Gallagher Premiership Round 12 social media preview
Gallagher Premiership Rugby prepares to tackle the January blues with 2019’s maiden helping of action, with all 12 sides battling to make the perfect start to the new year.
Round 12 gets underway at the AJ Bell Stadium with Saracens knowing that a win will send them top as they make the trip to in-form Sale Sharks with the Friday night lights shining down.
That is before Exeter Chiefs get their chance to right last weekend’s defeat to Northampton Saints when Bristol Bears come to Sandy Park on Saturday at 3pm.
Kicking off concurrently around the country are three other mouth-watering fixtures: Bath Rugby’s trip to Worcester Warriors, Leicester Tigers’ match-up with Gloucester Rugby and Newcastle Falcons’ face-off against Harlequins.
And Sunday sees the Saints look to build on their toppling of the league-leaders as they head to the Ricoh Arena to take on Dai Youngs’ Wasps.
Here’s how the teams have been preparing for Round 12 on social media.
Saracens took time to reflect on what was a truly outstanding 2018.
Best of 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ | A tough London derby, a score to settle at The Stoop and another fine win! 👊
🗓 GAME FOUR: Harlequins 🃏 🆚 Saracens 🔴⚫️
📍 The Stoop, Twickenham
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) December 31, 2018
While opponents Sale were hard at work in the hopes that they can give the reigning Gallagher Premiership Rugbychampions a tough start to 2019.
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All smiles in training this week after back-to-back wins in the #GallagherPrem! 🦈🏉👊. It was the perfect end to 2018, and #YourSharks are looking to make it the perfect start to 2019 against @saracensofficial this Friday night! #SharkTime #SaleSharks #SharksByName #Training #Squad #Team @ukfast
Chiefs are targeting an immediate response when the Bears come to town.
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) January 3, 2019
But Pat Lam’s men are ready for the challenge.
🎥 | “Everything is stacked against us on Saturday, but that’s the way I like it.”
— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 3, 2019
The Warriors recalled past glories against Bath.
⏪ A flowing team move finished by @JoshAdams951 against Bath in 2017 🙌
Who’s with us on Saturday? 🙋 pic.twitter.com/bfEdXXm9rU
— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) January 2, 2019
Saturday’s opponents will be hoping Ruaridh McConnochie can create a standout moment of his own.
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Leicester welcomed a couple of new faces into the fray.
First field session for the new and returning recruits! pic.twitter.com/irib4irVWg
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) January 2, 2019
And Gloucester toasted those already in their ranks.
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) January 3, 2019
There was fighting talk from Falcons captain Will Welch.
Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch says his side are ready to make the small adjustments needed to regain winning ways in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday when they play host to Harlequins https://t.co/Bm22r9I9EG pic.twitter.com/d5RJSnuVFF
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) January 3, 2019
While Alex Dombrandt was playing down the hype.
🗣 “Things are going well at the moment so it’s about enjoying every day, coming in with smiles on faces and seeing what happens in the future.”
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) January 3, 2019
Wasps put the bait out with a clip from their A’s match.
🎥 Ever seen a tighthead outrun several players from 40 metres out?!
Well check out Ben Onyeama-Christie’s try at the weekend for Wasps A…🌪️ pic.twitter.com/JtpHYr8e3E
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) January 3, 2019
And the Saints responded in style.
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) January 3, 2019