We have passed halfway in the Aviva Premiership Rugby season and Round 12 delivers another six compelling fixtures this weekend, two of them live on BT Sport. The action starts at Kingston Park on Friday with the arrival of the Leicester Tigers.
We have four matches on Saturday and after England play Italy in Rome you can enjoy Wasps visit to Allianz Park to take on Saracens – what a way to spend Valentine’s Day! Please find attached the latest statistical information for all six matches from Stuart Farmer Media Services, which we hope will provide you all you need to preview, cover and review this weekend’s action.
Friday 12 February
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers (Kingston Park, 7.45pm) Live on BT Sport
The Falcons have won their last four matches in all competitions at Kingston Park since Saracens beat them there in Premiership Rugby in early December. Leicester have won their last 11 fixtures with the Falcons in Premiership Rugby since Newcastle’s 14-10 victory at Kingston Park in March 2009.
Saturday 13 February
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs (AJ Bell Stadium, 2.30pm)
Sale Sharks are in a rich vein of form. They have won their last five encounters in all tournaments since their 17-33 defeat at Exeter in round 7 of Aviva Premiership Rugby. The Sharks are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures at AJ Bell Stadium in all tournaments since Harlequins beat them there last April in Premiership Rugby.
Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins (Kingsholm, 3pm)
The two sides drew 39-all in front of over 70,000 fans at Twickenham in the ‘Big Game’ in December, their first tie in competitive rugby since a 9-9 scoreline at the same venue in the old Division 1 in November 1987. Quins only victory at Kingsholm in Premiership Rugby since 1999 came on their most recent visit in the competition in November 2014.
Northampton Saints v London Irish (Franklin’s Gardens, 3pm)
Northampton Saints’ last three matches have all been won by the away side on the day, the Saints being victorious s at Scarlets and Harlequins, and Wasps winning at Franklin’s Gardens. The East Midlanders have not lost successive games at their historic home since December 2012. London Irish won 25-23 when the two clubs met at Madejski Stadium in round 7 and have never achieved a Premiership Rugby double over Saints in the same season. The Exiles only victory at Franklin’s Gardens since 2004 was 14-13 in Aviva Premiership Rugby in September 2011.
Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby (Sixways, 3pm)
Bath have lost their last six matches in all tournaments since beating Worcester 21-14 at the Recreation Ground in round 7. Bath’s only victory on the road in Aviva Premriship Rugby this season came on a trip to London Irish in round 4.
Worcester’s solitary victory over Bath in their last 15 meetings in all competitions was 16-7 in Premiership Rugby at Sixways in November 2011. Bath’s overall record at the venue is played nine, won six, drawn one, lost two.
Sunday 14 February
Saracens v Wasps (Allianz Park, 4pm) Live on BT Sport
Wasps have won their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and have not won four in succession in the tournament since season 2012/13. Sunday’s 9-8 victory over Newcastle at the Ricoh Arena was the first time in the past four years that Wasps had won a game without scoring a try.
Saracens have won their last nine encounters with Wasps in all tournaments since Wasps 20-15 victory at Twickenham in the 2011 London Double Header. Wasps have visited Allianz Park just once before, losing 12-19 in Aviva Premiership Rugby in October 2013.