Super Rugby Review: Final

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Sunday, August 5, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

The team statistics across the season revealed the high level of consistency across most areas for the champions.

The four tries scored in the final edged the Crusaders to 90 tries, one more than the Lions with the Waratahs back on 81 and the Hurricanes fourth on 72.

In clean breaks during the season the Waratahs were best with 276 followed by the Chiefs on 259 and the Crusaders on 254. The Lions were fifth on 208.

The Lions had most carries with 2267 followed by the Crusaders on 2196. But in metres carried the Crusaders were second on 8712 behind the Waratahs on 9218 while the Chiefs were third on 8619 and the Lions fourth on 8178.

The Lions beat most defenders with 519 while the Crusaders were second on 446.

In tackles won, the Crusaders were second on 85 percent, just behind the Sharks on 85.2 while the Lions were 12th on 82.2 percent. The Lions had the highest winning lineout percentage of 90.8, just ahead of the Bulls on 89.9 while the Crusaders were 10th on 86.5 percent.

The Crusaders were sixth-best in offloads with 157 while the Lions were 12th with 131. The Sharks were the best on 203 with the Chiefs second on 198 and the Blues third on 183.

The scrummaging statistic of success revealed an intriguing figure, the five New Zealand sides occupied the top five places with the Lions, Stormers and Reds sixth equal.

The Chiefs were best on 95 percent with the Blues on 94, the Crusaders on 93 and the Highlanders and Hurricanes equal on 92 percent. The Lions, Reds and Stormers were each on 91 percent.

In rucks won, the Crusaders and Jaguares shared first with 97 percent while the Lions, Hurricanes, Reds, Chiefs, Rebels, Sharks, Stormers, Blues, Sunwolves and Brumbies shared third with 96 percent.

Individual statistics were:

Top Points Scorers:

Bernard Foley (Waratahs) 223
Robert du Preez (Sharks) 215
Damian McKenzie (Chiefs) 177
Elton Jantjies (Lions) 173
Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares) 161
Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders) 158
Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders) 150
Handre Pollard (Bulls) 144
Hayden Parker (Sunwolves) 136
Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) 122

Top Try Scorers:

Ben Lam (Hurricanes) 16
George Bridge (Crusaders) 15
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs) 15
Malcolm Marx (Lions) 12
Israel Folau (Waratahs) 11
Emiliano Boffelli (Argentina) 10
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) 10
Rieko Ioane (Blues) 10
Bautistua Delguy (Jaguares) 10
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) 9
Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes) 9
Thomas Banks (Brumbies) 9


Amanaki Mafi (Rebels) 253
Andries Coetzee (Lions) 197
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) 191
Kurtley Beale (Waratahs) 183
Damian McKenzie (Chiefs) 177
George Bridge (Crusaders) 176
Damian de Allende (Stormers) 173
Akira Ioane (Blues) 173
Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) 167
Franco Mostert (Lions) 163
Curtis Rona (Waratahs) 163

Clean Breaks:

Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) 43
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs) 42
George Bridge (Crusaders) 37
Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) 31
Israel Folau (Waratahs) 30
Emiliano Boffelli (Jaguares) 28
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) 27
Damian McKenzie (Chiefs) 26
Ben Lam (Hurricanes) 26
Jesse Kriel (Bulls) 26
Rieko Ioane (Blues) 26
Curtis Rona (Waratahs) 26

Defenders Beaten:

Akira Ioane (Blues) 74
Damian McKenzie (Chiefs) 74
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs) 70
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) 68
Andries Coetzee (Lions) 67
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) 66
Emiliano Boffelli (Jaguares) 65
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) 56
Michael Little (Sunwolves) 56
Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes) 55

Lineouts Won:

Franco Mostert (Lions) 87
Rory Arnold (Brumbies) 62
Lood de Jager (Bulls) 58
Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Jagures) 58
Rob Simmons (Waratahs) 55
Ruan Botha (Sharks) 54
Marvin Orie (Lions) 54
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers) 48
Matt Philip (Rebels) 47
Lourens Erasmus (Lions) 47

Metres Carried:

Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs) 1478
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) 1447
George Bridge (Crusaders) 1407
Amanaki Mafi (Rebels) 1345
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) 1139
Israel Folau (Waratahs) 1102
Andries Coetzee (Lions) 1080
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) 1056
Thomas Banks (Brumbies) 1055
Curwin Bosch (Sharks) 983

Tackles Won:

Franco Mostert (Lions) 234
Matt Todd (Crusaders) 209
Luke Whitelock (Highlanders) 205
Ricky Riccitelli (Hurricanes) 201
Tom Franklin (Highlanders) 198
Michael Wells (Waratahs) 194
Dillon Hunt (Highlanders) 188
Brad Shields (Hurricanes) 173
Kwagga Smith (Lions) 168
Tom Robertson (Waratahs) 163