With the U18 Academy Premiership having a weekend off, bar one rearranged game, now seems a good time to summarise and catch a few people up in the Weekend Review.
Tomorrow sees a rescheduled clash between Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors in the Northern Division.
The league consists of fourteen teams, the twelve Premiership clubs plus Bristol and Yorkshire Carnegie with their professional academies.
It is split into two divisions of seven, one in the North and one in the South, though the definitions of ‘north’ are a little unsteady, Gloucester, for instance, are in the northern division.
Each side plays each other once, determining their league position in their division. On Monday 15th February, at Allianz Park, they then play their counterpart from the other division in the Academy Finals Day. So 1st in the north plays 1st in the south, and so on.
There are currently two rounds remaining for most sides, the weekend of the 23rd January and the weekend of the 30th January, though some sides have already played five games so have just one remaining, while Northampton have three to play including tomorrow’s game against Worcester.
Just two sides have won all of their games so far, Gloucester in the Northern Division, who have five victories from their five games and sit thirteen points clear of the field – though they are the only side to have played five games in the division, and should Northampton Saints win their two games in hand with maximum points they will be just three behind Gloucester ahead of their meeting on the final weekend of the league.
In the Southern Division London Irish are unbeaten with four wins from their four games. They are top of the division but level on 19 points with Wasps in second place, who have won four of their five games.
At the other end of the scale the two Championship academies, Yorkshire and Bristol, are yet to pick up any victories this season. They best they have managed, so far, is a bonus point for the Leeds based side. However with two games each left, they could yet make some progress.
Both division have plenty to play for though as we head into the final two weeks. The Northern Division can be one by either Gloucester or Northampton Saints and could yet go down to a final day showdown between the two, while in the south any one of London Irish, Wasps, Saracens, or Exeter Chiefs could still technically top the table.
There is certainly plenty to look forward to! Have a look at the fixtures and the tables below to see how each side is doing and where they could end up.
U18 Academy Premiership Remaining Fixtures:
Saturday 16th January
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors
Bristol v London Irish
Harlequins v Wasps
Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons
Yorkshire Carnegie v Leicester Tigers
Bristol v Harlequins
Exeter Chiefs v Bath
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons
London Irish v Saracens
Northampton Saints v Gloucester
Sale Sharks v Yorkshire Carnegie
U18 Academy Premiership Finals Day – Monday 15th February
|U18 Academy Premiership Table – Northern Division|
|U18 Academy Premiership Table – Southern Division|