Premiership Rugby Week 6 Betting Preview
After a 3 week break, we are back in Premiership Rugby action with one last round of fixtures before Christmas. 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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Gloucester v Worcester Warriors - 7:45pm Friday 20th December
Despite being pre season favourites for relegation, Worcester have started strongly and are in 4th place heading into the 6th week of fixtures. That’s where Gloucester would have expected to sit, but after an up and down start to the year, they are back in 6th, 2 points outside of the top 4.
Last time out, Gloucester lost a back and forth game away at Harlequins, their 3rd defeat in a row in the Gallagher Premiership. They fell behind to an early penalty after just 8 minutes, before a try and conversion for Gloucester flipped the scoreline. A try for Harlequins was again quickly followed by Ollie Thorley’s second try of the match and they looked like taking control of the match. The second half followed an almost identical pattern. An early penalty, followed by a Glouceser try, followed by a Harlequins try. But in the second 40, Gloucester failed to bite back again. As Gloucester pushed on for a late winner, Marcus Smith hit an 82nd minute penalty for the home side, killing any chance of a comeback. The result leaves Gloucester in 7th, but just two points outside the top 4.
Worcester have been one of the shocks of the Premiership so far, with 13 points after 5 games. Considering it took them 12 games to rack up 13 points last season, it shows just how improved Worcester have been. Before their 3 week break, Worcester easily beat Sale 20-13. That score is obviously impressive, but when you see Sale were without Jean-Luc de Preez for 41 minutes, it becomes more understandable. Before the sending off, Sale were comfortably 10-3 in the lead after scoring 2 first half tries. In between the sending off and halftime, Worcester did pull back 3 points with a penalty. After the break it was clear there was only going to be one winner, as Worcester scored 2 tries in 5 minutes to pull 10 points clear. AJ MacGinty hit a penalty for Sale, but there was no danger of Worcester blowing their lead and they held on for the 4 points. They sit in 4th, currently on their way to the Premiership Rugby Semi Finals but there is plenty of rugby left to play.
London Irish v Bath Rugby - 3:00pm Sunday 22nd December
London Irish are enjoying their first season back in the Gallagher Premiership. So far, Declan Kidney’s side have earned 12 points in their 5 games, a figure most Irish fans would have taken straight away at the start of the season. Bath are one of the most out of form sides in the league however, losing their last 5 games in all competitions. They’ve lost their last 2 games by an aggregate of -43 points, so their defence will need to be on top if they are going to come away with any points.
London Irish came away with a well deserved 27-27 draw as they travelled to Ashton Gate to face an in form Bristol Bears. A quiet first half saw Irish close to heading into the break with a 7-3 lead after scoring a late try. But in the 42nd minute, Oli Hoskings was dismissed and many expected Bristol to earn a comfortable win from then on. Nathan Hughes scored a try for the home side just 4 minutes into the second half, but Stephen Myler hit back with a penalty for Irish 4 minutes later. Again, Bristol fought back with a try, before London Irish again came back 10 minutes later to take a 17-15 lead. Another exchange of tries followed, before a 76th minute try from Harry Thacker looked like giving Bristol the lead. In the exchange, Bristol missed a conversion, leading the door open for London Irish to score a 79th minute penalty to level the scores and send both sides home with points. The result leaves Irish in 6th after a solid start to their return campaign.
Bath found themselves on the wrong end of an Owen Farrell kicking masterclass as they lost 15-25 at home to Saracens. In the first half, 6 penalties were scored, 3 for both Bath and Saracens. The only try of the game was scored after 32nd minute finished off a Saracens attack on the left wing. On a freezing Friday night, Bath did little to excite the home crowd as they again failed to score a try in the second half. Saracens hit another 3 penalties and Bath could only respond with one of their own. Maro Itoje was sent to the sin bin late on, but still Bath failed to take any sort of advantage. It was Saracens’ first win away at Bath in 3 years and the result left Bath in 9th place on 8 points. Bath were hardly expecting to set the league alight this season, but they will be hoping to have at least a push for the Premiership Rugby Semi Finals.
The Rest Of The Week 6 Fixtures
Leicester Tigers (19/10) v Exeter Chiefs (2/5) - 3:00pm Saturday 21st December
If not for Saracens’ huge points deduction, Leicester would be languishing at the bottom of the table. The Tigers had a promising struggle but have brought their poor form from last year into this season and it looks like there could be a relegation on the cards. Exeter Chiefs have also continued their run from the last few years, and again look like title contenders. 5 wins in a row in all competitions have shown how strong Exeter are. This weekend, that run should be extended to 6, barring any massive shocks.
Sale Sharks (10/13) v Northampton Saints (21/20) - 3:00pm Saturday 21st December
This will probably be the closest game of the weekend, with both sides enjoying good starts to the year. Sale have been as tough as we’ve grown to expect over the last few years, but have slipped up with 2 defeats against Exeter in recent weeks. Northampton themselves have struggled in the European break, again losing twice to Leinster. In purely league form though, Northampton will be expecting to win but don’t expect a blowout.
Saracens (2/25) v Bristol Bears (6/1) - 3:00pm Saturday 21st December
At the start of the season, if you told us this would be a clash between 2nd and 12th, no one would have guessed it would be Saracens at the foot of the table. Yes, that’s because of a huge points deduction, but there is still plenty for Saracens to overcome. Bristol on the other hand, have been a surprise so far this season, losing just once in 5 games. Their last game was a draw with London Irish, a game they would have been expecting to win. Even after their strong start to the season, Saracens are favourites and expect a comfortable home win here.
Wasps (20/31) v Harlequins (5/4) - 3:00pm Saturday 21st December
Neither Wasps or Harlequins have started the season how they might have hoped. Wasps haven’t bounced back from their close loss on the opening weekend. They’ve only managed one win so far this season and look just as bad as anyone else in the league at this point. Harlequins haven’t fared much better, but can already look past relegation with sides like Wasps and Leicester performing so poorly. The odds seem to point towards Wasps winning this one, but Harlequins will be disappointed with anything but a win.
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