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”
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”
After an encouraging victory against Harlequins Wasps travel to Franklin’s Gardens hopeful of a result against a Northampton side coming off of two disappointing losses in Europe.
How are they getting on?
These two have suffered differing fortunes over the European break. Northampton, previously one of the form teams in the league, were brought squarely back to their feet with a repeat of their opening day humiliation at the hands of Saracens. This time the scoreline was even worse although the performance arguably not quite as abject. The result was followed by an away defeat at the hands of Clermont and while European fixtures don’t come tougher than these two, it was a stark reminder of where Northampton currently sit at the table.
Continue reading “Round 7 Preview – Wasps @ Northampton on Saturday Afternoon”
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”
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”