The champions lose to Widnes, all the teams that flew to Australia lose their round 3 matches and Salford register some serious points. It all happened in round 3 but what about those metres tackles and other metrics? Let’s find out!
Salford notched 6 tries and Castleford was not far behind with 5, the average tries scored per round for all teams so far is 4, 2.5 and 3 this round, so a mixed bag so far. The lowest amount of tries was, of course, Leeds with just 1.
It’s a case of slightly ‘normal service resumes’ from last season, Leeds completed the most tackles with an outstanding 403 this wasn’t enough to keep Widnes out neither was the 64 marker tackles contained with that 403 total. The least amount of tackles was Castleford with just 257 which is a large difference from most to least and a pattern that occurred in the early part of last season as well it will be interesting to see if this continues for Leeds or it gets fixed quickly because if you’re tackling you aren’t scoring!
Another quick note on tackling metric Leeds Rhinos also missed the most tackles with 46 missed opportunities, Warrington Wolves only missed 18 tackles all game against Wigan Warriors.
I don’t always bring this in as it can be quite even across the board but Widnes pulled off an amazing 45 tackle busts against Leeds showing a poor defence and an excellent attack.
Warrington Wolves made the most metres per carry 8.28m, carrying on from last season, where despite the obvious results issue they managed to at least make metres on the pitch it was just the final product lacking. It was Castleford who failed to run up the pitch with the ball, helped by a 40/20 they only carried the ball an average of 6.05m which may have to improve for future games.
This was just an interesting metric making just 7 errors Castleford were the cleanest team in the round. It was St Helens making 16 errors in their game against the Giants but remarkably still won the match, in comparison Leeds made 15 errors and lost. The important bit of stat (that we don’t have) is where each error occurred, don’t drop the ball on your own line!
With Widnes receiving a yellow in this round there are now only 4 teams that haven’t been shown a card of any colour, Castleford, Huddersfield, Leeds and Wakefield but for how long?
Coming up in round 4
The Yorkshire snow may play a part in some fixtures but as it stands an injury-hit Leeds playing a Catalan team searching for a win could be interesting, a buoyant Widnes against Widnes, in fact, every fixture has an interesting story within so watch them scores and we will review it all this time next week.