It’s the circle of life, rather the circle of Rugby league fixtures. Bask in the glory that is a fully synced up table. We’ve ended up at the half way house of the regular season. What did round 11 part 2 produce for us?
Wigan top the table for tries with an impressive 8 tries in their win against Catalans and it’s their old rival’s Saints struggling to score with 2 tries.
In their defeat to Widnes the Saints tried hard to keep them out making 377 tackles in the process against Widnes’ effort of 338. The least amount of tackles was Castleford Tigers with 284 just above them was Hull their opponents in this round with just 5 more tackles, which is odd as one side or the other normally tackles more as they try to defend but there was 26 errors and 20 penalties which is a fair amount of stoppage in a match.
This isn’t normally the most riveting of metric that I have at my disposal but my eyes fell on an alarming stat… Hull missed 64 tackles in one game, the average across all games so far for Super League is 25 missed tackles so that is way above average. In fact Hull regularly miss the most tackles per round and on average miss 33 tackles per game, no other team has an average in the 30s!
The pain of losing by 2 points is bad for any team but when you look through the stats it’s a wonder how Castleford didn’t win convincingly 64 tackle burst in one game! No other team even got into the 50s and Wigan were next closest with 40 and they won quite convincingly and so you start to see my point. The lowest this round was Saints with just 13 which is surprising for such a big pack you’d expect this measure of how a team can break through a defensive line to be higher.
Catalan made the least metres only just getting over 1,000 metres mark, Warrington Wolves again impressed with their metre making ability chalking up 1617 metres in the game. Warrington, Hull and Wigan all achieved over 8 metres per carry on average this round.
Runs from Dummy Half
One standout team here and it’s Widnes Vikings with 30 runs from dummy half, could this be a reason for the narrow win? Certainly, that amount of willingness to attack wouldn’t have done them any harm.
The big story here is that following Gale’s knock and non-return to the field Castleford missed 3 kicks, 6 points and if they had 2 of those 3 then it was a win. Agony for Tigers fans but joy for a brilliant defence from Hull.
What does it all mean?
Castleford – Has the bubble burst, not quite but the fixture against Wigan is mightily important to both team’s seasons. Looking at these stats it shows how close the game was and 2 points is nothing but Castleford have to become better in the first 20 minutes and better at winning close games.
Wigan – I get the impression that Wigan aren’t quite firing on all cylinders just yet, most fixtures have been very close encounters with just +64 after 11 games, they could do with a 50 or 60 point “blow away” in the next few rounds
Next round we see all the teams back in the mix and I say this honestly, every fixture for round 12 looks tasty, I’d love to watch every single one of them. It’s not the slogan this year but every game matters.