The top level of English rugby is back for round 20 and clubs will be looking to get all the important points to avoid relegation or to get that place in the end of season playoffs with a chance to be crowned the Champions of England and not to mention European Rugby for next season.
The game between 5th placed Newcastle Falcons and 6th placed Sale Sharks is one of the most exciting fixtures of round 20.This has been enhanced by the fact the last time the two sides met the Newcastle Falcons won the game 13-12.The game was full of errors and was won by a single penalty.
The stakes are high as Newcastle Falcons have 54 points just three more points than Sale Sharks and any that drops points could lose their current position and European spot. The two teams are looking for a top 4 finish to have a chance to be crowned champions of England and have slots in the European Rugby Champions Cup for next season.
Both teams have won 3 of their last four matches wand In recent years meetings between the two have not produced a clear dominance for any of the teams so this match because one of the most difficult to predict.
Tigers are currently third with 56 points play their East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints who are languishing in 10th place with 32 points. Leicester are clear favourites to win the game after having won their last five matches while Saints are nervously looking over their shoulders after being dragged into a relegation battle, so can the Saints reproduce the form that saw them defeat the tigers 21 -11 earlier in the season?
London Irish play Exeter on week 20. The sharp contrast between the two teams is pretty obvious at this time of the season with Exeter being at the top of the standings and London Irish at the bottom. Exeter come into the game as the clear favourite because of the position of the team.
Both teams will be looking to for maximum points, for London Irish to avoid relegation and for Exeter to maintain their position at the top of the standings. London Irish will have a hard time as Exeter have a good attack and defence.
London Irish worries have been enhanced by the injury to flanker who can also play number 8 Arno Botha who is one of the most important members of the squad.
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