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Premiership Rugby Week 12 Preview

Written 27th February 2020

Premiership Rugby Week 12 Betting Preview

There were some huge score lines in Premiership Rugby last weekend, with Exeter, Wasps and Sale all dominating their opponents. Although Exeter look like securing their place at the top of the table already, the playoff race is wide open and there could be plenty more twists this week. Throughout the season, make sure to take a look at our Premiership Rugby betting tips for previews every week, and head over to Bet UK’s online betting for the latest rugby betting odds for all matches. Remember, you can watch Premiership Rugby online for free with Bet UK’s unique Watch and Bet feature.

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Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks - 19:45 Friday 28th February

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Gloucester - 20/33 To Win

Gloucester’s hope of a run to the Gallagher Premiership title faded again with a 24-20 loss away at London Irish. Coming into the game, this should have been a straightforward win for Gloucester but again, they failed to impress. After London Irish started the game strongly, they led 17-8 just after the half time break. But, two quick tries brought the scores back to 17-15. Crucially, Billy Twelvetrees failed to convert following the second try, which would have brought the scores level. London Irish quickly added another 7 points, and with 10 minutes left, Gloucester scored another try. Again, Twelvetrees failed to convert, which would have taken Gloucester within a penalty of winning the match. If those conversions land, then this could have been a much closer game and Gloucester might have won it in the last 10 minutes.

Sale - 27/20 To Win

Sale put in a dominant display against Leicester Tigers to send them up to 2nd in the table. Despite falling behind to a Leicester penalty after just 3 minutes, Sale didn’t concede for the remainder of the match. 3 tries in 10 minutes at the end of the first half sent Sale into the break 19-3 in the lead. Sale continued their uninterrrupted scoring with another two penalties in the second half. Marland Yarde even finished off a hattrick in the 71st minute, with the scores now 36-3. It was another performance in an impressive season for Sale. Even when facing a tough side in Gloucester, Sale can’t be ruled out. Steve Diamond surely has Sale fans dreaming of a semi final appearance for the first time since the title win of 2006.

Bath Rugby v Bristol Bears - 15:00 Sunday 1st March

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Bath - 5/8 To Win

Bath continued their push for a top 4 place with a comeback win at home to Harlequins. Ruaridh McConnochie started the scoring for Bath with an 11th minute try. A Rhys Priestland penalty 10 minutes later gave Bath a strong lead, but it was all different in the second half. A try either side of the half for Harlequins gave them a 12-8 lead. The tides turned again however, as Bath went on an 11 point scoring run without reply. McConnochie got his second try of the match and Bath made it 3 Premiership Rugby wins in a row. Bristol will provide a different challenge, but Bath will fancy themselves against anyone at home.

Bristol - 13/10 To Win

Bristol’s fairytale season went from strength to strength with another win against Worcester. Bristol were one of the favourites for relegation before the season started, but now sit in 3rd place after 11 games with 30 points. One of the keys to Bristol’s game is their ability to win close games. At the weekend, the score was 10-10 with 70 minutes gone, after both sides had scored a try and a penalty. With Andrew Kitchener sent to the sin bin for a foul, Callum Sheedy confidently scored the penalty to give Bristol the late lead. From then, Worcester failed to break down the Bristol defence and it was another hard earned win for the Bears. With a point difference of just +6 this season, Bristol games are almost guaranteed to be close fought, exciting affairs.

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Northampton Saints (10/23) v Saracens (9/5) - 15:00 Saturday 29th February

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Northampton could have gone top of the league with a win against Exeter, but instead fell to an embarrassing 57-7 defeat. Exeter had scored 6 tries and 43 points before Northampton finally opened their account for the day. But, that try was the only time they would score. The loss shows just how big the gap is between Northampton and Exeter, with plenty of room for improvement for the Saints. Similarly to Northampton, Saracens suffered by far their worst defeat of the season with a 60-10 loss away at Wasps. Sarries only managed 2 tries in the match. Despite missing some of their stars to the Six Nations, Saracens will undoubtedly be worried about this result. Has the relegation finally had an effect on their players? We’ll have to see how they fare against Northampton.

Leicester Tigers (10/21) v Worcester Warriors (33/20) - 15:00 Saturday 29th February

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Leicester’s season went from bad to worse at the weekend. They were on the end of a 36-3 hammering at Sale and never looked like being in the game. Even after taking an early lead, Leicester didn’t score for the remaining 77 minutes. Tigers fans will just be thankful that Saracens are already relegated, otherwise they would be facing a year in the Championship next season. Worcester came within 10 minutes of a well earned point away at Bristol, before falling to a late penalty. Worcester failed to score during the first half and were 10-0 down at half time. But, after the break, the Warriors fought back to draw level at 10-10. Just 2 minutes after levelling the scores however, a sin bin for Andrew Kitchener gave Bristol a penalty, from which they took the lead. Worcester are still 4 points clear of their opponents this weekend though, and will be looking for a win at Welford Road.

Harlequins (37/20) v Exeter Chiefs (5/12) - 15:00 Saturday 29th February

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Harlequins fell to their second defeat in two weeks with a loss away at Bath. Quins never really got going in this one and lost were behind from the 11th minute. The second half did start strongly, but they failed to hold onto their slender lead and eventually fell to a 19-12 defeat. The loss saw them slip down to 9th ahead of this week’s game. Exeter on the other hand, further established themselves as the best team in the league with a 57-7 win over 2nd place Northampton. 7 different players scored tries in this match as Exeter dominated from start to finish. The Chiefs scored 43 points in the opening hour, whilst also keeping Northampton to 0 points. With such a dominant display on both ends of the field, Exeter will surely have eyes on a first Premiership title since 2017.

London Irish (5/7) v Wasps (23/20) - 15:00 Saturday 29th February

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London Irish carried on their impressive season back in the Gallagher Premiership with a 24-20 win over Gloucester. It was Ollie Hassel-Collins that led his side to an impressive win with an incredible 4 tries during the match. The win took London Irish above their opponents in the table and into the top 6th. Another win against Wasps could see London Irish in the top 4, leaving them with thin hopes of a playoff place come the end of the season. Wasps took full advantage of a Saracens side missing some of their stars with an incredible 60-10 win. Wasps were 31-0 up after just 30 minutes, and only conceded one try in the opening half. Even after the break, Wasps were completely dominant, scoring 8 tries in total and conceding just 2. 6 different try scorers impressed for Wasps at the weekend and they’ll be looking to carry that form into their match against London Irish.

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