Round 2 | By the Numbers
10/02/2020 by admin
The second round of the 2020 Super League season saw Toronto fall to Salford by eight points at AJ Bell Stadium.
It is the first time in their history that the Wolfpack have lost a fixture by eight points. The last time they won a game by that margin was September 22, 2018 when they triumphed over Widnes Vikings at Lamport Stadium.
In difficult conditions, Blake Wallace assumed the kicking duties and finished with two conversions from a possible three. Wallace’s personal best from the kicking tee came when he successfully slotted eight conversions from nine attempts against Barrow Raiders at Craven Park in 2019.
Sonny Bill Williams got the most offloads away during the game, ending with seven. Salford’s Niall Evalds and the Wolfpack’s Josh McCrone and Adam Sidlow were tied for a distant second with three offloads.
Jon Wilkin picked up where he left off in round one, tallying another 55 tackles, the most in the game. Wolfpack new recruit James Cunningham had a huge day in defence as well, making 45 tackles.
Salford’s Rhys Williams led the way for metres gained on the stats sheet. Built largely on a stunning run down the length of the left wing, Williams finished with 202 metres gained to his name. Toronto’s Ricky Leutele was in hot pursuit, collecting 183 metres by the final siren.
Gary Wheeler, in addition to scoring two tries for Toronto, finished tied with teammate Hakim Miloudi for breaking the most tackles. The pair finished with 11 tackle busts each.
The ball was in the hands of Salford’s Dan Sarginson for large portions of the fixture, with the centre carrying the ball at the opposition line a game-high 20 times. Tackling machine Jon Wilkin was next with 19.
Brad Singleton’s 70th minute try was his first in a Toronto jersey. The 27-year-old Irish international played 180 games for Leeds Rhinos, scoring 20 tries. His maiden Wolfpack try came in just his second appearance for the Club.
The following stats are based on the totals for each Club after two rounds. It is important to note however that two games were abandoned due to inclement weather in round two. Huddersfield, Wakefield, Catalans and Leeds have therefore taken to the field just once so far in 2020.
Jon Wilkin’s 103 tackles across the opening fortnight is the highest in the League. St Helens second-rower James Bentley is second with 87.
Ricky Leutele is second in the League for breaking tackles, getting through 17 attempts in the opening rounds. Josh Griffin of Hull FC tops the standings with 20.
As a Club, the Wolfpack are second in the League for tackle busts, registering a total of 78 so far. Hull FC lead the way with 103.
The Wolfpack are currently third for total metres gained in the League, recording 2478 in their first two fixtures. Castleford are first with 2804.
Hakim Miloudi sits tied-fourth in the League for carries with 36. Wigan’s Jackson Hastings is the outright leader with 41.
Wolfpack winger Liam Kay is tied-third in the League for clean breaks, finding an open space in the opposition line three times. Kevin Naiqama of St Helens is the standalone leader with five.