Northampton Saints v Harlequins
I actually had Saints down for a win originally but I have since changed my mind after the weekend’s matches.
Saints acquitted themselves fairly well at Gloucester and the atmosphere at Franklin’s Gardens on a Friday night but I feel Quins will have too much for them behind a strong pack.
Harlequins by 12
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
This could be an absolute cracker jack of a match. Two teams willing to attack at any opportunity.
Wasps had a slow start against Worcester but they will have shaken those cobwebs off as they return to Coventry in front of a large crowd.
Chiefs were easily the team of the week last time out but I think home advantage will prove decisive here.
Wasps by 12
Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby
Bath can surely not play as badly as they did last Friday again? There will be a reaction for sure at The Rec and I feel that their old enemies may well feel the brunt of it.
Gloucester, at times last weekend, looked like they have improved over the summer and the addition of Danny Cipriani has given them new ideas in attack but taking into consideration their penchant for being incredibly inconsistent then I think the home team will be favourites.
Bath by 10
Saracens v Bristol Bears
There will be only one winner here. Sarries at home are a daunting prospect but the Bears will be buzzing after last weeks fantastic win over Bath.
Bristol will need to try and hang on as long as possible if they think they can even get a bonus point but if Sarries start well then it could well be a long afternoon for the South West outfit.
Saracens by 26
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons
Its been a turbulent week at Welford Road as Leicester went try less against Exeter last time out whilst also shipping 40 points. They have also sacked their Head Coach, Matt O’Connor since then leaving club legend Geordan Murphy in charge. This will only galvanise the Tigers and although the Falcons pushed Saracens all the way in their last match the occasion at Welford Road will demand that the home team take the spoils.
Leicester Tigers by 8
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
Sale had the worst possible start to the season after Harlequins gave them a proper thumping at the Stoop last weekend and Worcester probably should have beaten Wasps at home. Duncan Weir had the last second chance to do so but his drop goal drifted agonisingly wide.
Worcester will have taken heart from that display but the home comforts of Salford will inspire Sale to a win here.
Sale Sharks by 7