A Few Telling Details in PRO Rugby Stats

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Fenoglio’s been important to Denver’s early success.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Ahead of PRO Rugby’s Week 4, here is a look at some stats from Weeks 1-3.  There is still a lot of rugby to play, but here is where things stand now.  For a look at the trial run of a new stat, check this out.

Scrolling through these tables, Denver looks good.

Tries

Here is a breakdown of all the tries so far and where they came from.  More tries have started with turnovers than any other type of possession.  This is not typical in other professional leagues.  Looking at the lineout success rates below helps to make sense of the relatively low number of tries coming from lineouts.

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Attacking Scrums

There have been a lot of scrums – 7 more per match than the 2015 World Cup average – in the first 6 matches, but the matches don’t “feel” like they are bogged down by the scrums.  It isn’t the scrums that are making some of the matches feel choppy; it is the skill breakdowns that lead to them.  Ohio has had the most reliable attacking scrum, but Denver has had the best scrum overall.  First, they’ve won more penalties and free kicks and been more destructive on defensive put-ins.

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Defensive Scrums

The lineouts have, on the whole, been relatively sloppy.  Denver, again, comes out on top.

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Attacking Lineouts

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Won “Clean,” for my calculations means that things go to plan – the ball gets from the thrower to the intended receiver (or, at least, whomever appears to be the intended receiver), and then to the next player.

Defensive Lineouts

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Jake Frechette lives outside of Philly, where he is engrossed enough in rugby that he sometimes forgets that when he talks about the Eagles, most people assume he means the NFL flock. He once played both tight head and inside center in the same game, which shows that he is strong, handsome and has nice hair. One of the things he finds most enjoyable in the rugby world is that Andrew Hore is a Hooker and he can't wait until his sons are old enough to giggle at that one with him.

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