One Saracens supporter removed from the top, now we just need to get the others out of the way.
MVP for this round Robdylan made us all his “biatches” after an astonishing round of Guinness Premiership predictions from him. Rob scored an amazing 3,6 points more in this round than Blackshark who came in second with 7,7 points. Robdylan’s 11,3 point haul comes courtesy of 100% pick success giving him the only Grand Slam Point of the round plus 5 Margin Points and 2 shared closest pick Bonuses. Walt has managed to have his best round to date and that earns him 3rd on the MVP list for the week.
Top 5 MVPs
RobDylan – 11,3
Blackshark – 7,7
Walt – 6,7
Debs – 6,3
Bergbok – 6,2
Robdylan’s performance sees him take over top spot from Superviv who now drops down to 5th with a below average round from him. Villie manages to retain his 2nd spot but Blackshark has closed the gap considerably and shot up from 7th to 3rd. Debs moves up one spot to 4th rounding out the top four.
I have decided to start naming and shaming the biggest drop for each round as well. This person will henceforth be known by a name to be decided by his fellow bloggers. That “award” goes to Silver Fox this week with a drop of 6 places from 3rd to 9th.
On a sad note it seems Ice and Sinbinners have used up all their default picks and no longer score points for home team wins.
Top 10 After Round 3
1 robdylan – 19.75
2 Villie – 16.50
3 blackshark – 16.17
4 Debs – 15.08
5 superviv – 14.75
6 Bergbok – 14.67
7 PJLD – 14.00
8 Sandshark – 13.83
9 Silver Fox – 13.33
10 Walt – 13.17
ROUND UP OF ROUND 3 RESULTS
Saracens secured their first Guinness Premiership victory of the season at the third attempt as they overwhelmed Newcastle 44-14 at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Fly-half Glen Jackson kicked 17 points with left-wing Kameli Ratuvou, Kevin Sorrell, Hugh Vyvyan, Rod Penney and Gordon Ross, who also converted the last one, running in second half tries to claim the bonus point.
Newcastle, heavily punished for their indiscipline, were reduced to 13 players midway through the second half when skipper Phil Dowson and back row colleague Ed Williamson were both yellow-carded within the space of a minute.
The influential Jackson contributed 17 of the Saracens points, with four penalties, a drop goal and a conversion – as well as outshining Jonny Wilkinson.
Champions Wasps lurched to their third consecutive defeat of the season as Bruce Reihana bagged 17 points for Northampton who won 24-20 on Saturday.
The Saints benefited from some Josh Lewsey fumbles in the first half as the England man gifted both opposite number Reihana and winger Chris Ashton with easy tries.
Wasps though also benefited from Reihana’s wayward kicking as the full-back missed three penalties to leave the match perfectly poised at 14-14 heading into the second half.
The match remained on a knife edge until wing Sean Lamont went over 12 minutes from time to leave several unanswered questions at Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan’s door.
Frenchman Julien Dupuy was Leicester‘s unlikely hero as Tigers maintained their unbeaten start with a 19-17 at Worcester.
The former Biarritz scrum-half stole the home side’s thunder in front of a record 10,500-plus Sixways crowd, scoring a late try that he also converted.
Dupuy, pressed into emergency kicking duty while Toby Flood served time in the sin-bin, provided an assured presence throughout a fast and furious contest.
Flood chipped in with four penalties, denying the Warriors a second notable scalp inside a week following their one-point win against champions Wasps last Sunday.
Gloucester made it back to back victories with a 24-20 win over Harlequins after fly-half Chris Malone had an off day with the boot.
Malone missed out on 10 first-half points with some wayward kicking, failing to land two penalties and two conversions.
Olly Barkley made his debut for the Cherry and Whites.
Bath won 20-16 at London Irish despite being outscored by two tries to one.
Elvis Seveali’i and Alex Corbisiero crossed for the hosts with Butch James replying for Bath.
However the latter’s two penalties, and three from Jack Cuthbert, were the difference between the two sides.
On Friday, Sale produced another watertight defensive display helped them defeat struggling Bristol 9-6 at the Memorial Stadium.
The Sharks made it three successive league games without conceding a try as New Zealand centre Luke McAlister kicked them to a hard-fought victory.
McAlister’s penalty hat-trick kept Bristol pinned to the Premiership basement.
It was the west country club’s ninth successive league defeat, a sequence stretching back six months, and underlined the fight they could face to avoid relegation.
Guinness Premiership Roundup Courtesy of Sporting LifeTweet