So we're half way through the Guiness Premiership season, and no doubt everyone has their view on not only their own team, but everyone else. What are the general thoughts about the season so far? Which teams and players have impressed, or mabye suprised you with their performance? Team of the season for me so far have to be Sale. No longer a team struggling along in mid-table, they now look a formidable force. Lots of strength in depth, and stand out players in the likes of Charlie Hodgson, Sebastien Chebal and Mark Cueto. My prediction to take the title at the end of the season. However, the ever threatening Wasps and Leicester will always be in the mix at the end of the season. Both have the habit of winning ugly when it matters. London Irish have been a big suprise this season. Glad I predicted them to go down Very solid this season, some exciting players such as Delon Armitage and Rikki Flutey, and a new found winning mentality. Gloucester and Worcester are also going well, Kingsholm and Sixways proving very difficult places for teams to go and pick up points. Bristol have given a good account of themselves so far, always nice to see a newly promoted team competing, and not getting stuffed every week (Rotherham anyone?). As for my team, Northampton, extremely disappointing so far. One of the best backlines in the league on paper, with Spencer surrounded with international class in the likes of Reihana, Cohen and Lamont. Hoping for a better 2006 than the previous year, with Premiership survival guaranteed before the last match of the season this time around. Surprise packages so far? I've picked out a few... Jon Clarke (Northampton Saints) - An England U21 international, shown glimpses of brilliance in the past, but floundering slightly between centre and wing, while dogged by injury problems. A move to 13 has seen him become a stand out player, and if he remains consistant could well challenge for full England honours in the future. Tom Rees (London Wasps) - Bags of pace, power and aggression, all you want in a modern back-row player. Could well challenge for the England 6 or 7 shirt at the next World Cup, one to watch. Shaun Perry (Bristol) - Unknown to me before this season, has impressed with slick passing, a great eye for the gap, and the ability to marshall his forwards. With Harry Ellis injured, could his England debut come sooner than expected? Tom Varndell (Leicester Tigers) - Brings the flair of 7s to the 15 man game. Frightening pace, already a great prospect. Thoughts?