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Big Weekend for Premiership Sides
Points to play for at both ends of the table
Posted Apr 07, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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With Leicester and Northampton in Heineken Cup fixtures this weekend and Saracens not in action until next week, there is a chance for third placed Gloucester to cement their position in the top three on Friday night.
Gloucester, who bounced back from a thumping defeat at Harlequins at the end of March with a 34-9 win against Newcastle Falcons, travel to Edgeley Park to play Sale Sharks who are currently tenth in the table after a poor season so far, winning just 5 of their 18 matches.
With the top three fighting it out for the Premiership Champions title at the end of the season, a bonus-point victory for Gloucester would leave them six points clear of fourth-placed Northampton with four matches remaining, almost guaranteeing a Heineken Cup place for next season.
Bath take on Exeter at the Rec on Saturday, while there is a bottom of the table clash at Kingston Park as Newcastle Falcons take on Leeds Carnegie with both sides desperate to climb away from the foot of the table.
Bath go into their clash with Exeter on the back of three straight Premiership defeats, while Exeter will be looking to get revenge for the 12-9 defeat to the same opponents at the end of February.
With Newcastle holding a game in hand over Leeds, victory is vital for Neil Back's side, who have won just three games this season, which included a crucial 27-22 win against Exeter last time out.
Back said, "It's in our hands if we can get the vital win on Saturday. For both clubs it's a massive fixture.
"We've got to go out there and give absolutely everything. If we don't win then I think we have to start planning for the Championship. We've got four games remaining and we believe we have to win at least two of those."