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London Irish v Saracens (Saturday 1st Marcxh 1.30pm)

29 February 2008

London Irish v Saracens Saturday 1st March 1.30pm

 

Current Form

 

�        London Irish continued their recent run of success with a narrow 12-11 win at Worcester last Friday night. Although they stayed in 8th place in the table they are only 8 points behind Sale who are in the last play-off spot and now only 5 points behind Saracens with a game in hand.

�        London Irish have played 6 matches at home this season, winning 5 and losing to Bath.

�        Saracens lost a scrappy game 15-6 at home to Harlequins last Sunday and slipped to 5th spot in the table.

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

                                           

History

 

�        London Irish and Saracens have met 23 times in league rugby since 1996.

�        The teams have been pretty evenly matched over the years with Irish winning 11 to Saracens' 12.

�        Home advantage has not been significant in this fixture and Saracens have won 6 times at London Irish and Irish 6 times at Saracens.

�        Results have been pretty consistent over consecutive matches. Saracens won 8 from the first 10 played then London Irish won 9 from the next 10.

�        Saracens have won the last 3 matches including a league double last year and a 24-20 win at Vicarage Road on 25th November 2007.

�        Glen Jackson has scored for Saracens in the last 6 meetings against London Irish and Delon Armitage in the last 4 meetings for Irish.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        London Irish are still the only team in the Guinness Premiership unbeaten in 2008 and the only team to have won their last 4 league games.

�        Only Sale have conceded fewer points this season than the 234 of London Irish.

�        Only Sale have conceded fewer points at home than the 73 of London Irish.

�        Only Leeds have scored fewer tries this season than the 22 of London Irish.

�        Despite winning 5 matches at home to only 2 away, London Irish have scored 11 tries both at home and away from home.

�        With Saracens and Leicester, London Irish have scored the most penalty goals in the Premiership this season, 38.

�        With 78 wins, Nick Kennedy has won most lineout ball in the Premiership by some margin.

�        Consequently,London Irish have only lost 16 lineouts this season, the best performance in the division.

�        Delon Armitage has scored 62 points for London Irish this season. Armitage and Sailosi Tagicakibau have both scored 4 tries.

�        After winning 6 of their opening 8 matches this season, Saracens have only won 2 of their last 6 matches.

�        Saracens game against Harlequins last Sunday attracted the lowest Premiership crowd to Vicarage Road this season, 6553.

�        Saracens have very similar playing records this season at home and away.They have played 7 home matches and 7 away matches winning 4 and losing 3 of each. they have scored 151 against 140 at home against 155 to 130 away from home.

�        Saracens' strongest period of the game is the first quarter after half-time where they have scored 106 points this season, the highest number in the Premiership.

�        With London Irish and Leicester, Saracens have scored the most penalty goals in the Premiership this season, 38.

�        Only Thinus Delport of Worcester has made more ground this season than the 813 metres of Richard Haughton.

�        Saracens hooker Andy Kyriacou has been on the replacements bench for 13 of their 14 matches this season, the most for any player in the Premiership.

�        Glen Jackson has scored 106 points for Saracens this season. Richard Haughton and Adam Powell have scored 4 tries each.

 

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