Stats review of final June international Tests: Two historic wins

Will Thompson
25 June 2018

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It was a fantastic weekend for Guinness PRO14 stars pulling on their international jerseys, with two historic contests on the other side of the globe.

George Horne, Glasgow Warriors

Ireland fought hard to win their series Down Under with victory over Australia, while Scotland’s impressive triumph against Argentina was the perfect response to a one-point defeat to the USA the previous week.

Here’s an overview of the crucial stats and top performers from the Guinness PRO14 that led their nations to glory.

 

OUTSTANDING STANDER

Ireland made history with their 20-16 victory, winning their first ever series on Australian soil.

Despite Jonathan Sexton’s 15 points from the boot, it was CJ Stander who stole the headlines with a lung-busting shift.

The Munster star’s try was the difference in Sydney and he topped the carries list with 16, making more metres than any other forward on the pitch.

Stander’s tackle count was also in double figures, putting in 15 big hits to nullify Australia’s attack – only Leinster’s Jack Conan made more tackles.

 

USUAL SUSPECTS

Yet again it was Ireland’s reliable figures that topped the stats charts as they capped off a phenomenal season of Irish success.

It was well recorded that Leinster lock James Ryan’s only professional loss in rugby was the first Test defeat to Australia, but his 12 carries, 14 tackles and zero penalties conceded will vastly overshadow that as he displayed his central role in Ireland’s win.

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale was at it again in a green jersey, making more metres (66) and beating more defenders (5) than anyone else to pin Australia in their own half for much of the game.

 

GLORIOUS GEORGE

Scotland recorded their most successful win over the Pumas in their own backyard with a 44-14 triumph at Estadio Centenario.

Vital to that success was Glasgow Warriors scrum-half George Horne.

His older brother took charge of the kicks and knocked over 14 points, but the younger Horne touched down twice and featured among the top performers in numerous categories to better his sibling.

He made the most metres with ball in hand in Resistencia (69) through nine carries, but was also effective in defence, making an impressive 12 tackles.

It was only the scrum-half’s second cap for Scotland, but a try in the first two minutes was only a sign of what was to come, as he tore up the Argentinian defence and masterminded the conquest.

 

BURLEY EDINBURGH BOYS

Scotland’s six tries certainly did not flatter them, with incisive runs and dominance at the breakdown forcing the Pumas into submission.

Edinburgh stalwarts Magnus Bradbury and Ben Toolis led the line for the Scots, featuring at the top of the stats lists across the board.

Not only did Bradbury bag his second try on his fourth cap, but the flanker made nine tackles, 10 carries and beat four defenders – more than any other forward.

Toolis racked up an impressive 13 tackles after coming on for Tim Swinson, while making seven carries in attack to constantly push the Pumas back.

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