Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 9 Predictions

Gallagher Premiership

A GSP last week (bonus points for a full house of correct picks) has meant green arrows all over Superbru.

Let’s see if we can keep that going for Round 9 this weekend.

Harlequins v Exeter
The gulf between Exeter and Saracens and the rest of the league is too great to pick against either of the top two. Exeter by 7

Bristol v Leicester
Instinct says that the Tigers will win, even though the Bears have been pushing teams close and picking up losing Bonus Points against teams in the top half of the table. Leicester by 4

Gloucester v Worcester
The home team usually wins this fixture, and I suspect it will be the same this weekend. Gloucester by 8

Northampton v Newcastle
It was a much needed win for the Falcons last weekend to close the gap between them and Bristol at the bottom of the table. I’m going for the home team again here. Northampton by 7

Saracens v Wasps
As above, I can’t pick against the top two teams, particularly when they are playing at home. Sarries have beaten Wasps by an average of over 20 points in their last three fixtures. Saracens by 18

Bath v Sale
This is another fixture where the home team usually wins, as has been the case in the last 7 meetings. Bath by 9

11 thoughts on “Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 9 Predictions

  1. I think Bristol might sneak a win against Tigers its a tough one to call but other than that I agree with the rest.

  2. Don’t think anyone saw the Quins win coming!

    As an aside, Alex Dombrandt played very well for Quins. He’s English but played Wales Under 20 as he was at uni there at the time. I do hope that England have been in contact and have their eye on him.
    I don’t know who is in charge of this for England but it does seem that we are losing some of these young talents where they are dual qualified – Will Addison and Sam Skinner come to mind, both of whom played England under 20 and are now playing for Ireland and Scotland respectively

  3. You are thinking of Gary Graham, Don. Was in last year’s 6 nations squad for England but uncapped and called up for the Scotland SA test, although I don’t think he made the team. He’s a bit the other way round though having played for Scotland Under 20.
    Ross Moriarty is another who played England Under 18 and Under 20

    1. Pablito, yes I believe so. Am aware of 5 yr residency rule for playing Int’al rugby, but if a person has played @ say U20 level, it doesn’t disqualify him/her from playing for another country.. unless that U20 country designates this side as an ‘A’ , or 2nd team.. I think. Gets complicated & is unfair as some contries don’t use U20’s as their ‘A’ or 2nd team! I understand that grand/parental grounds also apply, but may be complicated by residency & age group rugby as well!. Also, I didn’t realise that Geo North was born in England & Sam Warburton’s parents are English??

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