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Posted Tuesday, November 23rd 2021

Number Crunch: Oh when the Saints

All of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate.


THE FORM

  • Bristol Bears have won their last five games against Northampton Saints in the Premiership, after winning just three of their previous 12 meetings with them in the competition (L9); six of the last seven games between these two teams have ended with a margin of seven points or fewer separating the sides.
  • Bristol Bears have won their last two games in the Premiership after winning just one of their previous five this season (L4); the Bears conceded just five points in their most recent game at home but haven’t conceded fewer than 10 points in consecutive home matches since January – February 2001.
  • Northampton Saints have lost three of their last four games in the Premiership (W1) after winning their first three this season; two of their three league defeats in 2021/22 have come on the road.
  • 11 of Saints’ last 14 away matches have ended with a margin of nine points or fewer separating them and their opponents.

THE NUMBERS

  • Northampton Saints (80%) are one of three teams to make 80% or more of their kicks at goal alongside Saracens (83%) and Gloucester Rugby (81%) - averaging 4.6 successful kicks at goal per game during the opening eight rounds of the Premiership.
  • Northampton Saints have averaged the fewest missed tackles per game after the first eight rounds of the Premiership (14.9), recording the third best tackle success rate in the process (88%, behind Leicester and London Irish).
  • Bristol Bears are the only team to average 10+ offloads per game in the Premiership this season (12.1), making 20 offloads during the last round against Worcester Warriors, the best tally for a team in a game this season.
  • Piers O'Conor (Bristol Bears) has made six passes that have led to a line break in the Premiership this season, only Tyrone Green (7) has made more, while his teammate Callum Sheedy is one of six players sitting joint third with five break assist passes.
  • Northampton winger Courtnall Skosan has averaged 1.7 tries per game this Premiership season (5 in 3 games), the second highest average behind Saracens’ Max Malins (1.8).
  • Northampton Saints’ David Ribbans has registered the most lineout takes in the competition with 53, the only player with 50+ lineout takes in the Premiership – no other player from Northampton has claimed more than 17.


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