Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Leicester undo their own good work again, Rees-Zammit in the Wales reckoning and Sale raise their sightsThis is not the first time Leicester have proved themselves capable of the sort of rugby not even a team like Exeter can live with. And it is not the first time they have proved themselves incapable of sustaining it. Brilliance and defeat. It is one sure sign of a collective in turmoil, knowing they should be in a better place than they are but consistently freezing just as they threaten to attain it. And then the sight of their equable director of rugby, Geordan Murphy, who in his day represented the very definition of coolness above a storm, dissolving into a finger-pointing fury with one of Welford Road’s own further hints at a meltdown in Leicester’s core. Which will out, the brilliance of the personnel or the unprecedented pressures of life at the bottom with a team like Saracens in pursuit? These are strange times. Michael Aylwin Continue reading…