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Halrequins v Gloucester (Saturday 1st March 2.45pm)

29 February 2008

Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby Saturday 1st March 2.45pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Harlequins put in a brave 80 minutes against Saracens at Vicarage Road last Sunday and despite defending for most of the match ran out winners by 15-6. They stay in 6th place in the league and are only 4 points from a play-off spot.

�        Harlequins have played 7 matches at home this season, winning 5 and losing to Saracens and Leicester.

�        Gloucester grabbed two late tries against Newcastle last Saturday to win 28-20 and extend their lead at the top of the Guinness Premiership to 5 points.

�        They have played 7 matches away from home this season, winning 4 and losing 3.

 

History

 

�        Harlequins and Gloucester have met 23 times in league rugby dating back to 1995.

�        Harlequins have won 10 to Gloucester's 13.

�        Harlequins have won 6 at the Stoop to Gloucester's 5.

�        Harlequins won the first 8 meetings between the sides and Gloucester have won 13 of the last 15.

�        Gloucester beat Harlequins 27-25 at Kingsholm on 24th November 2007 and on Saturday will be attempting to complete a 5th league double over �Quins in the last 6 seasons.

�        Simon Keogh has scored tries for Harlequins in the last 4 meetings against Gloucester.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        Harlequins have won their last 2 matches, the first time they have achieved this since the opening 2 games of the season.

�        Harlequins have scored more than twice as many points at home this season against their points scored away from home, 193 to 85.

�        Strangely, they have conceded far more points at home this season opposed to points conceded away from home, 169 to 104.

�        Harlequins have conceded the fewest points in the Premiership in the opening quarter of their matches, just 31 in 13 games.

�        Along with Bath, Harlequins have scored the most tries in the league at home this season, 22.

�        Only Leeds have conceded more tries at home this season than the 20 let in by Harlequins.

�        Harlequins have had the least number of penalties scored against them in the Premiership this season, 19. Gloucester are next with 22.

�        Chris Robshaw has made the most tackles in the Premiership this season with 140.

�        Chris Malone has scored the most points for Harlequins with 92 and Steve So'oialo and Simon Keogh have both scored 4 tries.

�        Gloucester have scored the most points in the Guinness Premiership this season with 351.

�        Along with Bath, Gloucester have scored the most tries in the competition, 39.

�        Gloucester have scored more tries than any other club in the second-half of matches, 25.

�        Gloucester's backs have scored the most tries in the Premiership this season, 32 between them.

�        Gloucester are the only team in the competition who have had less than 10 penalties scored against them at home this season, just 5 in total.

�        It should be a good battle in the scrum on Saturday. Gloucester have won the most in the Premiership this season with 122 and Harlequins are second with 121.

�        Ryan Lamb has scored the most points for Gloucester this season with 97 and Lesley Vainikolo still leads the try count with 7.

�        Ryan Lamb has missed 10 conversions this season, the most in the Premiership.