It’s going to take a few more weeks for the Gallagher Premiership table to settle down but already a couple of teams who were unexpectedly near the top have dropped down. With England making the Rugby World Cup final obviously players will still be missing, even Ben Curry who’s going to watch his brother in the final.
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Bristol v Sale Sharks – Bristol by 7
There will be a feel good factor around Sale at the moment. Not only is one of their players in the Rugby World Cup final with his brother watching but they picked up their first win of the season last weekend. However travelling to Bristol will prove harder than London Irish. Bristol again showed they are a team who like their home comforts and I expect they’ll add another victory this weekend.
Northampton Saints v Harlequins – Northampton Saints by 5
Saints have had a cracking start to the season and currently top the table. Quins might have a 50:50 record so far but that loss was away to Exeter so they have also started well. This should be the game of the weekend and I’m backing home advantage to be the difference.
Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby – Gloucester Rugby by 5
Tigers are in a world of trouble. The only side to have not picked up any points so far and having one of the form sides coming to town. Gloucester were the best of the rest last season and are showing that they could be even better this time around. This is the worst attack v the best defence….it might not be high scoring but it should an away victory.
Saracens v London Irish – Saracens by 15
Saracens corrected their opening round loss to the top of the table by beating the bottom of the table. So what kind of form are they in? I think good enough to see off newly promoted Irish who returned to earth with a bump last weekend with a big home loss to Sale. They’ll need to start picking up bonus points if they hope to survive this season.
Wasps v Bath – Bath by 3
A lot of people are worried for Wasps this season. Departures during the offseason haven’t been replaced with like for like quality. Only a losing bonus point from their opening 2 games is worrying. Bath came back from a worrying loss to Bristol with a home win over Exeter. I’m still not convinced by them but against a struggling Wasps side they’ll be looking for the win.
Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter Chiefs by 3
Warriors were one of those sides that found themselves unexpectedly at the top end of the table after round 1. That came to an end quickly with a trip to Saints. This weekend they host last seasons table toppers Exeter. The Chiefs are not firing on all cylinders yet and this could be Worcester’s chance. However I expect Exeter to have enough quality to pick up the win.
Record So Far
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