Fixtures - Top Bar

Opta statistics for Aviva Premiership Rugby: Round 9

You cannot move for stars at Wasps but Sam Jones is perhaps one player who is overlooked – though that was certainly not the case on Sunday.

The back-rower, a product of the club’s academy, put even seasoned internationals George Smith and James Haskell in the shade after featuring heavily in the Opta stats for Aviva Premiership Rugby.
 
He made an eye-popping 23 tackles – the most any Wasps player has racked up since Joe Launchbury’s 26 in December 2013 against Newcastle Falcons – and carried the ball 14 times to the tune of 66 metres.
 
What’s more, he beat five defenders and won three line-outs, helping Wasps mount a late comeback and down Worcester Warriors 32-22.

Jimmy Gopperth also put on a show of running rugby at the Ricoh Arena, becoming the first fly-half in Aviva
Premiership Rugby this season to break 100 metres with ball in hand (111m), while Frank Halai also made 105 metres and four clean breaks.

Mike Brown waltzed past six defenders, the most of any player in Round 9, as Harlequins finally put an end to Saracens’ 11-game winning streak in Aviva Premiership Rugby in a thrilling 29-23 victory.

That was despite the best efforts of another England full-back in Alex Goode, who racked up a round-best 126 metres.

Harlequins are now unbeaten in four league games – their best streak since winning five in a row from March to May 2014.

Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints conjured up another classic East Midlands derby and it was a game the likes of which had, quite literally, not been seen this century.

Leicester triumphed 30-27, and the 57 combined points is the highest-scoring game between the two sides since September 1999, when Northampton beat Leicester 46-24.

Exeter Chiefs battled against both the wretched conditions and Gloucester Rugby to win 19-10 on Saturday, taking their home winning streak in Aviva Premiership Rugby to ten games.

That doubles their previous best effort of five home wins on the spin in 2012/13, and one man in particular is also on another charge.

Thomas Waldrom’s double took him back to the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby try-scoring charts with six, fresh from his league-leading 16 efforts last season.

Elsewhere, London Irish’s 20-15 win over Newcastle Falcons was their second win in a row at the Madejski Stadium, and they will be looking to win three at home on the bounce for the first time since March 2013.

Alex Lewington made one of the biggest impressions for the Exiles on Sunday. The wing totted up 123m – second only to Goode – beat four defenders and made three breaks while also scoring a try.

But spare a thought for back-rower Mark Wilson, who put in a mammoth shift of 18 tackles and 17 carries as Newcastle’s attempted comeback came up just short.

Tackles
Sam Jones (Wasps) 23
Julian Salvi (Exeter Chiefs) 20
Ollie Atkins (Exeter Chiefs) 19
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) 18
 
Carries
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Phil Dowson (Worcester Warriors) 17 Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) 16 Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Lachlan McCaffrey (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (Wasps) 15
 
Metres made
Alex Goode (Saracens) 126
Alex Lewington (London Irish) 123
Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps) 111
Frank Halai (Wasps) 105
Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors) 101
 
Defenders beaten
Mike Brown (Harlequins) 6
Rob Miller, Jimmy Gopperth, Sam Jones (Wasps) 5

Turnovers won
Lachlan McCaffrey (Leicester Tigers), Michael Young (Newcastle Falcons), Charlie Mulchrone (Worcester Warriors), Brendan McKibbin (London Irish), Will Fraser (Saracens) 2
 

Latest News

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…

Match Report: England U20s 17 New Zealand U20s 64

New Zealand ran in ten tries as they overpowered England in the final of the World Rugby Under 20s championship…

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars see home nations complete clean sweep

It’s been a busy weekend of international rugby and there were plenty of stand-out performances from a whole host of…

Supreme England secure series win in Argentina

Will Collier scored the winning try as England secured a hard-fought 2-0 series win against Argentina in another enthralling Test match.…

England name team for World Rugby U20 Championship final

England have named their team for the World Rugby U20 Championship final against New Zealand on Sunday (kick-off 3pm BST,…