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Guinness Premiership Preview - London Wasps v Bath Rugby

28 December 2007

London Wasps v Bath Rugby Saturday 29th December 2.45pm

 

Current Form

 

�        London Wasps are still not on top form but shared the points with a draw at Bristol last Saturday. They stay in 8th position in the league.

�        They have played 4 home matches this season winning 2 and losing 2. They have beaten Newcastle and London Irish and lost to Leicester at Adams Park and lost to Saracens at Twickenham.

�        Bath continued their good form with a decisive 41-10 victory against Leeds at the Rec last Saturday. They remain 2nd in the table but are now level on points with Gloucester.

�        They were the only team in the league to gain a 4 try bonus point last weekend.

�        This victory meant they are now unbeaten at home in the Guinness Premiership throughout 2007. Their last defeat at the Rec was on 18th November 2006 by Bristol.

�        They have now won their last 6 matches in the Guinness Premiership.

�        Bath have played 3 matches away from home this season winning at Newcastle and London Irish and losing at Leicester.

 

History

 

�        London Wasps and Bath have met 22 times in league rugby since 1996.

�        The teams are very evenly matched having won 10 games each with 2 drawn.

�        Last season both matches went with home advantage.

�        London Wasps have won 6 from 11 at home with 1 game resulting in a draw.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        London Wasps have the joint worst disciplinary record this season with their players receiving 5 yellow cards.

�        Bath have the joint best disciplinary record and have yet to receive a yellow card this season.

�        London Wasps have won more scrums,80 from 89, than any other side in the Guinness Premiership this season.

�        Matt Banahan scored 3 tries for Bath against Leeds last Saturday. Only the second player after Lesley Vainikolo on the opening day of the season to score a hat trick.

�        Matt Banahan at 6ft 7in is the tallest back playing in the Guinness Premiership.

�        Bath are still dominating teams in the first 20 minutes of matches and have now scored 67 and only conceded 12 in the first quarter in their 8 matches, scoring 8 tries without conceding one.

�        They have also scored the most points in the league in the last 20 minutes with 72, but also conceded 32.

�        Bath have the best defensive record in the Guinness Premiership this season conceding only 133 points.

�        Only one forward, London Irish hooker David Paice, has scored a try against Bath this season.

�        Danny Cipriani has scored most points for London Wasps this season with 67.

�        He is also their top tryscorer with 3.

�        Shaun Berne tops Bath's points scored this season with 63.

�        Matt Banahan now has 6 tries to his credit, 1 behind Vainikolo.

  • Olly Barkley has kicked 12 goals from 13 attempts this season, a success rate of 92.31%.