It was another extraordinary week in the Premiership as Christian Wade and Wasps destroyed newcomers Bristol at the Ricoh Arena, running out 70 – 22 winners in a truly astonishing rugby match.
England winger Wade scored two tries in a game that saw the Coventry-based team put ten tries on the visitors, with the diminutive player making 102 of the side’s 745 metres, which was 183 more than any other club last weekend.
Wade features in all the most important statistics in this round with the winger beating more defenders than any other player except for Sale’s Paolo Odogwu, with both individuals getting past five defenders. Similarly, Wade also made the second highest number of breaks with 3, only one behind Leicester winger JP Pietersen.
Although most fans will go away from the Tigers’ narrow win against Newcastle Falcons thinking about Joel Hodgson’s missed drop goal, second row Graham Kitchener won the second highest number of lineout balls with six, just two behind Sale’s Josh Beaumont.
Former Leicester winger Vereniki Goneva ran amock against his former club by making more metres than any other player in the Premiership, with 150 metres. Newcastle’s Simon Hammersley was in second place on 122.
Leicester’s victory means they have now on 12 of their last 13 matches against the Falcons.
Gloucester’s determined win at the AJ Bell Stadium against hosts Sale saw a phenomenal defensive effort from the Cherry and Whites, with Joe Latta topping the tackle count with 17 and team-mate Tom Savage on 16. England outcast Ben Morgan featured on the top down in eighth position with a total of 14 tackles.
Sale Sharks’ best player was Cameron Neild, with the versatile hooker and back rower making 21 carries against Gloucester, joint top in the Premiership with Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom.
After a humbling 34 – 13 loss to Saracens at Sandy Park, last year’s finalists bounced back against Harlequins with a 36 – 25 win, Olly Woodburn topping the offload count with 4. The victory was Chiefs’ fifth consecutive win against the London club. England hopeful Luke Cowan-Dickie did his Red Rose chances no harm with a fantastic hat-trick.
Bath’s 37 – 22 win over Worcester Warriors saw Semesa Rokoduguni continue to top the metre count in the Premiership this season with a total of 276 in three games. The Bath winger is also sitting pretty at number one in the defenders beaten total with 13.
It was more doom and gloom for the West Midlands visitors to the Rec with Worcester losing despite being 6 – 17 up at half-time. The result means the Warriors have now lost their last eight matches against Bath.
Champions Saracens continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 27 – 12 victory over Northampton, with Saints failing to register a try against the Barnet-based side.
Fullback Alex Goode was third in the metres made count with 106, Billy Vunipola made 15 carries for his team and Michael Rhodes took six lineout balls for the club.
Michael Paterson and Teimana Harrison both made two turnovers for Saints, as well as new signing Louis Picamoles achieving a total of four defenders beaten, but it simply wasn’t enough.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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