season concludes this weekend and will play either Bristol Rugby or Worcester Warriors who currently occupy first and second positions in the league respectively.

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Separated by just three points, the top two meet this Saturday at Sixways Stadium with the bragging rights of finishing the season in first position very much up for grabs.

To view the league table as it currently stands, click here.

Should Worcester Warriors finish second, London Scottish will host Dean Ryan's side in a home semi-final, first leg match at Richmond Athletic Ground, on Saturday, May 2, 1.45pm kick-off – a day after Edinburgh Rugby's European Challenge Cup final clash against Gloucester at The Twickenham Stoop. 

Tickets for London Scottish v Worcester Warriors would be available to purchase on the website at 5pm on Saturday, April 25, once the regular Championship season has concluded.

For hospitality reservations, email Lauren Macleod on lauren.macleod@londonscottish.com. Bookings are on a first come first served basis.

The second leg against Worcester would be away on Friday, May 8, 7.45pm kick-off. Sixways Stadium.

Should Bristol Rugby finish second, London Scottish will travel to Ashton Gate Stadium for their first leg semi-final on Saturday, May 2, 1.30pm kick-off – a match which would be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The second leg would be at home on Sunday, May 10, 1.45pm kick-off, also broadcast live on Sky Sports.

For ticket and hospitality enquiries regarding a possible clash with Bristol, email Lauren Macleod on lauren.macleod@londonscottish.com 

Aggregate attendances have reached an all-time high in the Greene King IPA Championship this season after the 300,000 mark was passed for the first time in the competition's history in round 21.

A total of 315,731 spectators, at an average of 2,506 per game, have watched Championship rugby at grounds up and down the country this season, and that figure is set for a further boost with another bumper gate expected for the top-two clash between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Rugby, at Sixways on Saturday.

Third-placed London Scottish take on Rotherham Titans at Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbeydale Road South, Dore, S17 3LJ on Saturday, 3pm kick-off. 

Titans still need a point to be absolutely certain of their place in the top four although it would take a huge set of results to deny them.

Nottingham need a bonus-point win at Bedford and for Rotherham to take nothing from their final fixture, in addition to a 127-point turnaround, to leapfrog them in the table.

Final round of regular Championship fixtures, Saturday, April 25 – ALL 3PM KICK-OFFS

Rotherham Titans v London Scottish

Mark Bright got his record-breaking season off to a flying start when he scored a hat-trick against Rotherham in this season's first encounter.

The No.8 now holds the individual record for tries in a season in the Championship with 24.

London Scottish have won four and lost three of their previous clashes with Rotherham, who go into the match on the back of a run of five wins from six outings.

Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby

Bristol only need a losing bonus point to bring up a century of competition points for the season, a feat only previously achieved by Worcester who finished their 2010/11 title-winning campaign on 101 points.

A new record is within Bristol's grasp if they complete a league double over the Warriors.

Bristol's last visit to Sixways ended in a 38-20 defeat, on 8 October, 2010.

Worcester have set new Championship records this season for tries scored (120) and 'points for' (832).
 
Bedford Blues v Nottingham

Tenth-placed Bedford are set for their lowest finish in 14 seasons at this level unless they can overhaul the one-point gap between themselves and Doncaster on the final weekend.

Not since the 2000/01 season, when they finished 11th, have the Blues failed to finish 9th or higher in the second tier of English rugby.

Fourteen points from the boot of debutant Will Maisey and Brent Wilson's try helped the Green & Whites win 19-10 at Meadow Lane.

Bedford have proved to be a potent force in the second half of matches at Goldington Road this season, scoring 21 of their 32 tries at home after the break.

Jersey v Moseley

Jersey were denied a first-ever Championship win against Moseley at Billesley Common back in September when home winger Drew Cheshire scored his second try late on and Ollie Thomas held his nerve to land the conversion and level the scores at 22-22. All four previous Championship clashes ended in wins for Moseley.

Plymouth Albion v Doncaster Knights

Plymouth have nothing but pride left to play for after Saturday's 29-0 defeat at Moseley confirmed their relegation to National League One.

No team coached by Graham Dawe will go down without a fight though, and Albion have won their last two at home to Doncaster in the league.

The Knights' last victory at Brickfields was in October 2011.

The newly-promoted Knights announced their return to the Championship with a 27-6 win over Albion in round 1.

Dougie Flockhart looks certain to finish the season as the Championship's top points-scorer after taking his overall tally to 223 in Doncaster's 25-19 win against Bedford.

Yorkshire Carnegie v Cornish Pirates

Carnegie kicked off the new season with a win for the first time in six seasons when they prevailed by 29-18 at the Mennaye Field back in September.

All of Carnegie's tries that day came from forwards with Ben Harris (2), Chris Jones and Ryan Burrows all scoring.

Carnegie and Pirates meet at Headingley exactly one year to the day since Carnegie won 36-3 in last season's corresponding fixture.

All six of the Pirates' previous trips north to play Carnegie have ended in defeat.

Should Bristol Rugby and Worcester Warriors or any other clubs be tied on league points after Saturday, the following outcomes will decide final league positions.

In the case of equality of league points in the Championship – positions at that stage shall be determined firstly by the number of wins achieved in the Championship and then on the basis of match points differential in the Championship.

A Club with a larger number of wins shall be placed higher than a Club with the same number of league points but fewer wins.

If Clubs have equal league points and equal number of wins then a Club with a larger difference between match points “for” and match points “against” shall be placed higher in the Championship than a Club with a smaller difference between match points “for” and match points “against”.

Should two Clubs have the same number of league points and the same match points difference, the Club having scored more match points “for” shall be placed higher in the Championship than the Club having the lesser number of match points “for”.

If the above does not establish different Championship positions then the Club in the higher position shall be the Club that has achieved the higher aggregate match points scored by it in the same season against the other Club.

If this still does not establish the position then the Club who has won the most matches, excluding its first Championship match of each stage, then its second Championship match of the stage and so on, until it can be established which is the higher placed Club.

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