League leaders get a reminder of what loosing a game is like, Leeds close the gap between 1st and 2nd and Giants are convincing in winning Wakefield. A fun packed first round of the Super8s but what say the stats? Who’s winning the overall picture?
It was Huddersfield tearing away this week with 6 tries and 34 points being awarded to them but Leeds achieved the same feat with 32 points. Hull only scored 5 tries but with Connor kicking so well they amassed the same points as Leeds.
We don’t normally look at this metric as it normally doesn’t tell us much we don’t already know, what it tells us this week is that Leeds look to be planning attacks better. All 6 tries came from assists from other players which isn’t always the case for Leeds, over the season so far from 101 super league tries only 77 have a player assisting them.
As regular readers of It’s a different stat will know, more tackles equals more effort in defence which then increases the likelihood of loosing. Saints made 382 tackles keeping Castleford out that’s two more than Wakefield did against Huddersfield and they lost that match. It really underlines what an outstanding effort it was from St Helens keeping Castleford out.
Leeds only made 273 tackles while winning Wigan, not only showing an improvement in tackling but also highlighting a lack of attacking force within the current Wigan side.
Avg Gain per Carry
Castleford struggled to make metres with the ball with a uncharacteristic 5.78m per carry on average. Wigan where the shock avg carry gain table toppers with 7.73m so perhaps a lack of creative flair when it came to getting over the line?
Penalties and cards
11 penalties against the Giants make them the most penalised team in the round with 11, Saints were not far behind with 10. The lowest was Salford with just 5 penalties, no team in the Super8s received a card of any colour this round, a sign that teams don’t want to loose personnel at this stage perhaps, given some of the antics in this round perhaps just luck!
So what does it all mean?
Castleford off the pace in many ways but the stats show a side still capable of major things this season, making 18 offloads (joint highest of the round) and 42 tackle busts (3rd highest of the round).
Saints were the other headline, eyebrows were raised with the win and it was an outstanding effort 382 tackles, 47 tackle busts, 6.45m per carry, but 14 errors show that all that glitters isn’t quite gold yet. It was a top 4 level performance that from 3rd place down should be worried about.
Every game looks awesome next round ,we have Wakefield vs Leeds, Salford vs Castleford, St Helens vs Hull and Wigan vs Huddersfield – Quick bring me Thursday and a West Yorkshire derby!