Written 21st August 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 15 Betting Preview
Premiership Rugby is fully back in the swing of things now, as we look forward to week 15 of the season. Exeter look like they could be running away with 1st place, but there is still plenty to be decided further down the table. 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.
Bet UK’s Free To Play Premiership Rugby Predictor
Bet UK are proud to announce the release of our Free To Play Premiership Rugby Predictor App, in partnership with Premiership Rugby. Each week, simply make your predictions of a home win, draw or away win for every fixture for a chance to win £1,000. At the end of the season, there’s also a £5,000 prize up for grabs, as well as signed team shirts and tickets to Premiership Rugby’s Grand Final. To join in, simply download the Premiership Rugby app from the App Store or Google Play Store, and navigate to the Predictor section at the bottom. Make sure to get your entries in before 6:00pm on Friday 21st August.
Sale Sharks (13/10) v Exeter Chiefs (4/7) - 18:00, Friday 21st August
We start Week 15 with the battle at the top of the Premiership Rugby table. Sale restarted their season with a loss at Harlequins, which all but put an end to their challenge to Exeter. A slow first half cost Sharks, who quickly found themselves 9-0 down after a trio of penalties. An early second half try from Byron McGuigan gave Sale some hope, but they failed to build on their pressure and eventually lost 16-10. For Exeter, it was a straightforward 26-13 win against lowly Leicester Tigers. George Ford did give the Tigers an early 6-0 lead, but Exeter were dominant from that point. Ewers, Hogg and Cowan-Dickie all scored tries, with successful conversions by Joe Simmonds. Exeter’s win put them on 50 points and it looks like they will finish top of the table once again.
Gloucester (27/20) v Bristol Bears (8/11) - 19:45, Friday 21 August
Gloucester needed a big win to have any chance of making the playoffs this year and they got exactly that against Worcester. Despite falling behind within a minute, Gloucester benefitted from a Worcester red card midway through the first half. From that point onwards, there was no doubt that Gloucester would dominate. Singleton, Thorley, Rees-Zammit, Woodward and Varney all grabbed tries in a 44-15 win. Bristol also started with a win, in what ended up being a kicking battle against Saracens. Both sides scored two penalties in the first half, going into the break even at 6-6. That trend carried on within the first 10 minutes of the second half, again keeping the scores level at 9 a piece. As Saracens took the lead again with 15 minutes left, Bristol needed a 76th minute penalty try to take the win in a hardfought defensive battle.
Wasps (1/10) v Worcester Warriors (23/4) - 19:45, Friday 21 August
Wasps will be delighted with their performance last week, defeating Northampton 34-21 in an end to end match. Wasps looked impressive from the start, scoring two first half tries thanks to Josh Bassett and Jack Willis. Despite Northampton’s fight back in the second half, Wasps mostly kept them at bay and their early lead meant they were never really under threat. The win puts Wasps in 4th place, and they have a real chance of making the playoffs. It was an eventual game for Worcester in their first game back, losing in a 44-15 game against Gloucester. A try in the first minute was the ideal start for Warriors, but it quickly fell apart. On 17 minutes, Melani Nanai Vai was sent off and Worcester quickly lost their way. 5 tries were conceding with only a penalty scored in reply for Worcester. As soon as they were down a man however, they never really stood a chance against an attacking side like Gloucester.
London Irish (6/5) v Northampton Saints (8/13) - 14:00, Saturday 22nd August
A slow start for London Irish cost them dearly in their match against Bath last weekend. Irish were slow out the gates and were punished by Bath, who scored 3 tries within 20 minutes of the game starting. Curtis Rona did score a late first half try to give London Irish some hope heading into the break, but that momentum didn't carry into the break. A Paddy Jackson penalty brought the score within 7, but Irish again fell apart and couldn’t prevent Bath from winning 34-17. Northampton would have been expecting a win against Wasps in their return to action, but ended up being shocked in a 34-21 loss. Last week we predicted their would be plenty of points on offer, but Northampton’s attacking line just couldn’t keep up with their opponents. Wasps scored 2 tries in the first half, with Northampton only managing 2 penalties. Saints started the second half brightly, but were quickly pegged back and couldn't get any momentum against a determined Wasps defence.
Leicester Tigers (1/1) v Bath (3/4) - 16:30, Saturday 22nd August
Leicester Tigers would have been dreading the restart as soon as it was announced that Exeter were their first opponents. As expected, Leicester didn’t win the match but did actually take the lead. Star player George Ford scored a penalty and a drop goal within the first 20 minutes, but Leicester’s leaky defence gave Exeter plenty of chances to score. After 52 minutes, Leicester found themselves 20 points down before eventually losing 26-13. Bath on the other hand got off to a winning start against London Irish. Bath dominated the early proceedings and scored 3 tries within 20 minutes, although 2 failed conversions let them down slightly. London Irish threatened a comeback, but tries from Jonathan Joseph and Jack Walker once again gave Bath a comfortable lead. Again, Irish scored but it was too little too late and Bath walked away with a 34-17 win.