Round 2 of the Premiership threw out a couple of surprises as the competition continues its great standards.
We turn our attention to the stats columns in which the names of the round’s top performers lie.
The feisty Ben Curry put in the hard yards for Sale against the impressive Newcastle Falcons on Friday night, making a total of 20 tackles. It was, however, not enough for victory as his side suffered their first defeat of their campaign.
Gloucester flanker Jordy Reid posted the second-highest number with 19 while Curry’s teammate, the towering Cobus Wiese, made 18.
Courageous Newcastle number 8 Gary Graham was characteristically industrious on attack, making 21 challenges to the Sale defensive line.
Graham’s teammate George McGuigan and Wasps flanker Alfie Barbeary each contributed 19 while Ted Hill (Worcester) came in third spot with 18.
Barbeary was decidedly effective with his carries which yielded the most metres of the round (120).
Exeter fullback Facundo Cordero was also in fine attacking form, racking up 118 metres as Gloucester’s Billy Twelvetrees made third position his own with 106.
It was indeed a challenge for the Bath defenders to lay a hand on Cordero as he managed to blitz past an impressive 9 defenders.
Harlequins fullback Mike Brown and Worcester centre Oli Morris were no slouches either, beating 6 each, while Barbeary and Andre Esterhuizen (Quins) got past 5 apiece.
Worcester openside Matt Kvesic did great work on the ground for his side, stealing a total of 3 balls.
The following players managed a brace of steals each: Ben Curry (Sale), Adam Radwan, Sean Robinson, Connor Collett & Luther Burrell (Newcastle), Allan Dell (London Irish), Ed Slater (Gloucester), Will Evans (Harlequis), Josh Bayliss (Bath).
Facundo Cordero, Mike Brown, Cadan Murley (Quins) and Curtis Rona (London Irish) put their attacking qualities on display, each making a total of 4 clean breaks.