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Irish take over at the top of the Aviva Premiership table
Northampton's perfect record shattered at Saracens
Posted Sep 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The Aviva Premiership rugby fixtures once again provided us with great entertainment and a few upsets to boot. I take a look back over the weekend’s action to see how my predictions got on and what were the main talking points.
A good place to start is definitely the early pacesetters Northampton who had a perfect record going into Sunday’s match at Saracens.
I predicted a close win for the Saints but the Saracens proved formidable opponents and proved me wrong. The hosts won 24-17 in an enthralling game with Hougaard kicking impeccably to give Saracens the win. He kicked seven penalties and a drop goal to register all the points for Saracens and condemn the visitors to their first loss of the season.
On Saturday, Bath, as I predicted, swept past Sale with a 31-16 win thanks to tries from Bell, Hape, Carraro and Williams with Barkley adding all the extras on each occasion and also kicking a penalty. Williams kicked three penalties and converted Lewaravu’s try for Sale.
Gloucester finally showed some grit and determination to see Wasps off 22-20 in a brilliantly entertaining match. I thought it would be close and I wasn’t disappointed, although I thought it would go to the visitors. Well done to Gloucester, a massive win for them.
Unfortunately, Harlequins taught the great Exeter Chiefs a lesson on Saturday as they ran riot with an impressive 40-13 victory. Exeter had no answer to the onslaught from the Quins and this, their first win of the season, will no doubt boost confidence at the club. I was hoping for another Chiefs win.
Leicester Tigers, as predicted, were in scintillating form at Welford Road, storming to a 48-6 win over poor old Leeds Carnegie who remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. The champions, beaten late on last week at Wasps, showed no signs of that happening again with tries from Hamilton, Waldrom, Croft, Tuilagi (2), Smith, Skivington and Tuilagi.
And finally, London Irish powered past Newcastle and took over at the top of the table. I thought there would be only one winner in this contest as the 46-12 scoreline in favour of the Irish backs up what I predicted. Well done Irish.
So, another good performance from myself with the predictions, this week finishing with a 50/50 split, three correct, three wrong. Tune in at the end of the week for my next predictions.