By the numbers: 2021/22 in stats

By the numbers: 2021/22 in stats

The 2021/22 season revealed some interesting stats about our players. We've taken a look at some of the best individual and team stats from the year.

Marathon man

Rugby players run. And they run a lot. The Edinburgh players running is tracked throughout the season, via a GPS unit in the back of their shirts. We asked our Strength and Conditioning team to tally who has run the furthest this year, across training, Super6, matches, and all Scotland duties, including training and test matches.

The top three spots were all occupied by the backs, who by nature run a further distance through matches. Third place belonged to one of Edinburgh’s academy players, with Cammy Scott clocking an impressive 595km across the year. Scott, an inside centre or fly-half, has been training with the senior team all season whilst training and playing for the Southern Knights in the Super6 Sprint Series, so unsurprisingly has racked up a notable distance.

Blair Kinghorn sits in second having clocked up metres for the capital club and whilst on Scotland duty, hitting 618km. However, the standout for the year was centre Matt Currie, who hit a mammoth distance of 648km ran through the year. As the crow flies, that’s roughly the distance between Edinburgh and Amsterdam.

Big hitter

One of rugby’s greatest sights is a bone-crunching tackle that sends an attacker back where they came from. A dominant tackle is one in which the first contact drives an attacking player backwards, and there were a fair few from Edinburgh players this season.

There was an even spread of dominant tackles across the forwards and backs, which both units contributing well during a strong defensive campaign. We tallied a top 10, with several players locked on the same number. Four players are tied on four dominant tackles (Kinghorn, Henry Immelman, Mark Bennett, Mesu Kunavula), while James Lang leads the way for the backs with five, the same number as Dave Cherry.

Not unfamiliar to a big hit, Pierre Schoeman came next with six, however it was the back-row that shone most brightly. Flankers Luke Crosbie and Hamish Watson both finished the season with seven apiece, but it was the departing Magnus Bradbury that led the way, reaching double figures with 11 dominant tackles.

The number eight was also exceptionally accurate with his tackling, making 91% of all the tackles he attempted.

Line-out general

Edinburgh led the way for line-out successes in the United Rugby Championship, registering a 91% success rate on their own throws. All of the capital club’s regular hookers managed impressive stats, with club co-captain Stuart McInally making 84.5%, and Adam McBurney succeeding 89.4% in his debut season.

The real standout was Dave Cherry, who was the most accurate line-out thrower (minimum 50 throws) in the league. The Merchiston man, who recently earned a recall to the Scotland Squad, attempted 153 throw-ins, and a remarkable 144 found their man.

The stat could be a contributing factor in Edinburgh’s ability to maintain their own possession, leading the league for time with ball in hand – averaging 56.2% possession across games this season.

Defender’s nightmare

Edinburgh’s expansive style of play caught the eye this season, scoring 670 points across the season (averaging 26.8 points per game). Points being scored tells one part of the story, however the manner of the tries tells another. A telling stat was the number of defenders beaten by the men from the capital.

In the URC the team beat 435 defenders, bested only by the title-winning DHL Stormers (438, with two games extra played.)

It’s no surprise who the most evasive players were, with Edinburgh’s Scotland back-line stars dominating the stats. Henry Immelman enjoyed his first season in the capital, beating 33 defenders from 92 carries, with Kinghorn getting a similar stat of 31 from 96.

Second spot was claimed by player of the season Mark Bennett, who beat his man 40 times from 85 carries. The winner was the ever-elusive Darcy Graham, who topped the charts with 41 defenders beaten from just 73 carries.

That meant that the livewire from Hawick got the better of his opposite number every other time he got the ball, in addition picked up the most metres per carry, hitting 10.9 metres each time he got the ball. Evasive.

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