A Cheetah, a Zebre and a Warrior – it’s not a new take on an old joke but rather the top trio of marksmen in the first ten rounds of the Guinness PRO14.
Italy international Carlo Canna leads the way in terms of points scoring at this stage, having racked up 75, while Makazole Mapimpi is the man to beat in the try-scoring with nine in ten appearances.
And Glasgow Warriors’ Finn Russell has been the most accurate kicker in the competition to date – making 20 of 21 kicks.
CANNA CLOSING IN
Zebre have had a promising start to the season and secured an impressive 24-10 victory over Connacht last weekend to stay in the hunt for a European play-off place.
Carlo Canna was one of the standout performers with 14 points in that game, and has now overtaken Ernst Stapelberg of the Toyota Cheetahs.
The South African has missed the last few games, so his 72 points in six games remains an impressive tally.
Just in between them is Leinster’s Ross Byrne, who has stepped up admirably at fly-half.
Rounding out the top five are a pair of players thriving in new environments – Gavin Henson at the Dragons and John Cooney at Ulster.
In his first season in Bloemfontein, Makazole Mapimpi has been outstanding for the Cheetahs, with nine tries in ten matches.
Splitting them home and away – five in South Africa, four in Europe – Mapimpi has been a constant threat and sits two clear at the top of the pile.
Next is Alex Wootton, the latest Munster wing to come through the ranks, while Sam Hidalgo-Clyne moved into third this weekend thanks to his hat-trick away to the Southern Kings.
A word also for Elliot Dee and Torsten van Jaarsveld, the two hookers who have chipped in with five tries apiece, like George Horne who has managed his five tries in just five appearances (and three starts!).
RUSSELL ON FIRE
Finally, we come to the most accurate kickers through ten rounds, and it’s a man in form, Finn Russell, who leads the way.
The Warriors fly-half nailed his first 20 kicks in the competition, although he did miss his last shot at goal to end the streak.
Still, with Glasgow ten from ten and Scotland flying high, it’s been a dream start to the season for Russell.
His 95 percent success rate sees him rate just ahead of a trio of Welsh-based players, Scarlets duo Dan Jones and Leigh Halfpenny and Cardiff Blues’ Jarrod Evans.
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