After the excitement of the opening weekend, we roll on to Round 2 which shouldn't disappoint with some fantastic clashes and clubs looking to bounce back after Round One defeats.
On 7th September 2018, Northampton Saints will be playing Harlequins at Franklin's Gardens Stadium, their home ground. Harlequins are in currently in second place with five points while Northampton Saints are in 10th. From their past meetings, Harlequins has been the better side which means they are going into the match with high chances of winning.
Harlequins will be looking for their second win of the season and currently have no injury concerns. They have a full team squad which includes the new deals for first-team players and five new signings.
Among those who signed the new contract are James Horwill, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw, and Tim Visser. The return of Ronaldo Bothman from a broken arm injury will offer a significant boost to the team. Also, Francis Saili and Demetri Catrakilis are in good form after their injuries that disrupted the 2017/2018 season campaign that limited their play time.
Leicester Tigers will be playing their second match at their Welford Road Stadium. Currently, Leicester sit at the bottom of the table with zero points after the first game. On the other hand, Newcastle Falcons are in the 9th position with also zero points. During their last meeting, Leicester Tigers were beaten by Newcastle Falcons at their home ground.
During that time the Tigers were looking for a place in the playoffs levels for a 14th year, which took the lead in the first minutes of the play. But after the break, The Falcons got over for a score and won the match. From the last five games, Leicester Tigers have won three times while Newcastle has only two wins. This means Leicester Tigers are most likely to win the match since they are in good form.
The two teams have met several times, and they are not on good terms with either side looking to win the match. You will have to go back to Dean Richards' Final match as a Leicester player in the 1997 and trace where the rivalry between these two teams started. His side has snatched the victory with a final minute try. This was a blow to the team whose top four position hopes ended with the second defeat at Welford Road.
This match will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium on 8th September 2018 with the Sharks currently in the 11th position after the opening match while the Worcester Warriors are in the 7th position with one point. During their last match, Worcester Warriors were dealt a huge blow when Du Preez suffered throat injury during his competitive debut.
Nevertheless, the team is not worried about since they have quality players who can handle his position. In the past years, Sale Sharks have been the favourite, and their rivalry will continue during the match. Last season they boosted their top four hopes after winning their game against Worcester Warriors at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Below you can find the full list of the remaining games of the Gallagher Premiership Round Two.
Saturday 8th September, Kick-Off @ 1500hrs (Unless Stated)
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