The game of the weekend saw champions Exeter visit Saracens at Allainz Park for a sneak preview of the playoffs.
How did it go down?
Exeter were the first off the mark as Gareth Steenson kicked three points but Saracens responded almost immediately. Nathan Earle collected a high ball and fed Alex Goode who drew in the defence before giving the ball back to Earle on the nearside wing. Earle haired into the space before passing back to Goode who ran it into the corner putting the early score at 7-3. Continue reading “Round 9 Match Report – Exeter @ Saracens”
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”
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 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”
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.
Continue reading “Round 6 Preview – Wasps @ Saracens on Sunday”