Aviva Rugby Premiership Review

With 10 matches played in the Aviva Rugby Premiership, it’s Northampton Saints who currently lead the way at the top of the league table on 39 points, having won 8 and lost only 2 of their 10 matches to date.  The defending champions are aiming to be the first team since Wasps in 2003/04 to win back-to-back Premiership titles and opened the season off in style with a commanding home win over Gloucester, including a hat-trick of tries from winger George North.  A defeat in week 2 at the hands of Wasps has not stopped the Saints from topping the table at Christmas.

Hot on their heels are Bath Rugby, who came just short when the two teams met at Franklin’s Gardens in late September, with Ben Fodden in great form for the home team that day.  Exeter Chiefs will be disappointed not to have made it to the top of the table, even for a short period of time before Christmas, losing away to Sale.  Exeter had been in great, winning form, prior to that match and will look to put the defeat behind them before their next match, a tough trip to Bath.  The Chiefs will be hoping that Thomas Waldrom can keep up his try scoring form, crossing over in 3 of Exeter’s last 4 matches to lead the try scoring table with a total of 8 for the season.  Exeter also boast the league’s current top points scorer in their team, Gareth Steenson, who slotted over 9 penalties in the home win over Saracens in November.

downloadSale Sharks have been making progress up the Aviva Premiership table, currently undefeated in their last four matches, including wins at Newcastle Falcons and Harlequins.  The Sharks will be hoping that Danny Cipriani can continue his recent good form and push them into the play-off positions.

The winner of 10 Premiership titles, Leicester Tigers, are having a season to forget so far and find themselves sitting in 7th position in the table.  The departure of Australian coach Matt O’Connor has clearly had an adverse effect and it’s difficult to imagine the Tigers winning anything this season, let alone their eleventh Premiership title.

Looking towards the bottom end of the Premiership table and it makes sorry reading for promoted club London Welsh.  Having conceded over 40 points in 8 of their 10 league matches to date, it will be a miracle if they manage to avoid the drop as they continue to look for their first league win of the season.  Although the likes of London Irish, Newcastle Falcons and Gloucester sit just above Welsh in the league table, the difference between themselves and that group of teams is huge at present.

Moving in to the new year, players to look out for, who could have an impact on their team’s chances of success include winger Christian Wade of Wasps and Samu Manoa of Northampton Saints, in what will be the American’s final games before moving to France.

 Aviva Premiership Rugby League Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points
1 Northampton 10 8 0 2 312 163 7 39
2 Bath 10 8 0 2 314 176 5 37
3 Exeter 10 7 0 3 294 182 5 33
4 Saracens 10 6 1 3 330 207 4 30
5 Sale 10 6 0 4 235 212 4 28
6 Wasps 10 5 0 5 299 213 6 26
7 Leicester 10 5 1 4 201 218 4 26
8 Harlequins 10 5 0 5 182 198 3 23
9 Gloucester 10 4 0 6 224 249 4 20
10 Newcastle 10 3 0 7 169 219 2 14
11 London Irish 10 2 0 8 181 294 4 12
12 London Welsh 10 0 0 10 80 490 1 1
Updated 24 December 2014

 

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Article Written by All Rugby World Team