Saints: Top of the Stats
St Helens have dominated Super League this season, find out why through their amazing stats.
St Helens have dominated the league this season, only losing three Super League games, two of those, shockingly, came against the club sitting at the bottom of the table, London Broncos.
Saints’ domination may have come as no surprise to some, they’ve dominated the league table since the opening day of the season, but it’s their domination at the top of the majority of Super League’s stats that is incredible – even if one of those is errors.
The comparison between the club’s stats and its players is interesting, as a club, Saints sit at the top of the majority of attacking stats; metres, tries scored, tackle busts, try assists and clean breaks.
In comparison, they are tenth in the tackles made column, with only Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves below them. For Saints, it would suggest how potent they have been in attack and their ability to complete their own sets and hold on to the ball.
The most surprising of their stats, errors made (311), sees them sit at the top of that particular stat, alongside relegation candidates Leeds Rhinos.
Saints’ player stats suggest the shared workload between the players, unlike last year, Holbrook has chopped and changed his squad in hope to meet the demands of the play-offs and hopefully, for his star players, there will be less injury risk.
The Red Vee have four different players in the top ten of the tries scored leaderboard, wingers, Tommy Makinson and Regan Grace who have dazzled in offence, Super League debutant Kevin Naiqama and Man of Steel candidate Jonny Lomax.
Lomax has directly been involved with 35 tries this season, scoring 15 and assisting 20, Saints’ top playmaker, he’s joined by fans favourite, Lachlan Coote, and Theo Fages, to add to their attacking threat.
This year, Makinson has shown the reason he won the 2018 Rugby League World Golden Boot, with his powerful running, and outstanding diving tries in the corner, he’s Super League’s top metre maker (3369), accounting for 9.33% of his sides metres this year, and averaging 153 metres a game.
Saints have already secured the League Leaders’ Shield, they will celebrate that on Friday night at the Totally Wicked Stadium, a consecutive League Leaders’ Shield for Justin Holbrook who is set to leave at the end of the season to join Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.
Friday night will be bittersweet for Saints, at the weekend, Holbrook had a shot at winning Saints’ first Challenge Cup since 2008, however, it was finally Warrington’s year, and Saints’ wait for a Challenge Cup winners medal will go on for another year.
While they will still be favourites to reach the Super League Grand Final, have Warrington found the formula to beat St Helens?