Round 10 Preview – Bath @ Exeter – Saturday Afternoon

The clash of the weekend is at Sandy park as third placed Bath visit first placed Exeter who are on a high after beating Saracens.

How are they getting on?

Almost no introduction needed for Exeter here. They’ve won four on the bounce including beating Saracens at Saracens last Sunday. They’re looking like the team to beat for the rest of the regular season and having won their toughest fixture of the year they will be expecting a victory every week. Continue reading “Round 10 Preview – Bath @ Exeter – Saturday Afternoon”

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 Preview – Exeter @ Saracens on Sunday afternoon

How are they getting on?

Pretty well! Exeter and Saracens are the top two sides in the league on points and their performances so far this season have backed that up. Exeter are coming off three good wins in the Premiership, although a scrappy 10-6 victory at Sale was a rare poor performance from the Chiefs. Continue reading “Round 9 Preview – Exeter @ Saracens on Sunday afternoon”

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 Seven Preview – Gloucester @ Bath on Sunday

The weekend’s rugby is rounded off by the first West-country Derby of the year as Gloucester pay a visit to a Bath side who are building some form.

How are they getting on?

Bath have been putting together a decent run of wins, beating much improved Italian side Treviso in what some thought was an unconvincing victory. There was less dissent the following week as they secured an important victory against The Scarlets in Llanelli, confidence will be high as a result. Continue reading “Round Seven Preview – Gloucester @ Bath on Sunday”

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 7 Preview – Wasps @ Northampton on Saturday Afternoon

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.

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