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Aviva Premiership Rugby Semi-finals Live on TV

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It’s the Aviva Premiership Rugby knockout stages and both semi-finals are live on BT Sport 1 this Saturday.

Only four of the 21 previous Premiership Rugby semi-final matches have been won by away sides: Leicester Tigers at Gloucester in 2008, London Irish at Harlequins in 2009, Saracens at Northampton Saints in 2010 and Northampton Saints at Saracens in 2013.

First up on Aviva Premiership Rugby Semi-final super Saturday are Northampton Saints v Saracens with coverage from 1.30pm with kick-off at 2pm on BT Sport 1.

Defending Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions, Northampton Saints, have reached a sixth successive semi-final, three of which have been at home.

Saints were defeated 14-22 at Leicester last Saturday but have not lost successive matches in the tournament for 13 months. They are the second best home side in Aviva Premiership Rugby having equalled Bath in obtaining 47 league points from their 11 encounters. Saints only loss at Franklin’s Gardens in their last 14 games of Premiership Rugby was to Exeter Chiefs in November.

Northampton’s figures in seven Premiership Rugby semi-finals have seen them losing the first five but winning the last two, at Saracens and at home to Leicester Tigers.

Saracens have also reached a sixth successive Premiership Rugby semi-final with their 68-17 victory over London Welsh on Saturday.

Saracens record in previous Premiership Rugby semi-finals is won three, lost three.

Northampton Saints and Saracens have met in seven previous semi-finals in all tournaments. Saints having a slight edge by four wins to three, although Saracens knocked Northampton out of the LV= Cup at this stage in March. Saints have won their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby matches against Saracens.

The second semi-final sees Bath Rugby hosting Leicester Tigers.  Coverage of the game will continue on BT Sport 1 with kick-off at 5pm.

Bath Rugby reach their first play-off since 2010 and The Recreation Ground becomes the tenth different venue to host a Premiership Rugby semi-final. If Bath are victors, they would play in their first Premiership Rugby Final since 2004.

Bath have won their last six Aviva Premiership rugby matches since their 6-16 defeat at Exeter on 28 February but have not won seven in a row since season 2009-10. They have the best home record in the tournament having earned 47 league points from their 11 home games. Their only defeat at The Rec in the competition this season was against table topping Northampton Saints in round 15.

Leicester Tigers have reached the play-off stages for an 11th successive season with their only loss in the last nine rounds of Aviva Premiership Rugby at Saracens in round 19.

Tigers have only lost one Premiership Rugby semi-final when Northampton Saints were victorious last season at Franklin’s Gardens.

Leicester beat Bath 17-8 at Welford Road in round 12 to gain a little revenge for their 0-45 defeat at The Rec in round 3. They have lost on their last four visits to the Recreation Ground in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The two previous Premiership Rugby semi-finals between Bath and Leicester were both won by Tigers at the then Walkers Stadium in 2009 and at Welford Road a year later.

Live
 
Saturday

Northampton Saints v Saracens, programme starts at 1.30pm, BT Sport 1 kick-off 2pm
Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers, kick-off 5pm
 
Highlights
 
Sunday
ITV4 – 9pm
ITV – 11.15pm

Monday
ITV4 – midnight

Rugby Tonight – Monday 8pm, BT Sport 2
Rugby Tonight Extra – Thursday 28 May 11.15pm, BT Sport 1
 

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