Yorkshire Carnegie face Ealing Trailfinders in the final pool game of the British & Irish Cup at Scarborough next Saturday with the winner of Pool 5 still up for grabs.
The Trailfinders are currently five points clear at the top and have a 45 point advantage on points difference.
To win the pool, Yorkshire Carnegie would need to score at least four tries, win by more than seven points, keep Ealing to no more than three tries and win by 23 clear points. However, even if Carnegie do not finish top, a win would secure a quarter final place as one of the three best runners up but will face an away tie in the Quarter Finals.
The criteria in full to decide the pool winners:
5.2.1 At the end of the Pool Stage the highest ranking Club in each pool shall be the pool winner and the pool winners together with 3 best runners up across the 5 pools will all proceed to the quarter-finals. The rankings shall be determined in accordance with the following criteria and in the following order:
(a) Competition Points; or
(b) where the Competiton Points are equal between two or more Clubs, the Club(s) that has achieved the greater number of wins; or
(c) where these are equal, the aggregate points difference from all Matches in the Pool Stage for each of the Clubs that have an equal number of Competition wins and Competition Points;
(d) or where these are equal, the Club that has scored the greatest number of points in the Pool Stage; or
(e) where these are equal, the Club that has the better result(s) from the Match(es) between the Clubs; or
(f) where these are equal, the greater number of tries scored in the Match(es) between the Clubs shall determine the rankings; or
(g) where the tries scored are equal, the aggregate points difference in the Matches between the Clubs in the Pool Stage shall determine the rankings; or
(h) where the aggregate points difference is equal the fewest number of players shown a red card in the Pool Stage shall determine the rankings; or
(i) where the number of red cards are equal, the fewest number of players shown a yellow card shall determine the rankings; or
(j) where the number of red cards are equal, by the toss of a coin.