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Christophe Ridley and Luke Pearce to referee Premiership semi-finals

Referee’s Christophe Ridley and Luke Pearce have been chosen to officiate this weekend’s Gallagher Premiership semi-finals. 

Ridley will be the man in the middle on Friday night, as Northampton Saints face defending champions Saracens. This will be Ridley’s second game involved with Northampton in a row, after he refereed their last game against Bath.

Elsewhere, Exeter-native Pearce will referee the clash between Bath and Sale Sharks at the Rec on Saturday afternoon. Pearce was also in charge of Sale’s last regular game of the season against Saracens.

The pair were both involved in the recent Rugby World Cup, and have both officiated in Premiership finals in the past.

Northampton romped to the top of the table following a terrific season. Phil Dowson’s men won 12 of their 18 Premiership games, and booked their home semi-final a week early.

Bath have to do it the hard way, but a huge 43-12 win over Northampton on the final day ensured they secured a home play-off for the first time since 2015.

Elsewhere on the final day, Sale Sharks faced Saracens at the StoneX, with Alex Sanderson’s men coming away with a 20-10 win to make sure of a play-off berth.

Referee appointments for Gallagher Premiership semi-finals

Credit: IMAGO

Northampton Saints vs Saracens

Referee: Christophe Ridley

Assistant referees: TBC

TMO: TBC

Bath Rugby vs Sale Sharks

Referee: Luke Pearce

Assistant referees: TBC

TMO: TBC

Premiership play-offs schedule

Friday 31st May

Northampton Saints vs Saracens

Venue: Franklin’s Gardens

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Saturday 1st June 

Bath Rugby vs Sale Sharks

Venue: The Rec

Kick-off: 3:30pm