Wigan and Hull FC get into the 40s, Warrington and St Helens get into the 30s, Widnes edge out Salford and Castleford win by a drop goal. Round 7 had it all so let’s take a look at the breakdown.
Wigan top the table in this round with 9 tries and are just one try away from topping the overall try-scoring table for this season, there is, of course, plenty of time to go in the season. Hull KR are bottom of the pile this week with just one try.
It is still Catalans Dragons who are the bottom of the average try-scoring table with just 1.71 tries per game on average, Wigan top the average table scoring 5.50 tries per game on average – scare stuff.
250 tackles are all it took for Wigan to defend their lead, they spent the rest of the time scoring all those tries and points. Now oddly Saints were the highest tackling team with 376 tackles this week despite their win against Hull KR. This could be showing that Hull KR are a very capable side and know how to challenge the best of teams.
Interesting stats for this metric, Saints (43) and Wolves (42) were able to break through the defensive line an awful lot in the game, Saints are at the top of their game (and top of the table) and Warrington have always run hard. Castleford only broke the defensive line of Leeds 10 times but somewhat scarcely that’s all it took to win the game, this was the lowest tackle busts for any team in round 7.
Who was making the most metres? Warrington Wolves, a familiar trend this one, last season they could make the metres but not score the tries, this season they are at least scoring and winning matches. With the least metres, it was sadly Huddersfield with 822 metres only.
Avg metres per carry also turned up some useful stats Warrington Wolves were again out on top with 9.13m per carry but second in line was Castleford with 7.68m per carry, the first 24 minutes showed us the spark hasn’t disappeared.
It’s a simple equation really, the less errors you make the more likely it is you will have possession near your opposition line. Castleford Tigers only made 6 errors while at the other end of the spectrum are Hull KR made 14 errors in their game. It’s not a perfect equation as there are other variables that impact possession such as penalties and kicking success but the basic rule often holds true.
Goals and Cards
I didn’t want to say too much on goals and kickers but Hull FC have one of the best in RL with Syned, Hull FC scored 7 tries but kicked all of those conversions whereas Wigan scored 9 tries but missed 3 from conversions, never underestimate a good kicker in a side.
Leeds Rhinos were the only team to get a card this round, that now means only one team has an unblemished record and that’s Wakefield, they are playing Castleford in round 8 so I wonder if the cards will stay in the pocket.
What does it all mean?
St Helen’s and Wigan seem to be cooking on gas still – who is going to stop either of them? Despite only playing 5 games and others playing 6,7 or even 8 Castleford are maintaining 6th place. From 3rd place to 8th place, the teams look very even and one of those teams has the ability to break free of the others, the question is who is it going to be?
The standout fixture is Wakefield and Castleford a win from either team, could see them make a gap between the others. In other fixtures we have the Hull derby can a strong KR side overturn FC? the stats say it should be an FC win but it’s never going to be that simple. The top two face-off between each other the stats show a close encounter but Wigan winning that one. It’s all interesting stuff in the first of the Easter games.