This strange Gallagher Premiership season continued over the weekend, with more unexpected results, and the top four of the table is fairly unusual.
Here are the results, along with the percentage of people that predicted the outcome on Superbru – as you can see, only two matches went the way of the crowd favourite.
Gloucester 17 – 23 Sale 63%
Harlequins 34 – 30 Exeter 5%
Leicester 14 – 8 Worcester 82%
Northampton 21 – 27 Saracens 49%
London Irish 26 – 36 Wasps 25%
Bath 13 – 19 Bristol 15%
Sale Sharks’ win at Kingsholm on Friday night saw them move into 2nd place, with Bristol also winning at Bath and moving into third. Northampton’s defeat to Saracens at home has put them in 4th place, and it’s very tight in mid-table, with no fewer than four teams just one win away from jumping into the playoff places.
There was some controversy at the Stoop as a penalty try in the dying moments gave Harlequins the win over league leaders Exeter Chiefs, reducing the gap between first and second to just 5 points. Saracens’ win at Franklins’ Gardens would normally see them into 2nd place on 38 points, were it not for their 105-point deduction.
Leicester Tigers beat Worcester in what would have been a significant relegation clash, had Sarries not done both teams a favour already.
I confess to not being terribly interested in the league this season, but maybe that will change as we get towards the business end, particularly if the top four features teams like Sale and Bristol. I feel as though we’re killing time waiting for some drastic change to sweep through the global Rugby calendar, although perhaps that’s more out of hope than expectation.
How are you enjoying the Premiership season this year? What were the main talking points from the latest round of action?