The finalists will gain automatic Heineken Cup 2009/2010 qualification. while the losers of the semis will be ranked according to where they finished during the regular season and whichever losing semi-finalist finished higher in the league will face the Dragons in the Heineken Cup play-off.
Because Viadana have finished the regular league in the top spot, if they do not make it past their semi final against fourth place Rovigo, they will automatically finish third and face the Dragons on the 29 May. However If Viadana beat Rovigo, then the Dragons will face the loser of the match between Calvisano and Treviso.
Those semi-finals will be played on the following dates:
ITALIAN SUPER 10 SEMI FINALS
Semi-final First Leg Saturday 16 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Rovigo v Viadana
Sunday 17 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Rugby Calvisano v Benetton Treviso
Semi-final Second Leg Saturday 23 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Viadana v Rovigo
Sunday 24 May 2009 - 20.00 (Local Time)
Benetton Treviso v Rugby Calvisano
HEINEKEN CUP PLAYOFF Friday 29 May 21:00 (Local Time)
3rd placed Italian team v Newport Gwent Dragons Venue TBC