Catapult stats tracker

1 Mar 2022

Catapult stats tracker

The opening month of Betfred Super League has showcased some of the competition’s top-class athletes, irreplaceable talents and industrious workhorses. From lightning quick top speeds to huge distances covered, there's been an array of eye-catching performances in the opening three rounds.

Catapult Sports have collated the best stats from February as we look back on a whirlwind opening month.

Wigan Warriors full back Jai Field recorded the quickest max speed during the opening round of the new season. Field’s effort was nothing short of spectacular, particularly given the cruel circumstances his 2021 season was cut short in round 1 last year. 

However, Field showed no signs of apprehension during his max speed effort, racing away to collect a Cade Cust kick, scoring a sensational try and clocking an impressive speed of 36.1km/h.

Matty Ashton & Joe Burgess were not too far behind. The wingers showed their athleticism in Round 2 after making clean breaks which resulted in a Matty Ashton try and a Joe Burgess try assist, both clocking max speeds of 35.1km/h.

Jack Welsby made his presence felt in Round 3 with season best efforts across two different metrics. Welsby covered more distance last week – and in the 2022 season so far – against Wakefield Trinity. 

The 2021 Young Player of the Year covered close to 10km on Friday – 9750 metres to be exact – showing that his talent is backed up by a work ethic that reflects the impeccable high standards set by the Champions. 

Hull FC's Danny Houghton recorded the second most distance during a typically strong showing from the hooker in Round 1. Houghton played 80 minutes in the middle, making 55 tackles and covering 9421 metres.

A chart-topping distance covered wasn't Welsby's only standout metric in February. He covered that distance in Round 3 whilst working at a greater intensity than any other player. 

The full back clocked the highest metres per minute intensity during Round 3 at 106m/min - which is the greatest intensity of the year, as well. Welsby’s impressive work rate visible for all to see as the youngster reaps the rewards of his hard work.  

Huddersfield Giants Oliver Russell was a close second to Welsby last month. He clocked a 105.9m/min intensity during the Giants Round 2 win against Hull KR. 

Furthermore, Russell has clocked a top 5 intensity score in all three of the opening rounds. Ian Watson's decision to select the hard-working half-back is paying dividends for the Giants as Russell continues to set the standard for his side.