Guinness Premiership: Ben Herring Hot, London Wasps Not

Sean KellyAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2008

The second week of the Guinness Premiership has gotten under way, with Bath losing to Gloucester at the Rec for the first time in 20 years, and London Wasps losing again. I will now go through all the hot bits and all the not so hot bits.


•Ben Herring showed his skill with a great kick through for Tom Croft to collect and score, and rounded off a great game with a try of his own. With performances like this Lewis Moody must be sweating.

•London Irish may have lost to Leicester Tigers but their tactics still prove to bring fantastic rugby, as their last try showed. Counter attacking brilliance.

•Young England Fly Half Toby Flood continued to prove himself to the Welford Road faithful, as his kicking was spot on. He set up a great try for Irishman Geordan Murphy.

•Willie Walker showed Ryan Lamb how to kick as he drove Gloucester to their first win at the Rec in 20 years.

•Ollie Morgan continued his fine form and will hopefully continue to make the England selectors watch him carefully.

•The E.L.V.'s have been in place for the second week now, and one man benefiting from the changes is Danny Care. The young England scrum half prised open the Bristol defence on many occasions and was a general pain for the West Country outfit all game.

•Johnny Wilkinson came back with a bang as he led Newcastle to their first victory of the season, getting himself 22 points along the way.


•Butch James had a nightmare at the Rec costing Bath 19 points, missing every kick and getting charged down. Steve Meehan has refused to blame James for Bath's loss, but come on, Steve...

•Peter Hewat could have gotten the draw for London Irish, but just couldn't land the conversion.

•London Wasps just aren't playing at all at the moment, and the champions really don't look like retaining their crown.

•Other title hopefuls Saracens suffered their second defeat, and still choose to pick Chris Jack at blindside flanker. What's with that?