The opening weekend of the Guinness Premiership set the tone for what should be a very competitive, hard-fought season.
There were defeats for the two bookies’ favourites, Wasps and Gloucester, Northampton made a winning return to the league by beating Worcester at Franklin’s Gardens, Harlequins beat London rivals Saracens in a narrow victory at Twickenham, whilst there were away wins for Sale and Bath at Newcastle and Bristol respectively.
The biggest surprise was probably Wasps’ lethargic capitulation at Twickenham against a much more enthusiastic London Irish side and Lawrence Dallaglio would have been tearing his hair out (!) at the lack of determination.
Heyneke Meyer’s Leicester Tigers came from behind to beat Gloucester at Kingsholm – the Cherry and Whites face Bath next week and defeat at The Rec could leave them languishing at the foot of the table.
We’ll have a full round-up later on, but feel free to leave your comments on the first round of action. Did anyone catch your eye? Are there new contenders for the title?