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The state of play in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ahead of Round 13

The state of play in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ahead of Round 13

This week, Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns at long last.

European adventures and the Premiership Rugby Cup have both dominated the landscape for the top 12 teams in the country in recent times but after nearly six weeks, top-flight action is back at the forefront of the agenda once again.

Round 13 gets up and running on Friday evening as Gloucester Rugby and Bristol Bears host Exeter Chiefs and Wasps respectively – here’s a reminder of how the land lies in Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

Will Chiefs blink first?

With ten wins from 12 matches to their name, Exeter Chiefs are the current pace-setters at the top of the tree, entering Round 13 with a four-point advantage to protect.

Exeter travel to Kingsholm on Friday evening to lock horns with Gloucester in front of the BT Sport cameras and clinging to their coattails – boasting an identical number of wins and losses so far this season – are Saracens.

The north Londoners will be watching keenly to see if the Chiefs slip up at Gloucester before attempting to take full advantage when they host Leicester Tigers on Saturday in another match that will be shown live on BT Sport.

Semi-final chasers poised ever-so-finely

The battle for Gallagher Premiership Rugby semi-final spots is set to heat up once again, with Harlequins and Gloucester currently occupying third and fourth in the table respectively.

The former will go looking to make it three Gallagher Premiership Rugby victories in a row when they host Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

Three points behind Gloucester and both locked on 29 points are Sale Sharks and Wasps, both primed to take advantage of any slip-ups.

Sale are on the road in Round 13, making the trip to Franklin’s Gardens to lock horns with Northampton Saints, while Wasps go to Ashton Gate, taking on Bristol.

Also boasting a 29-point haul are Leicester, who are seventh in the table ahead of their trip to Saracens.

Could there be movement at the bottom?

Bath Rugby begin Round 13 eighth in the table – they roll out the red carpet at the Rec for bottom-of-the-table Newcastle Falcons.

Newcastle will attempt to lift themselves off the bottom of the standings and above 11th-placed Worcester, who go to Harlequins.

Northampton Saints and Bristol Bears occupy ninth and 10th respectively, and just six points separate the bottom four, allowing for plenty of movement when the next round of action gets underway.

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