Aviva Premiership regular season is over. It is a good time for a short summary. Same four teams as last year have reached the knock-out stages: Saracens, Leicester Tigers, Harlequins and Northampton Saints are all in the Semis. There were no big surprises as favourites did not disappoint. Premiership newcomers London Welsh have been relegated which isn't a huge surprise either. The biggest disappointment was probably Sale Sharks' poor performance. The club had big ambitions, and was targeting the first four, but unexpectedly ended up at the other side of the table and had to fight in the relegation battle.
Exeter Chiefs' good performance deserves a special mention. Team from Devon has once again proved to be a very demanding opponent and took some prestigious scalps. The last year champions - Harlequins had to swallow a bitter pill twice as they were beaten on both occasions.
In my preseason predictions I have correctly predicted positions of five teams and also three out of four semi-finalists. Although the season was a bit more foreseeable than usual, it did not lack excitement. Most games were interesting and played at decent level. More than a half of all matches ended within seven points margin! As I mentioned in my previous posts, Aviva Premiership is my favorite European league. Although the weather conditions are not always favourable for the high tempo and spectacular games, English clubs' rivalry provides lots of excitement. Atmosphere on the stands is fantastic, too.
Semi-finals take place this weekend: Leicester Tigers will play with Harlequins and Saracens clash with Northampton Saints. The big final is on the 26th of May on the Twickenham Stadium.
Who will triumph this year? We will soon find out.