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Jack Nowell, Telusa Veainu and Tom Marshall top the Opta charts for Aviva Premiership Rugby


He may have been impressing for England in recent weeks, but Jack Nowell’s first appearance back in an Exeter Chiefs jersey since the RBS 6 Nations showed he has not lost his touch in Aviva Premiership Rugby either.

The 22-year-old’s devastating performance in his side’s 50-12 rout of Worcester Warriors may have passed under the radar with both Thomas Waldrom and Olly Woodburn both bagging hat-tricks, but the stats show Nowell was the game’s star performer.

He made 144 metres from his 19 carries, both the second-highest in the Aviva Premiership in Round 19, and his tally of 10 defenders beaten was the highest in the league.

It was a second hat-trick of the season meanwhile for Waldrom, who unsurprisingly had the joint-fourth highest number of carries with 17. His 13 scores so far is just three shy of his record-breaking 16 from last term.

The eight-try showing was Exeter’s third-largest winning margin their Premiership history, but there were good performances from Carl Kirwan and Donncha O'Callaghan in defence who managed 17 and 15 tackles respectively.

Harlequins managed just four points less than Exeter in their 46-25 win over Newcastle Falcons at Twickenham Stoop, and more of Eddie Jones’ England charges shone in this encounter.

Full-back Mike Brown notched up a season-high 135 metres made from his 19 carries, while Chris Robshaw was sublime in defence, making 15 tackles and forcing two turnovers.

And back-line trio of Marland Yarde, Joe Marchant, and Tim Visser all made three clean breaks, while Sinoti Sinoti offered some resistance for the visitors beating eight defenders overall, as did Calum Green and Ally Hogg who made 17 and 15 tackles respectively.

Wasps stayed hot on the heels of the Aviva Premiership’s top-two sides with their 28-6 triumph over Northampton Saints, with Rob Miller scoring his first double for Wasps.

This was the first time Saints have failed to score a try against Wasps since 2009, although both Alex Waller and Kahn Fotuali'i featured high up on the turnovers won charts.

Leicester Tigers’ second-half comeback against Gloucester Rugby moved them into the top four in the standings, and the 35-30 scoreline was the highest try-scoring encounter between these sides since their 41-41 draw in 2011.

Telusa Veainu was immense for Leicester; scoring once, beating nine defenders in all and topping the Aviva Premiership standings for clean breaks with six and metres made with a whopping 180.

Three Gloucester players topped the rankings however in carries, turnovers and offloads, with Tom Marshall surging forward 20 times overall and Paddy McAllister forcing three turnovers, while Mark Atkinson’s six successful offloads was the most in an Aviva Premiership match this season.

Saracens stayed top of the standings courtesy of a 30-10 win at Bath Rugby – the first time they have ever scored more than three tries at the Rec.

George Kruis’ 16 tackles put him second overall in this week’s standings, and Billy Vunipola also carried 17 times.

And Will Addison starred again for Sale Sharks with 86 metres made, six defenders beaten and two clean breaks to his name as they beat London Irish 30-15 for just their second away win in 13 games.

But no-one made more tackles than the Exiles’ Blair Cowan this week (17); only three times before has he made as many without missing at least one.
Blair Cowan (London Irish), Carl Kirwan (Worcester Warriors), Calum Green (Newcastle Falcons) – 17
George Kruis (Saracens) – 16
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Ally Hogg (Newcastle Falcons), Donncha O'Callaghan (Worcester) – 15
Tom Marshall (Gloucester Rugby) – 20
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Mike Brown (Harlequins) – 19
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) – 18 
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) – 17
Metres made
Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) – 180
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) – 144
Mike Brown (Harlequins) – 135
Defenders beaten
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) – 10
Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) – 9
Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) – 8
Turnovers won
Alex Waller (Northampton Saints), Paddy McAllister (Gloucester Rugby) – 3
George Smith (Wasps), Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs), Amanaki Mafi (Bath Rugby), Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons), Brendon O'Connor (Leicester Tigers), Will Evans (Leicester Tigers), Kahn Fotuali'i (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) – 2
Clean breaks
Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) – 6
Peter Betham (Leicester Tigers) – 5
James Short (Exeter Chiefs), Brendon O'Connor (Leicester Tigers), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Tim Visser (Harlequins), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Rob Miller (Wasps), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers), Olly Woodburn (Exeter Chiefs) – 3

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