Thursday, September 10, 2009
The Guinness Premiership kicked off this past weekend and despite all the controversy of the last few months, record crowds turned out across the country to witness some of the great rugby on display.
As we saw with the clip of Nicky Robinson scoring a few days ago, Gloucester comfortably won their West Country derby with Bath. Both sides scored some nice tries, with James Simpson-Daniels scoring twice. Shontayne Hape claimed a consolation try for Bath though, following some neat handling.
Harlequins were in the headlines again for the wrong reasons, as their hopes of righting the wrongs of the bloodgate scandal were diminished within the first minute against Wasps, as George Robson was sent of for headbutting Joe Simpson.
Quins showed character to stay in the match in front of a huge crowd at Twickenham, but were undone 26-15 in the end, with Wasps new signing Tom Varndell picking up two valuable tries.
Northampton picked up a 20-17 win against Worcester in an entertaining match at Franklins Gardens. Paul Diggin scored the match winning try with two minutes left in the contest.
Elsewhere, the newly restructured Saracens got their season off to a good start as they beat last seasons runners-up, London Irish, 18-14.