Saracens - Countdown to round 17

Feb 27, 2013

Countdown to round 17


The Aviva Premiership enters round 17 this weekend and the competition is really hotting up – at both ends of the table.

Just 11 points separate the top six teams while at the foot of the table, London Irish in 10th are only five points ahead of Sale Sharks at the foot of the table.

Round 17 fixtures

Friday 1st March
Bath v Gloucester
Worcester Warriors v Wasps

Saturday 2nd March
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks
Northampton Saints v London Irish
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs

Sunday 3rd March
Saracens v London Welsh

Round 17 Previews

Bath v Gloucester

Bath Rugby’s run of six straight victories in all competitions ended with their narrow 23-25 reversal at Northampton last Saturday. Bath’s only defeat at The Rec in their last eleven games in any tournament since September was 0-22 to Saracens in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 22 December. Gloucester Rugby have won two of their last three matches in the Premiership, whilst their only away victory in the competition since the end of September was 27-11 at Northampton on 9 February. Gloucester have won their last five Premiership contests against their local rivals since Bath’s 24-8 victory at The Rec on 27 December 2009 – their only win over Gloucester in their last ten encounters in the tournament.

Worcester Warriors v Wasps

Worcester Warriors have slipped to five successive Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats since their 13-6 home win over London Welsh on 21 December. The Warriors’ only victory at Sixways in any tournament since then was 71-19 over Spanish side Gernika in the European Challenge Cup on 19 January. London Wasps’ five game winning run in Aviva Premiership Rugby ended with their 19-30 reversal at London Irish on Sunday. The Londoners have not suffered back to back Premiership defeats since September. Wasps won 10-6 when the two sides met at Adams Park in round six, whilst Worcester’s only victory over Wasps in their last five Premiership fixtures was 6-0 at Adams Park on New Year’s Day 2012.

Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks

Leicester Tigers’ only win in their last four games was 28-12 over London Welsh at Welford Road in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 9 February. Tigers slipped up 27-32 at home to Saracens on Saturday evening but have not lost back to back encounters at Welford Road since October 2011. Sale Sharks’ four match winning run in all competitions ended with their 21-30 home defeat to tabletopping Harlequins on Friday night. The Sharks have won their last two away games in all competitions but have not won three in a row on the road in the same season since October 2006. The Tigers have won their last six fixtures with the Sharks since Sale won 15-12 at Edgeley Park on 4 September 2009. The Sharks’ only victory at Welford Road since November 2003 was 14-11 in the Premiership on 23 February 2008.

Northampton Saints v London Irish

Northampton Saints have won three of their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and remarkably have won only two of their last five fixtures at Franklin’s Gardens in the tournament. London Irish beat Wasps 30-19 at Madejski Stadium on Sunday and have now won three of their last four games in the competition. The Exiles only away win this season in Aviva Premiership Rugby was 18-12 at Gloucester in round 13. London Irish beat Northampton 39-17 when the two clubs met at Madejski Stadium in round six. The Irishmen have never before achieved a league double over the Saints. The Exiles won on their most recent visit to Franklin’s Gardens: 14-13 on 17 September 2011.

Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs

Harlequins’ only defeat in their last 13 contests in all competitions was 16-17 to London Wasps at the Twickenham Stoop in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 9 February – this represents their only defeat at the venue this season. Exeter Chiefs’ five match winless run in the Premiership ended on Saturday with their 47-16 victory over London Welsh at Sandy Park. The Devonians have not won on the road in Aviva Premiership Rugby since their visit to London Irish on 25 November. Exeter are one of only four sides to have beaten Harlequins in the Premiership this season, and are chasing a first ever league double over the Londoners. The Chiefs have lost on all three previous visits to the Stoop in all competitions.

Saracens v London Welsh

Saracens only defeat in their last eleven encounters in all competitions was 16-29 at London Irish in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 9 February. Saracens have not lost any home game at their seven different home venues since Clermont Auvergne won 22-3 at Vicarage Road in the quarter-final of last season’s European Cup. London Welsh have slipped to six successive Premiership defeats since beating London Irish 15-9 at Kassam Stadium on 1 December. The Exiles’ solo away victory in the competition remains at 29-19 when they visited Sale on 21 September. Saracens won 28-23 at Oxford in their only previous Premiership encounter with London Welsh, whilst the Welshmen’s only previous league win over Saracens was 23-7 way back on 12 September 1987 at Southgate in league division two (London Welsh’s very first league game).

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