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We’re into the Premiership 2011!

The premiership as begun – and Wasps had an ‘interesting’ start. Harlequins opened the scoring almost immediately with a try from Nick Easter, and Wasps were chasing the game from the get-go. Penalties were kicked from both sides (Van Gisbergen missing one, and getting two others, Nick Evans had two successes for Quins). Then Andy Powell scored for Wasps, bringing the score to 13-13.

Five minutes later, Varndell took Wasps ahead, if memory serves, this was on the back of some work from Flutey.

Wasps stayed ahead until halfway through the second half, when Quins edged ahead with a score of 26-29.

Thankfully, with four minutes to go, Van Gisbergen scored a penalty bringing the score to 29-29 – and Quins attempt at a drop goal missed the mark.

Neither team could score again, and the match ended in a draw, which is reasonably rare.

Elsewhere in the premiership Irish beat Saracens and Sale beat Newcastle. Surprisingly, the new entrant to the premiership, Exeter, beat the Cherry and Reds by 22-10. Well done to them.

Still to play are Leeds vs. Bath and Northampton vs. Leicester, but as things stand, the table looks like this:

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 London Irish 1 1 0 0 33 16 1 5
2 Sale 1 1 0 0 35 18 0 4
3 Exeter 1 1 0 0 22 10 0 4
4 Harlequins 1 0 1 0 29 29 0 2
5 Wasps 1 0 1 0 29 29 0 2
6 Bath 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Leeds Carnegie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Northampton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Gloucester 1 0 0 1 10 22 0 0
11 Newcastle 1 0 0 1 18 35 0 0
12 Saracens 1 0 0 1 16 33 0 0
Table Built: Sunday, 05 September 2010 08:32 UK

Double Header

Today is the first day of the 2010 Rugby Union Premiership. It’s now the Aviva Premiership, which isn’t as good as fit as ‘Guinness’ to my mind, but there it is.

The start of the year for my team, Wasps, is the double header at Twickenham, two matches, back to back. Wasps will be playing Harlequins, and Saracens will be playing Irish.

I’m not sure if we’ll see much of the Sarries game, but will be cheering for Wasps. I’ve not kept up with all the changes at Wasps this summer – and though I know we won the pre-season friendlies, I’ve no idea of the current form, let alone that of Quins. It’ll all come as a bit of a mystery!

Wasps beat Quins last year, but lost to Irish in 2008. In 2007 Wasps lost to Saracens, having narrowly beat them in 2006. No one side can claim dominance, it could be anybody’s game, but it’d be nice to start with a win.

Guinness Premiership – Wasps vs. Gloucester

This is a post written in two parts, one part before, and one part after the Wasps game.

Last weekend, Wasps had a humiliating defeat at Leeds Carnegie, who are propping up the bottom of the table. Indeed, Leeds’ win will have worried Newcastle, Sale and Worcester who are now threatened, though Sale have a game in hand (as do Wasps).

Already this weekend, Leicester have trounced Irish and Quins have squeezed out a win against Worcester. In addition to Wasps’ game, today Newcastle plays Bath, Sale plays Northampton and Leeds play Sarries (who Wasps beat two weeks ago).

Going into today’s fixtures, the premiership table looked like this:

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Leicester 17 11 1 5 365 226 8 54
2 Northampton 15 11 0 4 313 220 4 48
3 Saracens 15 10 1 4 255 217 3 45
4 London Irish 16 8 3 5 346 250 5 43
5 Wasps 15 9 0 6 252 249 3 39
6 Bath 15 6 2 7 260 240 6 34
7 Harlequins 16 6 2 8 263 338 4 32
8 Gloucester 15 6 1 8 310 300 5 31
9 Newcastle 15 4 4 7 192 234 3 27
10 Worcester 16 3 4 9 226 282 5 25
11 Sale 14 4 1 9 206 300 5 23
12 Leeds Carnegie 15 4 1 10 208 340 5 23
Table Built: Sunday, 07 March 2010 12:28 UK

I had intended to go to see Wasps vs. Gloucester today, but I’m a little under the weather – and so whilst I’m well enough to resent not going, I’m not well enough to actually go to the game. That doesn’t stop me wearing black and gold today, whilst wrapped up in a sleeping bag.

Beating Gloucester would send Wasps into fourth place, positioned for the playoffs. Wasps should have earned that position last week. We’d be equal on points with London Irish, but would be ahead in terms of games won.

Thus ends the part of this post I wrote prior to the game.


Fortunately, Wasps held on to the lead, having gone from 16-6 up to 16 all, thanks to a try from Lemi.

Elsewhere in the premiership, Leeds defeated Sarries – a good result for Wasps, as well as making the bottom of the table more uncertain. Northampton’s win against Sale put Sale to the relegation position, Worcester remain in 11th place (if Sale had won, they’ve be twelfth).

Sale have a game in hand, though, and Sale, Worcester, Leeds and Newcastle are separated by less than one game’s worth of points. At the top, Wasps are hot on the heels of sarries, but it’s 9 points before Northampton can be overtaken. There are six teams still in realistic contention for the top slots, that’s Leicester and Northampton, then Sarries, Wasps, Irish and possibly Bath.

Gloucester and Quins could, with a run of fortune for good or ill, go either way.

It’s a really tight finish to the season.

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Leicester 17 11 1 5 365 226 8 54
2 Northampton 16 12 0 4 328 227 4 52
3 Saracens 16 10 1 5 267 236 4 46
4 Wasps 16 10 0 6 276 268 3 43
5 London Irish 16 8 3 5 346 250 5 43
6 Bath 16 7 2 7 277 253 6 38
7 Gloucester 16 6 1 9 329 324 6 32
8 Harlequins 16 6 2 8 263 338 4 32
9 Newcastle 16 4 4 8 205 251 4 28
10 Leeds Carnegie 16 5 1 10 227 352 5 27
11 Worcester 16 3 4 9 226 282 5 25
12 Sale 15 4 1 10 213 315 5 23
Table Built: Sunday, 07 March 2010 23:48 UK

Six Nations 2010 – Match 6 – Italy vs. England

It was a win for England, but not a convincing one. After last week’s display against Wales, Italy should have been a more reasonable proposal for England. Italy were showing handling errors, positional errors – and England should have been all over them. Unfortunately, England’s ball handling left a lot to be desired and they simply could not take advantage as they should have done.

The game was one of aerial tennis, without direction to the kicks. Possession seemed to be kicked away without many serious efforts to chase it down and put pressure on the receiver, or to kick for touch to gain territory. It was kicking without purpose. Johnny Wilkinson’s kicking in particular wasn’t up to its usual standard – he missed kicks which seemed of a difficulty level that on any other day he would have found easy. Frankly, it was all a bit dull and not a good advert for the tournament.

The final score was 17-12, and with no bonus points on offer in the six nations, that’s good enough.

The tournament continues in two weeks time. On Friday 26th, at 8pm, Wales play France, then on Saturday at 1:30pm, it’s Italy vs. Scotland. This is followed by the Millennium Trophy match of England vs. Ireland.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 France 2 2 0 0 51 19 4
2 England 2 2 0 0 47 29 4
3 Ireland 2 1 0 1 39 44 2
4 Wales 2 1 0 1 48 54 2
5 Scotland 2 0 0 2 33 49 0
6 Italy 2 0 0 2 23 46 0
Table Built: Monday, 15 February 2010 07:47 UK

We watched the England game at Adams Park, shortly followed by the Guinness Premiership game of Wasps vs Sale. This was spookily similar in shape – a win for my team, Wasps, but there were handling errors which really should not have happened for a team of such calibre. There were fewer ‘interesting’ kicking decisions than England, but they still existied. Varndell had some good moments, and was responsible for a high kick which saw him streaking down the field after the ball

The score was 22-16 in favour of Wasps, thus Sale received a bonus point.

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Leicester 14 9 1 4 294 177 7 45
2 Saracens 13 10 1 2 241 192 2 44
3 Northampton 13 10 0 3 288 204 3 43
4 London Irish 13 7 2 4 286 189 5 37
5 Wasps 13 8 0 5 233 223 3 35
6 Gloucester 13 5 1 7 252 264 4 26
7 Bath 13 4 2 7 207 213 5 25
8 Newcastle 13 4 3 6 180 209 3 25
9 Harlequins 13 4 2 7 222 292 4 24
10 Sale 12 4 1 7 193 234 5 23
11 Worcester 13 2 4 7 189 231 4 20
12 Leeds Carnegie 13 2 1 10 163 320 5 15
Table Built: Monday, 16 February 2010 8:06

Guinness Premiership 2009-10 Continues

So, after the fun of European Rugby and the LV= cup (aka the Anglo Welsh competition), we return to the Premiership with the Six Nations running alongside.

Going into this weekend, the table looks like this:

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Leicester 13 8 1 4 280 168 7 41
2 Saracens 12 9 1 2 216 172 2 40
3 Northampton 12 9 0 3 263 191 3 39
4 London Irish 12 7 2 3 264 154 5 37
5 Wasps 12 7 0 5 211 207 3 31
6 Newcastle 12 4 3 5 167 184 3 25
7 Harlequins 12 4 2 6 216 246 4 24
8 Sale 11 4 1 6 177 212 4 22
9 Gloucester 12 4 1 7 206 258 3 21
10 Bath 12 3 2 7 172 191 4 20
11 Worcester 12 2 4 6 169 206 3 19
12 Leeds Carnegie 12 2 1 9 154 306 4 14
Table Built: Sunday, 10 January 2010 10:43

In the Premiership, Wasps last played Tigers. It was the weekend where Leicester made a heroic effort clearing tonnes of snow, and hosted the only premiership game to play – the other five games were postponed. Wasps are six points clear of the playoffs, so it’s a bit of a climb. We’ve come up further than that in past years, so it’s very possible, but in all these things there is no guarantee.

We have two tough games ahead, Sale on Sunday, immediately after the Italy vs England game, and at home to Saracens on the 21st. Saracens are the ‘on form’ team at the moment, they’re playing very conservatively, but reaping the reward. With key Wasps players at the England camp, we will probably see some up and coming names on the field – fingers crossed that they rise to the challenge.

Additional Links: The 2009 Premiership