The tries may not be flowing for Leicester Tigers but that hasn’t stopped them winning and Jordan Crane’s performance against London Irish on Sunday offers a good insight into why that is.
According to Opta statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby, the Leicester No.8 led from the front at the Madejski Stadium as Richard Cockerill’s charges grabbed a 12-6 victory to move into the top half.
As well as 19 carries – only matched across the weekend by Newcastle Falcons’ Alex Tait – Crane completed 20 tackles to embody an all-action display.
His Tigers teammate Sam Harrison was next best in the tackle count with 16, while only Francois Louw of Bath Rugby (21) managed more.
Harlequins were no slouches in the carries count, despite slipping to a 32-21 defeat at home to Exeter Chiefs, with Nick Evans, Marland Yarde and Dave Ward each racking up 18 on Saturday.
For his efforts, fly-half Evans accrued 115 metres in the game – beaten only by Sinoti Sinoti (118), Jamie Elliott (128) and Gloucester Rugby’s two-try hero Henry Purdy (130) across the competition.
Newcastle Falcons’ Sinoti and Northampton Saints winger Elliott beat seven defenders each, as did Wasps’ Elliot Daly in his man-of-the-match display at Kingston Park – while no-one in Aviva Premiership Rugby used their boot more often than Falcons fly-half Tom Catterick did in that game.
And Josh Beaumont was the king of the lineout as Sale Sharks battled their way to victory over Saracens, winning seven at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Selected Opta statistics
Francois Louw (Bath Rugby) 21
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers) 20
Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers) 16
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints) 16
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers) 19
Alex Tait (Newcastle Falcons) 19
Nick Evans, Marland Yarde & Dave Ward (Harlequins) 18
David Paice & Ofisa Treviranus (London Irish) 18
Henry Purdy (Gloucester Rugby) 130
Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints) 128
Sinoto Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) 118
Nick Evans (Harlequins) 115
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) 107
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) 7
Tom Savage (Gloucester Rugby) 6
Kearnan Myall (Wasps) 6
Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby) 5
Dean Schofield (London Welsh) 5
Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) 7
Elliot Daly (Wasps) 7
Jamie Elliott (Northampton Saints) 7
Marland Yarde (Harlequins) 6
Will Addison (Sale Sharks) 6
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 6
Tom Catterick (Newcastle Falcons) 20
Nick Evans (Harlequins) 16
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks) 16
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) 14
Alex Goode (Saracens) 13
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