A few months ago now, I remarked how Wasps had yet to play Rotherham who were languishing at the bottom of the table with one solitary point. I was a little worried as, although Wasps are brilliant, they have a tendency to suddenly play absolutely appallingly and lose a so-called easy game. Would Rotherham be the benefactors of such a slip! On the day my nerves were a little raw as, due to the Six Nations1 and injury, quite a few of our regulars were missing from the pack. As it turned out the Titans really gave their all and it was not an easy win for Wasps. Wasps managed to get the bonus point for 4 tries and Rotherham added a well-deserved bonus point to their tally for coming within seven points at the final score, Wasps 27 Rotherham 20. Wasps maintained their second position in the table and the Titans remained at the bottom but with one extra point.
Despite most teams losing players to the Six Nations the rest of the games were still impressive proving that sometimes the absence of tried and tested can help with the emergence of new talent. A taster of some of the games follows.
Gloucester 38 - 12 Sale
Gloucester are definitely improving as the season moves on and it may be that they are looking towards the final again this year. Last season they took and held top place only to lose out in the final to London Wasps. This year has been slower for them but they are definitely rising stars.
Four tries, a penalty try, five conversions and a penalty saw Gloucester demolish Sale at home. The nearly 11,000 supporters at Gloucester went wild for their team on Valentines Day. Love was in the air and a bonus point for the tries was the best gift they could receive, taking them just 2 points below Saints in the Premiership Table.
Saracens 18 - 22 Northampton
The Saints came to Vicarage Road looking for a win and that's what they left with. Despite Saracens scoring two tries, a conversion and two penalties, the Saints went one better scoring three tries, two converted and a penalty that took them into the lead, winning by just four points. Amazingly all the Northampton points were won in the first forty-seven minutes of the game, with Saracens having the first try in the first three minutes. Northampton managed to hold on to their lead despite Mark Robinson being sin binned in the last ten minutes of the match. Despite great play Saracens were unable even to manage a bonus point.
Team Standings as at 18th February
Results as follows:
Wales 23 - 10 Scotland, France 35 - 17 Ireland, Italy 9 - 50 England... ed