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What Gloucester Rugby need to do seal their semi-final opponents

What Gloucester Rugby need to do seal their semi-final opponents WORCESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Johan Ackermann, the Gloucester head coach looks on during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Worcester Warriors and Gloucester Rugby at Sixways Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Worcester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Gloucester have now confirmed their Gallagher Premiership playoff status following their 27-20 loss to Worcester at Sixways. It’s the first appearance in the post season duties in eight years for the Cherry and Whites. Robert Rees takes a look at the possible permutations ahead.

Can Gloucester claim a home semi-final?

No.

Simply put Gloucester have two games left, a maximum of 10 points and currently lie 11 points behind Saracens in second place.

What do they need to do to hold third?

Gloucester lie 10 points ahead of Northampton in fourth. A singular point against Newcastle this coming weekend would seal their fate of an away tie to second spot.

Who would they face?

It isn’t yet decided who they’d face if they finished third as Saracens can still overtake Exeter, but providing the Chiefs earn at least one point from their remaining two games they’ll top the table and leave Sarries as the opponent for Gloucester.

The opponent for the league leaders, likely Exeter, is still wide open with any team as far down as Worcester still up for a chance mathematically. Although, it seems more likely to be one of Northampton, Harlequins, Sale, Wasps, Bath or Bristol.

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