An upset, a draw and a gap at the top. It’s was Newcastle, it was a magical weekend but let’s see if it was a statistical weekend!
We have no surprise as to who got the most tries, St Helens delivered the shock of the weekend with a 45-0 demolition of a lost looking Hull FC. It’s obvious who was at the foot of the try scoring table this weekend, like a bad Eurovision entry…
A stat worth jotting down for you stats fans, Salford and Wakefield got 6 tries (both with 4 assists), which shows good form for Salford and well Wakefield were playing Widnes so take what you will from that.
Top of the tackling count for all the wrong reasons are Hull completing 412 tackles in 80 minutes, Salford (not Manchester) had the lowest tackle count at 265 but they did miss 32 tackles which was the highest volume of missed tackles this weekend.
Wakefield and it’s small town cousin Castleford both have only missed 10 tackles in 80 minutes, against Widnes that’s good… against an inform Leeds side that is mightily impressive.
Salford made a respectable 35 tackles burst with Huddersfield not far behind with 32 jointly with Leigh…I know what’s that about? So In Salford vs Leigh we had 67 tackle bursts! AS for those struggling to break though Widnes with just 10 tackle breaks and…Leeds?!?! That Castleford defence standing up to the test.
Grabbing all the headlines again it’s St Helens with 1627 metres which is nearly a record for this year (that’s held by Warrington and is 1700+) and again it’s Hull who were held to exactly 1000 metres. St Helens made an average of 8.14 metres with their 200 carries.
Now what’s interesting here is HOW Saints went about this win, basically they ran an awful lot! If you compare it to Castleford’s 66-10 win earlier in the season they ran around 200 metres less than Saints did scoring 20 points more, food for thought that one.
The table goes like this for round 14’s clean breaks…
How did Leigh not win against Salford?!? Even though Hull got nilled they still managed one more clean break than Widnes on 1.
Making the most errors with 19 was a clumsy Warrington side who failed to capitalise on a Wigan side struggling (relatively speaking) for form. Salford made the least errors with 8, and Wakefield and Castleford both on 9 keeping tidy games.
Lost of constancy around the teams now we are 14 games into the season plus 1 or 2 cup games too, no one missed more than two attempts with both Salford and Saints kicking 6 goals
Penalties and Cards
Two rounds ago I pointed out that two teams had no cards so far this season, Castleford then received one for a Webster foul play and now Widnes have received their first yellow of the season. Overall Wakefield join Castleford and Widnes in only get one yellow card this season.
What does it all mean?
Castleford – Two points now separate Castleford and 2nd place and a points difference of 273 which is 167 more than anyone else. This effectively mean they have a heavy loss cushion but looking at these stats there is only team that has the potential, when the Salford pack walk into the Jungle expect fireworks! How do you stop a side that average over 6 tries a game, only 3 have managed it this season.
Salford – Salford have started to create their own gap from 3rd place Hull, it will be interesting to see if Hull can recover from a heavy defeat. The Sky commentary team were lamenting “People will have to start taking this Salford side seriously” it’s something I’ve been doing and I’m sure most Super League teams take them seriously after they played a clinical game against Castleford. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a least one Salford vs Castleford final this year.
We have two games on in quick succession 26th and then 29th, the stats for these games won’t be published quick enough for me to analyse and write up so we will have a Round 15 and 16 mega mix next week. Thanks for reading and see you next time.