I think this play-off was better than the top of the league being champions simply because there was little over a season to choose between the two sides and so many important matches e.g. Glous v tigers were when international players were unavailible, and Leicester would have lost the ***le due to an administrative error docking them a point. I don't think Gloucester were cheated out of a ***le this time.
Undiluted crap, being spewed out from a very biased source.
Things happen in a season, it's the way the cookie crumbles. It shouldn't come down to a "grand final".
A season is won on consistency, Gloucester proved to be more consistent.
It is preposterous in my opinion that a "one-off" game is set up to dictate who should be crowned the league champions.
You would have said it an injustice if Bristol or Saracens ended up winning the ***le - just as it is now, wiht Leciester being champions.
An injustice to good rugby, consistency, and more than anything an injustice to Gloucester...the rightful champions.
They were cheated out of a ***le this time, just like when i saw Wasps walk over Leicester (last season or season before?) to take the ***le when the Tigers were rightfully champions.
I see your point, and it's a commonly held view, much more common than the play offs being a good idea. But the problem i see is that the GP as a league isn't fair, with all the international commitments. Added to that Leicester didn't aim full pelt for the top (weakened side at Bristol) as it didn't matter, both sides were equal on league points, despite Glos winning one more match and Leicester being docked points from an admin error. The league isn't won fairly so a final play-off is no less fair in my eyes. My view is the same with Wasps win 2 years ago. They deservedly finished as champions when both top teams were near equal over a season. Tigers weren't cheated out of the ***le then, Gloucester aren't this season. In addition if the top of the table side was crowned champions, i think we would have seen many teams playing differently towards the end of the season and a different end table.