Round 10 Preview – Newcastle @ Northampton – Friday Night

How are they getting on?

Poorly. After strong starts both teams are in free-fall, between them having not won a game in the Premiership since September. Northampton are coming off a few really poor losses against Worcester and Sale, traditionally two of the basement teams in the league. Before then they lost by sixteen points to Wasps and five to Gloucester. It is a pretty dismal run, the one mitigation being that only the Wasps result was at Franklin’s Gardens where they are usually much stronger. Continue reading “Round 10 Preview – Newcastle @ Northampton – Friday Night”

Round 9 Match Report – Gloucester @ Newcastle

On the back of a morale boosting victory against Saracens, Gloucester made the tough trip up to Newcastle on Friday Night to see if they could back it up.

How did it go down?

Gloucester opened the scoring sixteen minutes in after Willi Heinz took the ball from a lineout and fed young winger Henry Purdy, who cut against the direction of play and through the Gloucester defence before being stopped by a last-ditch ankle tap from Sinoti Sinoti. Continue reading “Round 9 Match Report – Gloucester @ Newcastle”

Round 9 Preview – Gloucester @ Newcastle on Friday Night

Round 9 sees Gloucester head to Newcastle for amid-table clash between two sides who have been relatively unaffected by autumn international call ups.

How are they getting on?

I was surprised to see that Newcastle have managed to drop down to 9th in the table after their loss at Wasps last week, which is disturbingly reminiscent of their league position in recent years. It may not be as doom and gloom as it seems however as they are only behind 6th placed Wasps on points difference and only four points behind a playoff position. Continue reading “Round 9 Preview – Gloucester @ Newcastle on Friday Night”

Round 7 Preview – The Non-Televised Games

A quick preview of the non-televised games in Round Seven.

Worcester @ Harlequins

Both teams are far from form, with Harlequins in particular coming off of two disappointing defeats in Europe. Quite why they are so inconsistent is a mystery when you consider the amount of top quality international talent that they have available, Mike Brown, Danny Care, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw and Jamie Roberts to name a few. Worcester are still sitting at the bottom of the table without a win and have recently had the news that their Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, will be leaving to coach the US national team. Continue reading “Round 7 Preview – The Non-Televised Games”

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 Preview – Non-televised Games

The non-televised games this week see Bath visit Worcester; Exeter take the long trip to Newcastle and Gloucester brave Northampton at Franklin Gardens.

Bath @ Worcester

Bath will travel to Worcester coming off of a strong win against the Chiefs. Bath, like Leicester, will be looking to build on their 9, 10, 12 axis after losing George Ford to the Tigers over the summer. Worcester are bottom of the league and while they’ll be desperate for a win to change that, they have been defeated in all previous outings this season. Continue reading “Round 6 Preview – Non-televised Games”