Snow disruption, the wheat is starting to be sorted from the chaff, a surprise win for Catalans and Wakefield’s run comes to an end. Round 4 and 5 had it all so let’s see what the stats say…
Tries (round 4)
Saints top the table with Wigan with 6 tries each as they dispatched Salford and Widnes, with 4 teams unable to play this round it was Salford who failed to get over the whitewash who were the bottom of that rounds try-scoring table with 0.
Tries (round 5)
Everyone in play for this round and there wasn’t much to separate the teams, both Saints and Wigan are clear at the top with 5 tries each but 4 teams scored twice to complete the bottom the average number of tries scored per team was 3 which was a good average for this time of the year.
Most teams tackles were in the 300-350 window with a few either side for both rounds which statistically is very good but not that interesting. In round 4 Wigan only missed 13 tackles and in round 5 St Helens missed just 17 tackles. Both teams are proving themselves to be the ones to be caught this season (so far).
Average Carry Gain (Round 4)
Warrington Wolves top the pile with 7.94 metres made per carry in round 4, which brings us back to the Warrington of last season, the ability to make metres but not win matches. Making the least metres per carry was Wakefield with 6.21 metres per gain, again that goes against the results with Wakefield winning Huddersfield comfortably.
Average Carry Gain (Round 5)
Leeds Rhinos top the table here with a stunning 8.25 metres made per carry in their win against Hull FC, lowest was Castleford with 5.71 metres made per carry which was despite a comfortable win against Salford.
Always one to keep an eye on for teams making too many mistakes per game. In round 4 Salford made 17 errors in their loss to St Helens, although St Helens are a force at the moment that many errors won’t help
In round 5 we had Widnes making 19 errors in a game, that’s an error nearly ever 4 minutes of play!
In the last 2 rounds, we had 9 cards and 3 of which were red. Last season there were around 4 teams that still hadn’t been carded halfway through the season in 2018 we have 2 teams with no cards so far they are Leeds and Wakefield (well played!)
What does it all mean?
It still feels like we are waiting for the pitches to improve but with large dumps of rain and cold nighttime temperatures, it might be a good few rounds until we start to see real form. St Helens and Wigan are proving themselves the teams to beat at this early stage, most other positions are up for grabs in the table.
In the next round we have Saints vs Rhinos which is always a good fixture, Wigan take on Castleford away could either of the top 2 drop points there? Catalans play Warrington, can the Dragons find any form? We will see you after the next round!