A wrap of this weeks Guinness Premiership action. Superbru have messed up the table so badly, I am not even going to try and attempt an article on it.
As an example PJLD has scored 4 points in the last two rounds yet he has only two points. On the other hand SS has scored zero points over the last three rounds yet he got one point. I am not even going to TRY and fathom out the rest of their cock-ups.
Tom May eased Newcastle’s Guinness Premiership relegation fears with a penalty 10 minutes from time to earn them a precious 10-7 victory over high-flying Gloucester at a blustery Kingston Park.
Despite surviving on scraps, Newcastle took a seven-point lead into half-time following Danny Williams fourth try in his last four starts.
Scrum-half Rory Lawson replied immediately after half-time as a swing in momentum looked inevitable with the change of ends.
But Newcastle’s defence was resolute and May grabbed the decisive penalty for Falcons.
Saracens fly-half Glen Jackson provided an immaculate 15-point goal-kicking contribution to a runaway 37-13 victory which leaves Bristol rooted to the bottom of the Guinness Premiership.
Jackson landed three penalties and three conversions for the Londoners, who had to wait until six minutes from time to secure the bonus point when England captain Steve Borthwick scored their fourth try.
Bristol were never in contention after Sarries’ Italy prop Matias Aguero and recent arrival Brad Barritt, making his first full appearance in place of injured centre Andy Farrell, hit them with tries in the opening 15 minutes.
Winger Paul Diggin raced in for two tries and in-form Ben Foden scored the third as Northampton extended their unbeaten home run to 28 matches with a 17-13 derby victory over Leicester.
An uncharacteristic off-day by goalkicker Stephen Myler, who had a terrible first half with the boot, made the task more difficult for Saints than it should have been.
But they were good value for their win as they repelled a fightback by Tigers whose points all came from England fly-half Toby Flood, who added a second-half try and conversion to his two first-half penalties.
Saturday’s other games at Bath and Harlequins were both postponed due to frozen pitches.
Bath’s Recreation Ground was deemed unplayable less than two hours before the scheduled kick-off time and so Wasps had a wasted journey.
The match is now set to be rearranged for January 31 – when both sides’ internationals will be unavailable.
Harlequins’ meeting with Worcester had already been called off on Friday with the ground at The Stoop rock solid.
On Friday, Martin Johnson watched on as Sale edged a ferocious encounter against leaders London Irish 14-8 thanks to a try created and scored by three players hoping to catch the eye of the England manager.
Irish led 8-6 at the break at a bitterly cold Edgeley Park but excellent work from discarded fly-half Charlie Hodgson and replacement Mathew Tait allowed forgotten wing Mark Cueto to scamper clear in the 57th minute.
It was another reminder to Johnson and his coaching team of Cueto’s quality, his fourth try in his last three games continuing a recent renaissance after his desperate struggle for form and fitness in the aftermath of the 2007 World Cup.
Hodgson also put himself in the frame for an international recall with the Six Nations on the horizon after helping secure arguably Sale’s finest victory of the season.
Hodgson kicked Sale’s other points, while Topsy Ojo’s try and a penalty from Shane Geraghty helped ensure the Exiles did at least pick up a losing bonus point.
Round Up Courtesy of Sporting LifeTweet