Saints embarrass league leaders, Wigan and Widnes win their games by the same score and the Champions win by a try. Round One had it all but what do the stats tell us about the action?
St Helens scored 8 tries past a lacklustre Castleford, while they only scored the one, the first time Castleford have been the lowest scoring team for some time. It is worth a special mention that Widnes scored 7 tries which again is the first time they have got a serious score up for some time.
My little catchphrase from last season was if you weren’t scoring you are tackling, and so it proves with Castleford topping the tackling table with 387 tackles made during the game, over 50 came from Mr McShane only! The least tackling side was Wines with just 271 tackles.
Something I did notice was Leeds’ very high tackle count, next time they are on the TV I’ll take a look why that might be. In the dark days of last season, it was because 4 players were tackling one man but I’m sure they haven’t gone back to those ways.
A very strange metric this one, given Castleford’s lost you’d expect them to have the most missed tackles, but that isn’t the case. Catalans recorded the most missed tackles with 51, Leeds 41 and Hull KR 40. In these tackling stats, there are two warning sides for Leeds, Catalans obviously have a lot of work to do. On the brighter side, Hull FC recorded just 10 missed tackles all game, that is very close to perfection.
Who was busting through the line the most, not too much of a surprise (but maybe to some) Widnes top the table with 52 tackle busts, that’s something quite incredible there. The Giants were the stragglers here just busting through 10 times, some gym work to do there.
Telling more of a story here Castleford managed to get over the 1000 metres made threshold but some teams didn’t, Huddersfield, Salford and Catalans didn’t make that mark. This shows two things really, Castleford don’t have issues making metres but errors may have cost them. Food for thought for the other 3 though, what was stopping them moving up the park?
The most meters made was unsurprisingly Saints with 1485 metres, but they didn’t have the highest average gain per carry, that honour is reserved for a talented Hull FC side who recorded a very respectable 8.45 metres per carry.
Errors, Penalties and Cards
Errors; very even, the lowest amount of errors was Wigan and Leeds with 10, the most being Salford with 15 errors, although what these stats don’t tell you is where and when these errors occurred so 10 horrible errors can be worse than 15 non-important errors but there we are.
Penalties are a bit more expansive than errors, we have Widnes who have had a clean performance with just 4 penalties conceded, with 10 more penalties it’s Catalans with 14 penalties, something to watch there from our French team.
4 teams received yellow cards in our last round, so 8 teams can still attempt a perfect disciplinary season, we will check up on this throughout the season.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the first round of this Super League season, Leeds take on Hull KR at Elland Road for round 2 which should be something new to see, elsewhere Castleford play Widnes to try and reduce the damage of round 1. Wigan and Hull play each other in the other side of the world, which isn’t the first Super League match to be played outside of the UK as I’ve seen reported….we play Catalans every week, which isn’t on the M62 belt!
Apologies for the lateness of this article, I was suffering from an illness and have only today felt normal in 2 and weeks!