Written 14th February 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 10 Betting Preview
Another break is over in the Premiership rugby season and it looks as though some aspects of the table are all but sorted. Saracens’ huge points deduction sees them automatically relegated, relieving pressure from some teams that looked like being in trouble this year. 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.
Gloucester v Exeter - Friday 14th February 7:45pm
Gloucester fell apart in the second half of their game against Bristol, eventually falling to a 34-16 loss. It was a sloppy first half, with no tries scored from either side. Instead, we were treated to a kicking masterclass with both Callum Sheedy (5 pens) and Owen Williams (3 pens) both scoring all of their penalty kicks to send Gloucester in 15-9 at the break. After the break, Gloucester clearly just failed to get going. Bristol hit 3 tries in 28 minutes to claim a commanding lead that never looked like being surrendered. Freddie Clark scored a late try for Gloucester to reduce the deficit, but it was too little too late for Johan Ackermann’s side.
Exeter failed to extend their lead at the top of the Gallagher Premiership after falling to a 19-22 defeat at home to Sale. The Chiefs simply failed to get going in the first half and were blown away by an impressive Sale performance. Robert du Preez scored an early penalty to give Sale the lead, before Chris Ashton scored a try 10 minutes later. Phil Dollman did hit back for Exeter, but 2 tries in 5 minutes at the end of the first half gave Sale a 22-5 lead. Exeter needed to come out the break firing, but didn’t score until the 67th minute. Another late try in the 74th minute inspired some late hope for Exeter, but there was little chance of a late comeback against a solid Sale defence. Exeter are still top of the league, despite the defeat, just 1 point ahead of Northampton.
Northampton Saints v Bristol Bears - Sunday 16th February 3:00pm
A late turnaround scuppered Northampton’s chances of going top of the Gallagher Premiership. London Irish opened the scoring on 16 minutes, before a flurry for points for Northampton put them in the driving seat. At half time, Northampton led 13-8 and there would have been few punters betting against them throwing a lead away from that point. But on 49 minutes, Northampton Lock Api Ratuniyarawa was dismissed and the home side looked shaky. However, James Grayson scored a penalty 15 minutes later and the Saints were 8 points to the good with 8 minutes left. London Irish fought back and took advantage of the extra man in the late stages however, scoring 2 late tries. Even with Stephen Myler missing a conversion, Irish still claimed a 20-16 win to pull themselves away from Leicester at the bottom.
Bristol’s impressive season continued last time out with a 34-16 win over Gloucester. Despite coming into the season as one of the favourites to face the drop, Bristol are 5th, just 1 point outside of the playoff places. At Ashton Gate, they are often backed by an packed out stadium and their home form reflects that. Against a strong Gloucester side, Bristol dominated the second half. 3 second half tries blew away their opponents and in the end, the only disappointment will be not claiming that extra bonus point. Even in the opening half when neither side could get a decent attack together, Bristol were able to kick more penalties and come into the break with a lead. With Saracens out of the picture now, Bristol could be one of the teams to take advantage of their absence.
The Rest Of The Week 10 Fixtures
Harlequins (1/4) v London Irish (3/1) - Saturday 15th February 3:00pm
Last time out, Harlequins blew away a Saracens side that was missing their biggest names thanks to the Six Nations. Quins scored 6 tries on their way whilst managing to keep Saracens at bay in a 41-14 win. Harlequins are now just one point out of the playoff places, with London Irish the next visitors to Twickenham Stoop. London Irish picked up a statement win of their own however, heading to Northampton and coming away with a 20-16 win. Northampton did suffer from an early red card, but Irish still had the quality to make the extra man count and win away against a team with obvious quality. Regardless of that result, Harlequins will be expecting a win that takes them into the top 4.
Saracens (5/6) v Sale Sharks (EVS) - Saturday 15th February 3:00pm
This is the first time Saracens will have played a league game since their relegation from the league was officially confirmed, with a total of 105 points being deducted. The uncertainty of next year is sure to be in the back of players minds. Despite team meetings in the last few weeks, the majority of the squad will still be questioning where their future lies. Sale Sharks are the team who will be looking to take advantage this weekend. After an up and down start, Steve Diamond has got Sale playing their best rugby and they look like a strong shout for the playoffs this year.
Worcester Warriors (5/8) v Bath (27/20) - Saturday 15th February 3:00pm
Worcester were on the wrong end of one of the games of the weekend last time out, as they lost 26-30 to Wasps. However Worcester will be happy with the performance they have put in this season so far. After being pre season favourites to go down, Worcester have won nearly half of their games and will fancy themselves at home against Bath. It’ll be a slightly tougher ask for Bath this weekend, after they beat whipping boys Leicester in their last Premiership match. Bath have had some impressive results this season, including beating Sale, Northampton and Exeter, but they flatter to deceive against the poorer teams. If they want to be pushing for the playoffs, they need to be picking up points against the likes of Worcester.
Leicester Tigers (2/3) v Wasps (5/4) - Saturday 15th February 3:00pm
Despite not playing good league rugby all year, Saracens’ massive deduction means that Leicester will be safe for another year. That could work in two ways for the Tigers. We could see a relaxed Leicester side that suddenly turns on the style and impresses the league, or we could see a side with nothing to play for who simply don’t care whether they win or lose. We will find out either way this weekend against a Wasps side that is only 5 points above them in the table. Both sides now have nothing to play for, bar a late playoff surge, so this could either be a must watch, or a boring match up to be forgotten.
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