Bristol Bears v Wasps
Wasps continued with another victory in the premiership after defeating Harlequins in the last round. They have now helped themselves to another 5 points away at Bristol at a packed Ashton Gate.
Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby
Result – Northampton Saints 33-26 Gloucester Rugby
In a thriller at Franklin’s Gardens it was the home team who take the spoils. Gloucester defeated against Saints despite a hat-trick for Louis-Rees Zammit.
The Gloucester man takes his tally to 5 in 2 games, but it wasn’t enough for Gloucester, with the penalty count at 13 against just 5 for Northampton costing them in the scoreline come full time.
Finishing the game, the Saints now sit at top spot in the league on Saturday evening, with their main rivals Exeter Chiefs set to play on Sunday.
Northampton Saints’ Cobus Reinach said: “December was a tricky old month but any win is a good win, so we’ll take it. It’s a good Christmas present to everyone here.
“We know as a team that we need to control territory and possession. We’ve been lacking that a bit over the last few weeks. Going out there, we knew it was about not leaving anything out on the field.
“We just want to build game by game and win every match. We’re focusing on the little processes in our team every week.”
Gloucester boss Johan Ackermann said: “We didn’t deserve more from the game because of the way we played in the first half.
“We made mistakes in that first half but we were much better in the second.
“We closed the gap but we made silly errors and in hindsight we’ll probably take the two points.
“If we’d played like we did last week from the first minute we could have come away with more.”
Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks
Result – Bath Rugby 16 – 14 Sale Sharks
HT – 6-0
Bath continue to build their season with a result against a top 4 contender in Sale Sharks.
The home side have made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they start to build, all this led by fly-half Rhys Priestland who gave the crowd a masterclass at the Rec to sign off 2019 giving hope to the Bath faithful as they head into 2020.
Jonathan Joseph scored the only try of the game for the Somerset team, with Priestland kicking the further 11 points
One other note from this game was the return of Taulupe Faletau after an 11 month absence. What a player to get back, we’re all fingers crossed he can get back to fitness for Bath, a class player.
Exeter v Saracens
Result – Exeter 14-7 Saracens
Exeter put a stranglehold on Saracens for much of this match and showed what a force they can be against