Only two weeks into the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership season and the usual suspects are already starting to steak their claim towards the top of the table.
After an impressive destruction of Sale on the opening weekend, Exeter Chiefs looked to continue their momentum with a visit to Northampton Saints whilst London Welsh had the imposing task of tackling the reigning champions, Harlequins, in their own back yard. Elsewhere, Bath locked horns with Wasps, Leicester Tigers entertained Worcester Warriors whilst London Irish and Gloucester aimed to pick up their first points of the season.
Having pipped Exeter to the play-offs last season, Northampton were made to fight all the way before securing a 24-21 victory and maintaining their 100% start. Sporting their new home jersey, the traditional green, black and gold colours across the chest and back form an imposing presence on the rugby field, with Burrda putting their name to the shirt.
Leicester Tigers kept up their perfect start to their season and are looking to go one step further than beaten finalists last season. Their new shirt has certainly divided fans but there is no denying that Canterbury’s distinct green, red and white tiger striped design is having an impact on the field. With a large crowd roaring the Tigers on, Worcester Warriors battled all the way due in large part to Andy Goode and his kicking prowess. Sporting their own fresh new alternate jersey, the white and sky blue tones are sure to lighten up the season with Kooga creating a look that is equally as stylish both on and off the rugby field.
On paper, Harlequins had the easiest tie of the weekend with the visit of London Welsh to the reigning champions. Fans at The Stoop were not left disappointed with a convincing 40-3 victory but equally impressive was the latest Harlequins home jersey from O’Neills. Sporting their distinct multi-colours, Etihad Airways put their name to the shirt which is universally recognised in the rugby world.
After a disappointing season by Bath standards, the team have got their new home jersey off to a fantastic start to back-to-back opening victories. Wasps were their latest victims as they were left black and blue by the pride of the West Country. Made by Puma, this latest design has already converted many fans, both of Bath and rugby purists, with its stylish design infusing traditional colours with a modern day look.
Gloucester claimed their first win of the season and gained revenge for a mauling in the final day of last season against London Irish. Looking splendid in their iconic cherry and white hoops, Kooga have created the jersey from Evaporex II which is the next generation of their revolutionary fabric. This features a polyester thermo regulating mix to wick perspiration away from the skin to create an ideal body climate whilst providing an unsurpassed degree of function, fit and durability.