NEW YORK, NY – These are wild days in the England’s Gallagher Premiership. Down by 21-0? No problem. Just score 4 tries in 10 minutes and win the match running away 52-24. That what Harlequins did to Bristol’s Bears in front of a VERY appreciative Stoop home crowd. Will that happen again? Probably not. That’s why we what the matches; there’s always a chance. With that, here are some things to look for in Round 5.
Saracens Serving Notice
Despite their one-season hiatus in the Championship, Sarries return as the odds in favorites (+150) to immediately regain the Gallagher Premiership title, according to Sports Betting Dime. But for a 1-point loss on the road to table leader Leicester, the Wolfpack are rounding into form and have a game in hand re the front-running Tigers. Look for them to handle Bath with relative ease this weekend, despite playing on the road…
EDITOR’S NOTE: You must try a Wolfpack Lager. Good stuff.
Bitten Sharks Get Some Teeth Back
While stellar USA Rugby #10 AJ MacGinty is still out with a shoulder injury for Sale but they get British & Irish Lions Tom Curry and Manu Tuilagi back for their Friday Night Lights bout with roaring Leicester. Since MacGinty got injured during the London Irish match, the Sharks blew a big lead to draw the Irish and lost by 10 to Exeter and a single point to Gloucester in a gut-wrencher. Can they declaw the Tigers at AJ Bell? It’s certainly worth tuning in to see.
Harlequins To Repeat?
When you have the firepower to dismantle an opponent after falling behind by a try trifecta, as outlined above, you have to be considered in the ‘win it all’ conversation. And they have Rugby Wrap Up favorite Joe Marler. What’s not to like about Mr. Marler? When the rugby gods took the stump of a redwood and sprinkled it with grit, guile, limbs and a pinch of naughtiness, up popped one of the world’s best props. That he’s lasted this long and is playing some of his best rugby, only adds to his legend. His team, meanwhile also has a match in hand vs Leicester and have a Points Differential of 40, after just 3 matches played.
Sure, it’s way too early to crown anyone just yet, as this is a marathon, not a sprint. Every point matters, however, and this weekend’s match-ups could have results we point to come post-season time. With that, I’ll leave you with our candid and revealing interview with Chris Robshaw, now earning a wage on this side of the pond for the San Diego Legion.