With Only 3 Days before the next Guiness premiership matches I though it’d be best to get the Round up out the way early.
NOTE: The Next GP matches are on Tuesday & Wednesday. Do not get caught napping with your picks.
WOW talk about not liking being called names!!!!! It seems Silver Fox took umbrage at being called a plunger and set about changing things. This weeks MVP is Silver Fox. Well done mate you scored 7,0 points and climbed 5 positions on the table. Our resident Yankie has produced her best round yet and earns herself runner-up in the MVP stakes. Well done Milissa. The only player to from last weeks top 3 MVPs to feature this week is Blackshark who takes 3rd.
Top 5 MVPs
Silver Fox – 7,0
Milissa – 6,3
Blackshark – 5,8
Debs – 5,0
Villie – 4,5
The round was a bit of a low scoring affair with nobody getting 5 from 6 picks correct, let alone a GSP. Heineke Meyer’s Tigers finally losing a game and the Irish popping up when they were supposed to lie down, took care of that. Each of those matches only had 17% of punters making the correct pick. The easiest pick of the weekend seems to have been Bath v Worcester with 94% of global punters getting it right. Only ONE of US got it wrong. Debs got what she deserved for picking AGAINST Butch James and Michael Claasens, ZERO Points.
Blackshark has managed to leapfrog another Saracens supporter and now only has one spot left to climb before getting the future Saracens stalker (Robdylan) off the top spot. Villie is passed by BlackShark and slips down to 3rd place but trials by less than one point. This week’s Rocket goes to Silver Fox with a 5 position jump to take 4th spot away from Debs who drops one position to 5th.
Some pretty consistant performances sees our longdrop for the week actually only dropping two positions. There is no truth in the rumour that PJLD used an inflated papsak to keep himself from dropping further.
Top 10 After Round 4
1 robdylan – 23.75
2 blackshark – 21.92
3 Villie – 21.00
4 Silver Fox – 20.33
5 Debs – 20.08
6 superviv – 18.75
7 Bergbok – 18.42
8 Sandshark – 18.33
9 PJLD – 17.50
10 Walt – 17.17
DON’T Forget to make your picks for this week EARLY. Rob, we don’t mind if YOU forget to make your picks.
ROUND UP OF ROUND 4 RESULTS
Delon Armitage scored twice as London Irish staged a dramatic fightback at Harlequins to snatch their second Guinness Premiership victory of the season, winning 28-27.
The Exiles were rocking shortly before the interval as Harlequins raced into a 20-3 lead with tries from Ugo Monye and Tom Guest.
But Armitage landed a vital counter-punch shortly before the interval with a breakaway try and London Irish then dominated the second half to rack up 25 unanswered points.
Armitage touched down again before Exiles full-back Peter Hewat intercepted a pass from Chris Robshaw and raced 75 metres.
Hewat finished with a personal haul of 18 points as he kicked the Exiles two scores clear.
Harlequins’ England scrum-half Danny Care set up a frantic last 90 seconds with a late converted try – but London Irish held out and returned to winning ways after two straight defeats.
Bath moved into play-off territory after brushing aside Worcester 37-19 at the Recreation Ground.
Bath toppled the Warriors to claim last season’s European Challenge Cup and were again good value for the win – their third in four Premiership starts this term.
Worcester never recovered from conceding first-half tries in quick succession to full-back Nick Abendanon and wing Joe Maddock.
That took Bath 17-3 clear and there was no way back for the visitors, despite fly-half Loki Crichton’s penalty hat-trick and a 50-metre effort by wing Chris Pennell.
Pennell also touched down for the visitors but his score was sandwiched by tries for substitute prop Duncan Bell and flanker Michael Lipman that gave Bath a bonus point.
Centre Shaun Berne pouched Bath’s fifth try, while Bath’s South African World Cup winner Butch James kicked two penalties and three conversions, setting up the west country club for next Wednesday’s trip to champions Wasps.
Saturday’s other game saw Saracens beat Northampton 26-12.
Late tries from winger Rodd Penney and former Wales number eight Michael Owen enabled Sarries to grind out victory.
The home side’s cause was aided by Northampton being reduced to 13 men by the sin-binning of Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley.
The departure of replacement scrum-half Foden allowed the home side to exploit their advantage as Kevin Sorrell and Glen Jackson combined to send Penney over in the right corner in the 66th minute.
Six minutes later England squad hooker Hartley followed for a similar offence of killing the ball in front of the posts.
Again, Saracens opted for the scrum and close-season signing Owen drove over the line from close range.
Fly-half Jackson converted both tries to finish with 13 points, after making up for two early misses by landing three subsequent penalties, and his replacement Gordon Ross completed the scoring with his late penalty.
On Friday night, Sale became the first side in Premiership history to play four successive matches without conceding a try with a 23-9 victory over Gloucester.
Gloucester failed to offer much in the way of an attacking threat, despite fielding the likes of Ryan Lamb, Olly Barkley and Lesley Vainikolo, who looked a pale shadow of the player who used to terrorise Super League defences for Bradford Bulls.
Sale showed far greater potency throughout and Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel made a key contribution just seconds after coming off the bench in the 49th minute.
Peel, having replaced Richard Wigglesworth, produced an astute offload to usher Chabal over the line from 15 metres with his first touch and wing David Doherty finished off a fine flowing move to add a second score with 10 minutes remaining.
Jonny Wilkinson became the top points scorer in the Premiership’s history as Newcastle beat 17-3 Bristol at Kingston Park.
Ed Barnes gave Bristol the lead in the third minute when Steve Jones completely misjudged a high kick and Newcastle were offside in front of their own posts.
But that was the last time the visitors scored as Adam Balding and John Rudd claimed Newcastle’s tries with Wilkinson kicking two conversions and a penalty.
Jeremy Staunton inspired champions Wasps to claim their first win of the season by beating Leicester 28-19 at Welford Road.
The fly-half kept Wasps in contention until a scrappy encounter was settled 12 minutes from time by substitute Damien Varley’s try.
Toby Flood’s boot and a try by Johne Murphy had put the Tigers on the brink of victory before Ian McGeechan’s men launched a late comeback.
Guinness Premiership Roundup Courtesy of Sporting LifeTweet