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Guinness Premiership Preview - Leeds Carnegie v Sale Sharks

28 December 2007

Leeds Carnegie v Sale Sharks Sunday 30th December 3pm


Current Form


�        Leeds continue to struggle in the Guinness Premiership and were on the end of a 40 point beating at Bath last Saturday. They stay next to bottom of the league but are now only level on points with bottom club Worcester.

�        Leeds were the only team in the league not to pick up any points at all last weekend.

�        Leeds have played 4 matches at Headingley this season and have one win to their credit, against Worcester.

�        Sale had an excellent home win against Leicester last Sunday and moved above the Tigers to 4th spot. They are 8 points behind Gloucester and Bath with 5 wins from 8 matches.

�        Their away form has been poor however and they have only won at Worcester from 4 played.

�        This was their first win away from home in the Guinness Premiership in 2007.

�        Their previous away victory came at London Irish on 15th October 2006.




�        Leeds and Sale have met 10 times in the Premiership dating back to 2001.

�        Amazingly Leeds have never beaten Sale.

�        Their best result was a 29-29 draw at Headingley in September 2002.

�        Sale have beaten Leeds in the last 7 meetings.



Trends and Trivia


�        Twice this season players have scored 3 tries or more in a match, Lesley Vainikolo of Gloucester and Matt Banahan of Bath, both against Leeds.

�        With 120, Leeds have scored the least number of points in the Guinness Premiership after 8 rounds.

�        With 270, Leeds have conceded the most number of points after 8 rounds.

�        Leeds, along with London Irish, are the only 2 clubs whose forwards have scored more tries than their backs.

�        With 12, Leeds have scored the fewest tries in the division.

�        With 34, Leeds have conceded the most tries in the division.

�        11 of these tries have been scored against them in the first half of matches and 23 in the second half.

�        Leeds are on a run of losing their last 3 matches.

�        Alberto Di Bernardo is their leading points scorer with 41.

�        Tom Biggs and Stuart Hooper are the only Leeds players to score 2 tries this season.

�        Sale have conceded exactly twice as many points away from home than at Edgeley Park this season, 100 against 50.

�        13 of Sale's 16 tries have been scored by their back line.

�        Sale are on their best run since November 2006 at the moment having won their last 3 consecutive Guinness Premiership matches.

�        Charlie Hodgson has scored the most points for Sale this season with 75, only Chris Malone has scored more.

�        Hodgson leads the way in the league drop goal count with 5 and has also kicked the ball 128 times from hand in general play, far more than any other player.

Ben Foden is Sale's leading tryscorer with 4.