5 things we learnt from round 4 of the Gallagher Premiership

A repeat of last seasons​ final could be on the cards

Both Exeter and Saracens have won all their games so far this season and have been the two strongest teams in the domestic league. The best test for both sides will be when they face each other in round ten. Until then the competition that they face could be ‘easy’ for them. The most crucial game of both their seasons is when they play each other in round 21, as this could be fundamental to how the semi-finals and final is played.
Both sides need to be tested at their own game and at the moment it is only each other that will bring that standard of rugby.

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Wasps must be better in defence to progress through the table

Wasps are one of the best sides in the premiership, but only in attack. When the men in black and gold are in possession of the ball they can easily apply the pressure to the opposition and create opportunities to score, with most of the time it paying off.
But when it comes to their defence it is another story.
Wasps were extremely lucky to win at the weekend against Sale and arguably didn’t deserve it. Sale weren’t poor, Wasps were just lucky.
The downfall for Wasps is that they kept giving away ‘silly’ penalties that should have been avoided. It was great to see Nathan Hughes back playing but his yellow card was very much avoidable.
Ultimately, if Wasps want to stand any chance of winning the title or making it to top four they must improve their defence.

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Tigers need to find a new and stable coaching set up

Loosing at home is not at all how Leicester Tigers like to be known, especially loosing at home to Worcester. Since the departure of Richard Cockerill, the Tigers have been on poor form. Their last season place finish of 5th was a disappointment and realistically previous
A new voice is needed within the set-up to reignite the Tigers roar and sort out their on-field problems.
The dream of having Leicester legends coaching for the club and re-living the glory days is a nice idea but realistically it hasn’t paid off in recent years apart from the glory years with Richard Cockerill, but since then it hasn’t become a dream and if the club wants to progress anywhere in both the domestic and European league then it looks like they need to find a new voice and new direction.

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Farrell won the battle against Cipriani

The Saracens, Gloucester game wasn’t at all the ‘battle of the tens’ that we had previously anticipated but individually, Farrell came out on top.
Farrell didn’t upstage Cipriani in any way with neither of them having a flawless performance, apart from Farrell’s goal kicking in which he scored 13 points from the boot.
With the exclusion of Cipriani from the recent England training squad despite his current form,​ it looks like Danny Cipriani will not be on the plane to Japan in twelve months’ time.

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Is it time for Manu Tuilagi to give up professional rugby?

Manu Tuilagi was meant to be England’s answer to the centre partnership. The player that can be the answer to beating the All Blacks, to draw in defenders and power through the​ ​ defence, however, that has become a distant dream as following the match this weekend he is injured again.
Manu hasn’t been blessed with injuries and for the majority of his playing career, he has been injured which subsequently has made his form drop.
Following his series of injuries, as a player he will never be at the form he used to be and if he if he can be injury free for a lengthy period of time it is still a big risk to take him to the World Cup in a year’s time.
The big question is from a player welfare point of view and whether it is in Manu’s best interests to keep him invested in the sport if it will do more damage to his body in the future.

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