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Bristol v Bath (Sunday 2nd March 3pm)

29 February 2008

Bristol Rugby v Bath Rugby 2nd March 3pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Bristol were most unfortunate to lose at London Wasps last Sunday, going down to a converted try in the 8th minute of injury time in a 32-30 defeat. They remain in 10th place in the league, 13 points ahead of Worcester.

�        Bristol have played 7 matches at home this season, winning 5, drawing with London Wasps and losing to Leicester on the opening day of the season.

�        Bath completed a comfortable league double over Leeds last Sunday. They stay 3rd in the Guinness Premiership but are now level on points with Leicester and 5 points behind Gloucester with a game in hand on both of them.

�        Bath have played 6 matches away from home this season winning 3 and losing 3.

 

History

 

�        Bristol and Bath have met 19 times in league rugby dating back to 1995.

�        Bath have won 11 to Bristol's 7 with 1 match drawn.

�        Bristol did not win any of the first 8 matches they played against Bath and defeats included scores of 52-19 in 1995, 76-7 in 1996 and 44-15 in 1997 in their first 3 league visits to the Recreation Ground.

�        Bristol have fared better of late and they have won 5 of the last 7 meetings between the sides.

�        Bath have not won at Bristol for 10 years, since a 22-16 win on 8th March 1998.

�        Olly Barkley has scored for Bath against Bristol in every one of the last 6 league meetings dating back to 4th May 2003.

�        Bath beat Bristol 28-13 on 24th November 2007.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        Bristol's only loss at Ashton Gate was when they played Gloucester there in an away fixture last April.

�        Bristol have scored 159 points at home this season as opposed to only 72 away from home which is the lowest total in the Premiership.

�        Bristol have difficulty scoring in the final quarter of matches. They have only scored 33 points in total in their 13 matches in this period of the game, by far the lowest in the division.

�        They have only crossed for 4 tries in the final 20 minutes of their 13 matches, again the least in the league.

�        Bristol have only kicked 2 penalty goals in the last quarter of their 13 matches, once again the fewest in the league.

�        Only Leeds have conceded more points than Bristol's 86 in the opening quarter of their matches.

�        Jason Strange has scored the most points for Bristol this season with 70, Tom Arscott leads the tries with 5.

�        Bath have gained a try bonus point in their last 2 Guinness Premiership matches.

�        Amazingly, the last time they did this was in defeating Saracens 31-11 on 30th December 2000 and Northampton 36-13 on 6th January 2001.

�        Keep your eye on the last 20 minutes on Sunday. We have already identified Bristol having a problem scoring in this period of the match. Well Bath have scored 117 points in the last quarter of their matches, including 16 tries, the most number of points and tries by any team in the Premiership in any of the periods of the game.

�        Bath and Gloucester have both scored 39 tries this season, the most in the division.

�        Bath have only conceded 4 tries to the forward pack of the opposition this season, the least in the division.

�        Olly Barkley is Bath's top points scorer this season with 77. Matt Banahan has now scored 7 tries and joins Lesley Vainikolo as the league's leading tryscorers. Interestingly, 4 of Banahan's 7 tries and 5 of Vainikolo's 7 tries have been scored against Leeds.

�        Olly Barkley and Danny Cipriani have been successful with the most conversions in the Premiership this season, 18.

�        Bath are leading a whole host of other seasonal best stats at the moment including: Fewest scrums lost, 4, fewest missed tackles,97, most rucks won, 1116, most passes made, 1847, most metres made, 6243, most clean breaks, 105, and most defenders beaten, 188.