Premiership Rugby Week 5 Betting Preview
After a break that saw some sides head across Europe, we are back in England for Week 5 of the Gallagher Premiership action. During the break, Saracens’ points deduction was confirmed, leaving them at the foot of the table with plenty left to do. 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.
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Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers - 3:00pm Saturday 30th November
It’s second top against second bottom in our first preview as Northampton host Leicester. Leicester would be bottom if not for Saracen’s point deduction, but the return of George Ford from the World Cup will give them a welcome boost a they look to climb the table.
Before their two Champions Cup victories, Northampton were on the wrong side of a 22-13 loss at Bath. It took just 1 minute for Northampton to open the scoring. Rory Hutchinson intercepted a Bath pass around 15 yards away from the try line, before finishing his try off easily. Saints knocked a penalty through before Will Chudley’s quick feet brought Bath back into the game. Rhys Preistland scored the conversion, before scoring a late first half penalty to put the home side in the lead. Alex Brew received a red card for Bath just after the break, but the man disadvantage didn’t put the home side down. Will Stuart’s try after 50 minutes gave Bath a 7 point advantage, keeping them in the lead even after Tom Wood hit back for Saints. A late try and conversion for Bath ended the game as a contest, sending Northampton back home with a disappointing loss, especially given their man advantage for 40 minutes.
Leicester suffered their worst defeat of the season when they visited London Irish 3 weeks ago. Irish were on the front foot from the start and had already scored 2 tries before 20 minutes had passed. Tom Hardwick scored a couple of penalties for Leicester but after a late Ruan Botha try, Leicester found themselves down 22-6 at half time. The second half failed to kick on from the excitement of the first half and we didn't see any score until the 63rd minute. That try came from Waisake Noholo, with Stephen Myler converting. Tom Parton added a late try for Irish, before a consolation from Jonah Holmes left the score at 36-11. Tigers need a big win to turn their season around, otherwise they could find themselves relegated at the end of the season.
Harlequins v Gloucester - 3:00pm Sunday 1st December
Neither Harlequins or Gloucester have kicked on from last year’s strong performances in the Gallagher Premiership. Harlequins have only won once so far, and Gloucester are hardly flying with 2 wins to their name. Expect a close contest between two sides with a point to prove.
Harlequins were in Champions Cup action over the last couple of weeks, racking up a confidence boosting win over Bath in their last outing. Back in the Premiership however, they suffered a disappointing loss at home to Worcester. Worcester took an early lead, but it was still Harlequins who started the better. Alex Dombrandt and James Chisholm scored 2 tries in the opening 12 minutes for Quins, with both conversions scored by Marcus Smith. At 14-3 up in the opening 15 minutes, Harlequins fans would have been hoping for a bonus point win. Two late first half penalties for Worcester derailed the home side though and their lead was cut to 5 going into the second half. Jamie Shilcock scored the only try after the break to complete Harlequins capitulation, with the scoreline completed by another Jono Lance penalty. In games like Worcester at home, Harlequins need to be taking maximum points if they are to have a shot at making the Premiership semi finals.
After 2 wins to start the season, Gloucester come into this game on the back of 4 defeats in a row in all competitions. Defeats to Toulouse and Montepellier were preceded by a home loss against a Saracens side that had been rocked by their points deduction. Saracens started the game strongly and were 10-0 up after Nick Tompkins’ try and Manu Vunipola’s conversion. Just 3 minutes after that try, Tom Marshall scored a try for Gloucester and the home side looked like building on their home advantage. 2 more first half penalties, and an early try after the break for Saracens killed the chances of a comeback however. Lewis Ludlow ran a late try over for Gloucester, but the 9 point deficit was too much to overcome as they fell to a 21-12 defeat. Gloucester are another side that will be hoping for a post-World Cup boost as they push for the playoffs.
The Rest Of The Week 5 Fixtures
Bath (11/4) v Saracens (5/19) - 7:45pm Friday 29th November
In the Premiership, Bath had a surprising win against Northampton, but failed to build on that with 2 European defeats over the last couple of weekends. Saracens on the other hand, come into this game on the back of a 44-3 win and look determined to overturn their -22 points deduction as soon as they can. With all of their World Cup players back in the squad, this could be a huge win for Saracens.
Exeter Chiefs (4/27) v Wasps (17/4) - 3:00pm Saturday 30th November
Exeter were one of the few Premiership teams to enjoy two European wins over the 2 weeks, with wins over La Rochelle and the Glasgow Warriors. They’ll be hoping to carry that form into the league, where they have had an up and down start. Wasps will be banking on the fact that they have had a fortnight to rest and prepare for this game. Without European action, there is no reason for Wasps not to be at their best as they head to Exeter on Saturday.
Worcester Warriors (11/10) v Sale Sharks (5/7) - 3:00pm Saturday 30th November
Worcester were the pre season favourites to be relegated, but have surprised a few with 2 wins in their opening 4 games. They’ve already beaten Harlequins and Leicester so far this season, so a win against Sale is not completely out of the question. Sale themselves have enjoyed 2 wins so far this season, as well as a win in their European games against La Rochelle. This will probably be the closest match of the weekend and could go down to the wire.
Bristol Bears (1/7) v London Irish (17/4) - 3:00pm Sunday 1st December
Bristol are the early front runners for the league and are clearly enjoying their second season back in the Gallagher Premiership. Their last win away at Exeter was a statement of intent and anything less than a win against London irish will be disappointing. Irish are hardly a bad team themselves, only putting in one poor performance so far. Even in their loss against Saracens, Irish earned a lot of plaudits. After their bonus point win over Leicester, they would have been hoping for an easier game than a trip to Ashton Gate.
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