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Fleet-footed Sinoti leads the way at Newcastle Falcons

Sinoti Sinoti will no doubt be on the radar of every Aviva Premiership Rugby defence when the competition returns to action next month.

The Newcastle Falcons winger has been in electric form this season and, according to Opta statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby, nobody in the league has beaten more defenders or made more metres through 13 rounds.

Sinoti, who has been at Kingston Park for just over 12 months, is clearly enjoying the new artificial surface and the Falcons’ running rugby that has come with it, beating 54 defenders and carrying for a mammoth 939 metres.

Bath Rugby’s Semesa Rokodugni (44) and Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes (44) have also left plenty of rivals trailing in their wake, while Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden’s 876 metres are beaten only by Sinoti.

Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom – leading try scorer in the league with nine – is third with 837 metres under his belt, while his 167 carries are more than anyone in the competition.

Hughes (154) and Harlequins No.8 Nick Easter (145) are next best in that respect and Easter’s 23 offloads are the most in Aviva Premiership Rugby – Hughes on his tail with 22.

And that is not all from Wasps’ Fijian-born man mountain, whose 13 turnovers are only matched by Newcastle Falcons’ Ally Hogg.

Falcons trio Calum Green (145), Mark Wilson (138) and Hogg (135) are three of the league’s top tacklers but none can match Julian Salvi’s tally, the Leicester Tigers flanker racking up 168 already.

Elsewhere, international wingers Christian Wade and George North have the most breaks, with 18 and 17 respectively, and nobody has more steals in the lineout than Graham Kitchener’s nine.
 
Selected Opta statistics after 13 rounds:
 
Tackles
Julian Salvi (Leicester Tigers) 168
Calum Green (Newcastle Falcons) 145
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) 138
Ally Hogg (Newcastle Falcons) 135
Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) 133
 
Carries
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs) 167
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 154
Nick Easter (Harlequins) 145
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 139
Sione Kalamafoni (Gloucester Rugby) 134
 
Metres
Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) 939
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) 876
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs) 837
Alex Goode (Saracens) 740
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) 722
 
Lineouts won
James Gaskell (Wasps) 53
James Down (London Welsh) 52
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) 52
Damian Welch (Exeter Chiefs) 49
Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby) 47
 
Defenders beaten
Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) 54
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) 44
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 42
Juan Socino (Newcastle Falcons) 38
Mike Brown (Harlequins) 33
 
Offloads
Nick Easter (Harlequins) 23
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 22
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 21
Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints) 17
Juan Socino (Newcastle Falcons) 17
 
Turnovers won
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 13
Ally Hogg (Newcastle Falcons) 13
Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers) 12
Blair Cowan (London Irish) 12
Fergus Mulchrone (London Irish) 12
 
Breaks
Christian Wade (Wasps) 18
George North (Northampton Saints) 17
Alex Lewington (London Irish) 15
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) 15
 
Steals
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) 9
Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) 7
George Robson (Harlequins) 6
Ernst Joubert (Saracens) 6
 
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