Stat Attack: Easter double including a 57-tackle effort

Easter weekend saw each team play two games. But what does that mean for the league, player stats and the penalty counts?

League Table

Round 8 saw Warrington move to 3rd, Castleford to 4th, Hull FC to 6th, Salford to 9th and Huddersfield to 10th.

Wakefield dropped from 3rd to 7th, and Hull KR dropped from 9th to 11th. Saints (1st), Wigan (2nd) and Catalan (12th) remain unchanged.

Round 9 doesn’t make many changes to the league table apart from Leeds move up to 4th, Hull FC move up to 5th and Castleford drop down to 6th again.

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Player Stats

Positives:

  • Round 8, Darnell Mcintosh (Hudderfield) and Fouad Yaha (Catalan) both make over 170 metres each, closely followed by Ryan Hall (Leeds) making 167 metres.
  • However in Round 9, three players made over 170 metres, Chris Hill 172m (Warrington), Liam Marshall 178m (Wigan), and David Mead (Catalan) with a massive 224 metres, nearly 50 metres above Liam Marshall.
  • Mike McMeeken (Castleford) and James Roby (St. Helens) both made 48 tackles in Round 8, with Tinirau Arona (Wakefield) topping the chart with 50 tackles.
  • In Round 9, Josh Walters (Leeds) made 57 tackles, compared to Sam Wilde (Widnes) on 50 tackles.
  • Ryan Hall (Leeds), in Round 9, did 23 carries, and four players did 20 carries each, Greg Bird (Catalan), Junior Moors (Castleford), Liam Marshall (Wigan) and Tom Lineham (Warrington).
  • But in round 8 only 2 players made more than 20 carries each, Bill Tupou (Wakefield) with 20 and Zeb Taia (St. Helens) with 21.
  • Average gain sees huge differences between round 8 and 9. In round 9 the highest Average Gain was Daryl Clark (Warrington) with 13.42, but in round 8, two players were above 14. Found Yaha (Catalan) with 14.25 and Dominique Peyroux (St. Helens) with 15.14

Negatives:

  • Greg Bird (Catalan) in round 8 missed a total of 8 tackles. In round 9, two players were above that, with Kris Welham (Salford) missing 8 tackles, but Danny Walker (Widnes) missed a total of 11 tackles.
  • For both rounds, the maximum errors a single player made was 4. Jodie Broughton (Catalan) and Scott Grix (Wakefield) in round 8, and Grant Millington (Castleford) and Greg Bird (Catalan).

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Penalty Stats

Looking at both rounds 8 and 9. Hull KR top the chart giving away 25 penalties in total. 18 of those were given away at the game at the DW Stadium, where Ben Thaler gave 27 penalties in that one game, with the home team (wigan) only giving away 9 penalties.

Warrington gave away the least amount of penalties (12).

Away teams gave away a grand total of 112 penalties compared to home teams of 87 penalties.
Referees Kendall and Moore both giving 33 penalties over the two rounds.

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