5 things we learnt from round 6 of the Gallagher Premiership

Joe Marchant​ deserves a place in the England squad

A penalty kick to the posts from Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith goes wide and his winger JoeMarchant​t collects it beautifully as it falls into his arms and he darts down for a sensational try.
Arguably, it will be the try of the season with his exceptional quick thinking and reactions; which is surely something that Eddie Jones looks for in his England players.
Marchant​ has been in the background for a while with England appearances but for his club,​ he is arguably one of the best players that they have.
His rugby brain is second to none, and goes for the challenges that some would back away from. Jones does have a plethora of players in the backs that he can choose from but Marchent would certainly be a welcomed addition if he was to choose him.

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Danny Cipriani won at Wasps

Having just picked up player of the month this week, Danny Cipriani and his boot was the saving grace to Gloucester’s win against Wasps at the weekend.
It was the first time that Cipriani has returned to face his old club and he put in a stunning display against the Coventry side.
Eddie Jones seems to be the only person who understands Cipriani’s exclusion in the England squad. His form at the moment is possibly the best it ever has been and it begs the question as to whether Jones doesn’t like him as both a person and player as to why he has yet to be selected since the summer internationals.

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There needs to be more awareness about player injury welfare

Northampton V Tigers, the big derby this year was played at Twickenham on Saturday in honour of former Saints player Rob Horne who last season suffered a tackle that has left him with paralysis in his right arm.
Everyone knows the dangers that surround the game, how brutal it can be and how sometimes it can all go horribly wrong and the worst outcome of injuries very rarely gets spoken about.
It raises the question as to whether more needs to be done to raise awareness about the worst-case scenarios in rugby if they do occur and whether there is enough support for players who are forced to retire from injury, regardless of the effect it may have on a players future health.

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Saracens were close to being second best

Maybe Saracens can be beaten? At least nearly. Harlequins put in a stunning display against the current domestic champions and tested them to their limits. A strong last quarter from the champions showed how good they are with their international stars on display, especially Billy Vunipola who scored late for the London side who went on to beat Harlequins for the first time at The Stoop in fourteen years.
Saracens although tested still are the best side in the Premiership alongside Exeter who both have an unbeaten record this season.
Saracens are starting to look like a side that even when they are tested, don’t panic and get the job done, no matter how late in the game it is.

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Bristol are starting to struggle with the demands of top flight rugby

After a stunning display in the opening round of the season, Bristol are now starting to struggle with the demands of the Premiership following their defeat at Worcester at the weekend. With just 7 points to their name and 52 against them,​ it wasn’t a pretty sight for Pat Lam and a score line that Bristol could have prevented.
Worcester were the better team; however, Bristol have played a higher standard of rugby this season than they did at the weekend.
Losing to Worcester will start to worry the Bears as their fixture list only gets harder as the season progresses and if they are finding the standard of rugby hard this early on then I fear they may slip away mid-way through the season. Nevertheless, Bristol do have an extremely good squad of experienced players who they can call upon to get their season back on track if it starts to fall off the rails.

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