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Old 05-11-19, 01:24 PM   #4081
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Wow - pity City werenít treated the same!
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Old 05-11-19, 09:15 PM   #4082
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No surprise that they've been caught (eventually) - it's been brewing for ages - but I don't think anyone would have guessed the size of the points deduction.

I can see it being reduced on appeal but even if it isn't there's no chance they will get relegated. In fact if everyone beats everyone this season (which happened for quite a bit of last year), they may even win enough games to make the play offs.
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Old 05-11-19, 09:23 PM   #4083
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I dunno, that’s 5 BP wins to even draw level. Apparently they’d have finished 10th with a 35pt deduction last year.!

Totally devalues the last 3 years of the prem.

Similar to Rangers in the SPL.
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Old 05-11-19, 09:55 PM   #4084
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I dunno, that’s 5 BP wins to even draw level. Apparently they’d have finished 10th with a 35pt deduction last year.!

Totally devalues the last 3 years of the prem.

Similar to Rangers in the SPL.

Ok, maybe the play offs would be a stretch but McCall is a very canny guy who rotates his players allowing equal weight to be given to the Champions Cup.

If it was all about survival, the Cup would no doubt take a back seat and he would play his strongest team every week in the league.

I'm absolutely certain Premiership rugby don't want Saracens relegated (a season or two back there was even talk of getting rid of relegation altogether) so I reckon they want to demonstrate how seriously the offence is viewed, whilst making sure Sarries retain their top division status.

On reflection they may decide to reduce the points sanction to absolutely ensure this.
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Old 05-11-19, 10:59 PM   #4085
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Ok, maybe the play offs would be a stretch but McCall is a very canny guy who rotates his players allowing equal weight to be given to the Champions Cup.

If it was all about survival, the Cup would no doubt take a back seat and he would play his strongest team every week in the league.

I'm absolutely certain Premiership rugby don't want Saracens relegated (a season or two back there was even talk of getting rid of relegation altogether) so I reckon they want to demonstrate how seriously the offence is viewed, whilst making sure Sarries retain their top division status.

On reflection they may decide to reduce the points sanction to absolutely ensure this.


Yeah the points deduction would not have relegated Saracens in any of the last 4 years. Itís tough but it would harm Prem if they werenít in it.

Itís a severe punishment, but, itís cheating. A stand has to be taken.

Agree that the appeal will probably see the points ban reduced to 25 or so.
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