Aviva Premiership Predictions 2012/13: Round 7

AvivaAfter the over-excitement and general hype of the Heineken Cup it’s a welcome return to domestic affairs this weekend. Here are my SuperBru predictions for round 7 of the Aviva Premiership.

Friday night sees Worcester take on Sale in an intriguing encounter at Sixways. The form book says Worcester should win, but despite a trouncing at Montpellier last weekend Sale have made improvements over the past couple of weeks. They finally got the monkey off their back a fortnight ago with their first win of the season, and could pose problems for the Warriors, especially if Cipriani continues his upturn in form. I’ve gone for a home win though, but the Sharks to take a bonus point.

Saturday’s opening fixture is one of the many West Country derbies, with Exeter making the trip to the Rec to challenge Bath. The Chiefs took a bit of a pasting last week against Clermont and will be keen to bounce back, and although it’s difficult to gauge form on the Amlin Cup Bath will be keen to rise from their current mid-table standing. Both teams have three wins, so it should be a close one, but I expect home advantage to tell and Bath to take the victory. Again though, Exeter could bag a bonus point.

Another tough call comes in the shape of two title contenders squaring off at Franklin’s Gardens. Saracens are the visitors, and carry some scintillating form into the fixture from the European break. The Saints are tough to beat at home though, and they should win – but once again a losing bonus point is well within the realms of possibility. Elsewhere, the Tigers travel to Kingsholm on the back of one of the most impressive 10 minutes of rugby seen this season, where they will look to convert that form into Premiership points. I’ve gone for them to win, but only by a narrow margin as the hostile atmosphere in Gloucester will doubtless make it a close match.

Quins have gone off the boil slightly in terms of their Premiership form, but showed good spirit in the Heineken Cup to gain two wins. London Irish also showed impressive steel to win away in France over their European break, and should pose more of a threat to Quins than they would have a month ago. I still think the champions will win fairly comfortably though, having not lost 3 in a row in the Premiership since 2009/2010. On Sunday Wasps take on London Welsh at Adam’s Park, where I expect the home team to take the spoils fairly comfortably. The Exiles have already performed admirably in proving to everyone they’re not going to be the whipping boys they were expected to be, but probably won’t have enough to trouble Wasps here.

Worcester Warriors vs Sale Sharks: Worcester by 6
Bath vs Exeter Chiefs: Bath by 4
Northampton Saints vs Saracens: Saints by 4
Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers: Tigers by 6
London Irish vs Harlequins: Harlequins by 10
London Wasps vs London Welsh: Wasps by 13

How do you see the weekend going?

By Jamie Hosie

15 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership Predictions 2012/13: Round 7

  1. Over-excitement of the Heineken Cup? Nothing “over” about it. It’s the best quality rugby of the season, internationals included. Can’t believe we’ve to wait till December for the next bout.

  2. If Sarries can play the way they have in the first two Heineken cup matches, it could be tricky for Saints. They have shipped 130 point so far in the Premiership compared to Sarries 81. Farrell is starting the game at 10 though, so it’s a big ask. Could this be the game we see him loosen his shackles and show real Hodgsonesque creativity??

    I’m also going to stick my neck out and predict the Chiefs to beat Bath. Don’t know why, I just think they will.

    1. Its not the removal of shackles that Farrell needs, its skills and vision. I don’t think he would have gained these attributes over the last couple of weeks.

      1. I have to agree. It would have been a big call, but I would have liked to have seen Burns in the England squad instead of him. If he fails to get the Sarries backline going like Hodgson has he’ll surely come under scrutiny as to whether 10 is his best position.

  3. I agree. Some games in the Heineken are like finals, while others are the power struggle bore fest we’ve become accustomed too. Leinster, one of the best teams to watch last season, have been awful and made it through courtesy of some lucky reffing and slip ups from their opponents.I was expecting them to take no prisoners and romp to the quarters laughing.

  4. Agree with you on all of them except Leics v Glos. Gone for narrow home win. At the start of the season, I was saying you didn’t know which Glos were going to turn up – now I’m thinking the same about Leics. They could just as easily win big. Have to say that I have a feeling about Exeter as well, however this is the same feeling that I had before the Clermont game when I went against common opinion to pick them. So not this time!

    1. Well you being a Glos fan I would have been disappointed if you’d agreed with me! Should be a cracking game though, hopefully the Tigers will bring the game they played in the last few mins against the Ospreys.

      1. Indeed! Although personally (and quite obviously) hoping that Tigers don’t play like they did at the end of that game!

  5. Hahahahaha Sale lose again – thank you Redpath for making this season so fun so far (from a bitter Glos fan)

    So, are we still going to get the “Cipriani is great Bullshit” from the papers? Let us remember that he was facing up today against the superstar that is Andy Goode! Ahahahahaha

    1. Sorry, my last comment was perhaps a little rude about Goode :-)
      I think the match up was ironic as the two FHs represent almost polar opposites: Goode is a player who has often been under appreciated, he is tactically smart, does the basics well and has guts. But is somewhat unfashionable as he is not flashy – so, like I say, the opposite of Cipriani .

  6. Oh, and a quick note about Richard Hill who I rate highly – will he ever coach Glos??
    He reminds me of Alan Curbishly in his incredible ability to get the most from his players – shrewd

  7. Glos: played 7, won 5, drawn 1, lost 1
    Sale: played 7, won 0, drawn 0, lost 7

    I guess Glos should be glad Redpath left…

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