Saints remain top, the bottom of the table team get within 10 points of 2nd place, and Wakefield slip to 7th but were just 2 points away from drawing with Leeds. Round 10 had all it but what about the stats…
A return to the previous seasons try scoring record for Castleford Tigers as they notched up 7 tried against the Giants. Close behind were Wigan with 6 tries which takes them above St Helens in the overall try scoring table (Wigan have scored 50 tries, St Helens have scored 47).
At the other end of the metric, we have Salford with just one try in their defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves
A new record for weekly stats, this is the first round since I’ve been recording stats (admittedly only a season and a half) that all 12 teams have made over 300 tackles. The gap between the highest tackling team and the lowest tackling team is 71. The highest tackling team was Salford with 374 and the lowest tackling team was Castleford with just 303.
Both Warrington and Huddersfield made 71 marker tackles each in their games which was the joint highest for this round and way above average for the league so far, the lowest marker tackling team was Castleford again with 42.
Somewhat worryingly Hull missed 57 tackles in the game against St Helens, both Tigers and Wolves were the other end and only missed 22 tackles in their games.
St Helens made a stonking 1601 metres against Hull FC, but it wasn’t them topping the average metres made per carry chart was Warrington Wolves with 8.17m per carry. Castleford surprisingly had the worst metres made per carry with just 6.83m but the Giants weren’t far behind with 6.84m per carry showing you it isn’t all about how many metres you make.
Offloads and Penalties
Hull FC and Hull KR both recorded over 20 offloads in their games, it didn’t help Hull FC but did help Hull KR win against Widnes, similar stats very different outcomes.
Just a note about Penalties, Catalan conceded 14 penalties the next closest team was Castleford and Huddersfield on 9 each, the Dragons will look to lower that count if they are wanting to avoid the middle 8s this season.
What does it all mean?
A funny week where teams would get very similar stats but one team would lose by 20+ points and another team would win by a similar margin. But the old benchmarks remain of tries (obviously) but more often than not tackles tell the story of the games. In reality, a combination of every stat tells the story of a game.
Leeds play Wigan which is could see Leeds take 2nd place or Wigan sperate themselves from the 2-6th glut which is separated by 2 points. Top of the table take on a Wakefield team that has come close on a number of occasions could they shake things up with a win? Until next round…