At the end of the Super Rugby regular-season, we highlight the statistics that stand out for players and teams in the competition.
The Crusaders, Jaguares, Brumbies, Hurricanes, Bulls, Sharks, Chiefs and Highlanders qualified for the knockout stage this coming weekend.
But we are going to look over the key numbers to see if there were any surprises from outside the top eight teams. Let’s get into the statistics.
In numbers: Super Rugby 2019
12 – Surprisingly the most wins in this year’s competition went to John Plumtree’s Hurricanes, who finished fourth in the overall standings.
13 – The top try-scorer this regular-season was Crusaders wing Sevu Reece as he was superb in his debut campaign for the Christchurch side.
14 – What a terrible campaign it was for the Sunwolves as they finished with the most defeats, four more than the Reds, Blues and Waratahs.
220 – Departing Reds centre Samu Kerevi topped the carries table by 42 runs as his last season in Queensland was a hugely impressive one.
69 – The Brumbies forwards will be thrilled with their pack as Rory Arnold claimed the most line-outs, with Sam Carter in second on 64.
1240 – Worcester Warriors fans will take note of this as new arrival, Melani Nanai, topped the metres made chart playing for the Blues.
Will Melani Nanai bring more 🔥🔥🔥 against the Stormers this weekend?
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188 – Another outgoing player at the end of this term is Bulls fly-half Handre Pollard, who scored the most points this regular season.
210 – It might have been a disappointing year for the Waratahs but flanker Michael Hooper gave it his all, leading the tackle section.
86.7 – Indeed the Waratahs‘ defensive coaching team can hold their head high as they finished with the best tackle success percentage.
93.6 – That was the percentage success rate of the Bulls‘ line-out as the Pretoria side continued their long-standing dominance of the skies.
97 – Finally, our last selection from the statistics sees the Blues‘ pack come out on top at scrum time, winning 97% in this set-piece area.
Statistics credit – Opta via SANZAAR