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Guinness Premiership Preview - Bristol v London Wasps

21 December 2007

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Bristol Rugby v London Wasps Saturday 22nd December 2.45pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Bristol are in a rich vein of form at the moment. They completed an excellent double over Harlequins in the Heineken Cup and sit in 2nd place in Pool 3, level on points with Cardiff Blues, and have a reasonable chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

�        They have won only 3 of their 7 Guinness Premiership matches though and are in 7th place in the league.

�        Bristol have won 3 of their 4 matches at the Memorial Stadium this season. Their only loss was to Leicester on the opening day.

�        They only lost 1 of their 11 home Premiership matches last season.

�        London Wasps gained revenge for their defeat in France the previous week with a one point beating of Clermont Auvergne at Adams Park last Saturday.They are now 2nd in Heineken Cup Pool 5 with 2 matches to play.

�        They have made a poor start in the Guinness Premiership and recorded only their second win of the season  when beating Newcastle last time out. They are now in 9th position on 13 points, 1 point behind Bristol.

�        London Wasps are yet to win away in the league this season but drew 24-24 at Worcester in round 2. They were poor away from home last season and only won twice from 11 played.

�        They are likely to improve now they have their world cup contingent back and have won 2 of their last 3 league matches.

 

History

 

�        Bristol and Wasps have met 16 times in league rugby dating back to 1996.

�        Bristol have only won 4, Wasps 11 and 1 match has been drawn.

�        Bristol/Wasps matches are normally high scoring affairs and they average almost 45 points per match. 8 of the 16 matches have seen over 50 points scored.

�        Bristol and Wasps each won their home fixtures last season.

�        Bristol have won 3 of the 8 matches played at the Memorial Stadium with the teams sharing a draw there in February 2006.

�        Bristol have only won 1 of the last 7 league meetings between the sides.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        Bristol's England hooker Mark Regan has been replaced in the Premiership more than any other player.

�        Bristol have not had a player receive a yellow or red card this season in the Premiership.

�        10 of Bristol's 12 Premiership tries have been scored by their back line.

�        Jason Strange is Bristol's leading points scorer this season with 38, although David Hill is not far behind on 28.

�         Strange has a superb 93.75% strike rate this season kicking 15 goals from 16 attempts.

�        Last season's leading tryscorer in the Premiership, David Lemi, leads the way again for Bristol with 4 so far this season.

�        11 of London Wasps 15 Premiership tries this season have come from their backs.

�        Danny Cipriani is the London Wasps leading points scorer in the Premiership with 54.

�        Cipriani is also the club's leading tryscorer with 3.

�        Ex Wasps player, now Clermont Auvergne, Alex King has scored the most drop goals in Premiership history with 33.

 

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