London Irish v Saracens Saturday 1st March
� 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.
� 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.