Top of the table play a significantly changed side and feel the pain of a fully charged Hull FC, Wakefield nil the old Grand Final winners to put them in 6th place and narrowly miss out on the top 4 to a resurgent Saints. It all happened in the final round of the Super 8s let’s take a look…
Hull FC bagged 8 tries in their beating of Castleford, that’s five more than their opponents and 2 more than any other team this round. Castleford of course, not the lowest scoring team this round, suffering an embarrassing result away from home Wigan finished a disappointing season with a disappointing result.
For the first time this season Castleford made the most tackles in a round with 363 tackles in a vain attempt to keep Hull FC out. Saints were the team not tackling this round with just 265 tackles needed to keep Salford at just 4 points.
Both Hull and Wakefield managed 30 Tackle Busts, that’s 30 times they broke through their opponents line, particularly significant for Wakefield against a good Wigan team. Wakefield will be a force next season if they can keep that squad together.
Avg Metres per Carry
Leeds Rhinos showing their teeth here with an impressive 7.78m per carry on average against the Giants and very interestingly Wakefield despite a convincing win against Wigan made just 6.63m per carry, Wakefield only did 8 attacking kicks all game which does beg the question how they won but the stats only tell one side of the story.
Castleford only made 8 errors and Wakefield made 21 and the one with the most errors won…what’s that about? Meanwhile, everyone else kept between 13 to 16 errors.
What does it all mean?
The momentum is with Wakefield, Hull and Saints, if Wakefield’s reinvention started sooner we may well have had an all West Yorkshire top 4. As we now know Hull and Saints momentum has been stopped by Castleford and Leeds to create a West Yorkshire Grand Final. We will take a look at the stats throughout the year to see if can pick apart both team
We will take a look at the stats throughout the year to see if can pick apart both teams in the Grand Final and in close season we will look at each team and predictions for the next season…just need to crown a winner first!