Aviva Premiership: Exiles will keep Harlequins honest at home
After an oft-surprising first half of the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign, the best pill carriers in the land put their bodies on the line all over again as the race to the playoffs, and a Grand Final berth, intensifies.
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The exiled Dragons will be glad of the return to their Oxford base after a couple of punishing fixtures over the festive period, including a spectacular (for all the wrong reasons) 78-7 loss at Saracens just before Xmas.
London Welsh were markedly better in their last match though, going down just 24-9 against London Irish at the Madejski.
Next up for Justin Burnell’s crowd is a Quins outfit who have won just one of their past four Aviva Premiership games, and at that by only eight points at home to second-bottom Newcastle.
Welsh won’t gain their first victory of the campaign, but back them to keep the score respectable.
There’ll be plenty of noises coming out of the Tigers’ camp regarding ‘retribution’ and ‘revenge’ after their great rivals’ 45-0 win at The Rec early in the campaign, and the hosts have only lost once at Welford Road this season.
Bath are just better than Leicester right now though, and go into this match on the back of a seven-game winning run, so expect an away triumph by hook or by crook.
Good at home, hopeless away has been the story of Wasps’ season so far, but they finally shrugged a monkey off their back by winning at Gloucester last time out.
Back at their new Ricoh Arena home, where London Irish were beaten 48-16 recently, the hosts should be able to see off Sale with something in hand.
With 33 points so far in the league this term, which is just two behind Saracens, two more than Leicester and 12 ahead of their next opponents, Exeter demand to be taken seriously.
Sarries and Wasps have both been sent packing from Sandy Park with their tails between their legs of late, so Gloucester stand little chance of escaping unscathed.
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