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Guinness Premiership Preview - Gloucester Rugby v Bristol Rugby

28 December 2007

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Gloucester Rugby v Bristol Rugby Saturday 29th December 3pm


Current Form


�        Gloucester won away at Newcastle last Sunday to stay top of the Guinness Premiership, now level on points with Bath.

�        They have only played 3 of their 8 matches to date at home and are unbeaten.

�        In fact they were unbeaten at home throughout the whole of last season and the last away team to win at Kingsholm was London Wasps on 6th May 2006.

�        Bristol shared a draw with London Wasps at the Memorial Stadium last Saturday and remain in 7th place in the league.

�        They have yet to win on the road in the Guinness Premiership this season and have lost at Sale, Harlequins and Bath.




�        Gloucester and Bristol have met 16 times in league rugby since 1997.

�        Gloucester have much the better of the fixture having won 11 to Bristol's 4 with one game drawn.

�        Both teams have won one game each for the last 2 seasons.

�        Bristol have only won once at Kingsholm, in March 2006.


Trends and Trivia


�        Gloucester have scored the most points in the Guinness Premiership this season with 234.

�        Despite winning all 3 of their home games this season, Gloucester are one of only 3 teams in the league not to have gained a try bonus point on home soil.

�        The bulk of Gloucester's points have come in the second quarter of the first half and first quarter of the second half. They have scored more than any other team in both these periods of play.

�        Although the Gloucester team have made the most tackles in the Premiership this season, only Leeds have missed more tackles.

�        23 of the 27  Gloucester tries this season have been scored by the back division.

�        Ryan Lamb is Gloucester's leading points scorer with 72.

�        Lamb has missed 8 conversions this season, the highest number in the league.

�        Lesley Vainikolo still tops the tryscoring list with 7.

�        Bristol have only scored only 37 of their 149 points away from home this season.

�        13 of Bristol's 15 tries have been scored by the back line.

�        11 of the 14 tries Bristol have conceded have been scored by backs.

�        Along with Newcastle, Bristol have scored the least number of tries away from home this season , just 3.

�        Jason Strange is Bristol's leading points scorer with 43

�        Wingers Tom Arscott and David Lemi have both scored 4 tries.

2 players could make their 100th appearance in the Premiership in this match. James Simpson-Daniel has made 99 appearances for Gloucester and Andrew Blowers 88 for Northampton and 11 for Bristol.