Well bugger me! A second episode of something! This classes as a series now!
So let's have a look at last weekends Premiership action and the talking points it brought forth!
A topsy turvy season is upon us!
Well the first 2 rounds of action have been a microcosm of how I expect the season to go. Most of the teams that struggled in week 1 turned the table and became the victors of week 2, with the reigning Champs Exeter turning opening night disappointment into a big win in week 2, as did Quins and Northampton. It shows just how tight the top to mid table teams will end up, with most teams capable of turning over the others on any given day.
Big name, big hit!
Worcester Warriors Christian Scotland-Williamson laid the smack down on Wasps' Alex Rieder, using his 6 foot 8 and over 120 kilo frame to produce a textbook smash tackle that will go down as one of the big hits of the season. Truly a thing of beauty for all you lovers of a big hit!
Sinckler has silky skills!
So far in his fledgling career, Kyle Sinckler has become known for brawn, power and the odd bit of fisticuffs! However in the build up to Dave Wards try for Harlequins in their win over Gloucester, he went all Harlem Globetrotters on us with an insane offload!
He's giving front rowers a bad name!
Get well soon Demetri!
In the same match as Sincklers magic, Quins fly half Demetri Catrakilis suffered a horrific sounding injury with a suspected fractured windpipe, he in fact stopped breathing on the pitch at the stoop and was stretchered off whilst on oxygen. We wish Demetri a speedy and full recovery.
Roko vs May
Semesa Rokodunguni scored a belter of a try in the match against Saracens as he ghosted through the Wolfpack to score a classic. The usual furore and hyperbole was thrown up across the usual rugby outlets on social media about why Roko isn't with the England squad, usually including dozens of comments about the fact Tiger's Jonny May isn't worthy of selection as he's not in the same class as the Fijian born flyer, however, May also scored a fine try in the Tigers defeat to Saints in the Midlands derby, which actually ties the pair at 3 tries apiece so far this season, ahead of both the 'first choice' England wingers, Nowell and Watson (Anthony). Any international manager/coach will come under pressure for a few players they don't pick, but with so much quality in the wide positions for England, it must be a terrific problem to have and I'll be watching with interest (and as a total neutral following May's move to Welford Road) as the season develops!
Poor Manu Tuilagi just seems unable to catch a break right now. He needs yet another surgery to his knee after damaging it on week 1 in the defeat to Bath and is now likely to miss the Autumn Internationals! For a guy who's missed so much rugby over the last few years, this is yet another hammer blow for Manu, the Tigers AND England.
As I put a try count in week 1 of this here bloggage, I will add one to week 2 as well, there were 25 tries scored in week 2, obviously, the weather was not as good as week 1, but still a decent return from 6 matches!
Player of the week - Marcus Smith - The Quins fly half prospect seems on a collision course for stardom. Just 18 years old, he's already being tipped for EPS selection this season. He came into the Harlequins v Gloucester match and put in a great display, helping Quins to a big victory over the Cherry and Whites!
Team of the Week - Northampton Saints - As I said in the last installment, many Saints fans were unhappy with Jim Mallinder and the Saints team after their first round mauling at the hands of Saracens, but they bounced back spectacularly to comfortably win the East Midlands derby. Maybe not the most impressive team performance of the week (Bath?) but for the impressive reversal of fortunes, they get my vote!
Match of the week - Bath vs Saracens - Bath sprinted out of the blocks, holding a half time 14 - nil lead over the standout performers of week 1, they then had to scrap and claw over a resurgent Sarries team, grabbing late points to seal a 31 - 21 victory. A great match that saw several momentum switches and a cracking bit off viewing for the neutrals!
So I'm 2 for 2 in writing this blog! I will try to hit a hat trick next week! I promise!