Round 13 of the Gallagher Premiership was slightly more predictable, with 5 home wins out of 6.
Here are the weekend’s results, along with the predictability on Superbru.
Worcester 10 – 16 Northampton 73%
Sale 39 – 0 London Irish 98%
Saracens 24 – 13 Leicester 93%
Exeter 57 – 20 Bath 94%
Wasps 39 – 22 Gloucester 88%
Bristol 28 – 15 Harlequins 87%
Exeter continue to lead the way, but Sale’s results in recent weeks have caught the eye with their 60-point drubbing of Saracens and another 39 points score with 0 conceded here. It looks more and more likely that they’ll stay in the top four, and if they clinch a home semi-final, they’ll be extremely tough to beat.
Some of the winning margins here are quite surprising, with only 1 losing bonus point in round – Worcester at home to Northampton – and it raises some questions about the competitiveness of the league.
It was interesting to note the discussion on last week’s results, with some people saying they are less interested because there is no relegation battle, and that this should be a warning to the advocates of ring-fencing the league.
I have been one of those advocates – mostly because I think the whole season structure needs some fundamental changes, not just in England but globally, and a closed shop would make some of those changes simpler. However, the apathy towards the Gallagher Premiership this season is indeed a warning.
What did you make of the weekend’s league action? Are Exeter marching towards the title?