Fixtures - Top Bar

Opta stats for Aviva Premiership Rugby: Round One

Billy Twelvetrees stole the headlines due to his Gloucester Rugby kicking masterclass on Friday night but another England international was weaving some magic at the same time in south west London.

Marland Yarde produced arguably his best performance in a Harlequins shirt to date and the Opta stats for Aviva Premiership Rugby do much to back that up.

He made a league-high 126 metres, beat eight defenders and pulled off three clean breaks as Quins got off to a flyer with a 26-21 victory over Wasps.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague (110) also topped 100 metres for Quins, who have now won five of their opening day Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures in a row.

Flanker Luke Wallace is another Harlequin well worthy of a mention as his 24 tackles in Round One was better than the next man in the league – Worcester Warriors' Darren Barry – by five.

Yarde and Twelvetrees missed out on selection for England's final Rugby World Cup squad, and the latter also made his point by scoring 29 points in the 39-27 victory over Newcastle Falcons.

It topped Simon Mannix's previous best for Gloucester in Aviva Premiership Rugby, a 28-point haul against Northampton Saints in 1999.

But Newcastle can take solace from the fact that their attack remains as sharp as ever – having scored at least one try in their last 26 league games.

That is the longest current run in Aviva Premiership Rugby after Northampton Saints ended their own 30-game streak by failing to cross the whitewash at Worcester Warriors.

The key to newly-promoted Worcester's 13-12 triumph was their unrelenting defence, as they achieved the best tackle success rate in Round One (92 per cent).

Bath Rugby edged Exeter Chiefs by 19-17 in a traditionally tense and tight South West derby – nine of the 11 games between the sides in Aviva Premiership Rugby have been settled by ten points or fewer, though Bath have won all six at the Rec.

Elsewhere Saracens started this season in much the same way they ended last year as the defending champions recorded their biggest win over Sale Sharks – 41-3 – since September 2000.

And although it's a defeat Sale will be keen to forget, full-back Mike Haley was a standout as he made 100 metres from a chart-topping 21 carries.

London Irish suffered their sixth consecutive home defeat to Leicester Tigers as they were beaten 28-16 at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Indeed the Tigers seem to have a knack for an opening day victory, having won their last four with an average of 33.5 points scored per game.

Tackles made
Luke Wallace (Harlequins) 24
Darren Barry (Worcester Warriors) 19
Sam Twomey (Harlequins), Sam Jones (Wasps) 18
James Horwill (Harlequins) 17

Metres made
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) 126
Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Harlequins) 110
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks) 100
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby) 97

Defenders beaten
Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Simon Hammersley (Newcastle Falcons) 8
Seremaia Bai (Leicester Tigers) 5

Offloads
Jon Fisher (Northampton Saints) 9
Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Ian Whitten (Exeter Chiefs) 7
Magnus Lund (Sale Sharks) 6

Carries
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks) 21
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 19
Sam Dickinson, Jon Fisher (Northampton Saints) 18

Breaks
Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Mike Haley (Sale Sharks), Christian Wade (Wasps) 3

To see all of the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership Rugby Season fixtures, please click here #AvivaPrem
 

Latest News

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby

Evans determined for a Harlequins top-six finish

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans is determined to drive Harlequins to a top-six finish as the Aviva Premiership Rugby season reaches…

We’ll expect a physical test against Saints, says Worcester’s Ben Howard

Ben Howard is expecting a big, physical battle when his Worcester Warriors side face Northampton Saints on Saturday. Full-back Howard,…

Evans and Lambert return to the starting line-up for the visit of Leicester Tigers

Harlequins has announced the team to play Leicester Tigers in Round 15 of the Aviva Premiership tomorrow at The Stoop,…

Nick Evans