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Guinness premiership update Rnd 9

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 20 Dec 2008 at 07:00
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 Team news and statistics ahead of the weekend’s action in the Guinness Premiership to help with those Superbru Picks if you haven’t already made them.  

Saturday December 20

Bath (3) v Sale (4)

Bath show four changes from the side that accounted for Heineken Cup opponents Glasgow last Sunday. Centre Alex Crockett replaces Shaun Berne – with hooker Lee Mears taking over from Pieter Dixon, lock Peter Short in for Danny Grewcock and flanker Jonny Faamatuainu handed a start instead of Andy Beattie.

Mark Cueto wears Sale’s number 15 shirt ahead of fellow England international Mathew Tait, who features on the bench. Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel and Scotland back-row forward Jason White both return to the starting line-up, while Neil Briggs is restored to the hooking role after making four successive appearances as a flanker.

Last season: Sale 22 Bath 6, Bath 21 Sale 19

Last six league matches: Bath W W W W D L; Sale W W L L W W

Top tryscorers: Joe Maddock (Bath) 4; Mark Cueto (Sale) 2

Top pointscorers: Butch James (Bath) 204; Charlie Hodgson (Sale) 74

Leicester (6) v Newcastle (11)

Julien Dupuy replaces scrum-half Harry Ellis after Leicester hit the England international with a week’s ban following his citing for an alleged dangerous tackle on Perpignan star Dan Carter last weekend. England trio Dan Hipkiss, Tom Croft and Jordan Crane are rested – but fly-half Toby Flood starts against his former club.

A flu bug has swept through the Newcastle camp this week – with illness sidelining fly-half Rory Clegg and back-row forward Adam Balding, while others could follow after fitness checks on Saturday. Centre Jamie Noon is rested because of England elite squad requirements, but injuries rule out wing Danny Williams (shoulder) and prop Micky Ward (back).

Last season: Newcastle 28 Leicester 25, Leicester 41 Newcastle 14

Last six league matches: Leicester W L W L W L; Newcastle L W L L L L

Top tryscorers: Johne Murphy (Leicester) 4; Tom May (Newcastle) 3

Top pointscorers: Toby Flood (Leicester) 139; Rory Clegg (Newcastle) 75

London Irish (1) v Gloucester (2)

Premiership leaders Irish recall several key figures to their line-up – including Pacific Islands backs Seilala Mapusua and Sailosi Tagicakibau, England international scrum-half Paul Hodgson and flanker Steffon Armitage. Australian Peter Hewat, meanwhile, wears the number 10 shirt – with Delon Armitage at full-back.

New Zealand prop Greg Somerville starts his first game for Gloucester as one of several changes in the pack following last Saturday’s Heineken Cup win against Calvisano. Nick Wood and Scott Lawson also appear in the front

row, with Alasdair Strokosch packing down at openside flanker. Behind the scrum, Ryan Lamb, Olly Barkley and Olly Morgan all feature – despite suffering from illness this week.

Last season: Gloucester 34 London Irish 14, London Irish 15 Gloucester 10

Last six league matches: London Irish L W W W W W; Gloucester W L W W W W

Top tryscorers: Richard Thorpe (London Irish) 4; Iain Balshaw & Olly Morgan (Gloucester) 4

Top pointscorers: Peter Hewat (London Irish) 163; Ryan Lamb (Gloucester) 113

Northampton (10) v Harlequins (5)

Carlos Spencer will make his 100th Northampton appearance if he features off the bench against Heineken Cup high-flyers Quins. Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder has made several changes after the Challenge Cup win against Bristol, with captain Bruce Reihana and scrum-half Lee Dickson among those players returning.

Andy Gomarsall, England’s 2007 World Cup scrum-half, replaces the rested Danny Care at Franklin’s Gardens. Quins boss Dean Richards makes one other change after a dramatic Heineken Cup success against Stade Francais last weekend, giving wing Tom Williams a breather and calling up Seb Stegmann.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last six league matches: Northampton W L L L D L; Harlequins L L W W L W

Top tryscorers: Sean Lamont (Northampton) 2; Ugo Monye (Harlequins) 4

Top pointscorers: Stephen Myler (Northampton) 127; Chris Malone (Harlequins) 74

Wasps (9) v Saracens (7)

England fly-half Danny Cipriani is restored to Wasps’ starting line-up after being on the bench against Edinburgh last Sunday, and two other changes from that game see Lachlan Mitchell replacing injured full-back Mark Van Gisbergen and back-row forward Joe Worsley in for Serge Betsen.

Saracens boss Eddie Jones makes two changes from the side that saw off European Challenge Cup opponents Bayonne 36-0 last time out. Centre Andy Farrell and fly-half Glen Jackson, both rested for that Vicarage Road clash, return as Saracens target a first away win against Wasps for 11 years.

Last season: Saracens 29 Wasps 40, Wasps 19 Saracens 29

Last six league matches: Wasps L W L L L W; Saracens W W W L L W

Top tryscorers: Tom Rees (Wasps) 2; Kameli Ratuvou (Saracens) 3

Top pointscorers: Dave Walder (Wasps) 85; Glen Jackson (Saracens) 173

Worcester (8) v Bristol (12)

Worcester captain Pat Sanderson makes his 100th appearance for the Warriors, leading a side boosted by the return after injury of Australian full-back star Chris Latham. Wing Chris Pennell is also fit again and starts – with prop Matt Mullan, hooker Aleki Lutui and lock Greg Rawlinson all returning after last weekend’s Challenge Cup success against Bourgoin.

Scrum-half Shaun Perry takes over as Bristol captain from an injured Joe El Abd, while prop Alex Clarke and hooker Mark Regan return to the front row – with lock Mariano Sambucetti replacing Dave Attwood. Elsewhere, Lee Robinson starts on the wing instead of Tom Arscott, who is nursing an injury.

Last season: Bristol 21 Worcester 22, Worcester 25 Bristol 5

Last six league matches: Worcester L L L W W L; Bristol L L L W L L

Top tryscorers: Netani Talei & Sam Tuitupou (Worcester) 2; David Lemi (Bristol) 4

Top pointscorers: Matthew Jones (Worcester) 89; Adrian Jarvis (Bristol) 67

Courtesy of Sporting Life .


  • Today’s games (GMT)

    Bath v Sale (14.45)
    Leicester v Newcastle (13.30)
    London Irish v Gloucester (15.00)
    Northampton v Harlequins (15.00)
    Wasps v Saracens (14.15)
    Worcester v Bristol (15.00)

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.12.08 07:05:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Butch on 204 is the highest point scorer in the GP. 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.12.08 07:14:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I will be watching Butch play against Sharks this evening.

    Will be starnge shouting for Butch and NOT the Sharks. 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.12.08 16:28:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • This is an awesome game.

    2 yellows for Sale already.

    Bath 10 – 5 Sale

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.12.08 17:17:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The referee isn’t helping the game to settle at all.

    He seems more on edge than the players

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.12.08 17:20:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Yellow for Bath for a check on Charlie Hodgson. Very poor call by the ref.

    Nasty, nasty game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.12.08 17:21:36 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Edit: A slightly late check on Hodgson.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.12.08 17:22:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Vinnie

    There is a LOT of needle in this game.

    This ref (David Rose) is a nice guy, but he is being part of the problem here rather than solving the problem by being calm.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.12.08 17:26:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) :

    that should have been a PK yes but a yellow card? 😯

    As the commentators are saying: “the ref is trying to even things out”

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.12.08 17:27:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Agree KSA. Nice game to watch but not the sort of games I enjoy playing particularly. Headbutts, late tackles, brawls, three yellows. And it’s only the first half!

    On another matter – how well is Claassens playing? Not just this game but generally his form is superb.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.12.08 17:29:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Claasens pulls off an excellent cover defence tackle to save a try. 😎

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.12.08 17:29:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 10) :

    Claasens is playing damn well this season.

    Yeah that headbutt by Abrahams is going to get himself a citing for sure.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.12.08 17:31:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    Was also my first thought to be honest.

    Seems as if he’s trying to stamp his authority on the game to bring in some discipline but I dont think giving yellows for little things is really the way to go.

    Cueto over in the corner. Gone to TMO.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.12.08 17:31:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Sale lead 12 – 10 after a try by Queto (sp?)

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.12.08 17:33:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    Was very silly. Not even a decent headbutt.

    Don;t like hiom anyway.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.12.08 17:34:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Cracking half of rugby. 2nd half should be a beaut.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.12.08 17:35:03 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Half time and Butch slots a PK to go into half time with a 13 – 12 lead.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.12.08 17:36:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • On a related matter – Cato just scored for Sarries against Wasps. 9-14 to Sarries.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.12.08 17:36:22 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • I hate to harp on about this but because I know and rate the guy personally it is MORE of an issue for me.

    I hosted David Rose on a referees exchange in SA and felt he was an excellent referee. He seems to have become very pedantic though, not just in this game but in a few other games i have seen as well. 🙁

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.12.08 17:43:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • KSA,

    Commentators making valid points in that this is all being done on prupose by Sale to unsettle Bath. Makes sense but it’s unsettling to the ref as well.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.12.08 17:46:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 18) :

    My Superbru picks for the weekend.

    Game 49: Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks:
    Bath Rugby by 6

    Game 50: Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons:
    Leicester Tigers by 14

    Game 51: London Irish v Gloucester Rugby:
    Gloucester Rugby by 7

    Game 52: Northampton Saints v Harlequins:
    Harlequins by 14

    Game 53: Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby:
    Worcester Warriors by 21

    Game 54: London Wasps v Saracens:
    Saracens by 11

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.12.08 17:46:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) :

    I am looking forward to the 2nd half.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.12.08 17:48:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 1st Half PK conceded

    Bath 2
    Sale 6

    PK to Sale now and mcAllister slots it.

    13 – 15 Sale

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.12.08 17:56:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Butch slots a PK

    16 – 15 Bath

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.12.08 18:00:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I’m running out of adjectives for this game.

    it is a great game

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.12.08 18:03:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Butch cant kick for shit.

    If they lose it’s because of that.

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.12.08 18:08:04 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 26) :

    I think it shoulda been at touch not at goal in the first place.

    Butch just sparked an excellent counter from his own in-goal

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.12.08 18:15:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Cueto scores almost under the uprights.

    McAllister misses the conversion 😯

    16 – 20 Sale


  • Comment 28, posted at 20.12.08 18:20:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Penalties conceded

    Bath 4
    Sale 13

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.12.08 18:21:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Hom many has butch missed?

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.12.08 18:22:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • At last he gets one!

    20-19! Game on!

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.12.08 18:25:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Butch slots a PK

    19 – 20 Sale


  • Comment 32, posted at 20.12.08 18:25:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) :

    I’ve only seen two.

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.12.08 18:29:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • How’t the little ball boy steal the ball from in front of Hodgson as he wants to take a quick throw-in. 😯

    I would have smacked the little F%^K on the ear.

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.12.08 18:33:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Magnificent!

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.12.08 18:33:56 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Butch James chip and the wing collects to score the winning try.

    Will there be a call back for the off the ball stuff before at the previous ruck.

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.12.08 18:34:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) :

    Sorry that wasn’t butch with the Chip.

    Full Time

    Bath 24 – 20 Sale Sharks

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.12.08 18:36:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I’m glad I got the margin point on that win.

    I have not done to well on my other picks this week.

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.12.08 18:38:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : sb has the result at 20-20!

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.12.08 19:41:38 by robdylan Reply
  • Ello gents! Im stoked for butch, really hope he is well rested for next years TRI NATIONS and Lions tests.

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.12.08 20:02:56 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 40) : why? Ruan Pienaar is the Bok flyhalf now

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.12.08 20:35:02 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 41) :

    So you want only one player for arguably the most important position on the rugby pitch?

    Good thinking there Peter.

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.12.08 21:21:59 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 39) :

    Yeah they have got it wrong. 👿

    Even when They fix that it still gives me a KAK SB round. i was the only fool to pick Gloucester to win. 😳 😥

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.12.08 22:54:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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