Gallagher Premiership Round 15 social media preview
Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns with a bang as new leaders Exeter Chiefs will hope to maintain their slender lead over second-placed Saracens.
A packed fixture list sees the weekend start off with tonight’s derby between Bristol Bears and a Gloucester Rugby side hunting a top four place.
Newly-promoted Bears haven’t yet won in 2019, while Gloucester will be confident after beating the top two sides in consecutive games.
A crucial Saturday includes crunch matches for both Exeter and Saracens as they take on the Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints respectively.
Sharks have been solid defensively in recent weeks – with the exception of a 67-17 defeat to Saints, who themselves have scored at least 27 points in each of their last five games.
Fellow semi-final challengers Harlequins face a tough trip to Bath Rugby, while Leicester Tigers and Wasps will look to consolidate their mid-table positions with a win as they face off.
Harlequins will be looking for their fifth win in a row while an inconsistent Leicester will host a Wasps side who have only won one of their last six games.
We’ve got a bumper weekend in store for you 😍
The race for a top 4️⃣ spot is on, while things at the bottom are really heating up 🔥
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) March 1, 2019
Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors will close off the action-packed fixture list as the bottom-placed Falcons – having lost their last five – desperately seek a win to close the gap at the bottom.
With the stage set, here’s how the Gallagher Premiership Rugby sides have been looking forward to the games on social media:
Versatile forward Jordan Crane is readying himself for the clash with Gloucester with some extra practice at home…
— Jordan Crane (@JordanCrane86) February 28, 2019
But rivals Gloucester Rugby are ready for a derby under the Friday night lights…
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) February 28, 2019
Worcester Warriors welcomed new recruit Ed Fidow, with the exciting Samoan winger becoming their fifth signing of the season…
🇼🇸 A glimpse of our new winger! ⚡️pic.twitter.com/xmispx18lp
— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) February 27, 2019
The Tigers paid tribute to retiring centre Matthew Tait, who made the announcement earlier this week…
It wasn’t only the #TigersFamily that Mat Tait shone for throughout his career, with plenty of highlights on the international stage.
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) March 1, 2019
Exeter have been toughening themselves up for a title run-in by training with the army…
Definitely worse places to do our rehab. Thank you CTCRM for a great day’s work today 💪💪💪 @samsimmonds_ @StuartTownsend9 @SamSk95 @MRBassett82 @ColMikeTanner @RoyalMarines @ExeterChiefs @HarryStrong13 pic.twitter.com/VhIdTI9W64
— Coxy (@NickCox82) February 21, 2019
Elsewhere, Northampton reminded their opponents what was in store for them…
Big thanks to all who voted! pic.twitter.com/UinQlcekD8
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) February 28, 2019
Saracens took a lighter approach as they put a reality star through his paces at the training ground…
Want to find out how a reality TV star fares against professional athletes? 🤔
See how Ollie got on 👀⬇️ pic.twitter.com/3hB8h5zUDs
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) February 28, 2019
The Falcons are urging their supporters to turn out in great numbers for Sunday’s clash…
Let’s get the whole of the region behind Newcastle Falcons for Sunday’s huge home game against Worcester Warriors. Tickets for the 3pm Gallagher Premiership kick-off at Kingston Park Stadium are available via https://t.co/t5EklSso9F pic.twitter.com/V29NTLuSJz
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) February 25, 2019
Meanwhile Wasps’ new signing Mike Daniels could feature against Leicester…
📢 BREAKING NEWS 📢
Wasps can today confirm the signing of tighthead prop @MikeyDaniels4 ahead of the 2019/20 season!
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) February 26, 2019
Sale fans can breathe easy as their star hooker signed a contract extension in the week…
RE-SIGNING ✍️ | @robwebber2 signs an extension to his current contract to keep him in the North-West until 2021!
— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) February 28, 2019
Bath fans were forced to jog down memory lane to remember this play from 2017…
What happens next?
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) February 28, 2019
Meanwhile, Harlequins readied themselves for the game with a bout of yoga…
🙏 Dot Londoner @LondonYogaHub takes members of our squads through the Warrior 1 Yoga position
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) February 28, 2019