Mathematical improbability prevented other issues from being settled, though some are now beyond dispute. Sale are primed to join West Hartlepool in League One following their 28-19 win at Wakefield while Coventry were virtually assured promotion to League Two via a 22-3 victory over lowly Havant.
In Ireland, Garryowen wrapped up the Insurance Corporation League with a 9-3 win over Blackrock College while the upset of the day occurred in Wales, where Dunvant turned a 10-0 half-time deficit against Neath into a 10-10 draw, which more or less handed the Heineken title to Swansea. Treorchy secured promotion from Division Two by blanking Glamorgan Wanderers 13-0.
Spare a thought for Cross Keys, the only club among the top four divisions in England and Wales without a point and owners, moreover, of the leakiest defence. Even if it did take their points against tally to 671, losing 21-11 at home to the Swalec Cup semi-finalists Llanelli was something of a triumph in the circumstances.
For a spicier flavour of the bump and grind, mind, the hottest ticket was the Super-10 competition, the provincial championship of the southern hemisphere. There were two one-sided affairs in Pool A, Queensland seeing off Eastern Province 41-10 in Port Elizabeth while the holders Transvaal demolished Otago 44-19 in Johannesburg, scoring six tries en route to their second win and seventh in a row since the inception of the series last year. In Pool B, Auckland opened their campaign at Eden Park with a 27-10 win over the Ranfurly Shield holders Waikato. Having previously lost to New South Wales, the dismissal of their New Zealand Maori lock Tiwini Hemi for fighting was hardly the wake-up call Waikato had in mind.Reuse content