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Shootin’ The Boot – Top of the Premiership Looking Tough

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After 11 rounds of the 22 round competition, the best in this year’s Guinness Premiership have begun to separate them from the pack.

The Saracens have been plowing through the competition this year. It was not until their Round Nine match against the Worcester Warriors that they did not win a game (it ended in a draw, 12-12).  They did rebound the following round against the Sale Sharks in a hard fought 15-13 victory. However, the non-losing streak came to a halt in Round Eleven as the London Irish won a 23-19 match in front of 19,000+ fans at Madejski Stadium. The Saracens will find it harder to rebound after this match; their Round Twelve competition is last year’s champions, the Leicester Tigers.

Only three points separate the second place London Irish from the Saracens even thought the Irish have lost two and played to a draw in two others. The Irish have scored a Premiership high 242 points while only allowing a Premiership low of 130 points.

A single point behind the London Irish is the Northampton Saints with 8 victories and 3 losses to their record. Like the Irish, they too are a high scoring team having accounted for 239 points so far this season while allowing 169. Their Round Twelve match against the second place London Irish stands to shake up the top of the standings if the Saints can pull a victory out.

Defending champions and currently fourth place Leicester Tigers have played in some very close matches like their Round Ten loss to the fifth place London Wasps, 22-24. They have had their high scoring matches as well such as their Round Eleven victory over the Sale Sharks. At 32 points a convincing win over the first place Saracens would go a long way to catapulting the team up the standings.

Not to be counted out are the currently fifth place London Wasps (30 points).  Victories over Leicester in Round Ten and Northampton in Round Five show what the team is capable of, yet the defeats at the hands of the Saracens in Round Eight (6-22) and the London Irish in Round Four competition (16-28) make this the team on the outside looking in.

Beer: London can boast some of the best teams in the Premiership, as well as some pretty good beer. Greene King IPA is the proud sponsor of the London Wasps. This beer has a long 100 year history in the UK and is currently the best selling cask ale in the United Kingdom. It’s smooth, fresh taste buoyed by a strong hops presence to go along with pale and crystal malts make this brew an easy one to enjoy while watching a good rugby match.  When in London you will probably find yourself going to the bathroom too much to get out of control since the ABV is kind of low at 3.6%; however, the version available out of country has a little more kick at 5% ABV.