Aviva Premiership wrap: Wasps thrash Bath ahead of controversial move
Aviva Premiership wrap: Sam Rogers takes a look at the weekend's big talking points
Wasps do their talking on the pitch ahead of Coventry move
No-one was quite sure what the reaction would be as Wasps hosted Bath in their first home game after it was announced they would move to Coventry in December. As it turned out, the biggest crowd at Adam’s Park this season protested in silence, but cheered their side to a resounding victory over Bath on Sunday. Bath’s ill-discipline, which saw them briefly reduced to 12 men, saw them concede 29 points unanswered. They responded with 22 of their own to set up a somewhat nervy finish but Wasps knew for the most part the job was done. After a difficult week for the black and gold, the victory is a perfect tonic to cure the negativity – for the time being at least. For Bath it will have been a frustrating day at the office. They could have gone ahead in the first ten minutes, only for Kyle Eastmond’s try to be disallowed for crossing. As it was the precision boot of Andy Goode and some poor discipline kept the visitors at arm’s length. Perhaps if they’d had 15 on the pitch for longer it would have been a different result but Bath only have themselves to blame for some cynical play.
Welsh remain defiant despite losing early relegation decider
It is too early to talk about teams getting relegated but when London Welsh hosted Newcastle on Saturday with the sides 12th and 11th respectively, they were presented with their best opportunity of the season to get a first win on the board. As it transpired, they slipped to a sixth straight defeat and are now 10 points adrift at the bottom of the table. For all involved at Welsh, they must have known it would be a tough season but they are now staring down the barrel at the prospect of a return to the Championship and we haven’t even got Christmas out of the way. They will need to change something and change it soon if they are to survive because they cannot allow fellow strugglers Newcastle to get further away from them or their fate will be sealed. Falcons fans will be buoyed by their side’s ability to get the job done away from home and hope it will provide a catalyst for the rest of the season.
Williams helps Tigers topple Quins to stop the rot
After difficult starts to the season for Leicester and Harlequins, their match under the Welford Road lights was all set to be a must win for both sides. As it was, 17 points from the boot of Owen Williams helped Tigers end a run of three straight defeats on a wet night in the Midlands. Neither side have been at their best and have endured difficult results, but for two sides who are traditionally at the top of the Premiership table, it was a surprise to see the pair struggling. Richard Cockerhill will know the win is just the start if they are to seriously contend this season, while Conor O’Shea will still be scratching his head as to how his side are in the position they are in. One downside for Leicester and in fact England is the news flanker Tom Croft is set to miss six weeks through injury. The knee problem is the latest ailment for a player who has had his fair share of time on the sideline through injury. It will be a blow for Stuart Lancaster’s plans as Croft looks set to miss the Autumn internationals for England but could leave the door open for Wasps skipper James Haskell who has been in superb form for his side this season.
The Weekend’s results in full:
Wasps 29-22 Bath
London Welsh 3 – 23 Newcastle
Leicester 22-16 Harlequins
Exeter 44-24 London Irish
Saracens 28-21 Gloucester