You have to say there are a number of teams at the top of the Gallagher Premiership that we don’t expect to see there come the end of the season. Early round and Rugby World Cup years can do that. It’s great to see some of the less fancied sides making a good start and it’ll be interesting if they can get an early season roll on.
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Bath v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter Chiefs by 7
Bath had a shocking start to the season last weekend against neighbours Bristol. There’s another West Country derby this weekend. Bath used to be Exeter’s bogy team but not anymore. Exeter have won the last 5 meetings and there’s no reason to think that run will come to an end this weekend.
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors – Northampton Saints by 3
Saints kicked the season off with a win away at Saracens that not many people picked. That shows you the impact of missing players. Whilst Worcester got a good home win over Saints neighbours Leicester, travelling away from home is their achilles heal. I’m going for a small margin as Worcester will bring a confidence in from their win last weekend.
Gloucester Rugby v Wasps – Gloucester Rugby by 5
Wasps on the other hand were upset by Irish. This will be a much tougher assignment as Gloucester continued their fine form from last season with an away win up north at Sale. It’s looking like Gloucester will be one of the early season pacesetters.
Harlequins v Bristol – Harlequins by 3
Quins had possibly the hardest start to the season with a trip down to Exeter. Where as Bristol were the only team to pick-up a TBP win and top the table. However as we have seen Bristol are a handful for anyone when at home but not so great when they get on a coach. With that in mind I think that Quins will bounce back from that loss with a win this weekend.
London Irish v Sale Sharks – London Irish by 3
Irish kicked off their attempt to escape relegation with a great away win on the opening weekend. This weekend they get to host a side that notoriously don’t travel well. Another win this weekend would be a dream start for Irish and cause some early eason worries for other teams. Remember that for the last 2 seasons 7 wins have been enough to stay up and it was only 5 the season before that.
Leicester Tigers v Saracens – Leicester Tigers by 3
The more I think about this one the more I’m unsure about my pick. I didn’t so much pick the home team as not pick the away team. Saracens are missing a lot of players and lost at home last weekend to Saints. I think that Saracens are going to have a tough start to the season and then catch-up once the Rugby World Cup players return. However Tigers also lost last weekend against a weaker side than Saracens faced. I’m looking at home advantage to be the deciding factor but not with much confidence.
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