Guinness Premiership Round Up Christmas and New Year
Bristol came out of the Holiday period on top of the Premiership with a one point lead over Leicester Tigers and six points clear of third placed Gloucester who have a game in hand.
Bristol finished the Holiday period with a narrow away win at Champions Sale Sharks 10-6. They started the Christmas period with a heavy defeat away at Welford Road against Leicester Tigers. This was followed by a 16-6 win over Bath in front of a Premiership record crowd of 21,203 at Ashton Gate.
Leicester Tigers went top after beating Bristol 43-15 but lost top spot when they were beaten at London Irish narrowly 26-25, they finished the Festive period another home win defeating Saracens 28-15.
Gloucester sit in third place in the Premiership but have played a match less after their match against Newcastle Falcons was called on the Friday night before Christmas. On Boxing Day they were beaten 33-12 at London Wasps but on New Years Day pulled of a 12-3 win over London Irish
London Wasps started the Festive period with a disappointing away defeat at struggling Northampton 8-6. On Boxing Day they were impressive winners over Gloucester at Adams Park 33-12 and finished the Holiday period with another away defeat going down 390-19 at Bath.
Saracens are up into fifth spot after the Holiday period with two wins from their three matches. They were 20-16 away winners at Harlequins just before Christmas and followed that up with a 38-15 home win over Northampton Saints at Vicarage Road. On New Years Day though they were beaten going down to a 28-15 defeat at Welford Road to Leicester Tigers.
Sale Sharks had a disastrous Festive period losing all three matches and slipping down to sixth in the table picking up just two losing bonus points along the way. They were beaten narrowly 18-16 at Bath and then well beaten at Newcastle Falcons 40-25 before going down at Edgeley Park to leaders Bristol 10-6.
London Irish picked up two wins form their three matches over the Holiday period and are above Harlequins in the table on most wins. They started with wins away at Worcester by two points and were then one point winners at home to Leicester Tigers. They finished the Festive period with a defeat away at Gloucester 12-3.
Harlequins started the Holiday period with a home defeat against Saracens but bounced back with back to back wins against Worcester, away, and Newcastle Falcons, home. The win over the Falcons on Boxing Day saw them pick up a four try bonus point for just the second time this season.
Bath had a reasonable good Festive period with two wins from their three matches. They kicked of the Holiday period with a narrow 18-16 win over Champions Sale Sharks. In a West Country derby against Bristol at Ashton Gate they went down 16-6 before securing another home win on New Years Day over London Wasps at the Rec 30-19.
Newcastle Falcons lost their opening fixture of the Holiday period to the weather at Gloucester. On Boxing Day they were home winners against Champions Sale Sharks 40-25 picking up their first four try bonus point of the season. On New Years Day, though they were well beaten at Harlequins 42-15 despite leading 15-13 at the break.
Northampton Saints started the Festive period with an excellent home win over London Wasps 8-6 but then slipped to successive defeats. They were beaten at Saracens 38-15 and then on New Years Day went down 10-9 to bottom of the table Worcester Warriors.
Worcester ended the Holiday period with six points. They picked up losing bonus points in their first two matches going down at Sixways to London Irish, 16-14, and Harlequins, 27-20. On New Years Day they picked up a valuable away win at Northampton Saints and are just six points adrift of the Franklin's Gardens outfit.
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