The champions win the newly promoted team by 9, Warrington discover it might not be their year and Wigan defeat Hull at the other side of the world. Round 2 had it all so let’s see what the stats had to say!
It wasn’t a high scoring round regardless of where in the world you were playing, a sign of a tight season to come or just teams still ramping up their attacking plays? Leeds and Wigan registered 4 tries and Warrington were at the opposite end of things managing to get over for just 1 try. At the moment the average tries per team per game is 3.2, I think all fans are hoping that rises as we progress through the season.
As I reported last week Leeds are “over tackling” that is they are tackling at a disproportionally high rate compared to the rest of the league, during round 2 they completed 429 tackles 30 tackles in front of any other team and consider round 2 had an average of 356 tackles, it was well in front of that average. Hull FC made the least tackles with just 296 made out in Australia with Wigan managing just 2 more tackles with 298.
With missed tackles, it was Catalans noticing up 40 missed tackles and Hull missed 39 tackles, Wigan performed well and only missed 13 tackles which is quite a telling stat given the scoreline between Wigan and Hull.
Hull and Warrington struggled to break through defensive lines in round 2, Hull managed to do it just 13 times and Warrington 17. That should be quite alarming for their respective coaches.
Saints broke through the Catalans defence 42 times, something alarming for Catalans but on the other hand, a team should have registered more points when breezing past the defence in that way.
Wigan Warriors were the outstanding performers here with an amazing 1331 metres made during their match down under and on average 8.12 metres made per carry. A number of teams struggled to get out of the starting blocks, 8 teams didn’t make 7 metres per carry, which ones? Ok, they were, Castleford, Huddersfield, Salford, Widnes, Hull KR, Leeds, Saints and Wakefield.
I don’t normally talk about goals but there are some missed goals stats that are starting to come to light. Salford missed all their goal attempts, securing them would have seen them come out winners against Wakefield, a fact that was known during the game but it is worth noting here. A little side note is the lack of a decent kicker for Leeds since Sir Kev left there hasn’t been an out and out specialist to replace the kicking machine, it’s something in tight games they will miss, during this round they missed 2 from 4.
Stunning, we are only in round 2 and only 6 teams remain that haven’t seen a yellow or red card, they are Castleford, Huddersfield, Widnes, Warrington, Leeds and Wakefield. Can a team remain clean until April let alone the end of the season?
What does it all mean?
A lot of teams are struggling to hit full flow and a lot of teams are looking very similar on the stats sheets, Wigan and St Helens look to be the standout performers so far and after that, it really is anyone’s game.
As we are currently in World Club Challenge weekend there is hardly any games, Hull KR have played Catalans and Widnes and Warrington are playing as I type. I will record those stats but we will report them when the remaining games for this round are played.
Next proper round we see Salford play Hull KR which will be a tight affair, can the Giants stop the Saints? The most exciting fixture is Widnes and Leeds, will the World Club Challenge claim another victim via an improved Widnes side? After the next round, we will see what the stats say.