At half-time yesterday all six of my predictions made it look like I knew what I was talking about and I almost tweeted as much. Luckily I didn’t, as the second 40 saw two of them go pear shaped (a bit like some props I know). Still, I’ll settle for 4 out of 6 as it doesn’t make me look totally stupid (about rugby at least).
There will be some very good reviews of all of Saturday’s games here at ‘In the Loose’ – this isn’t one of them. You don’t need my second hand views especially as I only managed to watch two games (one recorded, obviously).
The main event was at the Stoop where a very tense finish left Bath with nothing and Harlequins a tasty trip to play Saracens next weekend.
It was a close game throughout with a number of those destined for New Zealand showing why their plane seats are already booked. Not least of these was George Ford who sparkled with the ball and could well have snatched victory with an attempted drop goal after the clock had already turned red.
On balance the Quins just about deserved to win – but it was marginal.
The other game I saw was the slaughter at Franklin’s Gardens. It started a bit weird with Wasps racing to a 13-0 lead and just for a moment it looked possible that the Saints might be about to lose home advantage for the play-offs. At this point Jim Mallinder must have sent Russell Crowe’s ‘Gladiator’ message – “release hell!” to the touchline. An avalanche of unanswered points – 74 in total– breaking a number of Premiership records and Wasps supporter’s hearts.
The full results for the last weekend of the regular season were as follows –
Harlequins 19 – 16 Bath
Tigers 31 – 27 Saracens 2nd XV
Irish 22 – 20 Sharks
Falcons 13 – 23 Chiefs
Saints 74 – 13 Wasps
Warriors 28 – 27 Gloucester
The two I got wrong were at Irish and Warriors – and a total of just 3 points made all the difference for messing up my predictions.
I’ve checked my overall score for the season and I managed to rack up a total of 94 points out of a possible 132 (based on 1 point for each correct score and a ½ for a draw). It translates to just over 71% which isn’t too bad bearing in mind I did have some horror predictions including the Chiefs at home to the Sharks! The Sharks won by 55 – 12.
The final table looks like this –
The top six all qualify for the new Champions Cup, Wasps play Stade Francais to try and join those 6 and Worcester are relegated. The play-offs are next week with Saracens at home to Harlequins and the Tigers travelling to play Saints at Franklin’s Gardens. Should be some weekend.