Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Aviva Premiership short summary

Six rounds of Aviva Premiership have already finished. The most prestigious leagues in Europe will pause for the next 2 weeks. Heineken Cup will attract fans attention instead. I think it is a good time for a short review.

Aviva Premiership fans cannot complain about lack of excitement. There were top quality games and unexpected results in every round so far. This year’s league is very tough; most games are played at the high pace. Players entertain spectators by showing good skills and lots of vigour.

Northampton Saints have had the most reasons to celebrate so far. They won 6 matches and they are currently sitting at the top of the table with 22 points. Not far behind are Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, and Saracens – all of them with 20 points, and definitely with lots of willingness to secure play-off spots. Although first 3 teams are very entertaining to watch, Saracens are playing in rather average style, mostly relying on Charlie Hodgson’s good kicking rate.

Mid table is occupied by Gloucester, Exeter Chiefs, Bath, and London Wasps. These teams will definitely try to break in to the first four, but more reasonable target for them is to secure a place in the first six, which guarantees taking part in the next season’s Heineken Cup.

On the ninth, tenth and eleventh place are currently Worcester Warriors, London Welsh and London Irish respectively. The most pleased are probably London Welsh, who are new to Aviva Premiership and already won twice and scored 10 tries.

Sale Sharks are at the bottom. Their poor performance is the biggest surprise to most of rugby fans and experts. Sale lost all six games and managed to gain only one bonus point.

As I mentioned before, Aviva Premiership comes back in two weeks’ time (26.10.12), until then European rugby fans will focus on Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.