It was another tricky round of unpredictable results in Round 5, as we had a brief return to the Premiership before the Champions Cup resumes this weekend.
Here are the results and Superbru predictability for context:
Bath 12-25 Saracens, 88%
Exeter 38-3 Wasps, 96%
Northampton 36-13 Leicester, 94%
Worcester 20-13 Sale, 45%
Bristol 27-27 London Irish, 1%
Harlequins 23-19 Gloucester, 38%
Sarries are clawing their way back to the rest of the teams on the table, and on the evidence of this weekend, Leicester and Wasps are in trouble in terms of the relegation battle.
Both suffered heavy defeats away at Northampton and Exeter respectively, and you’d think Saracens might sneak past them early in the new year.
Two teams that used to fight regularly for the titles are now battling it out to avoid the drop, and you wonder if that, along with Saracens’ cheating, will expedite the ring-fencing of the Premiership.
The Saints continue to lead the way, playing an attractive brand of rugby, and they’d be top after 5 rounds even without Saracens’ 35-point deduction.
How do you think the league is shaping up this year?