Leicester topple Sale in dour Welford Road clash

Sale were left to regret missed kicks as Leicester won 19-15 in a sorry affair at Welford Road. Marland Yarde opened the scoring with a simple try in the opening stages, but his five-pointer was cancelled out only minutes later when Kyle Eastmond flew over. Eastmond’s try was as good as it got for Leicester…

Quins recover while Saints win away: Premiership Conclusions

There’s only one round of Premiership Rugby left before the competition breaks until November, and Josh Bartholomew is, as ever, here to run you through the talking points from the weekend so far. Results: Newcastle Falcons 22-23 Wasps Bristol Rugby 40-45 Northampton Saints Exeter Chiefs 28-11 Worcester Warriors Gloucester Rugby 25-27 Harlequins Saracens 50-27 Bath…

Exeter impress again but Harlequins in a battle: Premiership Conclusions

It has been one of the most pulsating starts to a Premiership season in recent memory, and Josh Bartholomew is evaluating Round Four. It’s Premiership Conclusions time everybody… Results: Newcastle Falcons 17-24 Exeter Chiefs Sale Sharks 13-31 Wasps Bristol Bears 20-13 Harlequins Bath Rugby 17-15 Northampton Saints Results aren’t everything (though they help)… Last season, Newcastle finished…

Wasps fight back to overcome wasteful Sale

Wasps battled past a horrific start to triumph over Sale 13-31 in a faltering game at the AJ Bell. It was a game littered with defensive errors, and despite Wasps’ poor defence –  they missed 26 tackles to Sale’s 19 –  Dai Young’s men’s attack was accurate and effective, meaning they could travel back to…

Exeter continue unbeaten start in triumph over resistant Newcastle

Exeter continued their winning beginning by beating Newcastle 17-24 at Kingston Park. Having conceded first to young winger Zach Kibirige, Exeter bounced back twice through Sam Simmonds, before eventually pulling away in the closing stages. After replacing Alex Tait in the matchday squad after the winger’s late withdrawal, Zach Kibirige opened the scoring with a…

The curious choice of an overseas player

At Vitality Blast Finals Day last weekend, there were numerous world superstars on show: Jos Buttler, Tymal Mills, Jerome Taylor and Moeen Ali to name but a few. Surprisingly, there was one side without an overseas player in their squad. Sussex had used the same two international players in their group-stage campaign – Tom Bruce…

Wasps trump 14 man Tigers in pulsating Premiership clash

Will Spencer’s red card marred a captivating clash at the Ricoh Arena, as Wasps eventually came out 41-35 winners over a plucky Leicester side. Leicester’s performance was impressively pugnacious in the face of adversity – a far cry from the embarrassing 40-6 loss at the hands of Exeter earlier this month – but ultimately Spencer’s red…

Bath bounce back but Worcester in trouble: Premiership Conclusions

With three games play, we’re starting to get a sound indicator of the current state of each Premiership team, and it’s time for Josh Bartholomew to run the rule. It’s your Premiership Conclusions… Results: Gloucester Rugby 35-13 Bristol Bears Worcester Warriors 20-23 Newcastle Falcons Northampton Saints 27-38 Saracens Harlequins 32-37 Bath Rugby Exeter Chiefs 35-18 Sale Sharks…

Cokanasiga inspires Bath to first victory of season over lacklustre Quins

Two late Harlequins tries weren’t enough to prevent Bath from leaving South-west London with all five points, as Todd Blackadder’s side won 32-37. In truth, it was a disappointing performance from Paul Gustard’s team, whose opening day victory over Sale promised so much for the season ahead. Though Jamie Roberts – playing against his former…

Sale hold on for first victory despite Worcester resurgence

Sale restrained a resurgent second-half performance from Worcester to pick up their first victory of the Gallagher Premiership season. Steve Diamond was relieved that his side picked up the four points, as at certain points in the second period it looked as if Sale would let slip their 18-0 halftime lead. Frankly, Worcester’s inability to…