Here are my predictions for this weekend’s round of Guinness Premiership matches. Only four games this weekend as the EDF semi-finals also take place, but plenty to be excited about.
Game 109: Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby: Sale Sharks by 5
Game 110: Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers: Leicester Tigers by 9
Game 113: Bristol Rugby v Worcester Warriors: Bristol Rugby by 5
Game 114: Saracens v London Wasps: Saracens by 6
Sale versus Bath should get the weekend off to a flying start and it’s a very difficult game to predict. Sale’s hopes of a playoff place hang by a thread, but with the return of Mathew Tait, Mark Cueto, Andrew Sheridan and Jason White, they will be no pushover. Bath are missing Butch James and that could make all the difference – I’ve picked a narrow home win.
I fancy Bristol to finally record a win against Worcester at the weekend to end their run of 9 defeats since they drew with the Warriors at Sixways. They’ve had some near misses against top opposition in recent weeks, and this game could kickstart a late charge to avoid relegation, even though it’s probably too late.
I’ve picked Saracens to beat Wasps with home advantage giving them the edge. Both sides see the return of a number of international players, but Saracens have an excellent record at Vicarage Road.
Leicester appear to be in good form having reached the top of the table last weekend. Newcastle’s winning streak came to an end last week at Bath and I think the Tigers will take the spoils at Kingston Park.
Have a good weekend.