Friday, 12 June 2015

Season Review - The Stats

So the season is over and the records are in the books.  Hardly a classic its fair to say but all season's have their records so lets take a peak.

The Team

A record setting season in some respects.  Not good respects but beggers can't be choosers.  

  • This is the first time in European competition that we have conceded more tries than we scored.
  • The first time in 26 years we have conceded more tries in the league than we have scored.
Now for a searing piece of rugby insight: Our attack was crap.  In the league we averaged 1.68 tries per game the lowest number since 1995, and the second lowest ever.  In Europe we averaged 18 points per game, the lowest we have ever scored and the only time under 20 points.

In the league we averaged just a shade over 20 points 4 less than the previous two seasons.  Only in 2002/3 have we scored less since the value of a try was increased to 5 points in 1992.

Defensively we were alright, averaging 19.1 points against, slightly better than last year.  Recent high points have been the Champion years of 2013 & 2010 where we averaged 15.6 & 14.7 respectively.

To the nuts and bolts of wins and losses we were where we always seem to be.  For the 4th year in a row we won 15 league games, overall in competitive games we played 34, won 22, lost 11 and drew 1; last year we played the same won 21 and drew 2, the year before we played 35, won 23 and lost 10 games.

The Players

Some happier records for the players at least.  Two Tigers legends celebrated their 200th First XV appearances.  

Marcos Ayerza joined the club in 2006 making his debut from the bench against Bath in September and a first start against Gloucester at Welford Road a week later.  His 200th appearance came in the close defeat to Northampton in December 2014.

Jordan Crane also joined the club in 2006 and made his debut in the same Gloucester match at Welford Road as Ayerza, a 27 all draw for the record.  JC celebrated his 200th appearance by captaining the side to a win against London Irish in Reading this February.

Crane also topped the seasonal appearance list with 29 games, the third year in a row the durable no.8 has had that honour.  Mat Tait started the most games with 27, spreading his starts across positions with 1 on the wing, 4 in the centre and 22 at full back.

In the try scoring stakes Vereniki Goneva topped the charts for the second successive season but only managed a return of 7, equivalent to scoring one try in four games and less than half his rate of return from the previous season.

Other regular wings Adam Thompstone and Miles Bejamin also chipped in with a try evry fourth game whilst Laurence Pearce's impact this season is clear with 4 tries in 14 games.  On a tries per game basis Harry Thacker tops the charts with 3 tries in his 10 appearances.

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