Written 28th August 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 17 Betting Preview
After the midweek fixtures, Premiership Rugby returns to normality with a full schedule of weekend games. 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 28th August.
Sale Sharks (1/10) v Bristol (23/4) - 15:00, Saturday 29th August
Sale will be looking to retake 2nd place in the Premiership table as they face Bristol Bears on Saturday. Sharks come into the game on the back of a 20-11 away win at Wasps. A kicking battle ensued in the first hour, with both sides scoring 7 penalties between them. Luckily for Sale, they had scored 5 and further enhanced their lead with 30 minutes to go when Luke James scored a try. Wasps hit back with a try in the 78th minute, but there was no chance of Sale giving up their lead at that point. For Bristol, their fixture list doesn’t get any easier after playing league leaders Exeter in the midweek fixtures. In a back and forth game, Bristol found themselves 12 points down already by the break. But, a revitalized Bears side quickly took the lead after 52 minutes. After conceding a penalty, Bristol again bounced back with a try and looked to be in control. But with 3 minutes left, a Exeter try broke Bristol hearts, and they failed to put more space between themselves and Sale in 3rd.
Harlequins (1/7) v Northampton (4/1) - 14:00, Sunday 30th August
Harlequins up and down season continued with a 29-14 loss at Worcester in miweek. It took 60 minutes for Chris Ashton to finally score for Harlequins, but by that point it was far too late. Worcester had already scored 29 points and all but put the game to bed. Harlequins did score another late try but it wasn’t enough to stop back to back losses for Quins. Free scoring Northampton massively struggled in their game against Bath in midweek. Saints are normally amongst the league’s most prolific stories, but could only manage 3 points. After a first half penalty, Northampton went tryless at Franklin’s Gardens as Bath ran riot. The loss leaves Northampton 4 points out of the top 4, so a result this weekend is more important than ever.
Exeter Chiefs (1/100) v Worcester Warriors (16/1) - 15:00, Sunday 30th August
Exeter’s high pressure experience came into play in a top of the table clash with Bristol in midweek. Both sides attacked each other from the start, with Exeter starting the better. They took a 15-3 lead but were quickly pegged back after the break by a resilient Bristol side. But, as the pair exchanged points late on, Exeter’s experience came through. They scored a late try and closed the game out to earn their 12th win of the season so far. Worcester Warriors picked up another win against Harlequins in mid week, as they continue to defy their preseason title of Premiership whipping boys. Worcester have hardly been electric this year, but they look comfortable in this league. Against Harlequins, Worcester got off to an impressive start, with 4 first half tries giving them a 26-0 lead. That lead was extended after the break before some consolation points from Harlequins came too late.
Gloucester (1/20) v Leicester Tigers (17/2) - 16:30, Sunday 30th August
Gloucester’s second string struggled to a heavy defeat at Saracens in midweek. Gloucester actually took the lead with an early 4th minute penalty, but it quickly became clear that Saracens were going to control this game. Gloucester scored a 33rd minute try, but from that point, Saracens scored 5 times with only two returns from Gloucester. That leaves Gloucster all but out of the playoff race, but they should grab a win against Leicester. That being said, Leicester did actually grab their first win in 4 games against London Irish. In a low scoring game, Leicester managed to control the action from the first whistle. A try and 2 penalties gave them a 13-0 lead after just 45 minutes. Given Leicester’s recent form, no one would have backed against London Irish making a late comeback, but even a late try wasn’t enough to panic Leicester’s defence. Still, Tigers will be grateful that Saracen’s demise has all but kept them in the league.
London Irish (18/5) v Saracens (1/6) - 13:00, Monday 31st August
London Irish’s awful run of form continued with a 5th loss in a row against Leicester. After a promising start to the season for the newly promoted side, they have massively struggled recently. Against Leicester, it was their unwillingness to score that cost them. Leicester took a comfortable 13-0 lead with little trouble from London Irish. Ben Meehan scored a try after 60 minutes, but London Irish failed to build on any late momentum and slumped to another loss. This weekend’s game against Saracens is unlikely to see their run come to an end. One of the more exciting games of the midweek was at Allianz Park, as Saracens won 36-20 against Gloucster. Although a lot of sides were predicted to make changes to their lineup in midweek, Saracens could still afford to play a few of their stars and it made the difference. Particularly in the second half, when Gloucester started to tire, Saracens scored 4 tries. Although their relegation is confirmed, Saracens are more than putting up a fight.
Bath Rugby (2/11) v London Wasps (17/5) - 15:00, Monday 31st August
An impressive Bath defence limited Northampton to just 3 points on Wednesday night, as Bath returned home after an 18-3 win. After a dull first half, with just a penalty scored for each side, Bath took control after the break. Tom de Glanville and Ruaridh McConnochie both scored tries as Bath asserted their place in Premiership Rugby’s top 4. Wasps faced Sale on Tuesday, on a day when penalty kicking reigned supreme. No tries were scored in the first 60 minutes, but Wasps only scored 2 penalties to Sale’s 5. When Sale finally scored the first try of the game, it was clear that the 3rd place side would continue to win the game. Despite Wasps late effort to pull the game back, they couldn’t build on any late pressure and fell to a 11-20 defeat.