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Guinness Premiership Preview - Bath v Leeds Carnegie

21 December 2007

Bath Rugby v Leeds Carnegie Saturday 22nd December 2.15pm


Current Form


�        Bath have beaten French club Albi home and away over the last fortnight and top European Challenge Cup Pool 1 unbeaten after 4 rounds.

�        They are also going well in the Guinness Premiership and have won 6 from 7 this season. They lie second in the league table, 1 point behind Gloucester.

�        Bath have won all 4 league matches played at the Rec this season.

�        Bath are the only team in the league to have won their last 5 matches. Their last, and only defeat this season, was to Leicester at Welford Road in round 2.

�        Leeds Carnegie went down by a point to Rugby Calvisano in Italy last weekend but stay on top of European Challenge Cup Pool 5, 2 points ahead of Castres.

�        Their situation is not so rosy though in the Guinness Premiership. They have only beaten Worcester at home from 7 starts and they sit next to bottom of the table, 1 point above the Warriors.

�        Leeds have played 3 league matches away from Headingley this season and not won any of them.




�        Bath and Leeds have met 10 times in the Premiership since 2001.

�        Surprisingly, Bath have won 4 to Leeds 6.

�        Bath have only won 2 of the 5 previous meetings at the Rec.

�        Leeds have won the last 3 fixtures


Trends and Trivia


�        Bath are the only team in the league not to have collected a losing bonus point this season.

�        Bath have not received a yellow or red card in the Premiership this season.

�        Bath have not conceded a try, in fact they have only conceded 12 points in total in the first quarter of their 7 league matches this season.

�        Bath's Shaun Berne is the joint second highest points scorer in the Premiership to date with 63.

�        Bath's leading tryscorer is Matt Banaham with 3.

�        Leeds have scored the least number of points in the league after 7 rounds, just 110.

�        They have also conceded the most points, 229. An average of almost 33 per match.

�        Leeds have conceded 75 points in the last quarter of matches, far more than any other team.

�        Leeds have only scored 11 tries in 7 matches and 7 of these tries have been scored by forwards.

�        The only other team whose forwards have scored 7 tries this season is Bath.

�        Alberto Di Bernardo is the leading points scorer for Leeds this season with 36.

�        Stuart Hooper is the only Leeds player to have scored 2 tries this season.

�        Both the lightest and heaviest players in the Guinness Premiership play for Leeds. Adam Greendale at 11st 6lb,74kg, and Fosi Pala'amo at 22st 12lb, 145kg.

Leeds second row Calum Clark, born on 6th October 1989, is the youngest player in the Premiership this season. He has already played 5 times this season