A one point battle win, Leeds and Saints despatching teams with gusto and Castleford break some more records. It was round 29 (or round 6 if you like) let’s see what the stats tell us!
Like a sudden coursework deadline, the tries came in the truckloads this round. Castleford and St Helens both recording 7 tries but it was Leeds with 8 tries while beating Salford that took the most tries in the round accolade this week.
We were incredibly even this round, the lowest was Leeds with 320 and highest wakefield with 356 that means the range (between highest and lowest) was just 36 tackles!
Missed tackles are also worth a mention here – Leeds only missed 13 tackles in 80 minutes whereas Salford missed 37 tackles. Although for them there is nothing to play for Castleford showed last season that it can be a nice time to do pre-season prep so I’d look to see that metric improve if I was the Salford coach.
It’s another Rhinos metric, with 37 separate tackle busts no one was getting too close to that although St Helens recorded 31 tackle busts. The lowest as you can imagine was Salford with just 13 tackle busts which given the scoreline is quite an achievement.
Avg Carry Gain
Not Leeds this time but Hull FC made on average 8.35m per carry, both Wakefield and Leeds were close with just over 8.00m for both of them. Lowest was Salford with 6.09m showing what the wrong end of a 44-2 defeat looks like for metres gained.
Wigan made the most errors with 17 this round, perhaps a reason Castleford we able to dominate large parts of that match. Hull and Leeds both only made 9 errors which don’t win you matches but it helps.
What does it all mean?
The league leaders made it impossible not to finish the season with the highest points difference between 1st and 2nd in SL history with the previous record being 9 points, Castleford will now finish with a minimum difference of 10 points. During the Super 8s Castleford have been excellent without being outstanding after sealing the top spot early on. The stats still tell the story of Castleford being consistently a cut over.
With the battle between Hull, Wakefield and Wigan for positions 3-5 who is better? Wigan has scored the most tries, Hull has made the least tackles and Hull have made the most metres per carry. Hull should be safe in either 3rd or 4th and between Wakefield and Wigan there is nothing much to separate them it could go down to points difference!
Up next we have…
Keep your eyes on Castleford and Hull to see if a weak Castleford side is fielded and Hull secure 3rd – fielding a weak side isn’t the Castleford way in recent years. If Castleford win in the next round they will break the record for most points amassed in a season, a record created by Bradford in ’99 (51 points in a 30 game season).
Saints of course play Salford, that should put them in the mixer for the top 4 with Salford in a backwards slide.
Then Wakefield and Wigan play each other, can it be a Yorkshire top 4 for the first time in SL history? Might be worth a ticket for the support with a bit of free time on a Saturday afternoon.