Aviva Premiership Round 4: 5 things we learned


1. Cueto isn’t giving up his record easily
Mark Cueto is taking full advantage of Tom Varndell’s injury to try and break away from him in the Premiership’s top try scorer list. The 33-year old crossed the whitewash for the third time this season against Northampton to take his record tally up to 81. Varndell is stuck on 73 for the time being but be sure he will be bridging that gap once he makes his comeback.

2. Hair-pulling makes you a bit of a girl
Harlequins back-rower Maurie Fa’asavalu got sin-binned at the weekend for essentially pulling on Jacques Burger’s hair. If you ask this writer, that’s a bit girly. The ex-rugby league star is six foot three though and weighs in at a meagre 18 stone so hopefully he doesn’t read this. I’m certainly not going to say it to his face.

3. George North is finally off the mark…
While North’s brilliance and contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed at Northampton, fans may have been a bit concerned that he hadn’t scored since his arrival. This all changed against Sale though as he opened up his account by finishing off a team move and crossing the line from a metre out. Just remember George, it’s not how you score them, it’s how many you score!

4. …And George Ford is a bit special
The Bath youngster scored 13 of his sides 33 points during their victory over London Irish including a superb solo effort from 60 metres out. He also set up Guy Mercer’s first try by ushering Topsy Ojo into touch then taking a quick lineout to give the flanker a clean run in. It’s been said before but if the fly half keeps up this form, he’ll be in an England shirt in no time.

5. Saracens could remain unbeaten
Saracens put in an impressive display on Saturday as they beat Quins 22-12 and they now have four wins out of four and have 19 points out of a possible 20. Chris Ashton and David Strettle are getting on the scoresheet, Owen Farrell is leading from the front and Jacques Burger is a man possessed. From what we have seen so far, it will come as no surprise to some if they remain unbeaten for the foreseeable future.

By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)

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