Written 29th September 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 21 Betting Preview
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Northampton (19/10) v Sale Sharks (2/5) - 17:30, Tuesday 29th September
Northampton’s horrible run of form continued last time out in the Premiership, as they lost 28-24 to Leicester. It was Northampton’s 5th league loss in a row and before that, Saints looked like they could genuinely reach the Premiership playoffs. Northampton scored an early penalty to take the lead, but still found themselves 19-10 down at half time against a side that had won just 5 times this year. There was a slight improvement after the break, but Northampton’s poor defence cost them again this week. Sale put their playoff place in jeopardy with a 37-22 loss against Bath in the last round of fixtures. Sale’s early try gave them a promising start to build on, but they uncharacteristically fell apart after that. It was actually the most points that Sale had conceded in a match this season, at a time when Sale needed their defence the most. It would be surprising to see a similarly poor performance from Sale this week, after they have looked like playoff candidates for the full season so far.
Bristol Bears (1/20) v Leicester Tigers (19/2) - 17:30, Wednesday 30th September
Bristol found themselves on the wrong side of a high scoring game against Wasps. With 14 tries scored in a 94 point game, it was arguably the game of the season. After falling to a 17-0 Wasps lead after just 20 minutes, Bristol never really had any chance of a comeback. After that early flutter, both sides traded tries, as Wasps maintained their lead. The result saw Bristol drop out of the top 4 for the first time in weeks, so they’ll be out for blood against Leicester as they look to secure a place in the playoffs. Leicester look like they might be ending their season on a positive note after winning their first game in 4 against Northampton. Leicester dominated the opening 40 minutes, giving them a 9 point lead heading into the break. Zach Henry in particular was impressive, scoring 5 penalties and a drop goal throughout the game. After a disappointing season all round for Leicester, any sort of positivity at the end of the season will be welcome.
Worcester Warriors (2/5) v Saracens (37/20) - 17:30, Wednesday 30th September
Worcester Warriors came out on top in the battle of the bottom in the Premiership, as they beat London Irish 40-25. Scoring hasn’t necessarily been an issue for Worcester this year, so it’s no surprise that they managed to dominate Irish. It was actually a low scoring first half with London Irish taking a 8-7 lead into the break. After half time however, it was all Worcester. They scored 5 tries and successfully converted 4 times in a dominant second 40, as Worcester look to end their season on a high. Saracens are also ending the season on a high, as they show the rest of the league the challenge they could have posed if they weren’t given a huge points deduction. They put league leaders Saracens to the sword with a convincing 40-17 win. Manu Vunipola scored 3 penalties and 3 conversions as Exeter’s second string were punished. It’ll be a strange season next year without Saracens in the top flight, but if they can keep even half of their stars, it’ll only be a one year absence.
Exeter (4/9) v London Irish (33/20) - 17:30, Wednesday 30th September
After securing first place in the Premiership, Exeter look to be focusing on the playoffs already. They didn’t put a full lineup out against Saracens last time out, and subsequently fell to a 40-17 defeat. After an even first half, Exeter failed to perform after the break. They went scoreless for over 30 minutes in the second half, but there will be little panic for the Chiefs. As long as they are in the top 4, they can always be confident of making the Premiership Final. London Irish’s season has gone from bad to worse recently, as they suffered a 40-25 loss to Worcester. After showing promise at the start of the season, London Irish have now lost 9 games in a row. Their latest loss will be particularly damaging, after they took an early lead against a poor Worcester side. London Irish led 8-7 at the break, but failed to build on their lead and fell apart in the second half. Even at this stage, London Irish have to be amongst the favourites to be relegated in 2021 as a long campaign lies in front of them.
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