Big wins for Sale, Saracens and Exeter in high-scoring round

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Sale Sharks, Saracens and Exeter Chiefs were big winners at the weekend, in a high-scoring round of Gallagher Premiership matches.

Harlequins were thrashed 48-10 on Friday night in Salford, as their up and down season continues, and they remain in mediocre melee of mid-table teams, whilst Sale are into the top four. If the Sharks’ could win a few away games to go with their fine home form, they’d be right up there at the end of the season.

Exeter and Northampton both won their away games in high-scoring encounters at London Irish and Wasps, and both sides would be keeping pace with Saracens, who would be on 28 points without their 35-point deduction.

Leicester Tigers also had an important win over Bristol, ensuring they remain in touch with London Irish, Wasps and the raft of sides tightly packed from 5th to 8th.

There’s another fortnight’s break now for the Heineken Champions Cup, and then the Six Nations period will be fascinating for the Premiership.

Here are the weekend’s results along with the Superbru predictability.

Sale 48 – 10 Harlequins, 80%
Leicester 31 – 18 Bristol, 44%
Gloucester 29 – 15 Bath, 64%
Saracens 62 – 5 Worcester, 98%
London Irish 28 – 45 Exeter, 98%
Wasps 31 – 35 Northampton, 83%

What were your highlights and talking points from the weekend’s action?

8 thoughts on “Big wins for Sale, Saracens and Exeter in high-scoring round

  1. Interesting that some here have professed interest in the Premiership & NOT the H Cup. Hardly saw any of these games, so can’t state highlights. Hidings & erratic results must be concerning for many teams though. Also disappointing that too many seem mainly only able to prosper at home. Why are so few teams able to do the business away from home? Still 15 v 15. Is it just psychological? Do coaches need to wake up, devise better tactics, interventions? Irish look particularly vulnerable. Surprised at Bris’s being turned over.. at home. Also Worcester’s huge hammering. Get fed up with Bath, Quins whom seem predictably useless away.. maybe Wasps too? Leicester to begin a slow ascent? Dunno. Early to tell, especially as I don’t rate or understand why Murphy is still there. Kept their Englanders though, so have to see. Gloucester & Northampton can both look & play pretty good, but are they consistent enough to threaten Exeter? Don’t think so. With the tainted Saracens’ deficit, are we left with a 1 horse race then? Looks like it. More interest in the drop than the top?

  2. I didn’t get to see much rugby over the last few weeks so can’t comment too much on the games. The only one I saw was Worcester v Saracens which went exactly as expected. Worcester sent a mostly second string to play what was pretty much an International Squad. To be honest I was surprised we scored anything at all.

    I didn’t expect Leicester to beat Bristol. With the talk of them turning a corner though I suspect this might be terrible timing. The press imply their England players made the difference and they’ll be without them again shortly.

    I also didn’t expect Wasps to get that close to Saints. Does anyone have any insight on that one?

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      1. Not in the prem it would be very hypocritical to bang on about player welfare but then insist teams can’t rotate within a season

  3. Perhaps it’s only in France where they sometimes don’t try then? Whatever, but isn’t there a difference between ‘rotation’ & conceding without a shot? Hardly In the game’s spirit, undermines rugby & turns punters off to boot. Perhaps it a matter of degree & a quota could be intro’ed. Imagine teams cherry picking games in which they will ‘play’ & those when they won’t by mass replacement of their 1sts with their 2nds. It isn’t cricket!

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