KSA Shark ©

Guinness Premiership Round 10


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 28 Dec 2008 at 13:59
Tagged with : , , , , , , , , , , ,

Michael Claasens scored two tries as Bath climbed back to the top of the Guinness Premiership table with a 25-14 win over Northampton on Saturday.  Here is a review of all the weekends action.

Nick Evans produced more last-gasp heroics as Harlequins snatched a 26-26 draw with Leicester in front of a record Guinness Premiership crowd at Twickenham.

Sporting Life reports that a fortnight ago, Evans’ successful drop-goal with the final kick of the game had sealed Harlequins a famous Heineken Cup victory over Stade Francais.

Tonight, the former New Zealand fly-half sent Ugo Monye in for a last-minute try before landing a touchline conversion to complete a stunning Harlequins comeback.

With five minutes remaining the Londoners had been 10 points adrift.

But Leicester flanker Lewis Moody was sin-binned as Quins mounted a late rally and Evans took full advantage to send the 50,000 crowd home in festive spirits.

Bath climbed back to the top of the table with a 25-14 win over Northampton which was less convincing than the scoreline suggests.

Saints enjoyed plenty of possession but did not possess a cutting edge sharp enough to open up the home defence until the final minute when lock Juandre Kruger crossed in the corner.

However, it was another South African, Bath scrum-half Michael Claasens, who was man-of-the-match, scoring two tries and relishing the physical contest around the breakdown.

London Irish slipped to a first defeat in 11 league and cup matches as Saracens reignited their season with a 16-13 win in front of a huge holiday crowd of over 16,000 at Vicarage Road.

The Exiles, who last ended up on the wrong end of a scoreline against Bath in September, produced a lacklustre performance after their impressive victory over Gloucester last week as Saracens triumphed after a scrappy affair boasting just one try each – both scored in the first half.

Gloucester carved out a bonus point, 29-10 victory over relegation favourites Bristol to keep themselves firmly in play-off contention.

England internationals Olly Morgan and Mike Tindall scored tries in each half to put Gloucester in charge.

And Tindall’s second touchdown secured a five-point maximum after Gloucester wing Lesley Vainikolo also breached Bristol’s defence.Worcester came from behind to grab a 16-16 draw away to Newcastle at Kingston Park after the Falcons had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but failed to make it count.

The hosts had opened up a 13-3 lead early in the first half on the back a converted Phil Dowson try and a pair of Rory Clegg penalties.

But the Warriors slowly fought their way back into the game and eventually grabbed a share of the spoils when Pat Sanderson crossed, and Eoghan Hickey converted, 11 minutes from full-time.Captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe scored two tries as Sale beat London Wasps 31-3 at Edgeley Park.

The Argentinian back-rower crossed twice as the Sharks chalked up four tries and England duo Mark Cueto and Charlie Hodgson also touched down as Wasps could only muster a solitary Dave Walder penalty.

The Sharks were in predatory form, twice pouncing on Wasps errors to erase memories of their last-gasp defeat to Bath last weekend and get their Guinness Premiership title hopes firmly back on track.



22 Comments

  • Some of the guys not making their pics while on vacation has certainly opened the Superbru competition up.

    The first 5 players are covered by a less than two point spread.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.12.08 14:14:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Shhh. Don’t tell them. :twisted: I’ve finally managed to crack the top ten.

    And there are only about 15 in our pool. :roll: :oops:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.12.08 14:21:27 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Quins reckon that next xmas they can get 82,000 for this match.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.12.08 14:22:29 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • That 50,000 smashed the previous record for a regular GP match. The record was about 26,000.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.12.08 14:23:33 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    my records tell me that your current position of 7th IS your higest position but you have been in the top ten before.

    :smile:

    Check your rac…..yahoo.co….. email for an up to date *.XLS spread sheet. :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.12.08 14:32:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Thanks, will go and have a look. :cool:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.12.08 14:36:34 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Dropped from 3rd to 8th in the last round – forgot to make my picks again… :mad:

    No chance of that happening this weekend – because…I’ve just made my picks… :mrgreen:

    Good to see that we have a fellow Bath supporter at the summit…

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.01.09 08:37:06 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
     
  • I see I’m sixth now. :?: Not complaining. Slow & steady wins it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.01.09 11:46:30 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • I don’t know anything about European rugby and therefor do not take place therein…

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.01.09 12:07:40 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
     
  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : Didnt know much as well but im learning.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.01.09 15:32:46 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
     
  • Still 42 sleeps until the S14 starts. :roll: :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.01.09 15:37:44 by McLovin Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : better get the fantasy league ready :-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.01.09 16:04:35 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : You’d better. :wink: :smile:

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.01.09 16:09:23 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Going through the fixture list at the mo and even with some very optimistic predictions the Stormers might still not make the semi’s. :evil:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.01.09 16:12:19 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Sharks should definitly make the semi’s and not just saying that cause this is a Sharks site. They’re even looking good for a home semi.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.01.09 16:13:36 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Bulls could sneak a semi but will probably be an away match. Won’t be throwing any bets their way just yet.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.01.09 16:14:51 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • Lions & Cheetahs. Why bother. They’ll be nowhere.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.01.09 16:15:23 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • So worst case scenario. Only Sharks in semi’s.

    Best case – Sharks home semi & Stormers also in semi (one can dream).

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.01.09 16:19:28 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : sounds like you want to write a predictions piece…

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.01.09 17:02:50 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I’ll thinks about it. :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.01.09 17:06:21 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
     
  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : excellent :)

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.01.09 18:01:24 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
     
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : You’re doing the S14 FL ???

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.01.09 08:37:48 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.