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Guinness Premiership - Gloucester v London Irish

31 January 2009

Check out all the stats ahead of this important Guinness Premiership match

Gloucester v London Irish


Current Form    

  • Leaders London Irish are at home to second placed Gloucester with two points separating the sides in the table with both sides played 12 matches.
  • The Irish have outscored Gloucester by 32 points and have a better defensive record conceding 46 points fewer
  • Both sides have the identical playing record eight wins and four defeats, the difference is in the bonus point collected
  • In all four of their defeat this season in the Premiership the irish have taken a losing bonus point.
  • Gloucester have taken the most try bonus points in the Premiership this season with four, one more than the Irish.         
  • Gloucester have won five out of six at Kingsholm this season with the one defeat coming at the hands of Leicester Tigers on the opening day of the season, and have won five in a row since
  • The Irish have lost two of their last three Premiership matches with defeats at Sale Sharks, 14-6, and Saracens, 16-13, on the road this season they have a 50/50 record with three wins and three defeats.  Their other away defeat was in week two of the season at Welford Road against Leicester Tigers, 24-22.   
  • London Irish went through their European campaign unbeaten winning all six matches and taking 29 out of 30 points along the way
  • Gloucester's European campaign fell away with defeats against Cardiff and Biarritz in their final two Pool matches 


This season in the Guinness Premiership  

  • London Irish full back Peter Hewat is second in the points scoring list with 127, 31 behind Saracens' Glen Jackson.
  • For Gloucester Ryan lamb is their leading points scorer with 61, nine more than Ollie Barkley
  • Gloucester full back Olly Morgan is the joint leading try scorer in the Premiership with six tries along with three other players
  • For the Irish both flankers Declan Danaher and Richard Thorpe and full back Delon Armitage have four tries
  • London Irish are the leading try scorers in the Premiership with 35 tries, four more than Bath who are next on the list and seven more Gloucester
  • The Irish have the second best defensive record in terms of fewest tries conceded with 15, nine fewer than Gloucester
  • 10 of the 15 tries they have conceded have been on the road whilst for the Cherry and Whites 11 of the 24 they have conceded have been at Kingsholm
  • 12 of the 24 tries that Gloucester have conceded have been in the final quarter whilst the Irish have only conceded four in this time period.  
  • The Irish have the youngest scorer in this season's Premiership with Tom Homer just 18 years and 236 days old, one of only four teenagers to score this season
  • At the other end of the scale they also have the oldest player to score in this seasons Premiership, Mike Catt aged 37 years and 108 days
  • The Irish have three ever presents so far this season starting all 12 games, Peter Hewat, Topsy Ojo and Christopher Hala'uifa, whilst for Gloucester Mike Tindall and Luke Narraway have started 11 out of their 12 Premiership matches
  • The Irish have started 29 different players this season in the Premiership, four more than Gloucester


Fixture History

  • Gloucester have an amazing home record over the Irish in the Premiership with 11 wins and just one defeat in their 12 encounters
  • The only London Irish win came in January 2006 when they left with a narrow 13-9 victory
  • Gloucester's biggest win and highest score were when they beat the Irish 40-15 in December 1999
  • In only three of their 11 defeats at Kingsholm have the Irish left with a losing bonus point
  • Overall in the Premiership they have met 25 times and Gloucester lead the series with 16 wins and the Irish have nine.    
  • For Gloucester Terry Fanolua has played most times in this fixture, 14 which is one more than four other players including Peter Buxton.    
  • The all time record for appearances is held by former Irish centre Justin Bishop with 17

Barry Everitt holds the record for most points in this fixture with 130, 57 more than Ludovic Mercier scored for the Cherry and Whites