The weekend of the 6th of April looks set to be an exciting time for Rugby Union fans. With the action hotting up on the Friday with a match between the Sale Sharks and the Wasps, the action continues into the Saturday with big games between Bath and Leicester, Northampton and Saracens, Harlequins and London Irish and Worcester and Newcastle. The weekend rounds off with a match between Exeter and Gloucester.
The long-awaited clash between Bath Rugby and the Leicester Tigers takes place on the 7th April at Twickenham. Merging the world of Rugby and entertainment - the match looks set to be a great day out for the family. Todd Blackadder has been quite vocal in the press assuring fans that they will be rewarded for seeing them through the recent 'rough ride' the team have had.
Bath have had a pretty rough ride when it comes to injuries lately. With the possibility that Max Lahiff could be out for the entire season with an injury - they are hoping that putting in Victor Delmas as a tighthead will raise team spirits.
If you want an alternative then Northampton will certainly be looking to change their recent losing streak in the big game against Saracens. With the Saracens fresh from a recent 24 - 11 win against the Harlequins they will be quietly confident. Finding out that Tom Stephenson and Ben Nutley are leaving at the end of the season will have particularly dented Northampton's confidence, so it remains to be seen if they can get themselves back on track for the rest of the Rugby Union.
After recovering from a broken cheekbone, Brad Barritt could well end up leading the Saracens to victory. His miraculous recovery has strengthened the Saracens 15/13 odds on winning the entire Rugby Union, which will not be welcome news to the unstable Northampton team in the run-up to the match. If you are looking to bet on top scorers then Jamie George looks set to be a favourite across all of the sportsbooks.
With a hard-earned win over Bath under their belt - the Harlequins will be aiming high for their clash against London Irish. Kyle Sinckler came off of the bench against Bath with everything to prove and set about trying to win his England place back. He will present a huge challenge to London Irish if he is again taken from the bench against them.
London Irish could still be suffering from dented confidence from their defeat against Gloucester. Losing 29 to 33 has got to be a knock when they were so close to winning the game. Team morale will have been lifted by the recent return of Josh McNally who has recently recovered from heart surgery. Providing a much-needed change of energy for the team could be just what they need to secure a win against the Harlequins.
Friday 6th April, Kick-Off @ 1945hrs
Saturday 7th April, Kick-Off @ 1500hrs
Sunday 8th April - Kick-Off @1500hrs
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