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Left wing wizards could have their say at Twickenham

Left wing wizards could have their say at Twickenham

For clues as to who the heroes might be in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby final, history points to the left wingers having a field day at Twickenham.

Looking back at recent finals, players wearing the No.11 shirt have scored more tries than any other and Banahan's semi-final hat-trick against Leicester Tigers bodes well for Bath Rugby while Chris Wyles will be hoping to do the same for Sarries.

Seven tries have been scored in the past by those rampaging down the left of the field, with Newcastle's Alesana Tuilagi scoring twice in his time with Tigers. Tom Voyce, James Short and Vereniki Goneva have also dotted down from that position, as have Josh Lewsey and Oriol Ripol – the second and third oldest try scorers in finals history.

But Wyles is likely to have his say. The United States international has scored 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby tries this term, a tally surpassed only by Saracens club-mate Chris Ashton and Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom.

Bath scrum-half Peter Stringer, 37, has the chance to smash the 33-year-old Martin Corry's record of being the oldest try scorer in finals should he repeat his exploits from the semi-final win over Leicester.

Respective No.10s George Ford of Bath and Saracens' Owen Farrell will have the individual points' record of 26 firmly in their sights. Mark van Gisbergen holds that honour after his 2005 final heroics for Wasps, while two years previously Alex King kicked 24 points for the same club and Charlie Hodgson scored 23 for Sale Sharks in 2006.

Former Wasps full-back Lewsey holds the honour of having scored the fastest ever try in a final, requiring just 67 seconds to touch down in 2003. But Peter Hewat of London Irish has the honour of making the quickest ever score in a final, seeing his drop goal bisect the posts with 19 seconds on the clock in the 2009 defeat by Leicester. Nick Evans slotted over the quickest penalty – 100 seconds – in the 2012 final.

Stat Attack
1.    Players wearing shirt 11 have scored the most tries in Premiership finals (7).
The list of players who have scored in 11 shirt – Tom Voyce, Oriol Ripol, Alesana Tuilagi (2), Josh Lewsey, James Short and Vereniki Goneva
2.    The oldest try scorer was 33 year-old Martin Corry for the Tigers in 2007.
2nd and 3rd oldest – Josh Lewsey and Oriol Ripol.
3.    The quickest score was a drop goal kicked by Peter Hewat after just 19 seconds for London Irish in 2009.
2nd and 3rd quickest – 67s Josh Lewsey try 2003, 100s Nick Evans penalty 2012.
4.    The most individual points in a single final is 26 by Mark van Gisbergen for Wasps in 2005.
2nd and 3rd highest – Alex King 24, Charlie Hodgson 23.

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