Castleford create a clear gap…just, Widnes can’t hold on, and Wigan come short of the mark against an in-form Salford. It’s unlucky for some but let’s get into round 13!
Warrington noticed up 7 tries against St Helens and scored the most tries this round, the first time they have done so this year. St Helen’s only scored 3 while Warrington were scoring 7 past them.
It would normally signal a team in total dominance having a low tackling count the theory being that the team is too busy scoring to be worried about tackling so much. Not the case this week, Leigh only made 283 tackles with their opponents Wakefield only 4 tackles more with 287, not quite sure how that match happened but if you score 66 points in a game there won’t be too much tackling going on either way it would seem.
The highest tackling team was Hull with 369 suggesting keeping out that Widnes side was hard work but ultimately successful. A few other teams were close to the top with Wigan on 364 and Rhinos on 362.
Warrington Wolves missed just 11 tackles all game, very impressive stuff from Warrington trying to get a consistent run (of wins) together. As you’ve perhaps guessed Widnes have missed the most with 37 this round.
Hull take the honours for the most tackle bursts, that game must have been something, highest tackling side and most tackle bursts! Saints again couldn’t break through those tackles as much as everyone else with just 11 breaks in 80 minutes this round!
Leeds Rhinos come out of the woodwork to get the most metres made crown this week with 1514 and with just 174 carries they also get 8.70m per carry to take the most metres made per carry. Leigh couldn’t make 1,000 metres in this round only getting to 983 and 6.64m per carry to take both lowest metrics here.
Wakefield Trinity, Hull FC, Salford Red Devils all made 9 clean breaks in this round with Castleford and St Helen’s both making just 3 clean breaks all game. That Hull and Widnes game really had it all didn’t it?
The highest errors in this round were by 3 teams who won, Wakefield, Hull and Wolves all made 15 errors but all won their games. A sign perhaps of teams that throw the ball about and try different things sometimes make the most errors, in saying that an international and injury hit Castleford made just 8 errors in defeating the Giants and that was as low as it got in round 13.
3 teams made drop goals this round, Huddersfield, Salford, and it’s that team again Hull FC – I’m sure Hull did their best to get the top of each metric this week! With regards to kicking from the cone a special mention to Paul McShane kicking instead of the every present Gale, didn’t miss one and some of those were from difficult angles. Leeds Rhinos also got 100% record this round but Wakefield 8 from 8…fair play!
We don’t normally do offloads as it’s not too interesting but this week with 23 offloads in one game…Leeds Rhinos. It’s ok knowing that they do it but how do you stop it? One for Barrow to work out for the Challenge Cup this week.
Penalties and Cards
I had to say it didn’t I? Last week I pointed out Castleford and Widnes were the only teams not to have seen a card this season. Then a yellow card occurs, not the worst thing you’ll see a yellow card this season I suspect, Widnes still holding on with no card shown this round.
What does it all mean?
Castleford – A point now separate Castleford from the rest but that tells just one side of a story, the 476 points scored in 13 rounds is 137 more than any other team, the 214 conceded demonstrates a gritty defense with over half way through the regular season it is going to be hard to knock this very impressive side from the top this season.
Hull FC – Coming back to win Widnes 33 to 22 and in the process become the top tackling team, the most tackle bursts and most errors, it was certainly an eventful round for Hull but they are now well in the mix to challenge Castleford.
A week off because all teams are in the Challenge Cup for this week but we are back in Super League action on the 20th-21st May. Matches to look out for Castleford hosting Leeds – another 66 points for the Tigers I doubt it this time but with Salford playing Leigh and Hull playing St Helen’s no one can slip up now!