Worcester @ Bath
What was the score? 29-13 to Bath.
Anything of note? On the surface of things not really. Youngster Zach Mercer made a great run to set up a try and with England short on number eights this autumn he may well be fast-tracked into the squad. Ben Tapuai went down with an injury which will concern Bath as he is an important cog in their team.
How was that prediction? Pretty good, it seems like Bath are continuing to gel and managed to beat Worcester soundly.
Newcastle @ Exeter
What was the score? 34-24 to Exeter.
Anything of note? Yes! This is the only one of the non-televised games that I’ve watched in full. Exeter were very effective and had a sizable points cushion for most of the game. Sam Simmonds scored a try in the 34th minute that quite a few premiership wingers wouldn’t have finished, which will only add to his growing reputation. Olly Woodburn had another good game and the Exeter scrum was impressive with Harry Williams at tighthead. Newcastle scored more tries than Exeter in the end and did well to come away with a point to show for it, considering that they lost two men to the sin-bin.
How did that prediction go? Pretty good, Exeter won in the end and put the squeeze on at scrum-time. I expected Newcastle to run them a little closer but The Falcons weren’t too bad, Exeter were very efficient.
Northampton @ Gloucester
What was the score? 29-24 to Gloucester.
Anything of note? Well Gloucester won for one. It looked like the league might be settling after an unpredictable start but Gloucester have upset the established order once more. Otherwise, Henry Trinder scored two tries one of which was a great solo effort. Trinder once looked the next in line to wear England’s thirteen shirt before injury struck and Jonathan Joseph was given the opportunity instead. His record of ailments since then makes for brutal reading and it is probably too late for his England chance, but we can only hope.
How did that prediction go? Badly. I didn’t think Gloucester had it in them to beat the Saints but they did. Northampton won’t be too disappointed with a close loss at Kingsholm so I wouldn’t throw the book away on their resurgence just yet.