Round 7 Match Report – Wasps @ Northampton on Saturday

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”

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 6 Match Report – Wasps @ Saracens on Sunday

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”

Round 6 Match Report – Sale @ Harlequins on Friday Night

Buoyed by a relatively strong start to the season Sale Sharks traveled to Harlequins, who were under pressure for a result having stumbled in the opening rounds.

How did it go down?

Harlequins have had a relatively disappointing start to the season so far and they looked determined to set that right during the opening stages of this Friday night match up. The scoring started in the 11th minute when Danny Care collected the ball from the base of a ruck and chipped into the corner, with the returning Tim Visser collecting to go over in what was a reassuring start for the hosts. Continue reading “Round 6 Match Report – Sale @ Harlequins on Friday Night”

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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