Rugby Tips: Aviva Premiership, Week 4
Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks
Northampton will look to bounce back from their controversial injury-time defeat against Gloucester last weekend and should not find too much opposition from a Sale side who won last weekend but who haven’t won back to back league matches since 2009. The Sharks will be easy prey for the Saints, so go for a win by 15-19 points for Northampton for our sports picks.
Bath Rugby v London Irish
Both sides lost games they should’ve won last weekend, but history is against the Exiles here as they’ve only beaten Bath once in the last seven games and haven’t won in Bath since 2009. Back a big Bath win by over 20 points.
London Wasps v Worcester Warriors
The two winless sides in this year’s competition meet in High Wycombe. It is hard to see Wasps losing this game, though. They have been underperforming – and have had some bad luck, too – whereas the Warriors look as if they are playing at their limit and still losing. Wasps to win by 11-15 points here.
Harlequins v Saracens
Sarries face the toughest challenge yet to the only 100% record in the Premiership. Quins at The Stoop could well be a step too far for them, especially as it is almost four years since Harlequins lost back-to-back games there and no side has ever opened the Premiership season with four bonus point wins. Quins for the win.
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers
This could be the closest tie of the round. The record between the two sides in Exeter is two wins apiece, but the Tigers were rocked this week by the news that centre Manu Tuilagi will be out until December with a pectoral injury, a big blow just as they were returning to full strength after other key injuries. Back the Chiefs to hang on for the win.
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester
Both sides have started poorly this year and Newcastle are only the second side ever to go through their three opening Premiership games without scoring a try. However, Gloucester don’t look like a side who travel well, so back the home win here.
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