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Guinness Premiership Preview - Round 9

27 November 2009

  • Saracens are looking to extend their 100 per cent record at Worcester
  • Bottom club Leeds face stern test at Welford Road against Leicester

Saracens, who are riding high in the Guinness Premiership, claim lineout possession

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Worcester Warriors vs Saracens

Worcester's 22-8 defeat of Saracens the last time they met ended a three game losing run against the Fez boys.

The Warriors are winless in their last four encounters in the Guinness Premiership since their 24-18 victory at home to Sale on September 26. The Warriors' only home defeat in their last four Premiership games at Sixways was 22-26 to Harlequins on October 24.

Saracens are still going strong at the top of the Guinness Premiership table with a perfect eight wins from eight matches, although this is despite scoring just 13 tries so far and they are yet to record a bonus point.

Sale Sharks vs London Wasps

Sale Sharks have now secured back to back victories in the Guinness Premiership, over Gloucester and Leeds. The Sharks have won their last three matches at Edgeley Park in all competitions since London Irish won there in the Premiership in October.

London Wasps have slipped to successive defeats in the Guinness Premiership, against Leeds and Saracens. Wasps have won two of their last three away matches in the Premiership, the reversal being 16-28 at London Irish on September 27.

Leicester Tigers vs Leeds Carnegie

Leeds' Scott Barrow keeps his eye on the ball during a game against Sale Sharks

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Leeds beat Leicester 28-17 three weeks ago at Headingley in the LV= Cup, but have lost on all seven previous visits to Welford Road, where the hosts haven’t lost since September 26.

The Tigers have now gone a compete season (22 matches) gaining at least one match point from every game.

Leeds , who lost successive games to Sale Sharks, won their most recent Guinness Premiership away match 15-9 at Wasps but have not won back to back away games in the competition since season 2004/05.

Newcastle Falcons vs Northampton Saints

.Newcastle Falcons have now recorded three successive victories in the Guinness Premiership, against Bath, Worcester and London Irish.

The Falcons’ only win in the Premiership at Kingston Park this season came last time out, 14-3, against Worcester.

Northampton Saints have won their last three matches in all competitions since their 15-29 defeat at Leicester in the Guinness Premiership on October 31. The Saints’ only away victory in the Premiership this campaign came at Gloucester on 19 September.

Gloucester's Carlos Spencer is closed down by the Leicester defence during a Guinness Premiership match

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Harlequins vs Gloucester Rugby

Harlequins only win in their last four matches in all competitions was 19-8 at Newcastle in the LV= Cup. Quins have drawn their last two encounters at the Twickenham Stoop: 9-all against London Irish in the Guinness Premiership and 15-all against Scarlets in the Anglo-Welsh tournament.

Gloucester Rugby's 12-9 victory at home to Leicester on Friday night ended a six game losing run in all competitions. Gloucester's only win on the road in any competition in their last 13 matches was 26-10 at Leeds in the Guinness Premiership on October 4.

Bath Rugby vs London Irish

Bath Rugby are unbeaten in their last two matches in all competitions following their 12-all draw at Worcester but they have won just one of their last six Premiership matches at the Rec: 33-18 over Saracens on 25 April.

London Irish's only victory in their last four encounters in all competitions was 12-11 over Cardiff Blues at the City Stadium in the LV= Cup on 15 November. The Exiles' only "away" loss in the Guinness Premiership this season was 14-18 to Saracens at Twickenham in the London Double Header on September 5.