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Weather hits Aviva Premiership fixtures

Saints' game at Leeds one of three games off

Posted Dec 03, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

London Irish

The cold weather has hit the rugby fixtures this weekend with several games already falling foul to the weather.Tonight’s matches between Newcastle and Bath, as well as Sale versus Gloucester, are off in the Aviva Premiership whilst Sunday’s match at Leeds Carnegie – where leaders Northampton Saints are visitors – is also off.Meanwhile in the Magners League, Connacht v Aironi, Glasgow v Treviso and Ulster v Dragons are all postponed.Only three games remain in the Aviva Premiership. London Irish have the chance to close the gap on leaders Northampton Saints when they entertain Leicester Tigers tomorrow, kick off at 2.30pm.Irish have struggled recently, losing their last two games while Leicester have found some form beating Newcastle with ease at Welford Road and narrowly beating Harlequins the week before. This game should be an interesting encounter and with Tigers missing both Tom Croft and Toby Flood – both injured on international duty with England – they could struggle.Leicester’s away from has been a bit scratchy this season whilst the Exiles have, until recently, been in fine form. Irish welcome back Samoans Seilala Mapusua, George Stowers and Sailosi Tagicakibau.This will be a cracker and I’m going to go with the form book and suggest that the Tigers will win this one.On Sunday Saracens entertain Harlequins and Exeter travel to London to face Wasps, kicking off at 2.15pm and 3pm respectively.Saracens beat Bath and then lost at Gloucester and this inconsistency has been the story of their season so far whilst the Quins hammered bottom team Leeds Carnegie last week and lost narrowly at the Tigers the week before.Sunday’s game will be a great match and should be a tight match. I’m going to go with the Quins for this one.And finally, Exeter will be looking to make it four wins on the trot at Wasps. This season’s new boys have been a breath of fresh air but Wasps are flying at the minute and, although I expect this to be close, I think it will be the hosts who win this one.

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