Rugby Football Union confirm final standings in Midlands divisions
Bourne Rugby Club are celebrating the highest-ever league finish in their history.
The Milking Nook Drove side have been confirmed as finishing in third place in Midlands 3 East (South).
Following the early ending of the season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Rugby Football Union agreed that final standings would be calculated on a best playing record formula maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues.
RFU president Peter Wheeler said: “We believe that the decisions made provide fair and balanced outcomes for the game and maintain the integrity of the competitions.
"We have listened to recommendations from the heart of the game and the approach has been ratified by the RFU Council.
"This has been a difficult decision to make in the most unprecedented of circumstances. There is no single solution that will suit every club, but the approach taken is one that we believe best reflects the nature of league rugby in England.
"With 80 per cent of the season complete for the community game, we believe our approach is fair and the right one for our leagues.
"We have clubs that are clear league leaders and worthy of promotion, but also other clubs who have said they would benefit from relegation, to play more meaningful rugby.”
Bourne's average was worked out at 81.89 with Oakham finishing second on 85.80 behind league champions Stamford on 88.28.
This was Bourne's second campaign in Midlands 3 East (South) after last season's seventh place finish.
Spalding were awarded a sixth place finish after a campaign which saw the Elephants crowned as RFU Midlands Senior Vase winners.
They were switched to the South Division after finishing third last season in Midlands 3 East (North).
Deepings finished seventh in Midlands 4 East (South).