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Stat Attack: Edinburgh

Another big game in the race for the Welsh Shield. Edinburgh vs Ospreys, let’s get into the stats.

The two teams have faced each other 34 times in the past, with Ospreys winning 20, Edinburgh winning 13 and the teams drawing once.

In those games, Ospreys have scored 811 and Edinburgh have scored 667.

The Ospreys have won their last three games against Edinburgh. The most recent being a 23-19 win at the Stadium where Sam Parry and Mat Protheroe picked up the tries.

Edinburgh’s back row have been stat kings this year. Viliame Mata made the highest number of carries (16) for the second consecutive round in the last group of BKT URC fixtures and is now level with the Scarlets’ Sione Kalamafoni for the season on 194.

Edinburgh’s Hamish Watson has made more offloads than any other forward in the league (19), averaging 3.8 offloads per 80 minutes.

Then in Scotland skipper Jamie Ritchie, you have a blindside who is so strong in the tackle and so good over the ball.

Onto us, there’s a 100th appearance for tight-head prop Tom Botha, who is joined in the front row by Welsh internationals Gareth Thomas and Dewi Lake, with three more on the bench in Nicky Smith, Tomas Francis and Sam Parry.

Our front row has been monstrous in the scrum this year, winning more penalties in the scrum (42) than any other team in the league.