Wolfpack’s Super League Opener By The Numbers
07/02/2020 by Aiden McNicholas
Super League’s Opening Weekend saw a total of 40 tries scored and 236 points registered across six fixtures.
Toronto’s Hakim Miloudi made the most meters across the entire Super League in the opening round, forcing his way a total of 197m into opposition territory. Hull FC’s Josh Griffen took second place with 186m.
Miloudi was one of just five Super League players to register both a try and a try assist across the weekend. Jack Welsby, Bevan French, Aidan Sezar and Ratu Naulago were the other players to achieve the feat.
In terms of average metres gained per possession, the Wolfpack’s James Cunningham was the second best in the League, making an average of 14 metres per carry. Joe Burgess of Wigan Warriors averaged 14.33 metres with each touch, the best across the opening fixtures.
The Wolfpack lost their clash against Castleford by 18 points, the second time in the Club’s history they have lost a game by that margin. The first occasion came against Featherstone Rovers at Lamport Stadium in the final round of the 2018 Championship regular season.
Conversely, Toronto have won three games by 18-points, including their historic Grand Final win against Featherstone in 2019 that saw them promoted to the Super League. The final scoreline that day read 24 – 6.
Wolfpack veteran Jon Wilkin made 48 tackles against Castleford, tied for the second most in the League. Cameron Smith of Leeds Rhinos took the crown in round one with a remarkable 61 tackles.
Winger Ricky Leutele finished the round tied second in the League for broken tackles with 10. Tom Johnstone smashed through 12 attempted tackles to top the standings.
After their loss against Castleford, the Wolfpack will face Salford Red Devils in round two. Salford also lost their opening fixture, going down to St Helens by 40 points.
For Salford, several players are in line for a milestone match, headlined by Lee Mossop who is set to mark his 200th Super League appearance. Niall Evalds is one away from 150 fixtures and Pauli Pauli currently has 99 games to his name.
Salford were forced to make 385 tackles against St Helens, the second most in the League behind Leeds Rhinos who made 395.
The Red Devils also ranked second for missed tackles with 46, again just behind Leeds who let 58 tackles slip.
In 2019, Salford scored a total of 137 tries, ranked second in the League behind Champions St Helens who crossed the line on 163 occasions. The Red Devils also held second spot for the most attacking kicks throughout the season with 357.
Salford were the most secure team with ball in hand last year, recording the least errors with 282. Interestingly, St Helens committed the most, a total of 361.
The Red Devils were undisciplined at times however, giving away 229 penalties in 2019, the second most in the League.