Six Nations statistics: Week Three

Date published: March 1 2012

We take a closer look at the Official Match Data from the Week Three of Six Nations action.

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

No one will deny that England looked much, much better against Wales but Stuart Lancaster will continue be to concerned about his team's inability to create tries. In 240 minutes of rugby, England have made just three line-breaks – that's one per game.

A closer look at the numbers and the Welsh win at Twickenham comes into perspective. Warren Gatland will be chuffed with his team's error rate, which was the lowest of any team over the weekend.

For the third consecutive week, Scotland dominated possession but failed to convert time on the ball into enough points on the scoreboard. But what ultimately cost the hosts at Murrayfield was their poor tackling: 15 missed tackles for completion rate of just 86 percent is just not good enough at Test level.

Bleus coach Philippe Saint-André has rightly expressed concern with France's poor kicking out of hand but will be delighted with their discipline, having conceded just five penalties, a phenomenal stat considering how much defending they were forced to do.

Ireland's numbers are probably the most impressive having made the most line-breaks and won the most turnovers. Any team that can steal possession and then use it properly by finding gaps in the opposition defence will be always be tough to beat.

Most tackles made: France – 142
Most tackles missed: Scotland – 15
Most passes completed: Scotland – 212
Most line breaks: Ireland – 8
Most possession kicked: England – 23 (41%)
Most turnovers won: Ireland – 8
Most offloads in tackle: Scotland – 14
Most errors made: England – 14
Most penalties conceded: England – 13

Fewest tackles missed: Ireland – 1
Fewest errors made: Wales – 9
Fewest penalties conceded: France – 5


Ireland 42 – 10 Italy

Once again Italy's place-kicking let them down. While Jonny Sexton landed seven of his eight attempts, the Azzurri missed three penalties and a drop. It might not have changed the final result, but it certainly could have changed the complexion of the game as Italy could very well have held the lead in the closing stages of the first half had Tobias Botes been more accurate.

Ireland were the better team in almost every aspect. The visitors to Dublin only really competed in the set pieces.

Possession:
Ireland 60%
Italy 40%

Territory:
Ireland 55%
Italy 45%

Penalties conceded:
Ireland: 11
Italy: 12

Passes completed:
Ireland: 175
Italy: 125

Line breaks:
Ireland: 8
Italy: 2

Ruck and drive v Ruck and pass:
Ireland: 22 – 81
Italy: 6 – 41

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

Ball won in open play – in opposition 22 – in set pieces – in turnovers:
Ireland: 106 – 42 – 21 – 8
Italy: 52 – 9 – 23 – 2

Possession kicked – Kicks to touch – Percentage kicks
Ireland: 19 – 5 – 36%
Italy: 17 – 1 – 32%

Tackles made – tackles missed – tackle completion
Ireland: 70 – 1 – 98%
Italy: 125 – 9 – 93%

Total errors made – errors from kicks:
Ireland: 10 – 3
Italy: 10 – 2


England 12 – 19 Wales

For all our praise of Wales and their running game, Warren Gatland's boys were the only team to choose to drive it up more than past to the man outside last weekend.

In a game of tiny margins, England's error count and penalty rate cost them.

Possession:
England 49%
Wales 51%

Territory:
England 52%
Wales 48%

Penalties conceded:
England: 13
Wales: 12

Passes completed:
England: 163
Wales: 134

Line breaks:
England: 1
Wales: 3

Ruck and drive v Ruck and pass:
England: 21 – 60
Wales: 48 -42

Scrums lost – Line-outs lost:
England: 0 – 1
Wales: 0 – 2

Ball won in open play – in opposition 22 – in set pieces – in turnovers:
England: 84 – 8 – 21 – 5
Wales: 92 – 6 – 24 – 5

Possession kicked – Kicks to touch – Percentage kicks
England: 23 – 5 – 41%
Wales: 22 – 1 – 40%

Tackles made – tackles missed – tackle completion
England: 110 – 12 – 90%
Wales: 99 – 9 – 91%

Total errors made – errors from kicks:
England: 14 – 5
Wales: 9 – 5


Scotland 17 – 23 France

It's the same old story for Scotland: Lot's of possession, lots of field position…but what did they do with it? Not a whole lot.

Defensive glitches were the deciding factor in the end though as both Wesley Fofana and Julien Malzieu's tries came as the result of poor tackling by the Scots. And with France giving away minimal penalties, Andy Robinson's side couldn't kick their way back into contention.

Possession:
Scotland 55%
France 45%

Territory:
Scotland 54%
France 46%

Penalties conceded:
Scotland: 10
France: 5

Passes completed:
Scotland: 212
France: 137

Line breaks:
Scotland: 6
France: 3

Ruck and drive v Ruck and pass:
Scotland: 20 – 84
France: 29 -43

Scrums lost – Line-outs lost:
Scotland: 0 – 0
France: 0 – 2

Ball won in open play – in opposition 22 – in set pieces – in turnovers:
Scotland: 108 – 37 – 16 – 6
France: 77 – 14 – 24 – 6

Possession kicked – Kicks to touch – Percentage kicks
Scotland: 12 – 2 – 21%
France: 16 – 4 – 25%

Tackles made – tackles missed – tackle completion
Scotland: 99 – 15 – 86%
France: 142 – 14 – 91%

Total errors made – errors from kicks:
Scotland: 12 – 1
France: 11 – 2

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