After a barn storming first round here are my predictions for the second round of the 2014-2015 Aviva Premiership.
So how did you do in the first round of predictions?
5 out of 6 isn’t bad but on the SuperBru prediction website the community average was 4.6 out of 6 so clearly not a hard round to predict. There was only 1 game where the winner wasn’t an obvious favourite and there it was 50:50 with the predictions.
Not bad, so what are your picks for round 2?
Harlequins v Saracens
Both got wins on the opening day in the London Double Header and both didn’t have everything their way. I think this game is going to show why everybody sees Quins as the most likely out of the top 4 teams to not make the playoffs. Should be a close one but Saracens to nick it for a second week running.
Bath v London Welsh
After the demolition that Welsh got last weekend, I think this is a matter of how much Bath will win by not if they will win. I have gone for 30 points but could easily be another half century and no happy home-coming for Olly, if Welsh haven’t improved their defence. Welsh are also the only side looking for their first points of the season so let’s hope Olly has his kicking boots this week.
Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks
Gloucester were the other team to ship a half century of points but that was away to champions not at home to one of the crowded middle table teams. Sale will be a much easier team to play especially at home. Even so Sale are the more settled side and Gloucester just won’t have had enough time together yet. So Sale to sneak a close one.
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers
Exeter have turned over the Tigers twice since their promotion and will be looking at putting on a good show for what will be a packed house. Tomas the Tank will also want to back up his wonderful performance last week against his old club. Unfortunately Tigers did look good last week and so I think the Chiefs will have to settle for a LBP.
Wasps v Northampton Saints
Wasps will be happy to be back home, the London Double Header at HQ has not been a happy place for them over the last few years. Losing to such a late try must have been heartbreaking, Saints had no such problems with their 50 point haul. Saints really are on a mission to back up last seasons grand final win and I see them steamroller this one.
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish
One of the hardest to call and an early season result that will have a big say in the relegation battle. Falcons looked much better against Tigers but everybody raises their game against them. The real question is can they do that again this week? I’m going for no and think that Irish will get a very valuable away win but they will have to execute better in attack.
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A couple of bonus predictions that will probably not surprise anyone, this weekend also sees the fourth round of the Rugby Championship down under.
New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa really did under perform last week against the Wallabies and it just gets harder this week. It’s hard to predict against the All Blacks over the last couple of years and I don’t think that this weekend is going to be any different. South Africa are going to want to get home quick and forget about this tour.
All Blacks win
Australia v Argentina
Australia are all over the place at the moment. Holding the All Blacks to a draw one week and getting thrashed the next (I was lucky to be there for that one). Argentina have looked much better this tournament and were very unlucky with the referee last weekend. Even so I don’t think this will be the Pumas maiden victory in this competition and the Wallabies should back up their last weeks win with another.