Written 21st February 2020
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Wasps v Saracens - Friday 21st February 7:45pm
After taking an early lead away at Leicester, Wasps would have expected to keep their lead and come away with an important win. But, a second half capitulation sent Wasps packing with no points and no tries scored. 2 early Jimmy Gopperth penalties handed Wasps the ascendancy, but they failed to push on from that lead. Another penalty early in the second half made the score 9-6. 15 minutes later though, Leicester were 13-9 in the lead and on their way to scoring another late try. It’s a disappointing loss for Wasps, who would have been expecting a better performance against comfortably the worst side in the Premiership this season. Against Saracens, it will take a huge swing if Wasps are to come away with a win.
Saracens put a difficult couple of weeks behind them and put Sale to the sword with a 36-22 win. Whilst some fans were still getting to their seats at the start of the game, it took Saracens less than a minute to score their first try. Rhys Carre caught the ball from a line out, before powering over the line for an early score. Saracens continued their dominance from the first minute until the last. Going into the break 14-10 in the lead, Saracens scored 22 points without reply, earning themselves a bonus point in the process. 2 late Sale tries threatened to spoil the party, but it was too little too late. The season might be over for Saracnes, but it’s clear that their players are still giving it their all, so there will be no easy wins for their opposition.
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints - Sunday 23rd February 1:00pm
Exeter had a dominant second half to come away from Gloucester with a pretty comfortable 26-15 win. Jacques Vermeulen opened the scoring with a try after just 9 minutes, giving Exeter a lead they would never come close to surrendering. Gloucester did score a penalty in the opening half, but Exeter kept them quiet until the break. In the second half, 4 Exeter penalties in 13 minutes completely put the game to bed. Stuart Hoggs’ 62nd minute try gave Exeter a 26-3 lead and the Chiefs would have been focusing on getting that bonus point. 2 late Gloucester tries took a shine off the final scoreline, but Exeter were more than worth their win. This leaves them with 34 points, 4 points clear from this weekend’s opponent in second.
It was a classic ‘game of two halves’ at Northampton last weekend against Bristol. In the first half, Harry Mallinder scored an early try and James Grayson scored 2 penalties to give Northampton an 11-0 lead. Grayson scored another penalty just after the break and Northampton looked like they might put the pressure on Exeter at the top. But, just 20 minutes later, Bristol were leading after scoring 17 points unanswered. That included 2 tries in just 5 minutes that seemed to knock the wind completely out of Northampton. Saints failed to break down Bristol for the remaining 15 minutes, despite constant attacks. A late Bears penalty killed off the game and Northampton were left to rue their mistakes. A win against Exeter this weekend however will more than make up for it.
The Rest Of The Week 11 Fixtures
Sale Sharks (1/8) v Leicester Tigers (9/2) - Friday 21st February 7:45pm
Sale were the first team to play Saracens after their relegation was confirmed. But, rather than getting an easy win against a disjointed side, Saracens dismantled Sale from the first minute. In normal circumstances, this wouldn’t have been a surprising result. Given the uncertainty surrounding Saracens however, Sale will be disappointed not to take advantage of that. Leicester won the basement battle at the bottom of the Premiership with a comfortable win over Wasps. They fell behind early to 2 penalty kicks and didn’t actually lead until the 54th minute. After they took the lead however, Leicester scored 2 late tries to sweeten the result and finally put together a comfortable win for Leicester fans. It’ll be a much tougher test against Sale, but maybe that win against Wasps will kick start their season?
London Irish (23/20) v Gloucester (5/7) - Saturday 22nd February 3:00pm
London Irish rose up the table with an unexpected win away at Harlequins last weekend. Coming into the game, few would have expected Irish to break Quins down, but 4 tries in a 29-15 win suggest otherwise. Regardless of Saracens' situation, London Irish have performed well enough to earn their place in the Premiership this season and will be looking for another shock win this weekend. For Gloucester, they are looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance at home to Exeter. Despite plenty of pre season positivity, and the absence of Saracens from the top of the table, Gloucester are still in 6th place. Anything but a win against a newly promoted side in London Irish could see some backlash from fans..
Bath Rugby (1/2) v Harlequins (31/20) - Saturday 22nd February 3:00pm
Bath edged out one of the closest games of the season with a 22-21 win over Worcester. In a back and forth game, 23 points were scored in just 20 minutes. After that hectic first half, Bath pulled away after the break. A late try threatened to spoil Bath’s result, but their impressive defence held on to keep Worcester at bay. Despite coming into their match against London Irish as favourites, Harlequins fell to a disappointing 29-15 loss. It took 50 minutes for Harlequins to score their first try, but by that time they were already 17-3 down at home. Harlequins might have been hoping to sneak into the playoffs this season, but unless they turn it around in the second half of the season, they are going to end up outside of the top 4.
Bristol Bears (4/23) v Worcester Warriors (15/4) - Sunday 23rd February 1:00pm
Bristol put together an incredible comeback to win 20-14 away at Northampton. It was one of the best performances in an impressive season for Bristol so far. With 49 minutes played, Bristol were scoreless and 14 points down to the Saints. Callum Sheedy scored a penalty on 50 minutes, before a 4 minute flurry turned the game around and gave Bristol a 17-14 lead. A late penalty sealed the win for the Bears, who will now be seriously thinking about a playoff run. On the other hand, Worcester will be disappointed with their result against Bath. Despite being 9 points down with 20 minutes to play, the Warriors finished the game strongly. A 67th minute try brought them within a point of Bath, but they failed to properly push on. Worcester haven't had any troubles defending this season, but their attack has been the main worry.
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