Guinness Premiership round two preview and predictions

Sale are welcoming back a few familiar faces this week, in the shape of Rory Lamont, Sebastian Bruno, Andrew Sheridan, Richard Wigglesworth and Brent Cockbain. In contrast, Saracens are missing a few key personnel through injury, including Dave Seymour and Francisco Leonelli.

Friday nights at Edgeley Park are not the ideal circumstances for an Away win, particularly without your first choice openside, so I’ve gone for a big Home victory.

Gloucester will look to bounce back after their opening game defeat as they travel to The Rec to face Bath. Dean Ryan will have unleashed hell on his squad after succumbing to Leicester, and with the prospect of Olly Barkley making his debut against his former club, I’ve gone for a slightly controversial Away win.

Harlequins host Bristol in the first game of the season at The Stoop and should be too strong for the visitors after a confidence-boosting victory at Twickenham.

Leicester will look to continue their winning ways at Home to London Irish, and after their giant-killing exploits last week, surely the Exiles can’t make it two out of two?

Wasps are another team that will have incurred the wrath of a volatile coach – Shaun Edwards won’t have been pleased at last week’s effort, and Worcester will probably feel the backlash on Sunday at Adams Park.

I’ve also predicted further doom and gloom for Newcastle unfortunately, as the rejevunated Northampton visit the North East hoping to continue their strong start to their new life in the Premiership.

Two Away wins, four Home wins – what do you think?

Here are my SuperBru picks for Round 2:

Game 7: Sale Sharks v Saracens: Sale Sharks by 20
Game 8: Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby: Gloucester Rugby by 8
Game 9: Harlequins v Bristol Rugby: Harlequins by 13
Game 10: Leicester Tigers v London Irish: Leicester Tigers by 16
Game 11: London Wasps v Worcester Warriors: London Wasps by 24
Game 12: Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints: Northampton Saints by 9