Friday, 3 September 2010

Summed up in a Sentence

Stuart Barnes: Everyone's favourite gap-toothed rugby pundit
With the start of the new Aviva Premiership season almost upon us, journos, pundits and bloggers alike have been eager to assess each team's championship winning pedigree or hopes of survival.

I have to admit I have cast my beady little eye up and down the league, looked at all the summer signings and departures and made a few predictions of my own.  Tea leaves not required.

However, instead of banging on for hours about the positives and negatives of each team, I decided that a more concise approach was the way forward. 

Therefore without further ado, here are my thoughts on each Aviva Premiership club in one handy sentence.


Leicester: Steamrolling their way to a third consecutive championship.
Bath: The cream of the West country will rise to the the runners up spot.
Saracens: Dazzling biscuit munchers but falling just short.
Northampton: Always the bridesmaid...
London Irish: Woefully inconsistent.
Harlequins: Occasionally inspiring, mostly frustrating.
Wasps: Dogged but lacking the crucial cutting edge.
Leeds: Most improved but just falling short of the top six.
Gloucester: Another season of mid-table mediocrity.
Newcastle: Dull.
Sale: Unexciting.
Exeter: DOOMED.

Of course I could be totally wrong as I ain't no Stuart Barnes.  Thank God.  But I will say this:  it's going to take a minor miracle for anyone to beat Leicester to the Premiership title this season.  I think Bath and Sarries will push them all the way but they will fall short as they lack that crucial championship winning mentality.

The gulf in class between the Premiership and division one will be shown in stark contrast and I think Exeter will become regular whipping boys (I hate that phrase) and find themselves playing Doncaster and Rotherham again next season.

But who knows?  Just don't call me Stuart.

1 comment:

  1. I'll bet Gloucester had wished you were right about The Chiefs last Saturday :o)