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Posted Tuesday, November 30th 2021

Number Crunch: the Kingsholm clash

All of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm.


THE FORM

  • Gloucester Rugby’s only defeat in their last eight first team games was 13-16 at home to Exeter in Round 7 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby. The Cherry and Whites only other loss at Kingsholm this season was 26-33 to Leicester Tigers in Round 2.
  • Bristol Bears 20-36 reversal at home to Northampton Saints on Friday ended a two-game winning run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby. Bristol won their most recent away game in Premiership Rugby, 45-33 at London Irish, their first away win in the tournament this season.
  • Bristol have won their last five Premiership Rugby encounters with Gloucester since Gloucester’s 35-13 victory at Kingsholm in September 2018.

THE NUMBERS

  • Bristol Bears have won their last five Premiership games against Gloucester, this after the Cherry and Whites had won seven of the previous eight meetings between the sides (L1); Bristol have won their last two away matches against Gloucester, after winning just one of their previous 11 visits there (L10).
  • Gloucester have lost their last five matches against Bristol Bears and another loss here would see them match their longest losing sequence against a single opponent in the league (L6 v Wasps 2013-15 & v Leicester Tigers 2015-17).
  • Gloucester have already won 10 games in the Premiership in 2021, since the start of 2012 only in one calendar year have they tallied more league wins (W12 in 2017).
  • Bristol Bears won their last away game (45-33 at London Irish) after losing their first three games on the road in the Premiership this season; the Bears have already won eight away games in the league in 2021, after never winning more than six in a calendar year.
  • Gloucester have scored 79% of their tries following a lineout, the highest such ratio of any team in the Premiership in 2021/22; they have scored an average of 2.4 tries per game in that fashion, a joint-high in the league this term (also Leicester Tigers and Saracens).
  • Bristol Bears have run an average of 799 metres per game with the ball, the most of any team in the Premiership in 2021/22; only Exeter Chiefs (134) and London Irish (126) have made more carries per game than the Bears in the league this season (114).
  • Bristol Bears have made the second most passes per game in the league this season (177.5), while only Exeter Chiefs have made more than them (178.4); Bears have made the most offloads per game of any team in the league this term (12.3).
  • Gloucester duo Lewis Ludlow (120) and Freddie Clarke (117) rank first and second respectively for successful tackles in the Premiership this season; they are two of just four players to have made 100+ tackles this campaign (also Ben Earl – 107 and Tom Willis – 100).
  • Harry Thacker (Bristol Bears) has made 19/19 lineout throws in the Premiership this season, the most of any player who is yet to lose one so far in this campaign.
  • Bristol Bears’ Andy Uren has made three 50-22 kicks in the Premiership this season, more than any other player; in fact only one other player (Louis Lynagh – 2) has made more than one this season.

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