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Opta Rankings: Team statistics after ten rounds

Paul Eddison

5 Dec 2017

Glasgow Warriors are a perfect ten from ten in the Guinness PRO14, but intriguingly they lead just one statistical team category after ten weeks of action.

The Warriors have racked up 5,156 metres with ball in hand, nearly 400 metres clear of the next best team – Ulster.

Metres Gained
Glasgow Warriors 5,156
Ulster 4,773
Zebre 4,378
Leinster 4,296
Toyota Cheetahs 4,108

Where the Warriors stand out, however, is that they crack the top five in eight of our nine statistical categories, only missing out in lineout success.

And it is for that reason that Dave Rennie’s team have been so successful to start this campaign.

Here we dig a little deeper into some of the numbers through ten rounds:

CHEETAHS’ SET-PIECE SUCCESS

Playing at altitude and at extreme pace, the Toyota Cheetahs have been a blistering attacking team – Craig Barry’s stunning try this weekend the latest example of the threat they pose.

However the South African side have also adapted quickly to the challenges of the set-piece in the Guinness PRO14, with the best scrum in the competition and a very effective lineout.

Scrum Success
Toyota Cheetahs 96%
Benetton Rugby 96%
Southern Kings 96%
Glasgow Warriors 94%
Munster 93%

Fourth on their own ball, behind only Welsh trio, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Scarlets, the Cheetahs have been even better on opposition throws.

With 27 lineout steals, they are well clear of the rest, and Reniel Hugo looks a good bet to take Ben Toolis’ crown as the most effective lineout jumper in the league, having racked up 56 lineouts won, 23 more than any other player.

Lineout Steals
Toyota Cheetahs 27
Connacht 16
Leinster 16
Munster 15
Glasgow Warriors 14
Edinburgh 14

ZEBRE GAMBLES PAYING OFF

Zebre have been an entertaining side so far this season, and maintained their good form with an impressive win over Connacht on Saturday.

No team has made more offloads than their 124, while they also lead the way in terms of defenders beaten with 212.

Defenders Beaten
Zebre 212
Leinster 209
Glasgow Warriors 205
Ulster 196
Scarlets 194

With that in mind, it’s little surprise they are third in the total metres gained and total breaks in a promising campaign so far.

SCARLETS THE TURNOVER KINGS

While the Warriors lead the way in Conference A, it’s a little tighter in Conference B where Scarlets currently have a three-point advantage over Leinster.

And unquestionably, the area where they stand out is at the breakdown, with a remarkable 83 turnovers, 14 more than any other team.

Turnovers Won
Scarlets 83
Cardiff Blues 69
Benetton Rugby 63
Zebre 60
Leinster 60
Glasgow Warriors 60
Edinburgh 60

Given how tightly bunched the following pack is, it’s an indication of where Scarlets lead the way, while the return of James Davies from injury is only going to help in this regard.

When you consider how Wayne Pivac’s side won last year’s crown with some devastating counter-attacking, it’s little wonder they place such an importance on points from turnovers.

Other statistical categories:

Lineout Success
Ospreys 93%
Cardiff Blues 93%
Scarlets 92%
Toyota Cheetahs 91%
Munster 89%

Tackle Success
Edinburgh 90%
Ospreys 89%
Munster 89%
Glasgow Warriors 89%
Dragons 89%
Cardiff Blues 89%

Breaks
Ulster 113
Glasgow Warriors 111
Zebre 107
Toyota Cheetahs 96
Scarlets 93

Offloads
Zebre 124
Scarlets 123
Glasgow Warriors 123
Connacht 119
Munster 118

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