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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Round 7 Preview – Friday Night Game – Exeter Chiefs @ Sale Sharks

The first game after the European break will see a confident looking Exeter Chiefs travel to the AJ Bell to take on Sale Sharks

How are they getting on so far?

Exeter Chiefs had a great couple of rounds in the Champions Cup during the Premiership break, managing to beat Glasgow at Sandy Park followed by a fantastic victory against Montpellier in Montpellier. They will take a lot of momentum from their European success and it is beginning to look like they are hitting top form. Continue reading “Round 7 Preview – Friday Night Game – Exeter Chiefs @ Sale Sharks”

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”

Round 6 Preview – Wasps @ Saracens on Sunday

On Sunday we get to watch the two favorites for the 2016/17 title go head-to-head in what will be a key indicator of how good these two are at this point in the season.

How are the teams getting on so far?

Saracens are 3rd in the league after a surprise loss to Bath in Round Two, aside from that it has been business as usual as they have recorded comfortable wins in all other match ups. A fifty-five point humbling of Northampton in the opening week and a 7-29 defeat of Newcastle in Newcastle are the highlights of their early results.

Wasps on the other hand have had a far shakier start to the season. Opening victories against Sale and Worcester have been followed by three defeats on the bounce, compared to four in the league for the entirety of last season. They’ve not performed to expectations so far and will be under pressure to put that right.

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Round 6 Preview – Leicester Tigers @ London Irish on Saturday Afternoon

The Saturday afternoon game of Round Six will see newly promoted London Irish host Leicester Tigers at the Madejski Stadium.

How are the teams getting on so far?

London Irish grabbed a morale-boosting bonus point victory in the first game of the season at Harlequins, but have lost all their games since then and are currently one place away from bottom at eleventh.

Leicester, who started the season with defeats to Bath and Northampton respectively, have bounced back well recording consecutive victories against Gloucester, Harlequins and defending champions Exeter. They snuck into the playoffs at fourth last season and will be hopeful of a similar performance in 17/18.

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