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Guinness Premiership Preview - Saracens v Newcastle Falcons

28 December 2007

Saracens v Newcastle Falcons Sunday 30th December 4pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Saracens continued their good run with a 27-20 win against Harlequins at the Stoop last Saturday.

�        They have now won 6 from 8 in the Guinness Premiership and lie in 3rd place in the league, 4 points behind Gloucester and Bath.

�        Saracens have only played 3 times at Vicarage Road this season, beating Leicester and London Irish and losing to Gloucester.

�        Newcastle lost to table toppers Gloucester at Kingston Park on Sunday and are now 3rd from the bottom of the league, but are equal on points with London Wasps and London Irish.

�        They have only played 3 times away from home this season but have lost them all, at London Irish, Bristol and London Wasps.

 

 

 

History

 

�        Saracens and Newcastle have met 20 times in the Premiership since 1998.

�        The teams have been pretty evenly matched with Saracens winning 10 to Newcastle's 9 with 1 game drawn.

�        Last season's 2 matches both went with home advantage.

�        It is unusual for either of these teams to win at the ground of the other. Saracens have won 9 from 10 at home and Newcastle 8 from 10 and a draw.

�        The only time Newcastle won at Vicarage Road was on 9th December 2001.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        Only Gloucester have scored more points than Saracens this season.

�        Saracens have only conceded 2 tries and 22 points in total in the first 20 minutes of their 8 matches this season.

�        Glen Jackson has scored the most points for Saracens this season with 61.

�        Both Richard Haughton and Adam Powell have scored 4 tries.

�        Newcastle have scored the least number of points in the league away from home this season, just 28.

�        They have only scored 1 try and 14 points in total in the first quarter of all their 8 matches.

�        Newcastle have lost their last 4 matches in the league, their worst run since April 2005.

�        Newcastle have not won a match away from home since beating Sale on 17th November 2006.

�        With 115, Newcastle have won more lineouts this season than any other team.

�        Matt Burke has scored most points for Newcastle this season with 38.

�        Tom May has scored most tries with 4.

�        Jonny Wilkinson played his first league game of the season last week against Gloucester.

 

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