The Premiership continues on Saturday and Sunday as five matches take place, with Harlequins, Newcastle, Saracens, Bath and Wasps hosting Exeter, Northampton, Gloucester, Worcester and Leicester respectively.
Check on previews and predictions for those games as well as for Friday’s fixture.
Form: Bristol Bears have lost their last four Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures since beating Worcester at Ashton Gate in early November, they have however picked up a losing bonus point in their last two matches. The Bears have been defeated in their last two home games in Premiership Rugby and have not lost three in succession in the tournament at Ashton Gate since they were relegated in season 2016/17. Sale Sharks have won just three games in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since the end of September, all at home against Harlequins, Northampton, and Wasps. The Sharks have not won away from home in Premiership Rugby since their trip to Bath in Round 19 last season. Sale have lost just one of their last six encounters with Bristol: 10-16 at Ashton Gate in November 2019.
Prediction: Bristol by 5
Bristol: 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Ioan Lloyd, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Sam Bedlow, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Fitz Harding, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Chris Vui, 5 John Hawkins, 4 Joe Joyce (c), 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Max Lahiff
Replacements: 16 Will Capon, 17 Jake Woolmore, 18 John Afoa, 19 Ed Holmes, 20 Jake Heenan, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Piers O’Conor, 23 Jack Bates
Sale: 15 Luke James, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Robert du Preez, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Jono Ross (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jean-Luc du Preez, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ewan Ashman, 1 Bevan Rodd
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Gus Warr, 22 Sam James, 23 Simon Hammersley
Venue: Ashton Gate
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Jamie Leahy
TMO: Tom Foley
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs
Form: Harlequins have won their last four matches in all competitions since their 14-16 reversal at Leicester in Round 10 of Premiership Rugby. The Londoners have lost just twice at home in any competition since early April, both in Premiership Rugby, to Saracens in October and London Irish in November. Exeter Chiefs have won their last three Premiership Rugby matches since their narrow defeat at home to Newcastle on 6 November. The Chiefs have won their last four away games in Premiership Rugby since their opening weekend defeat at Leicester and have never before won five successive away trips in the competition in the same season. In last season’s regular season of Premiership Rugby, Exeter achieved the double over Harlequins but the Londoners exacted revenge by winning the final 40-38 at the end of June. The Chiefs have won on six of their last eight visits to the Twickenham Stoop in Premiership Rugby.
Prediction: Harlequins by 9
Harlequins: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt (c), 7 Jack Kenningham, 6 Tom Lawday, 5 Hugh Tizard, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Will Collier, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Jack Musk, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 James Chisholm, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Louis Lynagh
Exeter: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Facundo Cordero, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Josh Iosefa-Scott, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Alec Hepburn
Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Patrick Schickerling, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Don Armand, 21 Sam Maunder, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Tom Hendrickson
Venue: Twickenham Stoop
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant referees: Greg Macdonald, Sara Cox
TMO: David Rose
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints
Form: Excluding unplayed matches, Newcastle’s most recent victory in Premiership Rugby was on 6 November away at Exeter. The Falcons have lost only once at Kingston Park in Premiership Rugby since April: 20-26 to Harlequins in Round One this campaign. Northampton Saints have lost their last four first team fixtures since their 40-19 victory at home to Bath in Round 10 of Premiership Rugby. The Saints have won twice on the road this season in Premiership Rugby, at Exeter in September and at Bristol in November. Excluding “declared wins”, Newcastle’s only defeat to Northampton in Premiership Rugby since October 2015 was 17-31 at Kingston Park in April 2019.
Prediction: Northampton by 7
Newcastle: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Tom Penny, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Mateo Carreras, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Callum Chick, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Trevor Davison, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Kyle Cooper
Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Adam Brocklebank, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Carl Fearns, 20 Gary Graham, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Brett Connon, 23 George Wacokecoke
Northampton: 15 George Furbank, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Teimana Harrison, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 4 David Ribbans, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Alex Waller
Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Emmanuel Iyogun, 18 Ehren Painter, 19 Alex Coles, 20 Karl Wilkins, 21 Tom James, 22 Tom Litchfield, 23 Tommy Freeman
Venue: Kingston Park
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant referees: Hamish Smales, Wayne Falla
TMO: Stuart Terheege
Saracens v Gloucester
Form: Saracens have lost just once in Premiership Rugby since Round Three: 15-18 at Exeter on 4 December. Saracens only defeat at StoneX Stadium in Premiership Rugby since October 2019 was 18-28 to Wasps in September 2020. Gloucester’s 17-20 defeat at home to Harlequins on Sunday ended a three-game winning run in Premiership Rugby. Gloucester are unbeaten in their last four away games in Premiership Rugby since their defeat at Northampton in Round One – their best run on the road in the competition since 2016. Saracens have lost just once to Gloucester in their last six encounters: 24-30 at Kingsholm in February 2019. The Cherry & Whites have been defeated on all eight previous visits they have made to StoneX Stadium.
Prediction: Saracens by 15
Saracens: 15 Max Malins, 14 Rotimi Segun, 13 Alex Lozowski, 12 Dom Morris, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Alex Goode, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Andy Christie, 7 Ben Earl, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George (c), 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Callum Hunter-Hill, 20 Theo McFarland, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Alex Lewington
Gloucester: 15 Lloyd Evans, 14 Santiago Carreras, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Jonny May, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Charlie Chapman, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Lewis Ludlow (c), 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Freddie Clarke, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Alex Seville
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Ciaran Knight, 18 Kirill Gotovtsev, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Jack Clement, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Louis Rees-Zammit
Venue: StoneX Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant referees: Jack Makepeace, Joe James
TMO: Claire Hodnett
Bath v Worcester Warriors
Form: Bath are still searching for that elusive first victory of the 2021/22 campaign, their most recent win being 30-24 at home to Northampton in Round 22 last season. Worcester Warriors’ three victories in Premiership Rugby this season have all been at Sixways over London Irish in Round One, Sale in Round Seven, and Wasps in Round 10. The Warriors have won only once away from home in any competition since their trip to Russia to face Enisei in November 2019: 40-25 on their visit to London Irish (at the Twickenham Stoop) in 2020.Bath have won their last four fixtures against Worcester in Premiership Rugby since the Warriors 21-19 victory at Sixways in January 2019. Worcester have lost on all seventeen previous occasions they have visited Bath in all competitions.
Prediction: Worcester by 6
Bath: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Will Muir, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ollie Fox, 8 Josh Bayliss, 7 Ewan Richards, 6 Tom Ellis, 5 Charlie Ewels (c), 4 Josh McNally, 3 Will Stuart, 2 Tom Doughty, 1 Lewis Boyce
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Mike Williams, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Max Clark, 23 Ruaridh McConnochie
Worcester: 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Francois Venter (cc), 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 8 Matt Kvesic, 7 Ted Hill (cc), 6 Kyle Hatherell, 5 Andrew Kitchener, 4 Joe Batley, 3 Christian Judge, 2 Niall Annett, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Jay Tyack, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Oli Morris, 23 Harri Doel
Venue: Recreation Ground
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant referees: Alex Thomas, John Meredith
TMO: Andrew Jackson
Wasps v Leicester Tigers
Form: Wasps’ only victory in any competition since the end of October was 38-30 at home to London Irish on Boxing Day. That victory ended an unwanted run of five successive defeats at Coventry Building Society Arena. Leicester Tigers have won all 15 first team games they have played this season, whilst another victory would tie their all-time club record of 16 consecutive wins at the start of the 1983/84 season. The Tigers have won their last nine away games in all tournaments since their 10-26 defeat to Sale at AJ Bell Stadium in Gallagher Premiership Rugby in May. The Tigers have already been victorious at Coventry Building Society Arena this season, beating Wasps there 55-7 in the Premiership Rugby Cup in November. Leicester’s only defeat in their last five Premiership Rugby fixtures with Wasps was 7-54 at Coventry in September 2020.
Prediction: Leicester by 18
Wasps: 15 Ali Crossdale, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Sam Wolstenholme, 8 Tom Willis, 7 Brad Shields (c), 6 Alfie Barbeary, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Tom West
Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Tim Cardall, 20 Thomas Young, 21 Will Porter, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Rob Miller
Leicester: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Harry Potter, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Dan Kelly, 11 Guy Porter, 10 George Ford, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Ollie Chessum, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Harry Wells, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Calum Green, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Ellis Genge (c)
Replacements: 16 Charlie Clare, 17 James Whitcombe, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 Kini Murimurivalu, 20 Nic Dolly, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Matías Moroni
Venue: Coventry Building Society Arena
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Referee: Tom Foley
Assistant referees: Adam Leal, Paul Dix
TMO: Rowan Kitt
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