Ah Super League 2-0 winners of the World Club Challenge, and the only competition to have 2 round 11 games before round 2!
Let’s look at what this week’s games; Leigh vs Leeds and Huddersfield vs Salford, look like in the statistical world. What do the stats tell us about this round? Let’s get into it…
With only 36 tackles between the lowest tackling team Huddersfield Giants (350) and the highest tackling team Salford Red Devils (386) it shows 2 very close game defensively. Considering that Leeds and Leigh slotted in between those two figures with only 27 tackles separating the two teams, this was a very close round for all 4 teams.
What tells a greater tale is the amount of missed tackles, Leeds missed only 14 tackles during the whole game, Salford missed 34 in total. This could have been one of the deciding factors in Leeds just edging Leigh, as for Salford if they can sharpen up that area they can improve further and maybe restrict further points being scored against them.
Bursting through defensive structures like team possessed were Huddersfield with 34 tackle bursts (maybe the missed tackles of Salford were Huddersfield running through). Leigh Centurions made only 14 tackle burst so that might mean a big session in the weight room for the forwards come Monday morning.
How many times were a team carrying the ball and completing that tackle? Top of the table for second week were Leeds Rhinos 187 the Giants were just behind this week with 182. Very interestingly Salford Red Devils had the lowest this weekend with 165 carries, a good example of the stats not showing everything. We’ll see in a minute that they don’t get most meters or even highest average gain per carry, Salford then were very effective in position without being outstanding in the stats.
Again all 4 teams here lie inside 85 meters, Salford very interestingly made the least meters (1255) showing that high tackle count could have been a hard effort in defense to restrict Huddersfield field position making for an easy attacking phase.
I could have almost written the same thing I wrote here last week as Salford made 26 runs from dummy half… again. I imagine they did that 60 minutes into the game and reached a quota so didn’t do it again. I’m sure coaches in the league will be noticing this from their own sources, as the season goes on will they try something different? Lowest runs from dummy half was Leigh Centurions with 13 which is low this week but would be on the low half of average in a normal week.