U18 Premiership set for thrilling climax at Allianz Park


The U18 Aviva Premiership finals day takes place on Monday and will feature the top four sides from each conference.

The league is split into a Northern and Southern Conference, with seven sides in each, they play a regular season structure from October thorough to early February, before coming together for the finals day, which is held this year at Saracens’ Allianz Park.

There will be four games being played throughout the day, however the main event will be the U18 Premiership final between Northampton Saints U18s and Exeter Chiefs U18s at 17.00 on Monday evening.

The Chiefs won the Southern Conference at a canter, going through the entire season unbeaten, the only side in either league to have done so.

Northampton Saints had a slightly trickier time in the Northern Conference, though they did only lose one game all season, and managed to collect both a losing and try-scoring bonus point in the process. In fact, Saints collected a try-scoring bonus in every game bar one.

The reason for Saints’ slightly trickier progress was the excellent Gloucester U18s, who went through the entire season unbeaten right up until this Tuesday, when Gloucester & Saints met each other in a showdown for top spot in the Northern Conference and a place in the U18 Premiership final.

Saints won that crucial game in nail-biting fashion, winning 5-0 (that game therefore being their one game in which they failed to secure the try-scoring bonus) in quite horrific conditions, a problem that should be less prevalent on Saracens’ artificial surface.

Defeat for Gloucester actually meant that they finished in third place in the league despite the fact that victory would have given them the Northern title. That was because Leicester Tigers were also in outstanding form in the Northern Conference, and ended up above Gloucester due to their superior bonus points record.

Tigers’ third/fourth place playoff at Allianz Park on Monday will therefore be against Harlequins, who finished second in the South despite a big loss to Saracens last weekend, that game kicks off at 15.00.

In finishing third, Gloucester will find themselves competing against Bath in the fifth/sixth place play off, which kicks off at 13.00 on Monday, while Saracens will face London Irish at 11.00 in the seventh/eighth place play off, despite that big win over Harlequins last week.

It is all set to be an exciting day of rugby, who do you think is going to secure the U18 Aviva Premiership title though? Let us know via @FifteenRugbyXV or through the comment box below.

U18 Aviva Premiership Finals Day Schedule:

11.00 Game 1 Saracens v London Irish

13.00 Game 2 Bath v Gloucester

15.00 Game 3 Harlequins v Leicester

17.00 Game 4 Northampton v Exeter

All fixtures to be played at Saracens’ Allianz Park on Monday 17th February, entry to the entire day is free of charge.

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