4 teams get the round off to play the Challenge Cup, the top of the table score an incredible 12 tries in a game and Salford shock Wakefield. Round 12 had it all but what did the stats say?
It’s obvious who tops the try-scoring table this week, St Helens ran in 12 tries while defeating the Giants which is worrying for Huddersfield as it shows how open their defence can be on a bad day, worrying on the flip side of that is how excellent that Saint’s attack is.
On the lower end, we have Huddersfield and Wakefield both notching up just a single try, for Wakefield a rare dip in their form in the case of Huddersfield a trend that is getting worse.
Tackling the most this round was Wakefield Trinity in an attempt to keep Salford out with 369 tackles, that’s 20 tackles more than they manage in an average match this season. As you may have guessed St Helens tackled the least with just 252 tackles, however, their average tackle count is 366 per game this season so a rare trip down to this end of the tackle count table.
A quick note here, Huddersfield missed 48 tackles the most in the round and a full 14 missed tackles above their average this season, maybe St Helen’s secret is Vaseline!
Failing to go down the field effectively was both Wakefield and Huddersfield who made just 952m and 836m respectively. I do always say anything below 1000m in a game is time for alarm bells, and I’m sure both sides will be more than aware of this.
Saints made over 1500m in their 12 try game against Huddersfield (1584m), this didn’t give them the highest gain per carry, that was the shock performance from Salford who managed to make 7.45m per carry.
Clean breaks and Offloads
St Helen’s stats for this round are astonishing, included in that are the 15 clean breaks made by the Saints and 14 offloads. Normally a team would make 5 clean breaks a game indeed even Saints’ average is 8 clean breaks a game. For offloads, it was Rhinos who actually made the most with 17 offloads in their loss to Hull FC.
What does it all mean?
St Helens are unstoppable in their current form, only a big injury crisis would stop this team or a top 4 side on their A* game. There is the start of a gap appearing below Leeds separating 1-6 and 7-12 in the table and certainly looking through the stats per week it is those top 6 teams that are recording the correct metric week in and week out.
Well, St Helen’s have won Salford in round 13 already which again shows their dominance, other fixtures to look for Wakefield could bridge the gap between 7th and 6th when facing Castleford. The others on the face of it should be an easy betting slip but this is Rugby League. Join us again next week for A Different Stat.