We are still celebrating Leeds’ victory over London Irish here at The Rugby Blog HQ – not because we are ardent Leeds fans (I’ve never even been to Leeds), but because it’s a victory for one of the biggest underdogs the Guinness Premiership has ever seen.
I’ve been browsing some of the SportGuru Community Prediction Statistics, which are a pretty good indicator of how much expectation there is for a side to win.
Here is the view for Leeds first win of the season, away at Wasps in Round 7, where only 0.34% of players correctly predicted a win for the away side:
And here are the statistics for their most recent victory over London Irish, and it’s clear that expectations still have not risen hugely:
Nearly everyone expected Leeds to be heading straight back down to the Championship, and it’s a real triumph for Neil Back and his determined squad that they have got themselves to this position. It’s not over yet, but I’m expecting them to revel in a victory over Worcester this weekend and send the Warriors down.
I imagine the SportGuru predictions will be slightly more in favour of Leeds this weekend.