6 Nations stats of teams and players so far

It’s very much crunch time in the 6 Nations at this stage of the tournament as three teams find themselves in contention for the Championship while England still pursue a Grand Slam success for the second year running.

With three games gone England have saw off the challenge of France, Wales and Italy which puts them top of the table on 13 points and this includes a try bonus point. France really put it up to the English at Twickenham but it wasn’t to be. Wales almost put an end to their winning run in Cardiff the following week but this English team has got into the habit of winning and a late try kept Eddie Jones men still on track for the grand slam. They faced Italy at the weekend and for 40 minutes it looked as if a shock could have been on the cards but once again England found that extra gear against a tiring Italian side who put in a huge effort.

From what has been so far the big thing with this English team isn’t that they can’t be beaten because they have shown signs of weakness but it’s the fact that they know how to win a game no matter how they play and that is the most important skill of all which makes them very tough to beat.

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Its Scotland next for them and the Scots have been the surprise package in this years Championship, currently third in the table with 9 points. They banished Ireland’s grand slam aspirations in the opening fixture at Murrayfield with an very impressive first half performance. They traveled to France in the second game and could have easily came away with more than a losing bonus point in that game. Wales made the trip to Edinburgh last weekend and the Scots came out deserving winners on the day.

Ireland are second in the table with 10 points and have bounced back since losing to Scotland on the opening day but now the serious challenges await. Heading into this years Championship many would have felt this game against Wales would have been the game where the grand slam hopes might have potentially seen a slip up out of the first four fixtures but now it’s a game depending on Irelands Championship hopes. It’s a semi final so Joe Schmidt will have all eyes firmly focused on Friday next under lights in the Millennium Stadium.

Let’s have a look at the stats from the Championship so far and see which teams and players are performing best in certain areas:

2017 RBS 6 Nations Stats

Teams:

Most Tries:                                         Ireland                                  13

Most Carries:                                     Ireland                                   532

Clean Breaks:                                    Ireland                                   33

Defenders Beaten:                             Ireland                                   86

Most Passes:                                     Ireland                                   694

Most Tackles:                                    Scotland                                 484

Missed Tackles:                                  Italy                                       85

Turnovers Conceded:                          France                                    40

Penalties Conceded:                           France                                    38

Total Points:                                      Ireland                                    104

Rucks Won:                                       Ireland                                    414

Penalty Tries:                                    Italy                                         1

Meters Gained:                                 Ireland                                      1559

Rucks Lost:                                       Ireland                                     13

Scrums Lost:                                     Wales                                       3

Lineouts Won:                                   Ireland                                      42

Lineouts Lost:                                    Italy                                         6

Total Off Loads:                                 France                                      35

Yellow Cards:                                     Eng, Ire                                    1

 

Players:

Most Points:                                    Camille Lopez, Leigh Halfpenny                       37

Most Carries:                                   CJ Stander                                69

Clean Breaks:                                  Liam Williams                            7

Penalties Kicked:                             Camille Lopez                            11

Missed Penalties:                             Tommaso Allen                          3

Penalties Conceded in Attack:           Ryan Wilson, Guilhem Guirado, Yoann Maestri  1

Penalties Conceded in Defence:        Zander Ferguson, Andrea Lovotti                      6

Most Assist:                                    Paddy Jackson                           3

Defenders Beaten:                          Louis Picamoles                          13

Yellow Cards:                                  Donnacha Ryan, Jonny May, Andrea Lovotti        1

 

Ireland Stats:

Most Points:                                  Paddy Jackson                              33

Most Tries:                                    Keith Earls, CJ Stander, Craig Gilroy                     3

Carries:                                         CJ Stander                                   69

Defenders Beaten:                        CJ Stander                                   12

Clean Breaks:                               Conor Murray                                5

Passes:                                        Conor Murray                                335

Offloads:                                      Jamie Heaslip                                6

Turnovers Conceded:                    Devin Toner, CJ Stander, Simon Zebo, Rob Kearney 4

Assists:                                       Paddy Jackson                               3

Most Tackles:                              Jamie Heaslip                                 39

Turnovers Won:                           CJ Stander, Paddy Jackson                                3