Weather ruins the fun for 4 of our teams, a surprise at the top of the try scoring table this round and how bad are the team from the south of France? Round 6 had it all so let’s take a look at the stats behind the games.
Hull KR, surprise surprise, are top of the charts with 6 tries against a Giants team struggling this season. Warrington and Leeds were not far behind with 5 tries each, Catalan are holding the foot of this table with no tries. Catalan have the lowest tries per game average this season at 1.50 tries a game on average, the league average is 3.07 tries per game.
Leeds and Warrington made the least tackles with 298 each, which is way below there average of 373 and 346 respectively for the season, in fact, Leeds’ average is the highest in Super League. Making the most tackles in an attempt to keep Warrington out was Catalans with 410, above their average of 366 for the season so far.
In Warrington’s nilling of Catalans they managed to miss just 7 tackles, an astonishing statistic when you consider the Super League average for a team is 28 per game.
No surprises now that Hull KR top this metric with 8.2 metres made per carry but at 1367m it wasn’t the most metres gained in round 6 of Super League that small triumph goes to Warrington (only just, St Helens were behind by just 1 metre!).
Readers of last seasons articles will remember the warning signs of seeing metres made for a team being below 1000m, well those warning signs were there for Catalans only managing 873 metres gained, it really was a bad day at the office for them.
On the tidy end of this stat was Huddersfield, Hull KR and Warrington each with 7 errors, St Helens made a total of 18 errors, the league average is 11.53 errors a game and St Helens own error average is 12.33 per game, it is significantly above both of those measurements.
Just a quick mention here, the 7 Goals (0 missed) kicked successfully by Hull KR, that’s an extra 14 points for the team, never underestimate the importance of a good goal kicker!
A small word on Catalans
They are quite some distance off the pace at the moment, as we touched on before their average try-scoring is almost half the leagues average, just the very fact they are included in the average brings it down 0.2!
They make on average 20 more tackles than the League average, that won’t sound like much but it’s 20 more times you need to pull your body off the ground and start again. Speaking of which they miss on average 5 more tackles than the league average, that’s totally wasted effort and energy on the field.
I really could do a whole other article on how bad it is currently but in a nutshell, it’s blatant how poor they are on the stats sheets, and it needs fixing asap.
What does it all mean?
Due to Castleford’s snow curse, we didn’t see Wigan take to the field but they have still scored the second highest number of tries so far, St Helen’s are obviously at the top spot. They are still both the danger teams in the league. Several teams are at 17 tries which shows how even the rest of the league is until you get towards the bottom.
Despite only playing 4 games Castleford hold 6th place which they will be satisfied with given the situation, win both of those outstanding game and they could be sitting pretty in 2nd place, which given that they “haven’t really got going yet” is a fair achievement. On the flipside, Warrington should be worried that after playing one game more than most and 3 more than Castleford they have only managed 5th place.
Next up we have, great matchups across the league, Hull KR against St Helens could prove to be an interesting tie, as could Warrington and Wakefield, the headline is the Elland Road clash between Leeds and Castleford – at least it has a heated pitch so Castleford can actually play a game!