Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 21

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Almost Home Come Sunday night I’m pretty sure that most of the remaining questions for this season will be answered. I think we’ might know the top 4 and it will be confirmed that Worcester will be in the Championship from September. These things are, however, not certain and it is just possible that some […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 20

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Still Much to Play For On the face of it I did pretty well with my predictions this week – 5 out of 6 ain’t bad and it helped shove my overall percentage for the season back up a little from last week. However, the statistics hide the fact that the one game I got […]

Aviva Premiership Predictions: Rd 20

Chris Ashton, Saracens

Expect More Drama With just 3 games to go until the play-offs (and European places) are decided, it is inevitable that there are going to be some big clashes on all three of the final weekends in the Premiership. First up on Friday night Harlequins take on the Tigers at the Stoop. If Quins can […]

The route of all Evil?

Pile of Money

At the risk of being accused of more football bashing (in literal terms I’m too old – and chicken- to be in a ‘firm’) I wanted to pontificate (sort of like taking the dogma for a walk) on the transfer market rumours. Every single day there are ‘exclusives’ in the press and online about which […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 19

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It Could have been Worse! In the end my predictions weren’t too bad – 4 out of 6 is just about acceptable, but has pushed my overall % record for the season down into the low 70s!  Mind you it could have been a lot worse. Friday night my ‘guess’ that the Sharks would continue […]

Being a Payne

Jared Payne red card v Saracens

Ever since the 5th minute of the Heineken Cup Qtr. Final at Ravenhill the internet and media have been awash with the ‘was it? / wasn’t it?’ debate about the red card given to Jared Payne after the collision with Alex Goode. I had expected it to have finished by now – but there is […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 18

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Kick Off Anyone who read my predictions for the weekend games in the Premiership should be having a good laugh just now. It started badly – the middle was poor and it went right downhill at the end. In the previous 17 rounds I have never scored below 66% (alright 66.66% recurring to be pedantic) […]

Aviva Premiership Predictions: Rd 18

Chris Ashton, Saracens

A Big Weekend It’s a big weekend at the top of the Premiership with 4 of the top 5 teams playing each other. As we enter the latter stages of the Premiership there are realistically 6 teams chasing the 4 play-off places and it is getting interesting with a number of permutations. On Friday evening […]

Aviva Premiership Review: Rd 17

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All Change It very nearly started so well for my predictions this week – on Friday night Worcester came within a second of fulfilling my forecast of their first win of the season. They were beating Wasps by 11 – 6 with time running out when Wasps with the final play, crossed for an equalising […]

From an English retrospective

England celebrate after their defeat of Wales

There’s been thousands or words and hundreds of column inches already on the game last Sunday and I don’t want to add to the destruction of a rain forest – so here’s an online alternative take on what happened at the weekend at Twickenham. It was a pretty good weekend for English rugby – the […]