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