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Bad weekend for Bath
England skipper Moody could be out of Autumn All Blacks Test
Posted Oct 06, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Well it turned out to be a terrible weekend for Bath in the Aviva Premiership. Not only did they get hammered at home by rivals Gloucester, they also lost England captain Lewis Moody to injury that has made him a doubt to face the All Blacks in the Autumn Test.
On Friday night, Bath were hoping to prove something to the rest of the league but they lost 18-3 as Gloucester finally got their season up and running. A Vainikolo try was added to by Robinson who crossed for a maximum, kicked two penalties and added a conversion.
The other shock result of the weekend was Leicester Tigers’ loss at Saracens on Sunday. Saracens were thoroughly impressive in the first half and raced into a 17-7 lead before a Tigers fightback led to a nervy final few minutes. Hougaard was the star for the Saras with three penalties, two conversions and a drop goal. This defeat puts another dent in Tigers’ hopes of retaining the crown and leaves them seven points off leaders London Irish.
Speaking of the Irish, they had another impressive victory on Saturday, this time beating bottom team Leeds Carnegie 40-24. This is their fourth win of the opening five games and makes them the leading points scorers in the division. They also the meanest defence.
Their nearest challengers, Northampton, beat the free-flowing Exeter Chiefs 27-21 in another entertaining match including the South West side. Steenson once again produced an exemplary kicking display scoring three penalties and a conversion. However, he was outdone by Reihana who kicked five penalties and a conversion to add to tries by Diggin and Tonga’uiha.
Newcastle continued to struggle for form and suffered their fourth defeat of the season, this time at the hands of Harlequins. The Quins won 23-12.