Winners and losers from the Aviva Premiership finale

06 May 2017 07:24

The Aviva Premiership's 22-game regular season concluded on Saturday following an eight-month campaign.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the winners and losers heading towards the title play-offs later this month.

REGULAR SEASON WINNERS

Wasps finished top of the Premiership following a dramatic finale when England star Elliot Daly scored a late bonus point try to ensure that Dai Young's men saw off Saracens and secured top spot courtesy of winning more games than second-placed Exeter.

TITLE PLAY-OFFS

Wasps will host Leicester at the Ricoh Arena on May 20, with Tigers preserving their record of making the play-offs every season by finishing fourth, while Exeter, who have gone 15 Premiership games unbeaten, will host Saracens.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP

England's six automatic qualifiers for next season's main European competition are Wasps, Exeter, Saracens, Leicester, Bath and Harlequins. Northampton, who finished seventh, will go into a Champions Cup qualification play-off format later this month with two Guinness PRO12 sides and a French Top 14 club, chasing one remaining European place. If Gloucester win the European Challenge Cup final next Friday, though, they will be England's representatives in that play-off, and Northampton will miss out.

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP

England's qualifiers for the second-tier European tournament are currently Northampton, Newcastle, Gloucester, Sale, Worcester and either London Irish or Yorkshire Carnegie.

RELEGATION

Bristol's return to the Championship has been confirmed after just one season back in English rugby's top flight. They will be replaced by London Irish or Yorkshire Carnegie, who clash in the two-legged Championship final play-off later this month.

Source: PA