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Guinness Premiership week 7 preview

30 October 2009

  • Saracens looking to extend their 100% league record
  • Leeds Carnegie travel to Wasps in search of their first win

Bath Rugby v Saracens

Bath full back Nick Abendanon slips past Chris Jack of Saracens

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Bath Rugby have won just one game in their last nine: 25-12 at Sale in the Guinness Premiership on 18 September. Bath are winless in their last four encounters at The Rec since beating Saracens there, 33-18, on 25 April. Bath have not gone five home matches without a win in the professional era.

Saracens remain with a 100% winning record after six rounds, another win would represent the best start for any team since Newcastle won its first 12 matches in season 1997/98.

Harlequins v London Irish

Harlequins are unbeaten in their last three fixtures in the Guinness Premiership since their 9-22 home defeat by table topping Saracens on 19 September. ‘Quins have won just one of their last five matches at the Stoop: 13-11 over Bath on 3 October.

London Irish’s only defeat in their last seven encounters in all competitions was 25-27 at home to Scarlets in the European Cup on 17 October. The Exiles have won their last five games on opposition soil.

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

Leicester Tigers’ 12-18 defeat at London Irish on Saturday ended a six game unbeaten run in all competitions. The Tigers’ most recent defeat at Welford Road was to London Wasps in the Guinness Premiership on 26 September 2008.

Northampton Saints have won three of their last four games in the Guinness Premiership, but the Saints’ only away victory in any competition in their last six trips was 27-14 at Gloucester on 19 September.

London Wasps v Leeds Carnegie

Scott Armtrong of Leeds Carnegie beats Arthur Ellis (R) of London Wasps to the ball

Photo: Getty Images

London Wasps’ only defeat in their last eleven matches since early April was 16-28 at London Irish in the Guinness Premiership on 27 September. Wasps have won their last 14 home matches (12 at Adams Park) since Sale won there, 13-12, in the Premiership on 23 November.

Leeds Carnegie remain winless in the Guinness Premiership since a 16-15 victory at home to Newcastle on 21 March 2008, whilst their last away win in the competition came at Bath in November 2005.

Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors

Newcastle Falcons have now won three successive matches against Petrarca, Albi and Bath. However, at Kingston Park the Falcons 45-3 victory over Albi ended a four game winless run in all competitions.

Worcester Warriors have won just one of their last four Guinness Premiership matches: 24-18 at home to Sale on 26 September. Warriors’ only victory on the road in the competition since November 2008 was 13-6 at Gloucester on 21 April.

Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby

Sale Sharks have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions: 27-26 over Cardiff Blues at Edgeley Park in the European Cup on 16 October. The Sharks have lost their last two games in Stockport in the Guinness Premiership but have not lost three in a row there in the competition since season 2006/07. 

Gloucester Rugby have won just one game in the Guinness Premiership since the opening weekend: 26-10 at struggling Leeds Carnegie on 4 October, this represents the Cherry & White’s only away victory in any tournament during 2009.

 

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