Shaun Goosen previews all the Gallagher Premiership Round 12 action, which will get underway on Friday, 5 March.
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Friday 5 March
Leicester v London Irish
Leicester can continue to maintain the pace with the midtable sides by beating London Irish at Welford Road on Friday.
The Tigers fell to Bristol last week but are still ninth and will seek to claim a sixth win here. Steve Borthwick’s charges could get the job done here and go level on points with their opponents this week.
Irish claimed an impressive 16-10 away win over Wasps in round 11 and should press Leicester hard this weekend.
Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons
AJ Bell Stadium
Sale will take great confidence from their win over the Chiefs last week when they host the Falcons at the AJ Bell on Friday.
The Sharks have endured some haphazard form of late yet sit fourth on the standings. Their 25-20 win at Sandy Park last weekend was a phenomenal result for them which should stand them in great stead heading into this one.
The Falcons are sixth following their impressive win over Harlequins in the previous round. They could struggle against the physicality of Sale here though.
Saturday 6 March
Bath v Exeter
Bath welcome an under fire Exeter team to the Rec on Saturday.
The hosts have now won three on the bounce as they begin to turn the tide on their indifferent start to the season. Stuart Hooper’s men have a great chance to pip the defending champions here.
The Chiefs are not the side they were last season. Their loss at Sale last week was their fourth so far and their air of invincibility is beginning to wane. They could a catch back-to-back defeat here.
Wasps v Gloucester
Wasps can arrest their two-match losing run against Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
Lee Blackett’s side are eighth and in danger of potentially missing out on a Champions Cup berth if their form doesn’t improve. They should get back to winning ways here though.
The Cherry and Whites picked up just their second win of the season against Worcester at the Kingsholm last week to go level on points with them but still sit 12th. Wasps will be too good at home here though.
Worcester v Bristol
Worcester may find themselves under the pump against Bristol at the Sixways on Saturday.
The Warriors have visibly struggled for years now and currently sit 11th albeit level on points with 12th-placed Gloucester. They will be hard-pressed to beat such a formidable Bears unit.
Bristol bounced back from their draw at Irish to record a 17-3 win over Leicester at Ashton Gate. The table-toppers are now six-points clear following the Chiefs’ loss and shouldn’t slip up here.
Sunday 7 March
Harlequins v Northampton
Third-placed Harlequins host fifth-placed Northampton at the Stoop on Sunday with just two-points separating the sides.
Quins’ four game losing run was frustratingly halted at Newcastle last week and they will be eager to get back to winning ways here.
Saints meanwhile can enter the playoffs with a positive result on Sunday and will push the hosts close but may ultimately be outdone.