Guinness Premiership - Wasps vs. Gloucester

This is a post written in two parts, one part before, and one part after the Wasps game. Last weekend, Wasps had a humiliating defeat at Leeds Carnegie, who are propping up the bottom of the table. Indeed, Leeds' win will have worried Newcastle, Sale and Worcester who are now threatened, though Sale have a game in hand (as do Wasps).

Already this weekend, Leicester have trounced Irish and Quins have squeezed out a win against Worcester. In addition to Wasps' game, today Newcastle plays Bath, Sale plays Northampton and Leeds play Sarries (who Wasps beat two weeks ago).

Going into today's fixtures, the premiership table looked like this:

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Leicester 17 11 1 5 365 226 8 54
2 Northampton 15 11 0 4 313 220 4 48
3 Saracens 15 10 1 4 255 217 3 45
4 London Irish 16 8 3 5 346 250 5 43
5 Wasps 15 9 0 6 252 249 3 39
6 Bath 15 6 2 7 260 240 6 34
7 Harlequins 16 6 2 8 263 338 4 32
8 Gloucester 15 6 1 8 310 300 5 31
9 Newcastle 15 4 4 7 192 234 3 27
10 Worcester 16 3 4 9 226 282 5 25
11 Sale 14 4 1 9 206 300 5 23
12 Leeds Carnegie 15 4 1 10 208 340 5 23
Table Built: Sunday, 07 March 2010 12:28 UK

I had intended to go to see Wasps vs. Gloucester today, but I'm a little under the weather - and so whilst I'm well enough to resent not going, I'm not well enough to actually go to the game. That doesn't stop me wearing black and gold today, whilst wrapped up in a sleeping bag.

Beating Gloucester would send Wasps into fourth place, positioned for the playoffs. Wasps should have earned that position last week. We'd be equal on points with London Irish, but would be ahead in terms of games won.

Thus ends the part of this post I wrote prior to the game.


Fortunately, Wasps held on to the lead, having gone from 16-6 up to 16 all, thanks to a try from Lemi.

Elsewhere in the premiership, Leeds defeated Sarries - a good result for Wasps, as well as making the bottom of the table more uncertain. Northampton's win against Sale put Sale to the relegation position, Worcester remain in 11th place (if Sale had won, they've be twelfth).

Sale have a game in hand, though, and Sale, Worcester, Leeds and Newcastle are separated by less than one game's worth of points. At the top, Wasps are hot on the heels of sarries, but it's 9 points before Northampton can be overtaken. There are six teams still in realistic contention for the top slots, that's Leicester and Northampton, then Sarries, Wasps, Irish and possibly Bath.

Gloucester and Quins could, with a run of fortune for good or ill, go either way.

It's a really tight finish to the season.

Team P W D L F A BP PTS
1 Leicester 17 11 1 5 365 226 8 54
2 Northampton 16 12 0 4 328 227 4 52
3 Saracens 16 10 1 5 267 236 4 46
4 Wasps 16 10 0 6 276 268 3 43
5 London Irish 16 8 3 5 346 250 5 43
6 Bath 16 7 2 7 277 253 6 38
7 Gloucester 16 6 1 9 329 324 6 32
8 Harlequins 16 6 2 8 263 338 4 32
9 Newcastle 16 4 4 8 205 251 4 28
10 Leeds Carnegie 16 5 1 10 227 352 5 27
11 Worcester 16 3 4 9 226 282 5 25
12 Sale 15 4 1 10 213 315 5 23
Table Built: Sunday, 07 March 2010 23:48 UK