A lot of the results were expected in round 2 of the Aviva Prem but there were some that were a turn up for the books. Gloucester who had looked mighty against Tigers for the first 50 of their round one outing were held to a 23 all draw by a 14 man Worcester Warriors, Leicester fell on hard times at Wasps and although a game you’d expect them to win, Bath just steamrollered Newcastle, they want their name back on the map badly. Exeter have to forget about the Sarries roadshow and get back to business this weekend and if they win everything that they can and should, then they’ll be back in the mix in no time (anybody else see them propping up the league after two rounds though? Nor me. Quins will have been disappointed not to take Sale to task but they are formidable in their own back yard which could spell disaster for visiting Glos tonight. Bristol are still waiting patiently for points as they had to face the might of Northampton and they might be waiting a little while longer with what’s to come this weekend.
So on to the business of this weekend’s games, first up is the Sale Vs Gloucester game, and with Sale having the home advantage and will still be feeling pretty buoyed from the result against Quins, it is going to take a big shift from Gloucester to put the brakes on the northern outfit and with Gloucester have zero from two it could be a big ask.
Saturday brings a tasty set of 3 ‘o’clockers’ with the main event having to be Sarries Vs Saints and in their current form you could never really bet against Sarries, but who knows, it's a fickle business this game and Saints will look to make a mark if they can. Sarries win in my eyes though and I feel it is going to take something special to stop them again this season.
Exeter are going to look to be rampant against Quinss, they need points on the board and will want to make sure that the loss at home to Sarries was the last one on their own patch for a while! Feeling the pinch from that loss at Sale though, dont be surprised if Quins come out of the starting blocks like a startled cat. A tough one to call, but I feel Exeter are hurting more at the moment so the hunger to win will shine through
Bath are a wrecking ball at the moment so I wont be surprised to see a double digit gap between the scores when they play Worcester. With a draw being Worcester’s favourable result of the season, they might not be brimming with confidence against a rejuvenated and very spritely looking south-west team that have got a point to prove. Bath for the win and they will be pushing hard for bonus points.
As I mentioned earlier, Bristol have got it all to do if they are going to get off the line this weekend, and with Wasps in their current form, you can't really see it happening. You've got to feel for the Bristolians as they haven't exactly had an easy run in to their first season back in the premiership, but after running Harlequins pretty darn close and getting double digits on the score board (just) against Saints, you have to say that they are holding their own at the moment. There is no real light at the end of the tunnel until early October for these guys either, Sarries and Exeter coming up, ouch. I'm giving Wasps the nod here, simply because I feel they will be top three by the end of the season, not sure where in that top three but they will be up there.
Last but not least you've got Newcastle up against Leicester. Usually a game I would back Leicester for all year long, but they turned Leicester upside down at Kingston Park last season, so why not again? They'll be smarting from the pummelling that Bath dished out, so I'd expect a big fight from the underdog in this match up. You know what? I see last year’s result coming back to haunt the Tigers and I am going to say Newcastle win it.
So that's how things shape up this weekend. I'm looking forward to it, as I think there will be a couple of games here that start to properly shape the look of the season ahead.