Now a third of the way through the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership season it is a good point to look at how clubs are doing, compared to their progress at this stage last year.
To start with we are looking at rounds only. Where they are after round 7 this season compared to last. Now all things aren't equal, but that's analysis that can be looked at later (we have to start somewhere).
The table below, which shows teams ordered by where they ended the league after 22 rounds, shows there position this season after 7 rounds (based on points and tries) and last season.
To ease showing who is up or down, green shows and improved position, yellow no change and red a worse position.
Saints fans will be content, as the only team to be in the same position, they are the number one ranked team now, as they were at this point last season.
Three teams show an improvement of four places in the league compared to this stage last year: Bath, Wasps and Chiefs.
The team who have slipped the most are Leicester Tigers who are placed in unfamiliar territory, not only in the bottom half of the league but the bottom quarter.
Bottom placed London Welsh must be concerned at their position. They are way off where the eleventh and twelfth placed teams were last season (with 6 points each) with a solitary point; this year they are eight points adrift of the next team already.
So teams have come from behind and pulled back places, but this compares the two nearest seasons we can (except obviously for London Welsh who for convenience rather than statistical reliability we are comparing with Worcester Warriors).
There will be an alternative way of looking at the 7 rounds coming shortly.