Round 7 Match Report – Gloucester @ Bath on Sunday

Round Seven of the Aviva Premiership was rounded-off by a West-Country derby as Gloucester took on local rivals Bath.

How did it go down?

There was action from the first minute at The Rec as Henry Trinder found a gap in Bath’s defence during the first five minutes. Trinder cut between highly-rated youngster Zach Mercer and Semesa Rokoduguni before finding Willi Heinz in space and running an intelligent dummy line to draw the covering defence and allow the scrumhalf to score in the corner. Continue reading “Round 7 Match Report – Gloucester @ Bath on Sunday”

Round 7 Match Report – Wasps @ Northampton on Saturday

Wasps visited Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, with the pressure on to end their Premiership losing streak. Northampton have been looking strong but their stock has fallen after two losses in Europe.

How did it go down?

Wasps’ visit to Northampton was a welcome break from the battle of attrition between Sale and Exeter that we saw on Friday night. Wasps narrowly had the better of the early exchanges as they pushed ahead 6-3 before Ben Foden ran back a poor kick and put Ahsee Tuala away after cutting though the Wasps defence. Continue reading “Round 7 Match Report – Wasps @ Northampton on Saturday”

Round 7 Match Report – Exeter @ Sale on Friday Night

How did it go down?

Well, there isn’t a huge amount to write about on this one I’m afraid. The match started at a deadlock and we had to wait until the half-hour mark for Gareth Steenson to kick the first points of the game, but even that didn’t last long as Faf De Klerk hit back four minutes later. Exeter were building pressure through their tight game and it looked like they were going to find a way through, but the Sale defenders were able to hold on time after time and the teams went in at halftime at 3-3. Continue reading “Round 7 Match Report – Exeter @ Sale on Friday Night”

Round 6 Round-Up – The Non-Televised Games

A quick round-up of Week Six’s non-televised games.

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. Continue reading “Round 6 Round-Up – The Non-Televised Games”

Round 6 Match Report – Wasps @ Saracens on Sunday

Round Six saw two of the ‘Big Three’ from 16/17 go head-to-head as struggling Wasps traveled to Allainz Park to take on Saracens.

How did it go down?

Saracens started well against an injury depleted Wasps. Fullback Alex Goode entered the line and collected the ball from Marcelo Bosch in the sixth minute before weighting an intelligent kick for American Chris Wyles to go collect in the corner for the score. Five minutes later British & Irish Lion Jamie George cut a line from a quick tap to stroll through a Wasps defence that had switched off to put Saracens two tries up. Continue reading “Round 6 Match Report – Wasps @ Saracens on Sunday”

Round 6 Match Report – Leicester Tigers @ London Irish on Saturday

Leicester, who look to be establishing themselves as one of the better teams visited London Irish who despite only having one victory are confident that they will have the quality to stay up.

How did it go down?

Well it wasn’t the best of starts for London Irish as scrumhalf Sam Harrison danced around around a few sluggish looking forwards in the opening minutes to take The Tigers to within a few meters of the line, before Matt Toomua sent winger Nick Malouf over in the corner. The try was not converted but Ford soon slotted three consecutive penalties to put Leicester fourteen points up. Pressure built throughout the rest of the half, but London Irish responded with a lone penalty to ensure that they had some reward and the teams took it in 14-3 at the interval. Continue reading “Round 6 Match Report – Leicester Tigers @ London Irish on Saturday”

Round 6 Match Report – Sale @ Harlequins on Friday Night

Buoyed by a relatively strong start to the season Sale Sharks traveled to Harlequins, who were under pressure for a result having stumbled in the opening rounds.

How did it go down?

Harlequins have had a relatively disappointing start to the season so far and they looked determined to set that right during the opening stages of this Friday night match up. The scoring started in the 11th minute when Danny Care collected the ball from the base of a ruck and chipped into the corner, with the returning Tim Visser collecting to go over in what was a reassuring start for the hosts. Continue reading “Round 6 Match Report – Sale @ Harlequins on Friday Night”