Rugby


Referees at all levels have a difficult job, especially those lower down the pyramid where there are no television match officials or assistant referees, so it is good to hear a head coach praise the work they undertake. Bristol’s Pat Lam did that after last Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship game at Ashton Gate, and …

Exeter Chiefs forwards coach Rob Hunter hailed the performance of young back rower Sam Simmonds as he scored yet another try in the 34-24 home win over Newcastle Falcons. The 22-year-old scored his fifth Premiership try of the season, his eighth in 12 league games, and his 12th in 17 matches in all competitions. “Sam …

Wellington are showing they have plenty of strength in depth this season. They are being forced to make several changes for each game in the Cornwall and Devon Division, but this has not prevented them winning handsomely recently. Last weekend they triumphed 50-0 away to Plymouth Argaum, despite being forced to make four changes and …

Women’s NC South West One unbeaten leaders St Mary’s Old Boys travel to Bournemouth to face Oakmeadians, while North Petherton host second-placed Ellingham and Ringwood. Yeovil are finding life tough since their promotion as they have yet to register a league point ahead of today’s home game against unbeaten Topsham, who are third in the …

When the Premiership fixture list was issued during the summer, I am sure most Exeter Chiefs fans looked at the visit of Newcastle Falcons to Sandy Park this Saturday (3.00 pm) as a relatively easy five points for the Devon side. That was no doubt also the view of BT Sport as they overlooked it …

The Aviva Premiership Rugby festive live coverage fixtures have been released by BT Sport. Exeter Chiefs’ game away to Northampton Saints on Saturday 23rd December has been selected as a live game. Other live games for West Country teams will be when Bath host Wasps on Friday 29th December and Gloucester will be at home …

FIVE games into the season and Bristol who were briefly down to 13-men on the field, go to the top of the GKIPA Championship table as they take maximum points to take over pole position from Ealing Trailfinders. Tries from Ross McMillan centre Alapati Leiua, flanker Steven Luatua and scrum half Rhodri Williams plus three …

CORNISH Pirates suffered their fourth narrow defeat in five matches as they were pipped by a very late converted try at Headingley. The margin of their four losses makes up a combined total of only 11 points, but that is the difference between the Cornishmen riding high in the Greene King IPA Championship table, and …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter22170563043886
2Saracens22160664444078
3Gloucester22131858751568
4Northampton221101159052156
5Harlequins221001254452856
6Bath221021048148056
7Sale22112946250455
8Wasps221001248355251
9Bristol22911250358051
10Worcester22901349155746
11Leicester22701547863241
12Newcastle Falcons22601639554131
12London Irish22301938565122
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1London Irish2220028353401999
2Ealing2217057335031886
3Bedford Blues2213096326031769
4Jersey Reds22120105544421563
5Cornish Pirates22100125565071959
6Yorkshire Carnegie22110114755491155
7Nottingham22101115085971052
8Coventry2291124976371351
9London Scottish2280144686161143
10Doncaster2280145466171042
11Hartpury RFC227015415634836
12Richmond226016430604933