**Four more cracking fixtures await in Round 11 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby and Oval Insights have provided key statistics ahead of an intriguing weekend.**
Before Premiership Rugby Cup took center stage last weekend, Round 10 saw Bath Rugby shock champions Leicester Tigers 19-18 and Saracens put on a late show to defeat Northampton Saints 45-39.
And on Saturday, Newcastle Falcons survived a second-half fightback to claim a 27-21 away victory at Gloucester Rugby, while Exeter Chiefs ran out 22-17 winners over London Irish.
This weekend, fourth plays fifth on Friday night, as Harlequins host Gloucester with both sides looking to jump to third, and at the same time Falcons welcome Chiefs to Kingston Park.
Then on Saturday second-place Sale Sharks have a golden opportunity to make up ground on leaders Saracens when they face Bristol Bears at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Finally on Sunday, Leicester Tigers will hope to arrest a two-game losing streak at home to London Irish.
Here is a selection of the best stats for all the games this weekend.
**Harlequins vs Gloucester Rugby**
– Harlequins are top of the Premiership in terms of tries scored for 80 minutes. They have scored a league-high average of 4.14 across this interval.
– Arguably the premier gainline runner in the league, Andre Esterhuizen made more meters in contact than any other player in Round Eight, when Harlequins last played (29). Young center partner Lennox Anyanwu was not far behind, finishing on 22 meters – a formidable partnership for opposition midfields. Esterhuizen also gave a round-high four offloads (= Nick Tompkins, Ollie Hassell-Collins) and beat as many defenders as any back the last time he wore the quartered jersey (five).
– The heartbeat of the Quins attack, even without his usual partner at outside-half, Danny Care made more try assists than any other player in Round Eight (three). Only Elliot Daly has made more in a single match this season (four).
– Making his return from injury by putting in an 80-minute shift, Alex Dombrandt crossed the gainline on more occasions than any other player in Round Eight (12).
– Harlequins have the highest rate of success off the tee in the Premiership, having converted 92% of their shots at goal into points.
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— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) November 12, 2022
– Ruan Ackermann continues to be titanic at the back of the Cherry & Whites’ scrum. He has made more dominant contacts with his carrying than any other player (41), 12 more than next-best Juarno Augustus.
– Playing a more territory and set-piece centric game, Gloucester have made the fewest carries for 80 minutes in this season’s Premiership (83.88).
– The Cherry & Whites have made 15 lineout steals this term – more than any other side. They also boast a success rate on their own throw of 92%, just shy of London Irish.
– At scrum-time, Gloucester are also dominant. They have won an impressive 98% of scrums on their own feed, losing just one put-in on the head.
– Harlequins have won each of their last six fixtures against the Cherry & Whites, last losing at home in March 2019.
– Without the energy of the effervescent Shed, Gloucester have lost seven of their last nine Premiership fixtures away from home. However, they have won 50% of their away matches so far this season.
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) November 12, 2022
**Newcastle Falcons vs. Exeter Chiefs**
– Callum Chick’s two lineout steals in Round Ten made him the premier lineout poacher of the round. This is all the more impressive considering that his opposition, Gloucester, went into this fixture with the highest rate of success on their own throw (93%).
– The Falcons have made just 32 clean breaks so far this season – fewer than any other team.
– Despite earning a good win against Gloucester last weekend, the Falcons have struggled desperately for attacking opportunities so far this term. They make a league-low average of 6.5 entries to the opposition 22 per match, conceding a league-high 10.5.
– Driving hard through the contact, Exeter Chiefs have made a total of 1,403 meters in contact – well clear of any other team in the league.
– Trying to hold onto the ball for as long as possible, the Chiefs’ numbers in defense pale in comparison to their peers. They have made fewer tackles (98.89) and won fewer turnovers (four) per 80 minutes than any other team.
– A threat out wide and working off his wing, Olly Woodburn has made more carries than any other winger in the Premiership (83) and more meters with ball in hand than any other player (604).
– Of the players yet to miss a tackle in this league season, Jonny Gray has made the most successful defensive hits: he has made 57 tackles, missing none.
– Falcons have won just one of their last seven contests versus the Exeter Chiefs. However, both of the most recent two matches have been settled by a point, with each side winning one away from home.
– In a period of relative struggle, the Chiefs ended a three-match losing streak in their last Premiership match. However, they have won five of their last six at home.
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— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) November 22, 2022
**Sale Sharks vs Bristol Bears**
– Enjoying his introduction to the first team at Sale Sharks, Joe Carpenter was the only player in Round Nine to make two clean breaks.
– The Sharks are dominant at the maul. They have set up to drive on 31 occasions so far this season, retaining possession from every single one – the only side with a 100% success rate. They have scored a league-high total of six maul tries so far this season.
– Rob du Preez has kept hold of his title of the Premiership’s top points-scorer, having accumulated 87 so far. He scored one try, 20 conversions, and 14 penalty goals.
– Demonstrating his mutant-like power, Dan du Preez has made more dominant tackles contacts than any other player (15).
– Found isolated from their supporting players, the Bristol Bears have conceded 14 turnovers for 80 minutes in their fixtures this season.
– Charles Piutau has made more offloads than any other player when he has turned out for the Bears, moving the ball out of the contact area 18 times.
– Andy Uren has made more meters (121) and more clean breaks (five) in a single match than any other scrum-half in this Premiership season (Round Six vs Gloucester).
– Sparking the Bears’ attack from the half-back positions, both Harry Randall and Callum Sheedy have made two try assists so far this season – the highest total of anyone in the Bristol Bears squad.
– Sale Sharks have enjoyed a period of dominance over Bristol Bears in recent seasons, winning four of their last five against the West-Country side.
– The Bears are currently on a five-match losing streak in the Premiership, their worst since they ended a six-match losing run in May 2017.
**Leicester Tigers vs. London Irish**
– Suffering a disappointing loss to Bath, Richard Wigglesworth’s game management couldn’t pull the Leicester Tigers over the line despite his best efforts. He made a round-high 16 kicks in play for 451 kicking meters – two of which were retained.
– Leicester Tigers have the best discipline in the league, conceding a league-low average of 9.57 penalties per 80 minutes this season.
Struggling to find their rhythm in attack in their campaign so far, the Tigers have made fewer offloads than any other team – an average of 5.29 per 80 minutes.
– The engine room for Leicester Tigers, Harry Wells and George Martin are their side’s two top tacklers, having made 74 and 72 respectively. Martin has made more dominant tackles (13) than all but one player in the league.
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– Hardy in the midfield for London Irish, Bernhard Janse van Rensburg won two turnovers at the weekend, equal to teammate Tom Pearson. Janse van Rensburg has now won a total of 10 this season – more than any back in the league.
– Sturdy in defence, London Irish have the highest rate of tackle completion in the Premiership (92%).
– The Exiles are also dependable at the set-piece, with their rate of ball retention at the lineout the premier in the league (92%), narrowly better than Gloucester.
– Putting his team within striking distance of the whitewash, Paddy Jackson has made more meters from penalty kicks than any other player (2,067).
– Leicester Tigers have won their last three Premiership matches against the Exiles, last losing 48-14 in November 2020.
– The home side have lost three of their last four. They also recently had a 15-match winning streak at Mattioli Woods Welford Road ended by the Sale Sharks in Round Five.
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