Premiership Round 16 Wednesday’s Review


Leicester Tigers 13-7 London Irish

Leicester Tigers gained a fifth Gallagher Premiership win of the season with a 13-7 victory over London Irish at Welford Road on Wednesday evening.

A try from David Williams, just moments after Tom Youngs had been denied by the TMO, helped to give Tigers a 10-0 half-time lead in Round 16. A scrappy closing period followed.

Leicester Tigers: Try: Williams. Conversion: Ford. Penalty: Ford (2).
London Irish: Try: Meehan. Conversion: Jackson.

Saracens 36-20 Gloucester

Saracens lead 14-10 at the break with Tom Woolstencroft scored a second-half hat-trick as Saracens scored a comprehensive 36-20 victory over Gloucester.  Rees-Zammit ended the game with a brilliant individual try for Gloucester. However, the good work had already been done by the youngest Saracens side to grace a league fixture since 1998.

Saracens: Tries: Harris, Woolstencroft (3), Whiteley. Conversion: Vunipola. Penalties: Daly (2), Vunipola.
Gloucester: Tries: Varney, Walker, Rees-Zammit. Conversion: Evens. Penalty: Evans.

Worcester Warriors 29-14 Harlequins

Warriors used their new weapon of mass destruction, a 12-man maul, to devastating effect to flatten Harlequins and secure their first bonus-point win of the season. The win gave Warriors a first double over Harlequins in 15 years and secured a first Premiership win of 2020 after several agonising near misses. Francois Hougaard was one of Worcester’s four try-scorers in their 29-14 win over Harlequins.

Worcester Warriors: Tries: Du Preez, Lawrence, Annett, Hougaard. Conversions: Weir (3). Penalty: Weir.
Harlequins: Tries: Ashton, Elia. Conversions: Lang (2).

Northampton Saints 3-18 Bath

Bath Rugby moved up to fourth in the Gallagher Premiership after securing an 18-3 win over Northampton Saints, having put in a resolute performance to secure a third straight win in Round 16.

The teams were 3-3 at the break but Northampton came out guns blazing in the second half, playing some superb Super Rugby style of play. However, a trie by Tom de Glanville was followed by Ruaridh McConnochie who capitalised on a lapse of concentration as he intercepted Henry Taylor's loose pass to score Baths second try. Rhys Priestland then added the final blow of the game with a penalty just five minutes from time as Bath Rugby prevailed with an excellent defensive performance at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton Saints: Penalty: Biggar
Bath: Tries: de Glanville, McConnochie. Conversion: Priestland. Penalties: Matavesi, Priestland.