Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 3 Predictions

Gallagher Premiership

It was four out of six for me in Round 2, having underestimated Leicester’s response to changing their manager, and obviously I didn’t pick the West Country draw.

I’m finding a bit more time to follow the Rugby after a hectic few weeks moving with my family from London to Cheltenham. I’m going to the Gloucester v Bristol match at Kingsholm this evening, and looking forward to writing on here a bit more.

Here are my predictions for Round 3 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Gloucester v Bristol
I think Gloucester will be very difficult to beat at Kingsholm this season, and would expect them to win this one. They look well organised, and with Danny Cipriani in fine form at fly-half, they could well be a top four side at the end of the season. Bristol also look well-organised though, and gave Sarries a scare last weekend, but I’m still backing the home team. Gloucester by 7

Exeter v Sale
I can’t see the Sharks getting close to the Chiefs at Sandy Park, and would expect this to be a third bonus point win out of three for Exeter. Exeter by 23

Harlequins v Bath
It has been a tough start to the season for Bath, and now they must visit the Stoop, where they haven’t won since the 2014/15 season. The home side has won this fixture on the last 5 occasions, and I’m expecting a similar story this time, but it should be close. Harlequins by 4

Northampton v Saracens
The Saints have had a torrid time against Sarries in recent meetings, losing by an average of over 43 points in the last four matches, conceding at least 55 points on all four occasions. It surely has to be closer than that this time, but champions Saracens will still be looking for a 4-try win. Saracens by 13

Worcester v Newcastle
This feels like an important game for Worcester – an early-season home game, where a third consecutive defeat could start to see confidence drain away, particularly with away trips to Leicester and Exeter up next. The Falcons will also be targeting a first win of the season, but their record at Sixways is terrible, and the home team has won this match on the last four occasions. Worcester by 2

Wasps v Leicester
Their thumping win over Newcastle last weekend will have done the Tigers’ confidence a world of good, but this trip to Coventry will be tough. Wasps have won five of the last six against Leicester, with the sixth a 1-point defeat at Welford Road in May. It has been a slightly stuttering start to the season for Wasps, but I think a win here will get them back on track. Wasps by 6

How do you think these predictions look?

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7 thoughts on “Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 3 Predictions

  1. Saints v Sarries should be a very interesting game. Whilst Saints are still trying to find their feet under a new coaching set up, I can’t see Sarries beating them up the way they did last season.
    Sarries have made some interesting choices in selection for this game. No real surprises in the forwards, but in the backs there is a real attacking feel. Spencer, Goode, Lewington, Barritt, Tomkins, Strettle and Williams. Goode and Williams playing at 10 and 15 should be particularly interesting!!!! Not sure how it’s going to work defensively with no Faz but, the attack should be great to watch if they get good ball!?

      1. He will be smashing Burrell in defence and playing the extra flanker in the rolling mauls!! Lol!

        Aside from Barritt though, it is what I would describe as an exciting, experimental backline. As I say if Spencer and Goode get good ball it good be something to watch. Especially with Burrell’s defensive frailties!!

  2. All home wins, Saracens apart. Scorelines look sensible. Interesting to see if they turn out as predicted.
    Will be interesting to see how N’thampton do under Boyd who really needs the win I’d say. It can be difficult for SH coaches to alter or change a rugby a culture. The mindset on how to play the game is different here & they lack the same national Union control over players & a uniform countrywide playing style to help them. OTOH, Joe Schmidt has made a decent fist of it in Ireland, albeit @ a national level. I remember that Henry & Hansen also found coaching challenging over here, again @ national level. So too did Wayne Smith, @ club level & funnily enough @.. N’thampton. Sarries will likely prevail with their (once?) deep pocket resources especially in the end, but will N’thampton resist for the full 80 & make it tough for them?


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