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Alex Goode, Phil Dowson, Sam Hill and Matt Banahan top the Opta Statistics


Saracens suffered a rare home defeat on the weekend but that didn’t stop England full-back Alex Goode from featuring heavily in this week’s Opta statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Goode turned in an eye-catching performance against Northampton Saints to the tune of 122 metres made and seven defenders beaten – both league bests for the round – from 12 carries.

The 20-15 defeat, however, was the first time since 2012 that Saracens failed to score a try at home, ending a run of 40 games.

And it meant Saints have now won consecutive games away from home against Saracens for the first time in their history.

On Friday, South Africa scrum-half Francois Hougaard picked up the man of the match award in Worcester Warriors’ 15-14 triumph over Newcastle Falcons – and the stats back that up.

Hougaard made a joint-best three offloads as Worcester ended Newcastle’s four-game winning streak at home, their best record at Kingston Park since 2009.

Flanker Phil Dowson also led the league with 20 tackles, helping the Warriors win on their travels for only the second time in 35 attempts in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Bath Rugby too are showing signs of a resurgence as Matt Banahan led their backs division in the 25-17 victory over London Irish.

Banahan made a round-best five clean breaks and totalled 107 metres – one of seven players to top the 100 mark in Round 15 – while Semesa Rokoduguni matched Goode by beating seven defenders.

The Exiles host the Saracens in New Jersey this Saturday in Aviva Premiership Rugby’s first-ever match overseas, but their away form needs fixing – they have lost 16 of their last 17 on the road going back to last season,

It took a bull-dozing performance from Gloucester Rugby to stop a rampant Wasps at Kingsholm, and flanker Sione Kalamafoni was at the heart of their efforts.

Kalamafoni made 18 tackles and carries apiece as Wasps, despite Dan Robson making a round-best four turnovers, fell to a 13-10 defeat.

It was Gloucester’s first win against Wasps in Aviva Premiership Rugby since 2012, ending a run of six consecutive defeats.

Sale Sharks are still unbeaten at the AJ Bell Stadium in the league this year and notched up another win with their 29-23 victory over Harlequins.

However, it was Sale’s first home win against Quins since 2010 and the most points they’ve scored against them in a home since winning 40-11 back in 2002.

There were three 100-metre makers in the game – Will Addison (106) for Sale, and Harlequins flyers Ross Chisholm (115) and Tim Visser (104).

On Sunday, Exeter Chiefs fought back to secure a losing bonus point in their 31-27 defeat to Leicester Tigers – although it was the first time they have conceded a try-bonus point since January 2015.

Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi could be in line to feature for England at Twickenham this weekend, and promisingly as well as scoring a try, he made three turnovers.
Phil Dowson (Worcester Warriors) 20
Blair Cowan (London Irish), TJ Ioane (Sale Sharks) 19
Sione Kalamfoni (Gloucester Rugby) 18

Sam Hill, Phil Dollman (Exeter Chiefs) 19
Sione Kalamafoni (Gloucester Rugby), Mat Luamanu (Harlequins) 18
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 16

Metres made
Alex Goode (Saracens) 122
Ross Chisholm (Harlequins) 115
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby) 109
Bryce Heem (Worcester Warriors) 107
Will Addison (Sale Sharks) 106
Ian Whitten (Exeter Chiefs) 105
Tim Visser (Harlequins) 104

Defenders beaten
Alex Goode (Saracens), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) 7
Charlie Sharples, Bill Meakes (Gloucester Rugby), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby) 6

Turnovers won
Dan Robson (Wasps) 4
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) 3

Clean breaks
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby) 5
Ben Botica, Tim Visser (Harlequins), Kyle Eastmond, Leroy Houston (Bath Rugby) 3

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