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Opta stats for Aviva Premiership Rugby: Round 14

Semesa Rokoduguni and debutant Tom Homer may have turned in a performance to remember, but their hard-earned yards came to nothing for Bath Rugby after defeat at Allianz Park.

Homer, who made the switch from London Irish last week, was impressive on debut as he lit up the Opta charts by compiling 101 metres with ball in hand – while Rokoduguni, who scored a second-half try-double, racked up an Aviva Premiership Rugby round-leading 129.

But Bath departed Allianz Park still without an away win over Saracens since February 2010, while Chris Ashton enjoyed a landmark by notching his 20th Aviva Premiership Rugby try for the Londoners.

If Gloucester Rugby had left Welford Road with victory on Friday night the rearguard effort of forwards Matt Kvesic, Sione Kalamafoni and Tom Palmer would have been owed much thanks.

No other player in Round 14 put in as many tackles as Kvesic did (22) and, with Kalamafoni and Palmer racking up 18 and 15 respectively, there were plenty of positives to take away after such a narrow defeat.

Thomas Waldrom makes a resounding impact every time he steps onto the pitch for Exeter Chiefs and he made his mark on both the scoreboard and statistics again this weekend.

The hulking No.8 took his try tally to ten for the season and punished the Newcastle Falcons defence with 18 carries in total.

And though the Falcons left Sandy Park on the end of a 46-17 defeat – their biggest-ever loss to the Chiefs – Simon Hammersley left the West Country having beaten a round-best eight defenders.

London Welsh are still searching for that elusive first win but one man who continues to impress in Aviva Premiership Rugby is Opeti Fonua.

The No.8, who is bound for Leicester Tigers next season, posted 17 carries, beat six defenders and also turned the ball over for his team once despite a huge win for Sale Sharks.

Wasps’ honeymoon at the Ricoh Arena continued with victory over Harlequins – their Aviva Premiership Rugby record in Coventry now reads three wins out of three, scoring 126 points and conceding just 38.

Tom Varndell’s fine form also showed no signs of abating after notching his seventh try in nine league games this season, as Wasps ended a run of four home Aviva Premiership Rugby games without a win against Quins.

And in an attritional affair at Franklin’s Gardens, London Irish’s losing run on the road extended to five games – although it was the first time during that streak they had gathered a losing bonus point.
 
Selected Opta statistics after 14 rounds:
 
Tackles
Julian Salvi (Leicester Tigers) 173
Calum Green (Newcastle Falcons) 158
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) 149
 
Carries
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs) 185
Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 162
Nick Easter (Harlequins) 145
 
Metres
Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) 1009
Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs) 899
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints) 876
 
Defenders beaten
Sinoti Sinoti (Newcastle Falcons) 56
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps) 48
Juan Socino (Newcastle Falcons) 39
 
Turnovers won
Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Fergus Mulchrone (London Irish) 14
Ally Hogg (Newcastle Falcons), Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers) 13
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Blair Cowan (London Irish) 12
 
Breaks
Christian Wade (Wasps) 20
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) 19
Tom Varndell (Wasps), George North (Northampton Saints) 17
 
Steals
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) 9
Ernst Joubert (Saracens) 7
George Robson (Harlequins), Al Hargreaves (Saracens), James Down (London Welsh) 6

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