Everyone played on the same day, Leeds nil Salford, Hull FC just win Trinity, and the dragons pull it out of the bag against the Giants, round 9 had it all but what did the stats say?
Wigan ramp up their momentum by chalking up 8 tries in their 44-6 against Hull KR, this was the most tries scored this round and with Saints recording just 6 tries (just!) Wigan are now the top try scoring team n the comp.
Salford failed to score a point let alone a try against Leeds so they are at the tail end of the try-scoring table for round 9.
Castleford unusually top the tackle scoring chart this week with 402 tackles trying to keep Warrington out, making just 1 more tackle than Salford in their defeat at the hands of the Rhinos.
Unsurprisingly Wigan made the least tackles with 284 during their demolition of Hull KR, Wigan also make the lowest average tackles per game at 315, 28 below the average for Super League.
Not a metric we visit every week but we have an interesting team at the top of this metric Catalans managed to bust through the tackles more than any other team in round 9 with 34, a surprise in many ways but signs that a team could escape that middle 8 zone.
Both Widnes and Hull KR only managed to break the opposition line 11 times in their matches, some way from the 27 tackle busts average for the league.
Catalan Dragons made a total of 1422 metres in their win against Huddersfield, but that with 181 carries whereas Hull FC made 1247 metres but with just 154 carries so Hull FC had an average carry gain of 8.10m which was the highest this round.
Alarm bells for Hull KR making just 770 metres and just 5.83m per carry shows a lack of go-forward but they were against one of the top sides this year but you’d like to be competitive in all matches wouldn’t you? A side note here that Wigan also made 10 clean breaks in their game the next nearest team had just 6 clean breaks.
Particularly high error count this round with two teams recording 15 errors in their games (Castleford and Salford), with just 4 teams in single figures for errors in round 9. The average so far is 11 errors per game in the comp so far, 8 of the 12 team were above this average in round 9.
Hull KR conceded a mind-melting 18 pens against Wigan which will stop any team, to be honest with you! Warrington had the least amount this round with just 4, Castleford had just 5 meaning that match had just 9 penalties which is lower than average.
What does it all mean?
Still asserting their dominance are Wigan and Saints, but Leeds, Hull FC and Castleford are still hunting with any of those 3 teams capable of pulling away from the other to secure a top 4 space. At the other end of the table from Wakefield (7th) to Catalan (12th), any one of those teams could be in any order but can a bottom team become good before we split for the 8s?
What’s coming up next round?
As I type Hull FC play Saints so that will be a great contest, Wigan and Catalan could be a points scoring bloodbath but headline fixture is Leeds vs Wakefield a West Yorkshire derby and a great opportunity for Wakefield to jump from the bottom group to the top half. I’ll see you for round 10!