Monday, October 28, 2019

Gallagher Premiership - Round 2

Gallagher Premiership Rugby
- sometimes simply called: “Premiership” or “The Premiership”

We’re two matches into the ‘19/’20 campaign and the only real scary thing this Halloween season is that Saracens, winners of four of the last five league championships and finalists seven times in the last decade, are fifth-placed now, only four off the mark, and Sarries will see nine players returned from World Cup duty next week. Full list-per-club as they are now sequenced follows current table.

The Premiership is the top English professional rugby competition comprised of 12 clubs that play a 22-match, home-away schedule. Match, or Table Points are awarded for a win (4), a loss of seven or less (1), and scoring four or more trys regardless of whether in loss or win (1). This differs from the French, or Top, 14 in that T14 clubs must come within five points for a losing bonus point and the only way to earn a winning bonus point is to score three or more trys than your opponent; there is no losing bonus point for trys-scored. This is a subtle difference and the English will most likely follow the French lead never, or when World Rugby makes them. Super Rugby have gone with the T14 table point system format since 2016 and to some those two leagues encompass the finest form of professional rugby on the planet... World Rugby, no doubt, are concentrating intensely on fine-tuning their ranking algorithm and that is enough numerology for them to contemplate, thank you very much.

                                Friday, November 1:
                Bristol (6) v (6) Sale at Ashton Gate;
                Northampton (9) v (5) Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens;
                                Saturday, November 2:
                Saracens (5) v (4) London Irish at Allianz Park;
                Wasps (1) v (4) Bath at Ricoh Arena;
                Leicester (0) v (9) Gloucester at Welford Road;
                Worcester (4) v (5) Exeter at Sixways

Northampton Saints (3): Courtney Lawes - lock; Lewis Lawes - flanker; Piers Frances - center;
Gloucester (1): Willi Heinz - scrumhalf;
Sale Sharks (1): only one, but it’s Tom Curry - flanker;
Bristol Bears (0)
Saracens (9): Jamie George, Jack Singleton - hookers; Mako Vunipola - prop; Mario Itoje, George Kruis - locks; Billy Vunipola - 8man; Ben Spencer - scrumhalf; Owen Farrell - flyhalf; Elliot Daly - fullback;
Harlequins (2): Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler - props;
Exeter Chiefs (3): Luke Cowan-Dickie - hooker; Henry Slade - center; Jack Nowell - wing;
Worcester Warriors (0)
Bath (5): Sam Underhill - flanker; Jonathan Joseph - center; Joe Cokanasiga - wing; Ruaridh McConnochie - wing; Anthony Watson - fullback
London Irish (0)
Wasps (1): Joe Launchbury - lock;
Leicester Tigers (5): Dan Cole, Ellis Genge - props; Ben Youngs - scrumhalf; George Ford - flyhalf; Manu Tuilagi - center; Jonny May - wing

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