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Guinness Premiership Preview - Worcester Warriors v Harlequins

28 December 2007

Worcester Warriors v Harlequins Saturday 29th December 3pm


Current Form


�        Worcester were very disappointed to go down late in the game to London Irish last Sunday and still await their first win of the season.

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

�        They did manage to gain a bonus point though which now puts them level with Leeds, both on 5 points.

�        They have played 3 matches at Sixways this season losing to Saracens and Sale and drawing with London Wasps.

�        Both Rico Gear and Sam Tuitupou will be making their home debuts in the Guinness Premiership on Saturday.

�        Harlequins were beaten at home by Saracens last Saturday and drop to 6th place with 4 wins from 8.

�        19 of their 22 points have come at home though and they have lost all 3 matches away from the Stoop this season.

�        In fact they have not won away in the Guinness Premiership since February when they beat Northampton.




�        Worcester and Harlequins have only met 4 times in the Premiership since 2004.

�        Worcester completed a league double over Harlequins in 2004/05 season.

�        Harlequins completed a league double over Worcester last season.

�        Harlequins won at Sixways for the one and only occasion exactly a year ago this weekend.


Trends and Trivia


�        Worcester have only scored 19 of their 134 points this season in the first 20 minutes of matches including only 1 try.

�        8 of Worcester's 14 tries scored have come in the final quarter of matches.

�        Shane Drahm is Worcester's leading points scorer this season with 62.

�        Marcel Garvey and Pat Sanderson are the only Worcester players to score 2 tries this season.

�        Thinus Delport leads the way in the Guinness Premiership on two counts this season. He has made 13 clean breaks and made 668 metres, the most by any player.

�        Harlequins only need 9 more points to become the 4th club to score 200 points this season.

�        Harlequins continue to defend well in the opening period of their matches. They have only conceded 15 points from 183 in total in the first 20 minutes of their games.

�        Only 3 of Harlequins' 21 tries this season have been scored by the forward pack.

�        Worcester and Harlequins have conceded more tries this season to forwards, 9 and 7 respectively, than any other teams.

�        Chris Malone of Harlequins is the league's leading points scorer with 86 this season.

�        He has kicked more conversions,14, than any other player.

�        On the negative side, he has missed more penalty attempts, 12, than any other player.

�        Simon Keogh has scored the most tries for Harlequins with 4.

Flanker Chris Robshaw with 88 has made the most tackles in the Guinness Premiership this season.

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