Only three rounds of the Gallagher Premiership season left and with the Top 14 already having started their next season it’s all feels wrong. However we have to bash on and that’s what the players will be doing.
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Wasps v Bristol – Wasps by 3
A cracking game to kickoff the round with 4th hosting 3rd. The only thing really left to play for is “who are the 3 sides joining Exeter in the playoffs?”
This game will be key in deciding that. Both these sides come off the back of big wins in the last round over lower table opposition. Team selection and who’s fit to go will be all important and not knowing that I’m going with home advantage.
Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints – Northampton Saints by 3
A game that means everything and nothing. In the grand scheme of things this game doesn’t matter. However it’s a local derby dating back eons. For all of that history it’s the relevant history that matters and Tigers have just been poor this season.
London Irish v Worcester Warriors – London Irish by 3
A game that really doesn’t matter and 2 sides that can just coast to the end of the season. This really is a pre-season friendly for next season.
Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby – Sale Sharks by 5
Another cracking game with 2nd hosting 5th. This is another game that will be key in deciding who makes the playoffs. Sale are going well and are at home so you have to back them. Again though with mid-week games, it’s going to come down to who’s fit to run out onto the park.
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter Chiefs by 3
Another game that means everything and nothing. Clearly Saracens will finish last and Exeter top. However with Exeter being the loudest critics of Saracens for their overspending, there’ll be plenty of needle in this game.
Saracens will want to say “you’re only top because we were punished” and Exeter will want to say “we’re the best anyway” This is one to watch for certain.
Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins – Gloucester Rugby by 7
Another game that means nothing and is a pre-season friendly for next season. Quins are poor away and with nothing on the line a home win should be on the cards.
Record So Far
73 from 114 or 64%, six from six last round! YES A FULL-HOUSE!