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Guinness Premiership Preview - Harlequins v Saracens

21 December 2007

Harlequins v Saracens Saturday 22nd December 3pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Harlequins have had a poor Heineken Cup campaign and lost both their back to back matches to Bristol. They are now eliminated from the competition with 2 matches still to play.

�        They are bottom of Pool 3 with no wins and only a home draw against Cardiff Blues to show for their efforts.

�        They are better placed in the Guinness Premiership winning 4 of their opening 7 matches to occupy 5th position in the league, 6 points behind leaders Gloucester.

�        Harlequins have won all 4 of their league matches this season at the Stoop.

�        18 of their 21 league points have come on home turf.

�        Saracens pulled off a remarkable comeback at Viadana on Saturday scoring 31 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Italians 34-26.

�        They stay top of Heineken Cup Pool 4, 2 points ahead of the erratic Biarritz and have an excellent chance of reaching the quarter-final stage.

�        With 159 points scored, they are the highest scorers in theHeineken Cup this season.

�        Saracens are also going well in the Guinness Premiership winning 5 of their 7 opening matches. They are 3rd in the table, 4 points behind leaders Gloucester and 2 ahead of Saturday's opponents Harlequins.

�        They have won 3 of their 4 away games, the only defeat coming at Sale.

 

History

 

�        Harlequins and Saracens have met 20 times in the league since 1997.

�        Harlequins have won 8, Saracens 11 and 1 game ended in a draw.

�        Saracens completed a league double over Harlequins last season.

�        Harlequins have won 7 of the 10 matches played at the Stoop.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        15 of the 17 individual tries Harlequins have scored this season have been scored by their back line.

�        With 5, Harlequins have had  the most players in the league receive a yellow card this season.

�        Defences are likely to be on top early in this match.Quins have only conceded 15 points in total in the first 20 minutes of matches and Sarries only 19.

�        Chris Malone of Harlequins tops the points scoring charts after 7 rounds with 86 to his name.

�        He has scored the most penalties in the league, 14 and also missed the most,12.

�        Steve So'oialo has scored most tries for Harlequins this season with 3.

�        Saturday could see the Guinness Premiership debuts of Saracens new international signings Chris Jack and Brent Russell.

�        Glen Jackson has scored 49 points for Saracens this season, 1 more than Gordon Ross on 48.

�        Saracens Richard Haughton and Adam Powell are equal second behind Lesley Vainikolo on 4 tries each.

 

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