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Stats cave: A look into the most attacking players in the Premiership

This year has really been a feast of attacking rugby in the Premiership. 

With the close nature of the league so far, teams know bonus points are crucial to their overall standings in the table. Seventh placed Exeter, fifth placed Harlequins and third placed Bath have exactly the same record (9 wins 7 losses) this season, however they are separated by five points.

We are also starting to see teams go all out for tries too. Eight of the 10 teams in the league average over 3 tries a game (Leicester Tigers, Sale Sharks, Northampton Saints, Bath Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Harlequins, Saracens and Bristol Bears), and six of the 10 teams also average over 25 points a game (Exeter, Harlequins, Bath, Northampton, Saracens and Bristol Bears).

Teams are firing on all cylinders in attack, but which players are getting their teams going in this area? Here is a look at the top attacking threats in the Premiership.

Stats cave: A look into the most attacking players in the Premiership

Tries*

*10 players included 

Northampton Saints flier Ollie Sleightholme leads the try scoring charts this season with 11. The Saints winger has been in impressive try-scoring form all season, but since the New Year he has quickly become the best in the business.

Ollie Sleightholme-11

Tom Roebuck-9

Alex Lewington-9

Magnus Bradbury-8

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso-7

Ollie Hassell-Collins-7

Rusi Tuima-7

Arron Reid-7

Tom Parton-7

Jacques Vermeulen-7

Carries

Premiership’s top ball carrier Jasper Wiese-Credit: IMAGO

No surprise here. Leicester Tigers number eight Jasper Wiese is known for his abrasive carrying, and he leads the league for carries in the season. He is Leicester’s primary weapon, and is always on hand to get the Tigers over the gainline. Compatriot Tyrone Green is also the only back in the top five.

Jasper Wiese-235

Tyrone Green-200

Alex Dombrandt-180

Zach Mercer-152

Callum Chick-152

Meters

Premiership’s top meter-maker Gabriel Ibitoye-Credit: IMAGO

Bristol Bears player Gabriel Ibitoye has quickly become his team’s chief meter maker. Since moving to Ashton Gate, Ibitoye has really flourished, and the 85-14 win over Newcastle Falcons rubber-stamped his credentials as one of the best attacking threats in the Premiership.

Gabriel Ibitoye-1152

Tyrone Green-1125

Joe Carpenter-916

Freddie Steward-825

Tommy Wyatt-740

Defenders beaten

Gabriel Ibitoye leading the charge for defenders beaten in the Premiership-Credit: IMAGO

Guess who’s back, back again. Ibitoye combines his prowess with ball in hand with quick feet and an ability to beat defenders. His raw pace allows him to go around defenders, but he also possesses the strength to go through them too.

Gabriel Ibitoye-65

Jasper Wiese-60

Zach Mercer-54

Tyrone Green-54

Adam Radwan-51

Line breaks*

Tom Roebuck leads the charts for most line breaks in the Premiership-Credit: IMAGO

Sale Sharks back Tom Roebuck leads the charge for line breaks this season. He has a fantastic eye for a gap, and is one of Sale’s most prominent attacking threats.

*Six players included

Tom Roebuck-21

Tommy Freeman-20

Arron Reid-20

Gabriel Ibitoye-20

Alex Lewington-20

Harry Randall-19

 

 

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