Cape Town - The final weekend of the league stage of the 2014 Super Rugby season came to an exciting end as it rained tries all over the place.
In the seven matches over the weekend a total of 31 tries were scored with two of the games producing 21 five-pointers between them.
The clash between the Lions and the Cheetahs produced the biggest try festival at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday as the hosts demolished the visitors 60-25.
It is therefore not strange that players involved in the clash feature high up in the improved Vodacom Rugby Stats App
Chief destroyer in the Lions’ eight-try romp was wing Lionel Mapoe, who scored a hat-trick of tries.
Mapoe shared the top position for most tries with the Brumbies’ Matt Toomua, who also claimed a hat-trick in his side’s 47-25 win over the Force.
Four more players each scored a brace of tries with Cornall Hendricks (Cheetahs), Kurtley Beale (Waratahs), Matt Todd (Crusaders) and Paul Willemse
(Bulls) getting onto the scoresheets in their respective matches.
Mapoe and Toomua also feature in the top-five of the Points
category which is led by Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies
, who scored a total of 20 points through seven try conversions and two penalty goals.
He is followed by the Cell C Sharks’ Francois Steyn (19 points) and Handré Pollard of the Bulls with the 18 points he scored.
Steyn converted the most penalties this weekend with his five, while Crusaders pivot Dan Carter and Pollard each slotted four.
The Stormers’ Juan de Jongh made 16 Carries
in his side’s match against the Sharks to top that category.
Behind him was Israel Dagg of the Crusaders and the Highlanders’ Malakai Fekitoa with 15 each, while the Bulls’ Jono Ross
Cheetahs flyer Cornall Hendricks shared second place in the Defenders Beaten
category which he did six times on Saturday.
The Vodacom Rugby Stats App now feature more statistics that give fans greater insight into the game.
These include Team-vs-Team
comparisons which should settle any braai fire banter.
Comparing the Bulls and the Sharks’ stats from the season demonstrates how close the margins are in this competition.
These stats show for instance that the Sharks made 36 more carries than the Bulls, beaten 44 more defenders, while the Bulls made 10 more handling errors.
While the Bulls are traditionally seen as a kicking team, the Sharks kicked 37 more times from hand.
The coastal side also conceded 13 more penalties with the Bulls making a whopping 401 more tackles than the Sharks. Round-19 Stats: Points:
1. Elton Jantjies
(Lions) – 20
2. Francois Steyn (Sharks) – 19
3. Handre Pollard (Bulls) – 18
4. Lionel Mapoe (Lions) – 15
5. Matt Toomua (Brumbies) – 15 Tries:
1. Lionel Mapoe (Lions) – 3
2. Matt Toomua (Brumbies – 3
3. Cornall Hendricks (Cheetahs) – 2
4. Kurtley Beale (Waratahs) – 2
5. Matt Todd (Crusaders) – 2
6. Paul Willemse
(Bulls) – 2 Penalty Goals:
1. Francois Steyn (Sharks) – 5
2. Dan Carter (Crusaders) – 4
3. Handre Pollard (Bulls) – 4
4. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) – 3
5. Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) – 2 Metres Run:
1. Andries Coetzee (Lions) – 132m
2. Henry Speight (Brumbies) – 122m
3. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – 112m
4. Francois Hougaard
(Bulls) – 105m
5. Cornall Hendricks (Cheetahs) – 104m Carries:
1. Juan de Jongh (Stormers) – 16
2. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – 15
3. Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders) – 15
4. Jono Ross
(Bulls) – 14
5. Telusa Veainu (Rebels) - 14 Defenders Beaten:
1. Henry Speight (Brumbies) - 9
2. Cornall Hendricks (Cheetahs) – 6
3. Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders) – 6
4. Telusa Veainu (Rebels) – 6
5. Anthony Volmink (Lions) – 5 Linenouts Won on own Throw:
1. Victor Matfield
(Bulls) – 9
2. James Horwill (Reds) – 8
3. Ruan Botha (Stormers) – 7
4. Franco Mostert (Lions) – 6
5. Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues) – 6