Bristol Bears vs Bath Rugby
Pat Lam: “It [derby day] brings huge responsibility. We have to go out there and celebrate the work that we do on the training ground and put our teamwork into practice. Everybody is busting a gut to be involved at Ashton Gate.”
Final score: Bristol 17 - 10 Bath
Gloucester vs Northampton Saints
Johan Ackermann: “They’ll bring a new flavour as there’s a new coach who is going to bring in new ideas and new philosophies. They were clinical and physical in their warm-up games so it’s going to be a massive challenge.”
Chris Boyd: Johan [Ackermann] was a revelation in South Africa and did extremely well with the Lions; he introduced a new style of rugby, and I can see a lot of his traits in the way that Gloucester play – plus [Danny] Cipriani is a very good signing for them as he likes that style."
Final score: Gloucester 27 - 16 Northampton
Worcester Warriors vs Wasps
Dai Young: “They’re very physical up front and very direct, they don’t play much rugby in their own half, very much of a South African approach. They have a very strong kicking game, big press from the defence, they are very direct as they get into your half, will take you on physically and a good set piece."
Final score: Worcester 20 - 21 Wasps
Harlequins vs Sale Sharks
Steve Diamond: "We’ve trained well. We took a few knocks in the Castres game. We’ve resolved our disciplinary issues after that game, and go to Quins after a good pre-season. Whatever you do pre-season, you’re never 100% ready for the Premiership."
Final score: Harlequins 51 - 23 Sale
Exeter Chiefs vs Leicester Tigers
Ali Hepher: “It’s been a tough summer, but that’s what you’d expect, it’s been brutal at times for the guys, but now their itching to get out there and play some games. All of them have worked incredibly hard and got themselves in great shape, but now the challenge is transferring that physical and mental work out onto the pitch this Saturday.”
Matt O'Connor: “All sorts of guys have been putting their hands up for selection during the pre-season period,” said O’Connor. “In the group we’ve got a lot of talent in the back three, options in midfield and we’ve added a lot of depth in the forwards."
Final score: Exeter 40 - 6 Leicester
Newcastle Falcons vs Saracens
Dean Richards: “In terms of Saracens they play the least amount of rugby inside their own half out of any side in the league, so there’ll be a lot of ball in the air from them."
Final score: tbc
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