Aviva Premiership Rugby Predictions: Round 1

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And so the season finally begins! The first round of fixtures are always difficult to call, but here are my thoughts on the opening matches.

My most controversial prediction is probably the opening game, where I’ve gone for a Falcons victory away at Sale. The Sharks have had such a tumultuous few months, they are missing talisman kicker Charlie Hodgson and I’ve a feeling they’ll start slowly this season as a result. Newcastle won at Edgeley Park at the end of last season, and I’m backing them to do the same tonight.

I’m hugely excited about seeing Exeter in the Premiership, but I’ve gone for a big Gloucester win as they find their feet at the top level. I suspect they’ll struggle to start with and their learning curve will be steep, but perhaps they can follow Leeds’ example last year with a strong second half of the season to survive.

Otherwise, I don’t think there’s anything too contentious. I expect Bath to beat Leeds, the London Double Header fixtures could go either way, but I’ve gone for Wasps and Sarries to win, whilst I fancy the Saints to win at home against the Tigers.

Here are my Aviva Premiership Rugby predictions for Round 1. Four Away wins out of six? Let me know what you think:

Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons: Newcastle Falcons by 5
London Irish v Saracens: Saracens by 8
Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby: Gloucester Rugby by 27
London Wasps v Harlequins: London Wasps by 6
Leeds Carnegie v Bath: Bath by 13
Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers: Northampton Saints by 6

11 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership Rugby Predictions: Round 1

  1. I think the ChiefsVGloucs game will be tighter than most people would guess. Exeter may not have had as long to recruit, and the names of the players aren’t that familiar to us all, but they’ve shown over the last few years enough grit to continually push for Premiership status. Add to that the Cherry & Whites tendency to play poorly away from home to the fact that they’ll be going to an unfamiliar ground with rabid home support, and the Chiefs could just pull off an upset…

    The only other one I think(hope!) will go the other way to your prediction is the WaspsVQuins game. As long as we don’t lose our heads and get someone red-carded in the first minute of the game(!), we’ve got an electric backs section that looks like it’s aiming to take apart defenses for fun. Remember, in the last four games of last season (when they changed the reffing) we scored 17 tries, an average of 4.25 a game. Given that those games were against teams like Sarries, the Tiggers, and Wasps themselves, and there’s every chance for us to beat them again…

  2. I think the Exeter game could be a problem for Gloucester, but I don’t think there will be any complacency for the first game of the season. Exeter could cause some upsets later on, but I think they might struggle early in the season – keen to see them stay up though!

  3. I’d go with Fred on the fact that Glos don’t travel well. I expect their forwards to get a rough ride and as such their backs won’t spark. Think it’ll be close but expect the the chiefs to get off to a dream start.
    Also expect Tigers to start with a win at Saints. Pre-season standards of opposition should swing it.

  4. Similar to your picks but have gone with a tighter game at Exeter and L. Irish to beat Saracens. Tough though because they’re so unpredictable. I also forgot that it’s actually on neutral territory. Falcons have got a tgreat record at Edgeley Park so I also take them to win that one.

    Can’t wait.

  5. Who is the new “spike” on the block? I politely disagree with you Sir. I think Gloucester will win but will not have a good season overall.

    Looking at the Wasps and Quins line-ups i think that should be a great match. Very interested to see how Flutey goes at 10 and i expect both teams to fling the ball about.

  6. Dreadful start to the predictions, but congrats to Sale – sounds like a great victory and that will probably spur them on for the season now.

    Can’t wait for this afternoon!

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