Only three rounds of the Gallagher Premiership season left. Boy the players will be looking for this season to be over and done with. Playing mid-week games is toll on the body and it’s something that only the deepest squads can ever hope to cope with.
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Bristol v Northampton Saints – Bristol by 10
With three games left Saints can technically still make the playoffs but you have to think that they have too much ground to make up.
Facing Bristol who are fighting for a home semi-final is not what Northampton need. You have to say this looks like a comfortable home win.
Wasps v Leicester Tigers – Wasps by 10
Wasps are another of the five teams that are fighting it out for four spaces in the playoffs. Well to be more accurate one of the four teams playing for the three spaces to join Exeter in the playoffs.
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.
Tigers are limping home and can’t wait to put this season behind them. This is another comfortable home win.
Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby – Exeter Chiefs by 10
With the Champions League being the top 8 teams from the Premiership next season, Gloucester really have nothing left to fight for. This is purely a pride game and very few away teams get anything out of Sandy Park even when they need to. The theme of comfortable home wins comtinues.
Sale Sharks v Saracens – Sale Sharks by 5
Sale are looking at hosting a semi-final whilst Saracens are looking at preparing their teams best for Europe. With Sale need the points more I’m backing them for the win. However it all depends on how Saracens turn up on the day.
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.
London Irish v Harlequins – Harlequins by 3
There really is a possibility of Irish sneaking into the Champions League next season if they win this. I don’t think that would be a good thing for them as survival next season will be their priority.
Quins should get the win here as Irish are on a long losing streak. However Quins only have one away win this season. Who’s going to lose the game the least?
Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors – Bath Rugby by 15
Back to the comfortable home wins theme here. Bath fighting it out for the playoffs and Worcester already thinking about the relegation battle for next season…
Record So Far
67 from 108 or 62%, five from six last round. Not quite the full-house!
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