The Stat Line: Luke Crosbie
The Principal & Prosper Stat Line brings you our star players key numbers from the 2019-20 season so far.
This week, we look at flanker Luke Crosbie's outstanding 2019-20 campiagn, as the abrasive openside made his mark in the No.7 jersey and enjoyed a breakout year among an already star-studded Edinburgh Rugby back-row - all stats brought to you by Main Club Sponsor Principal & Prosper.
Getting over the ball and creating turnovers is a vital attribute for any back-row and Luke Crosbie has done it better than any player in the squad in 2019-20. Crosbie leads the club in turnovers with 11 and is third in the Guinness PRO14 in this stat, behind only Scarlets' Josh MacLeod and Cardiff Blues' Olly Robinson.
Only Pierre Schoeman (8) comes close to Crosbie's turnover production in the league.
Crosbie's incredible work rate in defence has come to the fore this season as he leads the club in tackles made in the Guinness PRO14. With 125 in the league alone, Crosbie sits in 12th place in this particular stat, with Pierre Schoeman once again sitting behind the back-row with 120 tackles.
Crosbie's durability has also been key to this stat, with the flanker rarely missing a defensive set when available.
Metres made: 257
Although this has not been a particular strength in Crosbie's game in recent years, the back-row has shown that he is not just an animal at the breakdown, but a major threat in attack too. With 224 metres made in the Guinness PRO14 alone, the flanker ranks in 80th place in the league - alongside the likes of Glasgow Warriors' Tommy Seymour and Cardiff Blues' Jarrod Evans.
Only Nick Haining has gained more metres in the league among the Edinburgh pack, with No.8 picking up 274m so far this season.
The back-row has continued to operate as a major offensive threat this season, and had made a significant amount of carries for player better known for his support play, than first phase brawler.
With 28 successful carries in the Guinness PRO14 alone, the back-row ranks in 39th place in the league, while only the usual monster carrying forwards of Bill Mata, Pierre Schoeman and Magnus Bradbury rank ahead of him in the Edinburgh pack.
Defenders beaten: 16
Although not known for his elusive running, and Van der Merwe-like fast twitch turn of pace, Crosbie has shown a real edge to his running this season, often juking the first defender or throwing the second man down with ease.
With 16 defenders beaten in the Guinness PRO14, Crosbie ranks in the same group of Hallam Amos and Conor Fitzgerald, in the middle pack of players this season. It's an impressive showing for a player who continues to add strings to his bow year after year.