Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here is a lovely team-by-team post mortem, arising out of the opening six skirmishes between the various Celtic and Italian warriors.
Ospreys – Not even the Ospreys can quite believe the fact that they are top, but they have won all six matches and recorded most points. Their position is still a bit flattering.
Glasgow – They have quickly asserted themselves as Scotland’s foremost team, getting their season off to a flier, until their progress finally hit the buffers at Ravenhill.
Ulster – The White Knights have conceded less points than any other team, but they have shot themselves in the foot at Zebre, whilst merely rescuing a draw at the Scarlets.
Munster – There have been unexpected defeats at home to Edinburgh and the Ospreys, but a fine win at their rivals Leinster represents some cause for optimism.
Connacht – The west coast team have been a surprise bunch. There was rumour that they were an improving club, and a big win against Leinster has demonstrated this.
Leinster – The east coast giants have been a Jekyll and Hyde so far. They’ve already lost to Connacht and Munster, but surely they will eventually get their act together.
Scarlets – There has been two frustrating draws which could easily have been wins. Therefore, with two wins and two losses, it is a case of glass half empty, glass half full.
Edinburgh – Their form has been all over the place, with wins at Munster and at home to the Dragons ruined by three losses and a failure to win at home to the Scarlets.
Dragons – Five defeats from their first six outings is way below par for this south Wales team. They can only hope to redeem themselves in the European Challenge Cup.
Blues – Cardiff’s finest have made a poor start to the campaign, recording only one win and one draw. They are going to struggle to finish in the top half of the table.
Zebre – They did pull off a shock win against Ulster, but otherwise, this Italian outfit have been predictably mediocre. They are battling with Treviso to avoid coming last.
Treviso – Only a solitary bonus point has been accrued thus far and they are conceding over thirty points per match. Treviso regrettably are the league’s whipping boys.