After a stellar week for Bath, Zach Mercer has toppled Radradra atop of the tackles list in round 19 of the Premiership stats. Last week Radradra topped almost all attacking categories demonstrating his worth to Bristol. He is still up there in most but with a bit more competition this week.
Back again we take a look at which players performed best in the stats in round 19 of the Premiership. This week we have seen some regular top performers but also some new names rise to the top.
Radradra and Mercer dominate attacking categories
This round it is a tale of a back and a forward when it comes to attacking prowess. Zach Mercer, as mentioned, topped the carrying charts with a total of 23 which is 4 more than any other player. His teammate, Elliot Stooke also made an impressive 11 carries that night.
He also topped the defenders’ beaten charts with a massive 13, again four more than the next best. However, Radradra still maintained his place at the top of a lot of charts.
Once again he topped the clean breaks category with five. He also made the most metres at 139. Interestingly, despite all his carries and defenders beaten Mercer could only muster 62 metres made. It just shows how much harder forwards have to work for ground in the Premiership.
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Bath players star in defensive charts as well
When it came to tackles made Bath players also made a strong showing. Tom Ellis lead the way with 21 tackles underlying the defensive effort Bath had to put in to win against Worcester.
The amount of work that Gloucester had to put in against Exeter without the ball also bore out in the stats. They had four players make more than 15 tackles in the game which is a titanic effort. However, hardly surprising given who they were up against. These players were Jordy Reid (20), Danny Drake (18), Charlie Beckett (17) and Josh Gray (15).
Bath players also had a bit of a day out when it came to turnovers. They had three players on the chart with Tom Ellis and Miles Reid getting three and two turnovers respectively. Cameron Redpath also got a steal as well. However, no one could outdo the ever-impressive Ben Curry at the breakdown. He made the round best four turnovers this weekend underlying his importance to Sale Sharks.
The missed tackles table often makes sorry reading and generally gives a reflection of how the games went this week. This time around it is no different. The chart is dominated with Saracens, Worcester, Northampton and Leicester players. Guy Porter and Reuben Bird-Tulloch share the ignominy of having missed the most tackles with five.
Kicking stats tell an interesting story
Often you can tell a lot about how a team likes to play through their kicking stats. This week saw a bit of a shift towards using the fly-half as the primary kicker with the top eight kickers wore the number ten jersey.
Only London Irish used their scrum-half more than their fly-half to execute kicks in play. Sale were the next closest with an almost even split between the two.
The kicking stats also tell us a lot about the likes of Bristol and Exeter. Players from those teams are way down the charts in terms of kicks demonstrating how those teams prioritise ball in hand over territory more often than other sides.
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