Gloucester Rugby take on Exeter this afternoon at Sandy Park. Here are all of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of the Gallagher Premiership clash.
● Exeter Chiefs are unbeaten in their last six home matches against Gloucester Rugby in the Premiership (W5 D1). Gloucester have only registered more than eight first-half points in one of the last eight encounters between these sides at Sandy Park, during the 27-27 draw in October 2016, where they led 17-14 at the interval.
● Exeter Chiefs have lost four of their seven home games in the Premiership so far this season (W3), two more than they lost in the entirety of the 2020/2021 season (W10 L2).
● Should Exeter Chiefs suffer defeat at the hands of Gloucester, it will mark the first time they have lost four Premiership games in a row since the 2014/2015 season when they had a run of four defeats which included a one-point loss against Gloucester at Sandy Park.
● Gloucester Rugby have won their last four games away from home in the Premiership, and a win against Exeter Chiefs would make it the first time they have gone five wins in a row away from home in the competition’s history. Their current streak of six games undefeated on the road (W5 D1), is already the best they’ve ever put together in the league.
● Exeter Chiefs have garnered the most carries (1879) and carry meters (10,452) of any side so far in the Premiership this season. Despite this, though, they have recorded the lowest average carry distance (5.56 meters). They also rank second from last in terms of line breaks (55), ahead of only Newcastle Falcons.
● Gloucester have scored the highest proportion of their tries from attacking lineouts amongst all Premiership teams so far this season (74.5%). Exeter, meanwhile, have conceded 63.3% of their tries off the back of lineouts, the third highest percentage in the league, behind only Bath and London Irish.
● Gloucester’s 57 offloads is the lowest total of any side so far in this season’s Premiership. They were also the only side not to complete a single offload in last weekend’s round of fixtures.
● Gloucester have scored the highest proportion of their tries from first-phase ball amongst all Premiership teams so far this season (66%), whilst Exeter have scored the lowest percentage off the first phase of any side (19.5%).
● Exeter Chiefs flankers Richard Capstick and Jannes Kirsten each made 26 tackles in last weekend’s round of Premiership fixtures, more than any other players in the competition. Capstick was also tied top for dominant tackles (3).
● Exeter Chiefs centre Tom Hendrickson was tied top for defenders beaten in last weekend’s round of fixtures, alongside Saracens’ Manu Vunipola (8). It was the joint-second highest total by an Exeter player in the league this season, Hendrickson himself beating nine defenders in Round 6.