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4 Talking Points From An Exciting Weekend Of Premiership Rugby

Before the Premiership began at the beginning of the month, many were predicting that it will one of the closest fought leagues we have seen in many seasons, mainly due to the off-the-field business done by many of the clubs in the competition. 

After just four rounds, there are no undefeated sides in the league with just two points separating the top six.

After another weekend of exciting action, we take a look at some of the major talking points.

Falcons Soaring 

The Newcastle Falcons almost secured Champions Cup qualification on the last day of the season in May and after some astute recruitment during the summer which has seen the likes of Toby Flood, D.T.H van der Merwe and Maxime Mermoz to name just a few, many predicted that could go one better and secure that elusive top six finish this season.

They got off to a great start by recording two wins against the Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks before falling short to Saracens in Philadelphia. However, their win against Bath at the Rec at the weekend is a sure sign that Dean Richards’ side have more about them this season.

Falcons soared into an unprecedented 19-0 lead in the first half before Bath finally got their act together and came flooding back to leave the home side 32-19 to the good with just a quarter of the game remaining. Many expected for the Falcons to fall by the wayside but they hit back with tries from Chris Harris and Mark Wilson to secure a win at the Rec for the first time since 2009.

Next up for the Falcons is a home game against London Irish who are struggling since their opening day victory.

Drama At The Stoop 

For anyone who tuned in to Harlequins v Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stoop, they were rewarded with an incredibly competitive game which had everything. The game swung back and forth between the two sides only for the Tigers to emerge with a vital away win. The game featured some cracking tries, no more than Tigers prop Greg Batemen who side-stepped Mike Brown to score a try under the posts.

A yellow card for either side and then the controversy surrounding Marland Yarde who felt he should have been awarded a penalty for this challenge meant that the match was full of drama. 

Ultimately, the Tigers came away with a victory but for any neutrals watching, it was easily one of the most enjoyable games of rugby so far in this Premiership season.

Worcester Worries

The only positive for the Worcester Warriors after this weekend was that they recorded their first point of this season’s Premiership campaign but ultimately it was another loss when they came so close to coming away from Kingsholm with a win.

The way the Warriors fought back in the second half will give fans some hope but they are rooted to the bottom of the table and face a daunting task up next against Saracens.

They need to pick up a win soon if they don’t want to be involved in a relegation battle this season.

Exeter Look The Real Deal

Exeter Chiefs came up against Wasps in a repeat of last season’s Premiership final. However, this match couldn’t have been more different. The Chiefs were dominant from start to finish and after Don Armand went over for his side’s third try in the first half, Rob Baxter’s side never looked like being beaten.

The Chiefs were methodical in their approach and some of their scores came from some cool and calculated build-up play – going through the phases calmly before unleashing a strike move to punch holes in the Wasps defence.

The champions are top of the table after four rounds and look formidable at home in Sandy Park.

This Weekend’s Fixtures

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter