There may be no use crying over spilt milk, but it does help to vent from time to time.
If the ref had not played 10minutes of injury time then I would have gotten 6 from 6 this week and my Grand Slam Bonus Point would have dislodged our early leader SuperViv. Okay rant over now.
This week did not have nearly as many upsets as last week but one of those two upsets took 96% of punters by surprise. With a 10th minute of injury time penalty kick Worcester Warriors managed a 1 point victory over London Wasps. Gloucester was the only other unexpected victor with only 14% having predicted they would win.
We have seen some reshuffling of the top 4 positions this week.
At the very top Superviv is still the outright leader but will have some cause for concern as he was only the 6th highest scorer this week with 3 picks made correctly. The MVP’s for the round are Debs and Sandshark. Sandshark picked 5 from 6 correct, Debs picked 4 from 6 correct but joins him as MVP with a spot on pick for the Leicester Tigers win.
Villie moved up one position, dropping robdylan out of the top 4, with a solid performance and is now only 1,0 points behind Superviv. PJLD only managed a 50% success with his selections and drops from joint 3rd to 4th.
We have a new face in the top 4 this week with Silver Fox showing that this competition is not a sprint with some steady consistency, improving on last week’s score by just 0,3.
Top 10 After Round 2
1 superviv — 12.00
2 Villie — 11.00
3 Silver Fox — 10.33
4 PJLD — 9.50
5 Sandshark — 8.83
5 Debs — 8.83
7 robdylan — 8.50
7 blackshark — 8.50
7 Bergbok — 8.50
10 McLovin — 8.00
Some new faces in the top 10 there with IceBabe forgetting to make her picks. With here qualifying for a handicapped parking space though, we completely understand this lapse in concentration.
ROUND UP OF ROUND 2 RESULTS
Jonny Wilkinson kicked 22 points and set up a try to inspire Newcastle to a 32-22 victory over Northampton in a scrappy Guinness Premiership encounter at Kingston Park.
The England fly-half put in a superb 100% kicking display on his return from shoulder surgery as the Premiership relegation favourites picked up their first win of the season.
The visitors held a deserved 12-6 lead at the break as they dominated territory and possession throughout the first half, skipper Bruce Reihana kicking three penalties and fly-half Carlos Spencer adding one of his own with Wilkinson kicking the home side’s points.
But the Falcons hit back after the interval with second-row Andy Buist and wing Ollie Phillips claiming tries and Wilkinson adding three penalties, two conversions and a drop goal.
Scotland wing Sean Lamont got a try for the visitors and Reihana kicked five points but it was not enough for the Saints.
In Sunday’s other game, Worcester snatched a dramatic 11-10 victory over Wasps with a penalty from replacement fly-half Loki Crichton 10 minutes into injury time.
The Samoan fly-half calmly slotted the 35-metre kick to inflict a second straight Guinness Premiership defeat on the defending champions.
Worcester had taken the lead with a try from centre Sam Tuitupou and then a Matthew Jones penalty, before Wasps hit back through England winger Paul Sackey.
Dave Walder, making his return from a broken ankle, slotted a penalty to push Wasps ahead – but he missed a crucial late shot at goal.
Then nine minutes into injury time, Miles Benjamin caused panic in the Wasps defence – and Crichton was able to step up to seal the victory.
On Saturday, Gloucester ended their 20-year wait for a league win at the Recreation Ground by beating Bath 21-17.
The home side’s fly-half Butch James produced a goal-kicking horror show by missing four penalties and a conversion of captain Michael Lipman’s first-half try, despite perfect playing conditions.
The hapless James also saw a late clearance kick charged down by Willie Walker, who gathered a kind bounce to claim Gloucester’s clinching try.
Gloucester were in no mood to let James off the hook, building a victory platform through two Walker penalties and an early drop-goal.
Walker, replacement for dropped fly-half Ryan Lamb, provided an assured tactical presence in stark contrast to the erratic James.
It meant Gloucester could celebrate a first league triumph at the 18th attempt on Bath soil, which also included a 65th-minute try from England number eight Luke Narraway.
Peter Hewat missed a last-gasp conversion which would have given London Irish a draw at Welford Road as Heyneke Meyer’s perfect start to life as Leicester boss continued with a 24-22 win.
Ben Herring’s try had given the Tigers a seven-point advantage going into the closing stages but with two minutes remaining Delon Armitage went over to cut the lead, only for Hewat to hook his kick wide.
After turning over champions Wasps last week, Irish showed no signs of being intimidated at Welford Road and twice they went ahead through tries from Steffon Armitage and Seilala Mapusua.
But the Tigers pegged them back in the second half after Tom Croft went over after 56 minutes, and Herring’s try set up a grandstand finish.
Danny Care once again impressed as he helped Harlequins beat Bristol 31-13.
With England’s new attack coach Brian Smith watching from the stand, scrum-half Care scored a try and created two more as Harlequins continued their bright start to the season with their second successive win.
Care started by prising open the Bristol defence after only 12 minutes at The Stoop as centre Jordan Turner-Hall scored the first try.
Full-back Mike Brown, Care himself, Tom Guest and Gonzalo Tiesi added further touchdowns to secure the bonus point and Quins were runaway winners despite Fijian fly-half Waisea Luveniyali landing only three conversions from nine kicking attempts.
On Friday night, Charlie Hodgson struck deep into injury-time with a classic drop-goal to hand Sale a dramatic 18-15 victory and condemn Saracens to their second successive defeat.
The scores were tied at 15-15 when the discarded England fly-half collected the ball and calmly slotted over the posts to send Edgeley Park into raptures.
Guinness Premiership Roundup Courtesy of Sporting LifeTweet