The Aviva Premiership returned this weekend with England’s best club sides beginning their quest for Premiership glory. The 2016/17 Aviva Premiership is the most anticipated in history with sides up-and-down the country making big money signings as they look to reach the Premiership Final on Saturday 27th May 2017.
The start of the new season is also an important time for England Head Coach Eddie Jones, the Australian will be hoping his key players can make a strong start to the season as he looks to continue his perfect record in the Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.
Saracens and Harlequins make winning starts in London Double Header at Twickenham
Defending champions Saracens showed just why they are the reigning Aviva Premiership and European Cup Champions with a powerful display beating Worcester Warriors 35-3.
The champions were without talismanic fly-half Owen Farrell but were still able to field a whole host of England Rugby stars including Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola – all of whom will surely play a huge role in the 2016 Autumn Internationals.
After a scrappy first-half which saw just nine points scored, Saracens cut loose in the second-half scoring 29 unanswered points. Jamie George opened the scoring after a strong driving maul, before Alex Lozowski, Springbok legend Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer all crossed to complete a comfortable victory.
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In the second game of the London Double Header Harlequins just got the better of newly promoted Bristol in a rain soaked encounter.
Bristol made a flying start to the game and took a 14-3 lead thanks to tries from Tom Varndell and Tusi Pisi. But Quins hit back with a score from England winger Marland Yarde, which was followed by a fine try from exciting young centre Joe Marchant – will he be part of Eddie Jones’ plans for the Autumn Internationals?
In the second half two Nick Evans penalties were enough to cancel out a Ryan Edwards score as Harlequins ground out a 21-19 victory in atrocious conditions.
Wasps and Leicester Tigers secure opening weekend wins after second-half comebacks
Friday night saw one of the greatest games in the history of English Rugby as Leicester Tigers overcame a 24-point deficit (the biggest comeback in their history) to secure a thrilling victory over Gloucester.
In front of a packed Kingsholm crowd the Cherry & Whites produced a scintillating first-half display scoring three outstanding tries. Scotland centre Matt Scott opened the scoring on his debut before Manu Tuilagi replied for the visitors – then it was one way traffic.
Charlie Sharples intercepted a Matthew Tait pass to go the length of the field and score under the posts before another Matt Scott effort and a try from Henry Purdy put Gloucester into a commanding 31-7 lead.
But the Tigers came roaring back into the game with a 15-minute blitz of breathless attack. JP Pietersen, Brendan O’Connor and Sam Harrison all scored to bring the scores to 31-31, before an 80th minute effort from Harrison gave the Tigers the most unlikely of victories.
In the final game of the weekend Wasps produced an excellent second-half display to make a winning start to the season against the Exeter Chiefs. The Chiefs made a brilliant start to the game with an early score from Thomas Waldrom.
Wasps hit back with a fabulous effort from Jimmy Goperth, but in the see-saw contest Will Chudley finished off a superb team move to give Exeter a 17-8 half-time lead. In the second half Wasps wrestled back control of the game and scores from Dan Robson and man of the match Tommy Taylor secured the four-points.
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) September 4, 2016
England Autumn International Corporate Hospitality Packages now on sale!
England will be looking to maintain their perfect record under Eddie Jones in the Twickenham Autumn Internationals 2016. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Twickenham corporate hospitality packages for these four superb games – allowing you to see all the action in VIP style.
Please follow the links below for more information:
England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016
England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016
England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016
England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016