Gallagher Premiership Weekend: Your ultimate guide to Round 12 as Gloucester entertain Northampton Saints

TV and live stream information as BT Sport brings you live coverage of Gloucester vs Northampton Saints and Bristol Bears vs Leicester Tigers - plus free highlights from every game.

By Callum Davis Published: 3 December 2022 - 3.55am
Premiership Rugby Round 12

BT Sport brings you live coverage of three domestic duels, including a mouth-watering primetime double header on Saturday, as the Gallagher Premiership continues with Round 12. 

This weekend also marks the start of Restart Round, when English club rugby promotes the work done by Restart, the charity that helps players and their families facing hardship - just search "Restart Round" for more information.

Read on for a preview of every game, live stream information and TV channel times.

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Saturday 3 December

London Irish vs Newcastle Falcons - 3pm kick-off

London Irish are one of the more exciting teams to watch in the division, but it was defensive vulnerability that proved their downfall against defending champions Leicester Tigers. 

As a result of that defeat, the Exiles remain bottom of the table despite a rousing second-half comeback at Welford Road that saw Matt Rogerson, Ollie Hassell-Collins and Tom Pearson dot down, only for the visitors to finish three points shy of victory. 

The damage was down before the break though and only Bristol have conceded more points per game in the division this term than Irish, an issue Les Kiss and his staff will be extremely keen to address as the west Londoners look to arrest a run of five straight league defeats. 

Newcastle Falcons meanwhile are riding high after back-to-back league wins over West Country duo Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs.

The victory over the Cherry and Whites will have been especially pleasing with it being a gruelling away trip, while the victory over the Devonians was also pleasing in its grittiness.

It will also be the first match the Falcons have played since the tragic passing of Doddie Weir from motor neuron disease at the age of 52.

Lock Weir played at Kingston Park from 1995 to 2002, making 97 appearances. 

After being diagnosed with MND in June 2017, Weir worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition and at by June this year, the foundation set up in his name, My Name'5 Doddie, had raised £8m for MND research. 

Gloucester vs Northampton Saints - 5pm (5.30pm KO), BT Sport 1 HD

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Struggling Gloucester will be desperate to avoid a fourth-straight league defeat when they play host to top-four hopefuls Northampton in the first part of a Saturday-night double header on BT Sport. 

Gloucester's last victory came back in October, with a 38-22 victory over Exeter Chiefs propelling the Cherry and Whites up to third. 

However losses to Sale Sharks, Newcastle and Harlequins since then have halted their progress, and by kick-off at Kingsholm, George Skivington's men could sit ninth if both Bath and Newcastle pick up wins over Harlequins and London Irish respectively. 

They welcome a Northampton Saints side possibly still licking their wounds after a 45-39 defeat to Saracens three weeks ago, having led the north Londoners by 22 points thanks in no small part to Fraser Dingwall's hat-trick. 

However, ill-discipline cost the visitors, with Lukhan Salakaia-Lato and Tom James enjoying time in the sin bin in the last 30 minutes as Gareth Simpson, Josh Hallett, Ben Earl and Elliott Daly bagged converted scores to turn the game on its head at StoneX Stadium. 

Gloucester overcame the Saints 35-30 at Kingsholm the last time that these sides faced off, whilst the Saints have been victorious just once at Kingsholm since 2017.

Can the Cherry and Whites snap their three-game losing streak or will Northampton claim only their second win at Kingsholm for five years?

Ellis Genge captained Leicester Tigers to the Premiership title before returning to Bristol in the summer

Bristol Bears vs Leicester Tigers - 7.45pm (8pm KO), BT Sport 1 HD

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Holders Leicester will be hoping to complete only their third win at Ashton Gate in their history when they take on Bristol in the second part of our Saturday-double header.

The Tigers’ 28-26 victory at Ashton Gate last December was only their second success at the venue, having previously won there in November 2016.

Leicester snuck over the line against London Irish on Sunday, but head coach Steve Borthwick will nevertheless be concerned that the reigning champions were almost reeled in, with a 12-point half-time lead cut to just two points by the final whistle. 

However, there were definitely some positives to draw on as Richard Wigglesworth scored a devilish try down the blindside of a driving maul, while Matt Scott released Harry Potter for a clinical third try with a brilliant grubber kick. 

Freddie Burns also passed the impressive landmark of 1,500 Premiership points in Nemani Nadolo's final game for the club before the Fijian moved back to Super Rugby side with the New South Wales Waratahs, the place where he started his club career. 

Saturday night's clash represents Tigers' first opportunity to face Ellis Genge since he returned home to Ashton Gate, having led the East Midlands side to league glory against Saracens in Twickenham in his first season as captain. 

Since their capitulation against Harlequins in the 2020/21 Premiership semi-final, Bristol Bears' league form hasn't recovered, finishing 10th last season and in the same position this current campaign, with only London Irish keeping them off the bottom. 

With no win in the competition since 24 September - the latest of which was a 25-20 loss to Sale Sharks at the weekend - Pat Lam's men need a pick-me-up sooner rather than later, while Leicester will have fond memories of this corresponding fixture last term, when Guy Porter scored an 84th-minute winner after Jasper Wiese was sin-binned.