Two teams score over 40, one team nearly scores 40, Wakefield beat top of the league to once again squeeze the top half of the table and 3 teams make 10 or more clean breaks. Round 11 had it all but what do the stats say?
Castleford, Warrington and Hull all scored 7 tries in this round to be joint highest try scores but with a drop goal, it was Castleford who got the most points.
It wasn’t Catalans day at the Jungle as they failed to register a point nevermind a try.
At the start of the year in round 2 the average tries scored per team was 2.5 in round 11 that is now 3.75, improvements in weather and improvements in fitness are beginning to show in the results in games now.
267 tackles, that’s all it took Warrington to keep Hull KR at bay and this was the lowest tackle count of the round. Wigan had the highest with 388 tackles in their close match against Leeds, Leeds tackled Wigan 337 times so we can only imagine how tired those two teams were.
The missed tackles metric made for interesting reading, round 11 saw Salford only miss 17 tackles in their win against Huddersfield but it isn’t a direct correlation between not missing tackles and winning. Wakefield missed 42 tackles yet managed to defeat St Helens so it’s not as clear-cut as it may seem but it makes your life easier.
With a stonking 8.87m made per carry it was Hull FC who by far destroyed the rest of the teams in this metric the nearest team was Warrington with 7.54m, the team running on the spot was Catalan making just 5.57m, a worrying trend for them.
Impressive performances this round with Castleford, Hull FC and Saints all had more than 10 clean breaks, it was Hull FC who had the most with 11. Somewhat surprisingly it was Leeds and Widnes that made only 2 clean breaks each in this round, this could be a sign of how they play but more likely it was poor performances from both teams.
Castleford got another drop goal and it would seem a number of teams are trying to chase down the individual record for Drop Goals in Super League (11) with Luke Gale leading the pack with 4 so far.
Just a quick note to say with Wakefield’s yellow card it ends their run of no cards so far in Super League, well done for getting this far!
What does it all mean?
We are starting to (finally!) see the pitches firm up a little, allowing teams that can play with the ball to show what they can do and that can be seen in the number of tries now being scored and clean breaks being made compared to the mud fest in a freezer we had at the start of the season.
Hull and Leeds was a close affair and round 12 promises even more close matches, namely Castleford vs Wigan but could the other fixtures be close to? Salford vs Wakefield and St Helens vs Huddersfield could provide surprises, until next week folks!