Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The Breakdown

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The irresistible force meets the immovable object when Exeter play Saracens while Leinster are favourites against Scarlets

The season, domestically at least, ends this weekend. As it came in, so it goes out with players queuing for surgery. Artificial pitches have come under scrutiny after Jack Willis, John Barclay and Steffon Armitage suffered leg injuries in the last month that will keep them out of action for between six months and a year but other factors, such as fatigue, come into play.

It is not so much the number of matches players take part in but the cumulative effect of training. Mako Vunipola, who last summer was with the Lions in New Zealand where he started all three Tests, will make his 32nd appearance of the campaign on Saturday when Saracens meet Exeter at Twickenham in the Aviva Premiership final.

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Written by Paul Rees
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/24/premiership-pro14-finals-saracens-exeter-leinster-scarlets under the title “Finals between leading four teams bring curtain down on bruising season | The Breakdown”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.