Six Nations Statistics

Date published: February 11 2012

We take a closer look at the Official Match Data from the opening weekend of the Six Nations.

Who missed the most tackles? Who made the most line breaks? We take a closer look at the Official Match Data from the opening weekend of Six Nations action.

It's easy to draw conclusions from scorelines but some of the stats emerging from the clashes in Paris, Edinburgh and Dublin paint an interesting picture.

Most eye-catching are the 'passes made' and 'tackles missed' stats from Murrayfield. Scotland completed a whopping 238 passes compared to England poultry 72. Stuart Lancaster's team also missed 16 tackles which makes one wonder just how Scotland conspired to lose…

The answer becomes fairly enough though when looking at the 'errors made' column and Andy Robinson will be frustrated with his team's 16 errors, the most of any side.

Italy lead the 'offloads in tackle' numbers, suggesting that Jacques Brunel's more expansive game-plan is taking shape.

Wales had the lion's share of both territory and possession in Dublin thanks in part to Ireland's willingness to put ball to boot.

Most tackles made:England – 142
Most tackles missed: England – 16
Most passes completed: Scotland 238
Most line breaks: France – 6
Most possession kicked: Ireland – 30
Most turnovers won: France/Italy – 6
Most offloads in tackle: Italy – 12
Most errors made: Scotland – 16
Most penalties conceded: Scotland/England – 9

Least tackles missed: Scotland – 2
Least errors made: Wales – 4
Least penalties conceded: Italy/Ireland


France 30 -12 Italy

Italy started the game at blistering pace but couldn't keep it up. France's territory stats tell a clear tale: They could only manage 12 minutes in opposition territory in the first half, but spent 31 minutes camped in the Azzurri half in the second period.

Minutes in possession:
France: 34mins, 30 sec
Italy: 30 mins

Minutes in opponents half (total):
France: 43 mins, 10 sec
Italy: 35mins, 24 sec

Ruck and drive v Ruck and pass:
France: 8 – 51
Italy: 16 – 67

Scrums lost – Line-outs lost:
France: 0 – 2
Italy: 1 – 1

Ball won in open play – in opposition 22 – in set pieces – in turnovers:
France: 63 – 9 – 22 – 6
Italy: 90 – 18 – 19 – 6

Possession kicked – Kicks to touch – Percentage kicks
France: 18 – 8 – 36%
Italy: 18 – 5 – 35%

Tackles made – tackles missed – tackle completion
France: 99 – 3 – 97%
Italy: 64 – 9 – 87%

Total errors made – errors from kicks:
France: 10 – 1
Italy: 11 – 2


Scotland 6-13 England

Scotland dominated possession, allowing England to have the ball for only nine minutes in the entire second half.

Minutes in possession:
Scotland: 35mins, 33 sec
England: 23mins, 35 sec

Minutes in opponents half (total):
Scotland: 48mins, 16 sec
England: 37, 40 sec

Ruck and drive v Ruck and pass:
Scotland: 16-97
England: 10-34

Scrums lost – Line-outs lost:
Scotland: 0-0
England: 0-1

Ball won in open play – in opposition 22 – in set pieces – in turnovers:
Scotland: 118 – 33 – 32 – 4
England: 46 – 8 – 23 – 3

Possession kicked – Kicks to touch – Percentage kicks
Scotland: 25 – 5 – 35%
England: 27 – 7 – 39%

Tackles made – tackles missed – tackle completion
Scotland: : 62 – 2 – 96%
England: 142 – 16 – 89%

Total errors made – errors from kicks:
Scotland: 16 – 3
England: 11 – 2


Ireland 21-23 Wales

Ireland made twice as many errors as Wales and had significantly less possession but still managed to lead right up to the last minute. The hosts in Dublin kicked 61 per cent to their possession, often into touch where the Irish jumpers stole four line-outs off Wales.

Minutes in possession:
Ireland: 32 mins, 25 sec
Wales: 40 mins

Minutes in opponents half (total):
Ireland: 35 mins, 51 sec
Wales: 55mins, 20 sec

Ruck and drive v Ruck and pass:
Ireland: 21 – 58
Wales: 22 – 90

Scrums lost – Line-outs lost:
Ireland: 0 – 0
Wales: 0 – 4

Ball won in open play – in opposition 22 – in set pieces – in turnovers:
Ireland: 80 – 16 – 14 – 4
Wales: 113 – 17 – 19 – 2

Possession kicked – Kicks to touch – Percentage kicks
Ireland: 30 – 9 – 61%
Wales: 22 – 5 – 45 %

Tackles made – tackles missed – tackle completion
Ireland: 127 – 9 – 93%
Wales: 94 – 9 – 91%

Total errors made – errors from kicks:
Ireland: 8 – 2
Wales: 4 – 1

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