Gallagher Premiership Round 8 Preview

Rugby players engage in a scrum

The Gallagher Premiership is back in full swing and  Shaun Goosen previews Round 8 taking place from the 23rd to the 25th of November. 


Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby
23 November 21h45
Kingston Park

To Win (80 mins)
Newcastle
Draw
Bath Rugby

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Kyle Cooper and Tim Swiel’s Newcastle will look to get off the bottom of the standings, albeit temporarily, with a win against Bath on Friday. Victory would see the Falcons leapfrog the Sale Sharks before their match kicks off on Saturday.

Bath, though, ended a five-game win-less run when they bested Worcester on the weekend, and should have too much quality for the struggling Falcons, even away from home.

Verdict: Bath Rugby
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Worcester Warriors v Harlequins
23 November 21h45
Sixways Stadium

To Win (80 mins)
Worcester Warriors
Draw
Harlequins

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Francois Venter and Francois Hougaard’s Worcester, who went down 28-13 to Bath on the weekend, host Harlequins on Friday. Despite sitting in ninth-place, the Warriors can feel confident of claiming a win against the inconsistent Quins. Paul Gustard’s men have three wins from their seven games and currently sit fifth in a tightly contested mid-table. Their poor away record this season (four losses from six games in all competitions) may count against them.

Verdict: Worcester
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Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints
24 November 15h00
AJ Bell Stadium

To Win ( 80 mins)
Sale Sharks 
Draw
Northampton Saints

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In spite of a personal tally of 20 points for Sale’s latest signing Rob du Preez, their recent 25-31 loss to Saracens means they have picked up the second-fewest points in the competition to date. They will host Cobus Reinach’s Saints on Saturday; currently sitting in eighth. This should be tightly contested, but du Preez’s boot may just earn the hosts a valuable win in the end.

Verdict: Sale Sharks
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Wasps v Bristol
24 November 15h00
Ricoh Arena

To Win ( 80 mins)
Wasps
Draw
Bristol

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Bristol have an opportunity to pile even more misery on the Wasps with a win on Saturday. The hosts are without a win in six games in all competitions and seem to be desperately missing their seasoned internationals. Nevertheless, they should turn the tide with a victory at home over a Bristol side who narrowly went down (29-31) to Exeter in Charles Piutau’s debut.

Verdict: Wasps
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Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester
24 November 15h00
Sandy Park

To Win ( 80 mins)
Exeter Chiefs
Draw
Gloucester

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Undoubtedly the game of the weekend sees Gloucester travel to Exeter, as they look to deal them a first loss of the campaign. A win for Johan Ackermann’s side will see them potentially draw within seven points of the table-toppers. That said, Rob Baxter’s charges, who recently announced the signing of British Lions fullback Stuart Hogg, are always a force to be reckoned with; particularly at Sandy Park. They should maintain their unbeaten start.

Verdict: Exeter Chiefs
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Leicester Tigers v Saracens
25 November 17h00
Welford Road

To Win ( 80 mins)

Leicester Tigers
Draw
Saracens

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Sunday’s sole match-up sees the Leicester, currently conceding a four-game losing run, host the table-topping Saracens at Welford Road. After yet another horrid start to a campaign, a win over Sarries would give some respite to the Tiger’s suffering fan-base. Playing away from home is never easy, but the strength in depth Saracens boast is something special and they should record yet another win to maintain their 100% record so far.

Verdict: Saracens



Written by Shaun Goosen for Hollywoodbets


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