Bristol’s significant win helps to secure premiership survival
Bristol’s win over
Gloucester suffering without Cipriani
Gloucester’s heavy defeat to Sale at Kingsholm was uncharacteristic particularly due to their impressive start in the match. However, Sale took control before half-time to put them seven points up at the break and continued their form into the second half. Gloucester still sit third with Sale seven points behind them in forth, but it is apparent that The Cherry and Whites are starting to suffer without their playmaker Danny Cipriani. Cipriani who this week got called into the England squad gathering, is currently out for six weeks following a muscle tear. He has dominated the way that Gloucester’s back-line operates since his arrival at the club this season. His attacking style of ruby has suited them well and helped move up the table to third – a place they will want to stay with or without Cipriani.
Chiefs loose again away from home
Northampton’s form is on the rise recently as they stake their claim for not only
Ward overshadowed Harlequins big win
Harlequins got the first points of the game in under 50 seconds however, hooker, Dave Ward’s early yellow card following stamping on Wasps’ flanker Youngs’ ankle was only the start to his downfall after referee Maxwell-Keys missed the spit that followed the stamp. However, he has escaped a lengthy ban for the spitting offence following the RFU found insignificant evidence to ban him for the behaviour. The offence warrants a range of bans spanning from 4 weeks to anything up to a year for the more serious of spitting offences.
Bath keep top six ambitions alive following their win over Tigers
Bath battled to a convincing victory at The Rec against Tigers, moving up to fifth place in the Premiership as they look to keep their top six aspirations alive. Bath’s domination in territory and possession in the first half loaded the pressure onto Tigers who started to struggle. The win gives Bath back-to-back wins at the end of 2018, after beating Wasps before Christmas. Though they struggled at the start of the season, Bath have backed themselves constantly and believed in what they are doing and the results are now starting to pay off.