Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 21 Predictions

Gallagher Premiership

Last week I managed a disappointing 3 out of 6, with Northampton, Bristol and Worcester all winning unexpectedly.

Those results mean that Newcastle are almost certainly relegated, Gloucester are in the playoffs and only the last playoff spot and the top 6 are really left to be contested.

Here are my predictions for this weekend’s matches.

Bristol v Sale
Having secured their Premiership status, Bristol are actually in with a shout of making the top 6, and this match is crucial against Sale, who currently occupy 6th. With wins over Saracens and Leicester in the past couple of rounds, I expect them to beat Sale at home. Bristol by 6

Harlequins v Tigers
Quins are having a dreadful run of form, losing games they should be winning, but surely they’ll win this one against the out-of-sorts Tigers. Scoring four tries would be handy too. Harlequins by 7

Gloucester v Newcastle
I’ll be at Kingsholm for this one, and expect to see the Falcons condemned to Championship rugby next season. It’s do or die for Newcastle, but it really has been for the last few weeks, and they haven’t. Gloucester by 16

Northampton v Worcester
With the Warriors’ safety confirmed last week, I suspect they might have had a few beers and an easier week of training ahead of this one, and with the Saints in pole position for the playoffs, they should stroll this. Northampton by 18

Saracens v Exeter
A repeat of last year’s final and a prelude to this year’s climax. Both teams have looked slightly off the boil over the last few weeks, and Sarries might have one eye on the Champions Cup final, but with home advantage and the importance of striking a blow before the real thing at the end of May, I’m backing Saracens. Saracens by 4

Bath v Wasps
Two teams that have disappointed this year, but both on the verge of qualifying for Europe nevertheless. Bath did the double over Wasps in Europe this season, and playing at the Rec, they ought to be favourites. Bath by 7

Which ones do you disagree with?

5 thoughts on “Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 21 Predictions

    1. Asides from the front row Exeter’s team has a whiff of the weakened about it as well.

    2. I think the result shows just how strong Saracens squad is. Yes Exeter also had a weakened team but had far more first team players involved. Saracens have some real talent coming through the ranks; Matt Gallagher looks a very tidy full back.

      1. Both squads have some great depth – its why they’ve both been so consistently good this season. It was an under-strength Exeter that beat a strong Sarries side back in the autumn at Sandy Park, so on their day, and regardless of who’s playing, they’re both always capable of a result. There’s some excellent team management that has got them both to this point, and other teams should consider building the same way.
        What the result showed far more glaringly is that Exeter have somehow gone off the boil – the Wasps loss has got in the heads a bit, Harlequins compounded it by putting the set-piece under serious stress, and just like for Ireland in the 6N, the confidence damage is clear to see. The weak point was securing home advantage for the play-offs – they paused for breath and were caught out by it. Now they’re playing catch-up to get back to good form, and with only one match left v Northampton to find the mojo again. Frustrating, but interesting, to watch from outside – hopefully it hasn’t blown their season for them, but they are staring down the barrel a bit.

  1. Saracens, N’thampton, Glous. Maybe Worcester weren’t too bothered, although it’s unlikely that Newcastle weren’t.. but they’ve gone now. As for the Sarries, Exeter game, with their assorted teams, who knows if the latter cared? Both will have their ‘A’ teams out for the showdown, but I think it’s not a good idea to give the opposition an advantage. OTOH, will Sarries have the fire power twice against 2 opponents who will going all out against them next time? Ex may have just let Sarries think that they have the upper hand? We’ll see, but either way, a more meaningful clash is likely for the big one.

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