What have we learned from the Premiership this week? - round 5

What have we learned from the Premiership this week? - round 5

 

Being a Gloucester fan, I was very disappointed to hear that all matches were cancelled in round 5..... No? Not buying it? Ah bollocks. I'll carry on as normal then.

Sale came in like a wrecking ball

When Denny Solomona scored a cracking chip and chase roughly 40 seconds into the match, I had the feeling that it was to be a loooooong night, and indeed Sale tore Gloucester apart with a perfect blend of solid defense, supreme opportunism and clinical finishing, equaling their biggest Premiership score in the process. It was certainly a job well done by the Sharks, although the blunt attacking play by Gloucester certainly helped matters, especially giving up THREE intercept tries.... It was a debut to remember for James O'Connor, far less happy debut memories were made for Owen Williams.

Sale will hope this is a catalyst to climb the congested lower/midtable zone, as for Gloucester, they have to go again..... and its the small task of red hot Northampton next week.

Falcons keep on soaring

The Newcastle Falcons continued their assault on the Premiership with a good win against London Irish, briefly earning them the top spot. I spoke about how impressed I am with the Falcons last week, so I won't go into detail, but they are a side that look more than capable of a top 4 finish. It's great to see a team disrupting the old guard at the top end of the table! Long may it continue!

Wasps get stung again

2 weeks ago, Wasps had 2 wins in the bank and were seemingly unbeatable at the Ricoh, now they are on the back of three straight losses, 2 of which came on their home turf, the latest was a 9 - 25 defeat at the hands of Bath, it's not time to hit the panic button just yet, but there will be some anxious people connected to the Wasps right now. 

More so than the losses was the fact that the match against Bath just lacked oomph. The free flowing style Dai Young has created seemed to vanish during the game and in fact it was only the West country side that crossed for a try in a match that was at times bowling shoe ugly. Much like Gloucester, they will be looking to bounce back sooner rather than later.

May and Roko - the fringe wingers making a claim

Jonny May and Semesa Rokoduguni are often the 2 names thrown in for England contention and have their merits argued across social media, this season, the 2 are inseperable, with 5 tries apiece in the first 5 matches, both are in a rich vein of form and have their hands waving madly in front of Eddie Jones face for selection during the Autumn Internationals. It's bittersweet for me as May is ex Gloucester and Roko is a Bath player, however, it is great to see England players in such quality form at this point of the season. 

Saints take top spot

After the hammering at the hands of Saracens on opening day, I saw so many posts on Twitter about Mallinder Sr's time at the Saints being up.....how he's proven everyone wrong, 4 wins on the spin now, the latest being a 30-22 win over Quins see's them on top thanks to their point difference. A mighty turnaround from them and Big Jim will feel vindicated!

Player of the week - Byron Mcguigan - A hat trick in the friday night destruction of Gloucester, but he looked lively all night and is now currently the leagues top scorer

Team of the Week - Sale Sharks - It was the weekends standout result, so the decision was pretty much made for me. No matter how much it pains me to say

Match of the week - Saints vs Quins - A proper battle, had it all! Tries, controversial moments.... it was a decent old fashioned scrap. A great one for the neutrals.