With mid-week fixtures it’s all coming thick and fast in the Gallagher Premiership. There’s a couple of really tough games to pick this round especially when you add in the squad rotation that’s required.
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Wasps v Sale Sharks – Wasps by 7
Wasps are one of the sides that have coped with the new law interpretations the best. That means they’ve racked up two double digit wins.
Sale should put up more resistance but they have had a poor couple of games so far to see the slipping down the table.
Bristol v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter Chiefs by 3
This could be the Premiership final matchup. With that in mind both sides will be looking to get one up on the other side for bragging rights. With both sides going well it’s really tough to call but I’m backing the side that’s top of the table.
Bayonne v Pau is a relegation scrap making it a must win for Bayonne. If you want any hope of survival you have to win your home games against you lower table opposition. Also with Pau only winning once since mid October they aren’t in the kind of form to pick up away wins.
Leicester Tigers v London Irish – Leicester Tigers by 3
Both these sides are struggling and it’s going to come down to who doesn’t lose it rather than who wins it. I’m going with home advantage to be the difference even though Irish have a (relatively) good away record.
Saracens v Gloucester Rugby – Saracens by 5
Saracens might be already relegated and concentrating on Europe however they are also wanting to prove a point especially at home. Gloucester might have got a big win over Worcester but returned to normal last round against Bristol.
Finally Racing are hosting Toulon. Easy pick really Toulon are 6/6 at home and 1/6 away. So you pick the home side and when it’s Racing (who could go top of the table with their games in hand) you have double the reason for picking the home side.
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins – Harlequins by 3
Worcester haven’t won a game this year and Quins have only won 1 game away from home all season. Another of who’s going to lose it the least. Again I’m backing home advantage but it’s a really tough pick.
Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby – Northampton Saints by 3
Sixth hosting fifth in the table and two sides that have put up good wins over sides below them in the table. Another one where I don’t see a clear favourite and I’m using home advantage again.
Half the games I’m going wit home advantage to make the small difference, I feels like one of the hardest rounds in a long time to pick.
Record So Far
55 from 90 or 61%, five from six last weekend was a good return.
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