Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Aviva Premiership and Magners League Round 1 Predictions

All the signs point to this being a great season with the prospect of some hugely entertaining and positive rugby. Most coaches are talking about how they wish to play at a high tempo and with ambition which can only be good for everyone. The manner in which the All Blacks have developed their game has shown that it is possible to attack from deep and to look after the ball through the phases. Their off loading and support play has at times been outstanding and it will be interesting to see which teams in both the Aviva Premiership and the Magners League adopt this blueprint. Possession rather than territory is likely to become the order of the day with the game becoming far less structured. You feel that those teams who developed such a style last season will have an edge over the initial part of the forthcoming campaign.

The other exciting aspect of this year is that in all the major club competitions it is difficult to see any one team dominating and both the Premiership and Magners are going to be hugely competitive. The same applies to the Heineken Cup and by the time we get to the Six Nations I am sure we will also be in a position where it is going to be difficult to predict the outcome with much security.

Without the aid of any spurious marine life we will be attempting to predict the result and score of each round of the Aviva Premiership and Magners League throughout the season. As well as predicting the winner of each game we will be attempting to predict the winning margin along the following lines:

Up to 5 points
6 to 10 points
11 to 15 points
16 to 20 points
More than 20 points

We will keep you posted on our success rate

Round 1

Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons - Sale Sharks by up to 5 points
London Irish v Saracens - Saracens by 6-10 points
Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby - Gloucester Rugby by up to 5 points
London Wasps v Harlequins - Harlequins by up to 5 points
Leeds Carnegie v Bath Rugby - Bath Rugby by 11-15 points
Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers - Northampton Saints by 6-10 points

Benetton Treviso v Scarlets - Scarlets by 6-10 points
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh - Cardiff Blues by 11-15 points
Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons - Connacht by 11-15 points
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster - Glasgow Warriors by up to 5 points
Munster v Aironi Rugby - Munster by more than 20 points
Ulster v Ospreys - Ospreys by 11-15 points

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