Greg Eden the record breaker steals the show, in other news Leeds just edge Wakefield, Hull pull off a shock against Salford talking of shocks well hello Leigh! Round 18 had it all…
Huddersfield Giants getting those tries in, 10 tries against a worryingly poor Catalans side. That’s not to take anything away from this Giants side as we can see improvement and to get 18 tries in 2 games is quite impressive stuff. A small mention for Leigh beating Wigan with 8 tries a great achievement for a team at the bottom part of the table.
Salford, Widnes and Catalans all managed only 2 each so are jointly at the bottom of that metric.
Wakefield Trinity topped the tackling charts with 358 tackles while narrowing losing to Leeds which shows a good level of grit and determinations which may give dividends at the back end of this season.
As we’ve seen so many times in this article the team scoring isn’t the team tackling with just 255 tackles is the Giants.
Although Catalans missed tackle count was in the high 30s which is an indicator nothing much has changed. But Castleford must have been running rings round them with 40 missed tackles made (or not made) by Warrington Wolves.
Lowest missed tackle count was Wigan with just 12, this is odd as they lost massively so that should be higher than that if we are following normal traits.
Quite low scores all round but it’s Castleford Tigers with 40 being the top tackle busters this round, with just 12 tackle bursts it’s Leigh. That game will be one of those games where on the stats sheet it makes no sense!
Another Giants metric here they top the charts with 1505 metres made, Leeds not far behind with 1493. Catalan struggle to get off the mark with just 831 metres made, Widnes also didn’t make the 1000 mark with just 990 metres.
The Giants also made giant leaps making 8.93 metres per carry, Widnes made just 6.19 metres per carry.
Windy conditions impacts some with Castleford missing 3 from 7 and Leeds missing 3 from 4!
What does it all mean?
When things go your way they go your way, now 6 points clear however with points difference this is more like 7 points clear, Castleford reportedly looked a little off pace and only got to 3rd gear at times. Despite this Greg Eden will be dominating the record books if he continues the way he has been, in his last 2 games he has scored 7 tries…just him…7!
Have made joined Salford separated only by points difference, could they make 2nd place for the end of the regular season? Overall stats for Leeds are good but not world class, 3rd highest tries, 3rd most metres made, 2nd most runs from dummy half, as you can see they are up there but not dominating stats.
The Challenge Cup gets in the way of a perfectly good season this coming week (other than Giants and Saints who play on Friday), when we return the Bottom 2 fight it out, a West Yorkshire classic with Castleford and Leeds, Hull FC take on Wakefield as we see 3rd, 4th and 5th changing hands round by round. Till next time…