Premiership Rugby Week 3 Betting Preview
Check out our preview for our two top games of the week, as well as a brief look at the rest of the fixtures in Week 3 of the Gallagher Premiership. 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.
Northampton Saints v Harlequins - 19:45pm Friday 1st November
Northampton are the current leaders of the Gallagher Premiership after 2 games and Chris Boyd will be hoping his side can maintain their strong start to the season. Harlequins bounced back from a close defeat to Exeter with a win over Bristol, and have proved that they have improved this summer.
After a dull opening 40, Northampton came alive in the second half with 5 tries to put Worcester to the sword. The opening half was a scrappy affair and neither side was able to really control the ball and push forward. 5 shared penalties sent Worcester in as 9-6 leaders at the break but Northampton stepped up their game in the second half. The first try came from Tom Collins on the 45th minute, with Taqele Naiyaravaro also scoring on 53 minutes. James Grayson made both conversions and immediately Northampton were in control. 3 more tries following in the next 20 minutes, although Grayson did fail to make any of those conversions. Francois Venter hit back with a late try for Worcester but it was far too little, too late. Northampton have already shown they are going to be at the top of the table this year, and when their World Cup stars come back, they could be a frightening prospect.
Harlequins were praised for the way they played in their opening weekend loss against Exeter. Despite a close loss, a Quins’ win wouldn’t have been surprising. They brought that impressive performance into their game against Bristol and it paid off with a 22-17 win. Similarly to the Northampton game, the first half was basically just a penalty shootout. The horrible weather probably contributed to this with neither team able to stay on their feet or really grab hold of the ball for longer than a few seconds. It was 9-9 at the half, and it still took 25 minutes for the first try to be scored. Joe Marchant scored for Harlequins after 66 minutes before Marcus Smith’s conversion. Jaken Heenan hit straight back for Bristol, but Callum Sheedy crucially missed a conversion that would have brought them within 3 points. Harlequins might be one of the outsiders that could sneak into the playoffs this season if they can keep performing at this level.
Bet UK’s Verdict
Harlequins might have got off to a strong start, but this should be a straightforward win for Northampton. Similarly to Exeter v Harlequins, Quins’ will put up a fight but ultimately end up on the losing end.
Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby - 3:00pm Saturday 2nd November
This could be a case of top against bottom by the time this game gets started with Leicester currently sitting at the foot of the table. Tigers haven’t got started at all after a promising pre season and will be dreading coming up against an in form Gloucester side.
After a 7th minute penalty gave Leicester an early lead, there was a faint chance that the Tigers could have had a shock win over Saracens. Just 10 minutes later however, Leicester were 7-3 down and on the back foot again. After a first half penalty and a try just after the break, Saracens immediately looked like the team we expected to see this season. Unfortunately for Leicester, they faced Saracens after an opening weekend defeat and it was clear that they were looking to put that right. Adam Thompstone fought back with a try but still, Saracens’ game management kept an unlikely comeback at bay. A try and conversion in the last 5 minutes meant the scores ended at 24-10 and Leicester’s pre season positivity seems to be slipping away.
Gloucester started the season with a very tight win over Sale, but their game against Wasps was a lot more straightforward. Before the break, Billy Twelvetrees scored a penalty and both Tom Marshall and Joe Simpson scored tries to give Gloucester a commanding lead. Wasps scored a late first half penalty but there was little chance of Gloucester giving up their lead. Lima Sopoaga did score 2 more penalties before Gloucester had a chance to fight back, but that only seemed to spur Gloucester on. Simpson and Marshall again scored a try a piece late in the game to put the result beyond doubt and hand Gloucester the 25-9 victory. They are now one of only two teams to have won both of their opening games, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if that continued against Leicester
Bet UK’s Verdict
Leicester looked like a real side in the pre season Prem Rugby Cup fixtures, but that form just hasn’t translated to the Gallagher Premiership. Gloucester on the other hand have started just as well as they would have expected, and it should be 3 wins from 3 this weekend.
The Rest Of The Week 3 Fixtures
Bristol Bears (2/3) v Sale Sharks (6/5) - 19:45pm Friday 1st November
Bristol couldn’t build on their blowout win against Bath, instead suffering a first loss of the season away at Harlequins. They lost starting winger Alapati Leiua to injury last weekend which will be a blow, but their strong bench should have enough quality to step up. For Sale, it was a simple 41-7 win over newly promoted London Irish. Sale put up an impressive display in their loss to Gloucester on opening weekend but showed they have enough to fight back with a dominant display. We’re going against the odds here and backing Sale to win back to back games.
Saracens (1/200) v London Irish (11/1) - 3:00pm Saturday 2nd November
This is easily the most one sided match of the Gallagher Premiership this season and we could see the biggest winning margin of the season. Saracens kicked into gear last week against Leicester after losing their first game. London Irish took a step backwards however, after beating Wasps and then getting hammered at home to Sale. They lost by 34 points and truly looked like a newly promoted side, rather than a side that belongs in the Premiership. Saracens should stroll to a bonus point win here and don’t be surprised if we see them put up 50+ points.
Wasps (10/19) v Bath Rugby (29/20) - 15:00pm Saturday 2nd November
Wasps are propping up the table along with Leicester and haven’t shown any signs of improving this season. Against Gloucester at the weekend, not many would have predicted them to win but Wasps fans will be hoping for them to at least be competitive. Bath did surprise everyone with a win over Exeter on Friday. It wasn’t a pretty game, but Bath edged a 13-10 win. After their heavy loss against Bristol, it was the perfect response from Bath and we think they’ll grab another win at Wasps.
Worcester Warriors (41/20) v Exeter Chiefs (4/11) - 15:00 Sunday 3rd November
Worcester’s pre season place as favourites to be relegated looked justified in a heavy loss away at Northampton. They might not be as poor as many of them expected, but this could be another long season for Worcester fans. After winning their opening games, Exeter failed to capitalise on Saracen’s early loss and got beaten off Bath. This should be a game where they bounce back however and a bonus point win for Exeter is expected.
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