Guinness Premiership Report 09/03/08

Worcester pulled off their second shock in as many weeks by winning at home against Leicester on Friday night, by 23 – 19. Shane Drahm maintained his good form ahead of his end of season move to Japan, guiding the midlanders to relative safety in the league. Unless Leeds have a huge turnaround of fortunes it is doubtful they will be able to catch them now.

Also on Saturday Gloucester ended London Irish’s 5 match winning streak with a four try bonus point victory in the lashing rain at Kingsholm. Gloucester extended their lead over Leicester with this victory and are back on track to cement their play off place.

Bath overtook Leicester into second place by defeating Newcastle at home 22 – 11. Both teams were missing some key players with Wilkinson, Flood and Noon away for Newcastle and Borthwick, Mears and Stevens absent for Bath. However it was Bath who managed to string enough cohesive play together to register a try from stand-in captain Crockett, five penalties and a conversion to take the win.

On Sunday, Bristol managed to nil Leeds in the second half at Headingley to come back from 13 – 6 down to win by 30 – 13. Shaun Perry went over for two tries, with further scores from Higgitt and El-Adb ensuring the winning bonus point for Bristol.

Saracens kept up the pressure on fourth place Sale by beating them at home 24 – 20. Man mountain Census Johnson scored a try and got the man of the match award for his efforts.

Wasps held off Harlequins to put themselves within one win of the play-off places to carry on their good form and give themselves another shot at the title. Having had their match postponed last week they have one or two games in hand on everyone above them and could be in a very strong position if they win either or both.

The league has a disjointed complexion at this stage of the season, with 6 points separating fourth and eighth with everyone having played different amounts of games. All the teams in that top eight are still in with a very good shout so the run in for the rest of the season will be exciting as always.