Aviva Premiership wrap: Robshaw silences doubters with fine display
Aviva Premiership wrap: Chris Robshaw helps Harlequins bounce back to beat London Wasps 26-23
Sublime Ford helps Bath stun Tigers
Every week there seems to be a result that sends reverberations around the league and Bath’s systematical dismantling of Leicester on Saturday fell in such a category. Everyone knows the Tigers are always there or there abouts at the end of the season come playoff time, but it isn’t often they fall foul to such a one-sided result. Credit has to go to George Ford who was majestic at stand-off for the west country side. No fewer than 20 points from the boot of Ford with just one erroneous kick will please the 21-year-old no end. He outshone opposite number Freddie Burns who has experienced a taste of England duty in recent months and will no doubt have put himself on the radar of Stuart Lancaster and his backroom staff. Credit must also go to Bath lock Dave Attwood who put in a stunning defensive effort against some of the leagues best forwards to keep Leicester scoreless. Like Ford, Attwood will also be looking for a few performances to propel him into the international fray. For Leicester though, it will be a difficult week for the players if Richard Cockerill has anything to do it as the Tigers coach made no bones about his sides performance at the Recreation ground. They will need to bounce back when they host a resurgent London Irish at Welford Road at the weekend.
Cipriani sparkles but Arscott steals the show for Sharks
Ford’s performance on Saturday was emulated to some extent by another 10 hoping to catch Lancaster’s eye in Danny Cipriani. The Sale fly-half accumulated 15 points from the boot as his side bundled past new boys London Welsh 46-8, thanks also to a hat-trick from winger Tom Arscott. Arscott opened the scoring in the second minute for his side before adding a second just after half time, and then rounded off a brilliant performance three minutes from time with a fine third. The 27-year-old spent most of last season at full-back, but an injury to veteran wideman Mark Cueto in the first week allowed Arscott an opportunity to ply his trade on the wing; one he obviously enjoyed as he ran riot at the AJ Bell stadium. Of course he will face tougher tests than London Welsh, who have struggled on their return to the top-flight, but Arscott seems like the sort of player content with having to prove himself again and again. Having never settled at a club, Arscott will have to battle for his place when Cueto returns to fitness but he will just be focussed on doing his best while the shirt is his, while providing director of rugby Steve Diamond with more than a few selection headaches as the season goes on.
Robshaw and Harlequins bounce back after a difficult week at the Stoop
After being torn apart by Saracens under the Friday night lights at their Twickenham Stoop home, all involved at Quins have been wish the week away to get the chance to get back out on the pitch and atone for a poor performance by their own admission. England captain Chris Robshaw in particular has faced a wave of criticism in the aftermath of they drubbing by Sarries but he bounced back well as his side edged past an obdurate London Wasps side 26-23 on Saturday. With his side trailing by four points at the break, Robshaw scored to give Quins the lead and begin a spell of dominance in the first 15 minutes after the restart to give his side control. It was only a late rally by the men in black and gold that kept the contest close. Having been outplayed by a direct contender to his place in the England side Will Fraser, Robshaw produced a real leader’s performance, which was even more special given his relinquishing of his club captaincy to Joe Marler at the start of the