The”business end” of a year old. A relegation dog-fight. Scrapping for points and survival.
Pick a sporting cliche of one’s pick – plenty of these apply to the bottom end of the Premiership.
Eight teams are divided by only 12 points, or even three wins. The bottom four, who have all won six out of 17 games this season, have just seven points between them.
To make things even more fascinating, they are some surprising names in the thick of this survival garbage, also based on former Harlequins and British Lions winger Ugo Monye,”a giant might fall”.
BBC Sport tries its very best to predict who could wind up the wrong side of this table dotted line come the previous match of the season on 18 May.
How it stands
With five games left, top four will be nearly sewn up with Exeter, Saracens, both Gloucester and also Harlequins inhabiting the play-off places.
Northampton, in fifth, are eight points supporting Quins, but must pay equal consideration to the teams below as well as the one above.
With three of these last five games against the current top four, Saints is going to require to make certain they don’t really get drawn in to the mixer below, while Sale and Bath in sixth and seventh will be both cautious.
That they had a specially big knock on effect for yet another side wedged in one of the bottom four – Leicester Tigers.
Tigers Around the wrong form of roster
The Tigers have not ended in the bottom half of the Premiership since the competition was created in 1987, but are third from bottom.
In 2013, the former back-to-back European winners may be relegated of course, if the worst were to occur, it would make sure they are arguably the largest name to possess fallen from English Rugby’s highest tier in that time.
Tigers are based on the woeful run of form in every contests – only three wins in their past 19 games.
“It sounded ridiculous a handful of months ago to even consider among English Rugby’s giants to even be from the dialog of relegation, however today it’s a genuine potential,” Monye told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly tradition.
“Their type has been woeful. In the East Midlands derby, that I presumed would be considered a turning point for these to get all their internationals straight back against their bitter rivals, ” I thought we’d find something different and we didn’t.
“It was humbling. They looked poor, they looked rudderless sometimes.
“Those are things you would correlate with a team in 10th position, but you’d never presume to connect it with a team such as Leicester Tigers.”
‘We’re from the mire’
Leicester’s survival may arguably be determined within their next few games.
Exeter at home, Newcastle away and Bristol at home see them face the current leaders, the most current bottom-placed side and also the team a location and two things above them.
They are 3 things above Newcastle and face arguably among the toughest run ins with games against two of the best four to come.
Generally in the majority of fourteen days, six wins could probably already be sufficient to guarantee safety, however also for Bristol Bears their fate for second season is far from certain.
Pat Lam’s negative are seven things above Newcastle, that they traveling to handle over the previous day of this summer season, and a haul of 1-2 bonus points far have helped maintain their heads above water.
“We’ve certainly left a lot of points out on the field throughout the season,” Lam told BBC Radio Bristol.
“You can’t dwell on this, you have got to move on and there is five games to go. It is all about taking the learnings and Continuing to another game”
‘Promotion and relegation is exactly what it is all about’
What gets the present condition of the Premiership even more fascinating is the backdrop of potential ring-fencing future seasons.
Ending promotion and relegation between the Premiership and Championship would remove all the danger now being sensed for its eight clubs.
“from the sporting and fans outlook, I love promotion and relegation,” Monye said. “I got relegated (with Harlequins in 2005) and that I know the effect it could have in your personal dream.