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Facts to keep in mind for the Aviva Premiership Rugby showdown

Facts to keep in mind for the Aviva Premiership Rugby showdown

If last year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby final is anything to go by, today’s outcome will be impossible to predict – but there are nevertheless some indicators to look out for.

Since the play-offs were introduced in 2003, no team losing in the final at half-time has ever gone on to lift the crown.

And much like at full-time, the Saints were edging Saracens in the 2014 final by the slenderest of leads – Ben Foden's converted try bettering two Owen Farrell penalties in the first 40.

However, statistics can only go so far, with Saracens one of just four sides to have scored first in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final before going on to lose the match.

Despite Leicester Tigers' near-perennial presence at the Twickenham showpiece of late – appearing in nine successive finals between 2005 and 2013 – nine clubs in total have made appearances.

Gloucester Rugby, Wasps, Bath Rugby, Sale Sharks, London Irish, Saracens, Harlequins and Northampton have all appeared at one stage or another over the last 12 years.

Leicester won four of those nine finals in a row but Wasps have the best strike rate, appearing in four between 2003 and 2008 and winning them all.

But the club to have arguably made the biggest impression in one final is Sale, who racked up 45 points – the most by a single team – on their way to beating Leicester in the 2006 showdown.

Stat Attack
1.    The highest score in a final is Sale's 45 points against Leicester in 2006.
2.    No team has ever been losing at half-time in the final and gone on and win the crown!
3.    Just four sides have scored first in the final but eventually lost the match.
4.    Nine different clubs have played in a Premiership final (Exeter may make it 10).
The list of clubs – Gloucester, Wasps, Bath, Leicester, Sale, London Irish, Saracens, Harlequins, Northampton.
5.    Wasps played in four finals between 2003-08 and won them all.
6.    Leicester played in nine successive finals between 2005-13, winning four and losing five.

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