I did okay with my forecasts last week – although to be honest the way the initial fixtures fell it was not too demanding.
Three of last season’s four big teams – Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and Saracens all won comfortably and picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries (five in the case of the Saints). Quins scraped home by a single point and were saved by the width of the post in the last kick of the game.
A full review of week 1 is in the earlier entry ‘Sofa So Good’
Week two and once again all the big teams avoid each other – so predicting the outcome for many games should be straightforward (mind you most sides are always competitive and I had Gloucester down for a certain home win last week – so you never know). That last bit in parenthesis was obviously to provide me with an out if my guesses all go pear shaped at the weekend.
Shocks are always possible and at some point we can hopefully look forward to the Falcons or Irish giving one of the big teams (or anyone) a bloody nose (figuratively as well as literally with any luck).
The general rule of thumb is that when you’re not sure go for a home win – wins on the road often tend to be difficult. Of course if that rule doesn’t work then your forecast will actually stand out like a well…..sore thumb!
So after that pre-amble here’s my predictions for this week’s Round Two –
Harlequins V Saints – tough, but a good away win for Northampton
Sharks V Falcons – Sharks to make it two out of two
Chiefs v Wasps – Chiefs to get it back together and edge out Wasps (who pick up a losing bonus point)
Worcester v London Irish – another close one with the home side just getting over the line
Bath v Tigers – Leicester to bring Bath back down to earth (and an early bath for someone in an explosive game)
Saracens V Gloucester – Gloucester misery to continue at Allianz Park
Finally a quote given to me by my old Chinese language tutor -
“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge. “
–Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC Chinese Poet
No of course not really – don’t be soft – how could I learn Mandarin – I barely manage to get by in English!